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Pentagon expected to send about 300 more troops to border

The Pentagon may send about 300 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in roles that could put them in contact with migrants and thus mark a break from current practice, …


New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops

The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019

Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military

Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration’s desire to bar people …


New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border

The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

U.S. starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military …


Trump aide trying to allay Israeli concerns on Syria pullout

The White House has sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel’s concerns about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.


Pentagon asked to provide more help on border security

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. troop withdrawal following surprise Trump visit

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town

Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said as Turkish media reported Sunday new reinforcements crossing the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018

Syria sends reinforcements east after Trump’s pullout plan

Syrian troops have sent reinforcements to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour close to an enclave controlled by the Islamic State group and along the front with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018

U.S. envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, …


A blow to morale: Afghan generals worry about U.S. withdrawal

The Taliban welcomed the news of the U.S. plan to withdraw half its troops in Afghanistan by the summer, while Afghan generals warned Friday it would be a blow to …


U.S. to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January

The number of U.S. active duty troops at the southern border will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January, under …


For thousands of troops, holiday dinner is at U.S. border

Thousands of American troops spent Thanksgiving deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico, joining fellow service members overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere who marked the holiday away from loved …


Facing criticism, Trump says he’ll visit troops in war zone

President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018

Trump: Number of troops sent to border could reach 15,000

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 – roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

The Trump administration is planning to dispatch 800 more troops to the border at the direction of a president who has declared illegal immigration a “national emergency” and has been …


Authorities say guards killed 3 Afghan officials

Afghan officials say three top Kandahar province officials have been killed by their own guards in an attack at a security meeting that also wounded two U.S. troops.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

House backs defense bill with pay raise for troops

The House on Thursday approved a $716 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years.


Mattis says U.S. will keep current troop levels in South Korea

Carrying a clear message of reassurance to South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated flatly Thursday that the U.S. will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018

Security troops on U.S. nuclear missile base took LSD

Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America’s arsenal. Air Force records obtained by the Associated Press show they bought, distributed and …


California rejects border duties for troops

California has rejected terms of the federal government’s initial plans for sending National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration, two U.S. …


Pentagon silent on transgender policy released last week

Nearly a week after the Pentagon publicly posted its new recommended policy on transgender troops, the department’s chief spokeswoman refused to clarify portions of the memo or settle confusion about …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory against “terrorists” in Syria on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in the county, where he also announced a partial …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017

Trump credits troops, and himself, for military advances

President Donald Trump thanked U.S. troops for their service on Thursday, assuring them “we’re really winning” against America’s foes as he celebrated Thanksgiving at his private club in Florida and …


NATO boosts support to Afghanistan war; falls short of goal

After months of lobbying NATO allies to increase their troop contributions and support to the war in Afghanistan, the alliance came up short Thursday, meeting a bit more than 90 …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017

Transgender troops can re-enlist in military – for now

New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates …


McCain backs bill to permit transgender troops to serve

The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday backed legislation that would bar the Trump administration from forcing transgender troops out of the armed forces.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Syrian troops breach 3-year IS siege on eastern city

Syrian troops and allied forces reached the eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Tuesday, breaching a three-year-old Islamic State siege on parts of the contested city near the Iraqi border, …