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  • Defense secretary investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 5:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in an effort to derail a contentious bill that would change the way the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • GOP senator blocks vote on Army secretary over Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - The nomination of President Barack Obama's choice to serve as Army secretary remains blocked by a Kansas senator over administration efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the U.S.

  • Haley: Feds have left South Carolina in dark on Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 2:02 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday criticized the federal government for keeping her in the dark about plans to potentially transfer Guantanamo detainees to South Carolina, telling a U.S. House panel that she has heard no details about what she says could be detrimental for her state.

  • Carter defends US strategy for defeating Islamic State group 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 11:39 am

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter defended the U.S. strategy for defeating Islamic State militants, telling Congress on Thursday that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking the extremist group's strongholds.

  • Carter calls Republican plan to shift wartime money flawed story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:02 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter attacked as "another road to nowhere" a Republican plan that cuts $18 billion from the wartime operations account to pay for weapons and troops the Pentagon didn't request, kicking the battle over how much to spend on the U.S. military into high gear.

  • Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm

    HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.

  • Administration: Up to 250 military personnel headed to Syria story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-16 7:11 pm

    AERZEN, Germany - President Barack Obama will send an additional 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group, increasing to 300 the number of U.S. forces battling extremists in the war-torn country, administration officials confirmed Sunday.

  • In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US story has photos
    Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.

  • Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 3:31 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - With fresh friction wearing on an old alliance, President Barack Obama pressed Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and help rebuild war-torn Iraq.

  • Sending more US troops to Iraq fits a 2-year pattern story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 2:07 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's decision to send still more American troops to Iraq, and to put military advisers closer to the front lines against the Islamic State, fits a pattern of ever-deepening involvement in a country whose war Obama exited with supposed finality in December 2011.

  • In Saudi visit, Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom story has photos
    Updated: Apr-19-16 11:35 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When President Barack Obama arrives in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, he'll face an increasingly assertive leadership still heavily dependent on U.S. weapons and military might that nonetheless has little trust in him and essentially believes it's been thrown a curveball.

  • US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters to Iraq story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-18-16 7:40 pm

    BAGHDAD - The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

  • China 2nd ranking general visits disputed islands 
    Updated: Apr-15-16 7:26 am

    BEIJING - China's second-ranking general recently visited the country's man-made islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Ministry said Friday, underscoring China's defiance in the face of calls by the U.S. and others to cease construction work that they say is raising tensions in the region.

  • Obama claims progress on Islamic State amid worrying signs story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 6:56 pm

    LANGLEY, Virginia - President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, even as political turmoil in Iraq and renewed violence in Syria threatened to jeopardize hard-fought gains.

  • Bone fragments from WWII crash site returning from India 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 2:35 am

    NEW DELHI - Tiny bone fragments carry a world of significance and perhaps closure for at least one American family who lost a loved one over the mountains of India in World War II.

  • Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible story has photos
    Updated: Apr-12-16 8:35 pm

    CAMP PENDLETON, California - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus had a simple message Tuesday for 1,500 Marines and sailors: The decision to let women compete for all military combat positions is as irreversible as earlier edicts to integrate blacks and allow gays and lesbians to openly serve.

  • The Latest: Navy secretary sells Marines on women in combat 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 7:15 pm

    CAMP PENDLETON, California - The Latest on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' talk with Marines on women in combat (all times local):

  • US reviewing scale of its peacekeeping mission in Sinai 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 3:46 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering ways it could automate aspects of its peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula, possibly reducing the number of troops deployed to an area struggling with the rise of an Islamic State faction, officials said Tuesday.

  • Carter: Iraq politics won't stall beefed up military fight 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 12:35 pm

    MORMUGAO PORT TRUST, India - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that struggles within the Iraq government won't stall the U.S. military campaign to beef up the fight against Islamic State militants in the country.

  • US asks judge to seal files in case over CIA sex case leaks story has photos
    Updated: Apr-08-16 9:47 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department urged a U.S. judge late Friday to keep secret many of the court records in the now-abandoned lawsuit over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus.

  • Carter: US missile defense 'going to happen' in SKorea 
    Updated: Apr-08-16 7:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that the proposed placement of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is "going to happen" despite Chinese opposition.

  • Futuristic textile facility to open in Massachusetts 
    Updated: Apr-01-16 2:51 pm

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Massachusetts has been chosen to host a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing center with a goal of developing cutting-edge fabrics with a range of unusual properties, from being incredibly lightweight and flame-resistant to exceptionally strong or containing electronic sensors.