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UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Father of Puyallup soldier killed in Niger says officers cited in investigation not at fault for son’s death

The father of a U.S. soldier killed in a devastating ambush in Niger last year said his family does not blame two Army captains that the U.S. military cited for …


Seattle judge: Trump’s ban on transgender troops on hold until trial

A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it’s unclear whether recent changes to his administration’s policy …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

Amid little scrutiny, U.S. military ramps up in Afghanistan

The U.S. is adding military advisers and combat aircraft as part of President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan war strategy, but Congress appears to be paying little attention.


U.S. drone strikes kill 11 militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Two separate U.S. drone strikes struck a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan and a vehicle in Afghanistan, killing 11 militants, mostly from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, …


US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan

The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq …


Iraqi officers say U.S. plane mistakenly kills 7

A coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and civilians Saturday in western Anbar, according to senior Iraqi officers, but the U.S.-led coalition said the matter is still under …


Turkey vows to expand Syria offensive east to Iraqi border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Friday to expand Ankara’s operation in a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria eastward, toward the frontier with Iraq.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 3 p.m.

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed …


Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. …


Islamic State group offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on U.S. soldiers

An Islamic State group offshoot is claiming it carried out the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerian troops in October and sparked questions about U.S. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

U.S. reportedly mulls sending antitank missiles to Ukraine

The U.S. government has reportedly sought to send Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine. But it’s an idea two years too late for today’s battlefield, an expert on the conflict said.


UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 6:24 p.m.

Pentagon: U.S. shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action …


U.S. spy planes help Philippine troops quell siege

American spy planes are helping Filipino troops quell a nearly three-week siege by Muslim militants in a southern city where 13 Philippine marines were killed in the biggest single-day loss …


U.S. military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. …


Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises settles government-overbilling lawsuit for $5 million

Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises Inc. will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company siphoned millions of dollars from the federal government by overbilling or billing for services …


First U.S. service member killed in Syria

A U.S. service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement.


New vitriol from Philippine leader

Like those from a battering ram, the hits just keep coming from the recently elected president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.


Administration warns Congress: Zika money running out

The Obama administration warned Congress Wednesday that money to fight the Zika virus is on the verge of running out amid political stalemate on Capitol Hill.


Germans protest drones at Ramstein air base

FRANKFURT, Germany – Thousands of peace activists demonstrated Saturday outside the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to protest the facility’s reported leading role in the U.S. drone program. Ramstein, which …


Brussels hunkers down amid warning of Paris-style threat

BRUSSELS – Belgian authorities closed down Brussels’ subway system and flooded the streets with armed police and soldiers Saturday in response to what they said was a threat of Paris-style …


Paris attacks may lead to U.S. military anti-IS escalation

The Paris terrorist attacks seem likely to compel President Barack Obama to consider military escalation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But that probably will not mean dramatic …


US commandos heading into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior U.S. officials say a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be deployed to northern Syria to work with local ground forces in the fight …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 8:29 p.m.

Spokane Valley’s Monaco Enterprises accused of defrauding U.S. military in federal court

The federal government on Friday accused a Spokane Valley company of allegedly defrauding the U.S. military out of millions of dollars.


Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama authorized a broad expansion on Friday of the U.S. military mission in Iraq that will boost the total number of American troops there to about …


Obama pledges NATO protection; Pentagon sending 200 U.S. soldiers to Ukraine

TALLINN, Estonia – President Barack Obama on Wednesday harshly condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe and pledged that NATO will protect allies who fear …


Countermoves could include deployment of American troops

NATO’s top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance nations in Eastern Europe …


U.S. military has escape plan for athletes at 2014 Sochi Olympics

The U.S. military will have warships and transport aircraft at the ready in case American athletes and officials need to make an emergency escape from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. A …


House votes to repeal ban on open gays in military

The House voted today to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy that for 17 years has forced gays desiring to serve in the military to conceal their sexual identity.


Discharged gay veterans sue for reinstatement

Three military veterans who were discharged under the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in uniform sued the government today to be reinstated and to pressure U.S. lawmakers to …


Senate blocks repeal of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’

Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed gay troops to serve openly.