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World Dec 05Carter’s Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head
TOKYO — Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues to be inherited by his successor, from concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection to…
World Oct 26U.S. general: Mosul battle is hard, but Raqqa will be harder
Iraq's battle to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State group is progressing despite "stiff" resistance from resilient and creative fighters, but a coming offensive to oust them from their main Syria stronghold at Raqqa poses tougher political challenges, the U.S.
World Oct 17Mission to take Mosul will test Obama’s controversial plan to fight ISIS
Mosul may answer the question: If the Islamic State loses a crown jewel of its so-called caliphate, will that be a decisive and sustainable victory for Iraq? Or will Baghdad once again falter, allowing sectarian and political divisions to destabilize…
Politics Sep 29Trump’s stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous
Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue.
Nation Sep 25Pentagon chief is expert on nukes but says little about them
As defense secretary to a president who famously envisioned "a world without nuclear weapons," Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them.
World Sep 08British official criticizes UN peacekeepers for sexual abuse
LONDON — British Defense Minister Michael Fallon says sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers must be eliminated.
World Sep 07Ash Carter accuses Russia of sowing global instability
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria.
Nation Aug 18Indonesia prisoner makes first public appearance at Gitmo
An Indonesian held for nearly 10 years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has appeared for the first time at a hearing called to determine whether he should remain in detention.
Nation Jun 30U.S. sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf, investigation says
Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of "warfighting toughness" and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday.
World Jun 10White House expands airstrikes in Afghanistan
The decision comes as the Afghans struggle with a resurgent Taliban, particularly in the south. But the move is politically sensitive because President Barack Obama had made clear his commitment to get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan.