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New Army training team heads to Africa

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of its new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent.The...

How Trump’s new intel chief stacks up against predecessors

By The Associated Press | February 20, 2020

President Donald Trump's new acting director of national intelligence is facing criticism that he doesn't have the right experience for the job. Richard Grenell is the American ambassador to Germany and he's served as a spokesman in various roles in government....

US defense chief slams China as rising threat to world order

By ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW LEE | February 15, 2020

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order — saying the world's most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at...

US travel ban for Sri Lanka army chief in hospital shelling

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI | February 14, 2020

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that...

US to seek more help from NATO to counter Islamic State

By ROBERT BURNS | February 11, 2020

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he is looking to NATO allies for more help countering the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and in bolstering U.S. defense efforts in the Middle East more broadly.In an interview...

Thai army chief: Gunman wasn’t treated fairly in land deal


BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's army commander said Tuesday the soldier who killed 29 people in a shooting rampage had not been treated fairly in a land deal involving his commander and such arrangements would have to be halted.The gunman killed his superior...

Thai soldier’s deadly rampage reveals security lapses

By EMILY SCHMALL and GRANT PECK | February 11, 2020

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — As this Thai city mourns the 29 people killed in a weekend shooting rampage, many are questioning the apparent security lapses that allowed him to steal the weapons he used in the assault.It's still unclear how the...

Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

By ROBERT BURNS | February 8, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data.The...

Trump’s ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

By SARA BURNETT | February 7, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The former Navy secretary who was fired after criticizing President Donald Trump endorsed Democrat Michael Bloomberg for president on Friday, saying the U.S. needs a leader with integrity who would have “a steady hand on the wheel.”Former...

Iraq considers deepening military ties with Russia


BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq and Russia discussed prospects for deepening military coordination, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Thursday, amid a strain in Baghdad-Washington relations after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general inside Iraq.The ministry...

US general slips into Iraq for talks to salvage relations

By LOLITA C. BALDOR | February 5, 2020

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East slipped quietly into Iraq Tuesday, as the Trump administration works to salvage relations with Iraqi leaders and shut down the government's push for an American troop...

EU regrets US military policy about-face on landmines

February 4, 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expressed regret on Tuesday that the United States has decided to use anti-personnel landmines more widely and once again considers them to be an important weapon of war.Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump canceled...