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World May 21Top U.S. commander makes secret visit to Syria
The top U.S. commander for the Middle East secretly visited Syria on Saturday for a first-hand look at efforts to build cohesive alliances of Arab, Kurd and other local fighters to defeat the Islamic State.
World May 04Coalition vows to build up further against Islamic State
STUTTGART, Germany — An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders…
World May 03Defense secretary accuses Russia of ‘nuclear saber-rattling’
STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions.
Nation Apr 2916 blamed for mistakes in deadly U.S. attack on Afghan clinic
WASHINGTON — A U.S. aerial gunship attack on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 42 people occurred because of human errors, process mistakes and equipment failures, and none of the aircrew or U.S. ground troops knew the target was a…
World Mar 28Could the Pentagon’s missile defenses fend off a North Korea nuclear attack?
WASHINGTON — As North Korea rattles its nuclear saber, threatening to bomb the U.S. at "any moment," a nerve-jangling question hangs in the air: If Pyongyang did launch a nuclear-armed missile at an American city, could the Pentagon's missile defenses…
World Mar 25Pentagon moving to increase U.S. troop numbers in Iraq soon
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American forces in Iraq and announced that U.S. forces have killed the Islamic State’s finance minister. “We are systematically eliminating ISIL’s cabinet,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter…
Politics Mar 21U.S. Marines deploy to northern Iraq to provide protection
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. has set up a small Marine artillery outpost in northern Iraq to protect a nearby Iraqi military base where U.S. advisers are helping Iraqi combat troops plan and prepare for a counteroffensive in Mosul, a U.S.
World Mar 16More than 12 punished for mistaken Afghan hospital attack
WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined — but face no criminal charges — for mistakes that led to the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed 42 people in Afghanistan last year,…
World Feb 19U.S. warplanes strike ISIS training camp in Libya
WASHINGTON — American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting an Islamic State training camp and a senior extremist leader, U.S. defense officials said Friday.
World Feb 08U.S. faces shortcomings in global, anti-ISIS coalition
WASHINGTON — To doubters of its strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the Obama administration likes to tout its coalition of 66 nations and claim strength in numbers. But a year and a half into the war, some administration officials…