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Mattis focusing on strategic security issues in China talks
by Lolita C. Baldor - June 26, 2018 - 9:56am
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid out plans for a less contentious, more open dialogue with Chinese leaders as he travels to Asia, less than a month after he slammed Beijing at an international conference for its...
Mattis seeks more cooperation with Pakistan on terror fight
by Lolita C. Baldor - December 5, 2017 - 12:00am
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Pakistani leaders yesterday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents...
US boosts team to investigate civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria
by Lolita C. Baldor - June 13, 2017 - 9:11pm
The US military has more than doubled the size of the team that investigates reports of civilian casualties in strikes by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.
Trump poised to seek new military options for defeating IS
by Lolita C. Baldor - January 27, 2017 - 5:51am
President Donald Trump is expected to ask the Pentagon for ways to accelerate the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and officials said the options probably would include steps the Obama administration...
US, China talks continue on return of seized Navy drone
by Lolita C. Baldor - December 20, 2016 - 3:00am
The Pentagon says conversations continue with China to gain the return of an unmanned underwater drone that was seized by the Chinese Navy last week.
US: 45,000 Islamic State fighters taken off battlefields
by Lolita C. Baldor - August 11, 2016 - 9:52am
The military campaigns in Iraq and Syria have taken 45,000 enemy combatants off the battlefield and reduced the total number of Islamic State fighters to as few as 15,000, the top U.S. commander for the fight against...
Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten US
by Lolita C. Baldor - August 5, 2016 - 8:38am
The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will...
Hackers find security gaps in Pentagon websites
by Lolita C. Baldor - June 18, 2016 - 4:00am
High-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.
Pentagon: Chinese jets fly close to US spy plane over South China Sea
by Lolita C. Baldor - May 19, 2016 - 8:57am
The Pentagon says two Chinese fighter jets flew within about 50 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane Tuesday in international airspace over the South China Sea.
China has reclaimed 3,200 acres in South China Sea
by Lolita C. Baldor - May 13, 2016 - 10:26am
A new Pentagon report says China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea. But the country's focus has shifted to developing and weaponizing those man-made islands so it will...
US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea
by Lolita C. Baldor - April 15, 2016 - 7:43pm
For the second time in five months, Defense Secretary Ash Carter landed aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier in the bitterly contested South China Sea, sending a deliberate message to China on American power in the r...
US defense chief lays out new military aid to Philippines
by Lolita C. Baldor - April 9, 2016 - 3:40am
The aid comes amid increasing tensions with China over undeveloped islands and shoals in the region.
Officials: al-Shabab leader killed in Somalia drone strike
by Lolita C. Baldor - April 1, 2016 - 9:44pm
A U.S. drone strike in Somalia has targeted a key leader of the al-Shabab militant group who was involved in two attacks in Mogadishu more than a year ago that killed more than 30 people.
US commander: More US, coalition forces likely to fight IS
by Lolita C. Baldor - February 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
There is a "good potential" that more US and coalition forces will be needed to fight the Islamic State group, the top commander of military operations in Iraq and Syria said yesterday.
Pentagon chief: Iraqi strike may be 'mistake' by 2 sides
by Lolita C. Baldor - December 19, 2015 - 4:15pm
The American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers on Friday seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides," US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday.
Pentagon chief to military: Open all combat jobs to women
by Lolita C. Baldor - December 3, 2015 - 10:45pm
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered the military to open all military jobs to women, including the most dangerous commando posts, removing the final barriers that kept women from serving in combat.
Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria
by Lolita C. Baldor - October 6, 2015 - 2:25pm
Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure that the two countries' aircraft don't interfere with each other over Syria, senior US military officials said yesterday....
3,000 US troops head to Eastern Europe for exercises
by Lolita C. Baldor - March 10, 2015 - 7:08am
About 3,000 US soldiers from the Georgia-based 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Pentagon said...
US mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern
by Lolita C. Baldor - February 26, 2015 - 9:25am
The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia's military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders...
US, SKorea agree to delay wartime control transfer
by Lolita C. Baldor - October 24, 2014 - 7:00am
The United States on Thursday agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying the transfer of authority to Seoul that had been...
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