WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities. Continue reading
After months of waiting through a contested election, the U.S. has settled with Afghanistan’s new leadership on a security agreement for the transition toward Afghan security self-reliance. Former State Department official Barnett Rubin talks to Jeffrey Brown about whether President Ashraf Ghani will prove a reliable ally, as well as what we’ve learned from American involvement in Afghanistan. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — A new report says the Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who serve in the military. It comes as the number of women in the military is increasing dramatically.
WASHINGTON — A Pentagon spokesman says the United States executed two airstrikes Wednesday on an Islamic State group staging area in eastern Syria.
Omar Gonzalez, an Army veteran from Texas, made it all the way through the unlocked White House front door with a three-inch knife last Friday before being stopped. The Secret Service immediately increased surveillance and foot patrols, but the incident renewed criticism for the president’s security team and a House hearing was scheduled for next week. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
The Pentagon said Monday night that the U.S. military and its allies have launched airstrikes in Syria to combat Islamic State militants. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine’s military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.
The use of American troops to battle the Islamic State has not been ruled out, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored that the U.S. air campaign will not be limited to Iraq, prompting questions about attacks from the Syrian government. The NewsHour’s Quinn Bowman reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, more than 700 immigrants hoping to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East were killed in two shipwrecks last week. The death toll reportedly equals all migrant deaths for the entire year of 2013. Also, Air France pilots began a week-long strike, grounding more than half of the airline’s flights. Continue reading