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World Mar 22White House says Islamic State territory in Syria eliminated
President Trump said Friday "it's about time" that the group no longer controlled territory in the region, after a campaign by U.S. and coalition forces that spanned five years and two U.S. presidencies unleashed more than 100,000 bombs and killed…
World Mar 21Marines cut training to cover costs of hurricane damage, border mission
The top Marine general warned the problem is "imposing unacceptable risk" to Marine Corps combat readiness.
Politics Mar 20Pentagon to probe if Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan used office to help Boeing
Patrick Shanahan is faces an ethics complaint alleging he has made statements promoting Boeing and disparaging its competitors.
Politics Feb 26Top U.S. general says no military threat on southern border
Under pointed questioning from senators, the top U.S. general for homeland defense said Tuesday that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus in on "very real" threats from China and Russia in…
Politics Jan 17WATCH: Trump says U.S. will develop space-based missile defense
Declaring that space is the new warfighting domain, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed the U.S. will develop an unrivaled missile defense system to protect against advanced hypersonic and cruise missile threats from competitors and adversaries.
Politics Dec 28AP fact check: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay
In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true. Here's…
Politics Dec 24‘Fix-it’ man Shanahan, Mattis’ successor, working to streamline defense spending
In the new year Trump wants to focus on streamlining purchases at the Pentagon, an issue on which Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has already been working, a White House official said.
Politics Dec 23Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief
Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding…
Politics Dec 21Large U.S. troop pullout planned in Afghanistan, officials say
The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table…
World Dec 20Pentagon scrambles to devise Syria exit amid outrage about abrupt pullout
The Pentagon, roiled first by the surprise withdrawal order from Trump and then the abrupt resignation of Mattis, offered no information about how the withdrawal will happen or how long it will take, apparently because they don't know.