• DONALD TRUMP Nov 1, 2019

    Trump Claim to Syrian Oil Raises Many Questions

    By claiming a right to Syria’s oil, President Donald Trump has added more complexity — as well as additional U.S. forces and time — to an American military mission he has twice declared he was ending so the troops could come home. Extending the mission to secure eastern Syria’s oilfields happens to fit neatly with the Pentagon’s view — supported...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 24, 2019

    Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

    Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said. The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 24, 2019

    US's Esper Has Sharp Words for Turkey Over Syria Invasion

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is lashing out at Turkey for its military assault on Syrian Kurdish fighters across the border into Syria. His remarks in Brussels Thursday came after spending four tumultuous days engulfed in the chaotic ramifications of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Esper says Turkey’s unwarranted invasion into Syria jeopardizes security gains made in recent...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 23, 2019

    Trump Lifts Sanctions After Turkey Pledges to Make Cease-Fire Permanent

    President Donald Trump said he’s directed the lifting of economic sanctions on Turkey after the country informed the U.S. it will make “permanent” a five-day cease-fire in Syria. Claiming success at the U.S.-brokered effort, Trump said Wednesday, “this was an outcome created by us.” The cease-fire required Kurdish forces formerly allied with the U.S. against the Islamic State group to...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 23, 2019

    Iraq Defense Minister: US Troops From Syria to Leave Iraq in 4 Weeks

    U.S troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday. Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to The Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the U.S. may want to increase the number...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Hails Syria Cease-Fire After Playing Role in Crisis

    President Donald Trump framed the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey as “a great day for civilization” but its effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making. After hours of negotiation in Ankara, the two nations on Thursday agreed to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 17, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump Muddles Facts on US Syria Withdrawal

    President Donald Trump muddled the facts Wednesday on America’s withdrawal from Syria and the conditions on the ground there, as he distanced himself and the U.S. from the ongoing Turkish invasion into Syria. He suggested incorrectly that the Syrian Kurds who fought alongside U.S. forces against the Islamic State group deliberately released IS prisoners and wrongly said Americans have been...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 11, 2019

    US Bolsters Saudi Defense Against Iran With Jets, Missiles

    The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly insists that America must get out of endless Middle East wars. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the deployments Friday just hours after Iran said two missiles struck one of its...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 27, 2019

    US Deploys Air Defense Systems, Troops to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and four ground-based radar systems to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Thursday, in what officials describe as the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks. Two more Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile defense system will be prepared to go later if needed, and the deployment will involve...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 20, 2019

    US Military to Present Several Options to Trump on Iran

    The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump on Friday as he considers how to respond to what administration officials say was an unprecedented Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry. In a White House meeting, the president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses,...

  • DONALD TRUMP Aug 28, 2019

    Dunford: Too Early to Discuss Full Pullout From Afghanistan

    The top U.S. military officer said Wednesday it’s too early to talk about a full American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, injecting a cautionary note as U.S. peace talks with the Taliban appear to be near a final agreement. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters that any U.S. deal with the Taliban will be...

  • United States Aug 23, 2019

    Green Berets Killed in Combat in Afghanistan Identified

    The U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command on Thursday released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed a day earlier during combat operations in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in northern Faryab Province. Both were members of 7th Special Forces Group,...

  • California Aug 19, 2019

    Pentagon Conducts 1st Test of Previously Banned Missile

    The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that some analysts worry could increase U.S.-Russian tensions. The...

  • China Aug 3, 2019

    Defense Head Esper: US to Soon Put Intermediate Range Missile in Asia

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Esper, however, added that it will likely take some time to develop the more advanced land-based missile capabilities. The move is...

  • San Diego Jul 31, 2019

    Trump Strips Achievement Medals From Prosecutors in SEAL Chief's Case

    Navy officials said Wednesday they are pulling achievement medals from prosecutors who argued the case against a decorated Navy SEAL who was acquitted in the death of a wounded Islamic State captive after President Donald Trump intervened.

  • DONALD TRUMP Jul 22, 2019

    Military Studies ‘Hyperfit' Women Who Pass Grueling Courses

    In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women, at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training. Their numbers are small, but their completion of some of the military’s most arduous physical...

  • head Jul 4, 2019

    Reports of Unwanted Sexual Contact Up at Coast Guard Academy

    A Pentagon report says that almost half of female cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said they were sexually harassed and that about one in eight women reported experiencing unwanted sexual contact.

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 25, 2019

    Interim Pentagon Chief on Global Stage Amid Iran Crisis

    With barely one day on the job, Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is heading to Europe to try to persuade reluctant and increasingly wary NATO allies to work with the Trump administration on Iran sanctions and security in the Middle East, amid worries that the U.S. and the Islamic Republic may be on a path to war. When he steps...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 23, 2019

    Amid Tough Talk, Trump Says He Could Be Iran's ‘Best Friend'

    President Donald Trump said Saturday that military action against Iran was still an option for its downing of an unmanned U.S. military aircraft, but amid heightened tensions he dangled the prospect of eventually becoming an unlikely “best friend” of America’s longtime Middle Eastern adversary. Trump also said “we very much appreciate” that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard chose not to target a...

  • DONALD TRUMP Jun 22, 2019

    A Half-Hour Away: How Trump Opted Against Iran Strike

    The planes were ready — their deadly cargo poised for delivery within a half-hour. President Donald Trump had been given a series of options Thursday night on how to respond to Iran’s downing of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Senior military advisers zeroed in on a plan to launch strikes on a trio of sites within Iran, and it was...

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