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World Jul 19Iran says it’s seized a British oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz
The website of Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the tanker was seized Friday for "non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations" and was taken to an Iranian port.
World Jul 17U.S. kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program
In a written statement, the White House said Wednesday that Turkey's decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible."…
Politics Jul 16WATCH: Defense secretary nominee says U.S. should pursue diplomacy with Iran
"I agree we do not want war with Iran," Mark Esper said. "We are not seeking war with Iran. We need to get back on the diplomatic channel."…
Politics Jul 15Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis
The moment the nomination was received by the Senate on Monday afternoon, Esper was required to step out of his role as acting defense secretary — a job he has held since June — until he is confirmed as the…
Nation Jul 11Pulling troops out of Afghanistan early would be a mistake, general says
He says the U.S. should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria to maintain stability.
Nation Jul 08Admiral picked to lead Navy is retiring after his judgment is called into question
Officials said Adm. William Moran recently took public affairs counsel from a former public affairs adviser who was removed from his position for drinking and fraternizing with junior officers.
Nation Jul 03Critics say Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ is politicizing July 4
Critics of Trump's plans to hold a large-scale event for Fourth of July say he is politicizing the national holiday.
World May 23Pentagon proposing troop reinforcements in Mideast
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the Defense Department has not yet determined how many troops might be sent to reinforce the existing U.S. military presence in the region. He disputed reports by The Associated Press and others that…
World May 21Dual congressional hearings focus on Trump’s Iran policy
The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday come after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that have raised alarms over a possible military confrontation with Iran.
Nation May 11Shanahan wants secure border without continuous military aid
On a trip to a border city in Texas, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday he intends to accelerate planning to secure the border and bolster the government’s ability to accomplish that without the Pentagon’s continuous help.