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  • Impasse over China's island-building shows no sign of easing 
    Updated: May-30-15 9:53 am

    SINGAPORE - China vigorously defended its South China Sea land reclamation projects in the face of persistent criticism from U.S. leaders at an international security summit Saturday as the standoff in the Asia-Pacific region shows few signs of abating.

  • McCain: US should allow sale of defensive weapons to Vietnam 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:16 am

    SINGAPORE - America needs to provide Vietnam with more defensive weapons, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday as tensions in the Asia Pacific region heightened over China's expanding land reclamation projects in the South China Sea.

  • US to "fine tune" Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 3:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday.

  • Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 3:42 pm

    BEIRUT - In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • Analysis: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:28 pm

    BAGHDAD - It's the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: May-26-15 11:06 pm

    The Latest on weather: Third body pulled from swollen Blanco River; Texas death toll now 13

  • Biden tries to smooth over anger sparked by Carter's comment 
    Updated: May-26-15 3:15 am

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.

  • Across nation, veterans' sacrifices honored in many ways story has video
    Updated: May-26-15 3:14 am

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - President Barack Obama saluted Americans who died in battle and made special mention on Memorial Day of the families of lost loved ones "who represent the best of who we are."

  • Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 7:25 am

    WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.

  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs 
    Updated: May-25-15 6:25 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.

  • Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast 
    Updated: May-25-15 5:50 am

    CAIRO - Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups - despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters.

  • Sens. Reed, McCain lead visit to Vietnam, Singapore 
    Updated: May-24-15 5:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed are leading a delegation of senators to Vietnam and Singapore.

  • Pentagon recommends new Navy, Army chiefs 
    Updated: May-13-15 4:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter nominated two top military officers Wednesday to take charge of the Army and Navy, selecting men who have faced public scrutiny over the past year for their key leadership roles in high-profile cases.

  • Pentagon recommends nuclear director to be next Navy chief 
    Updated: May-12-15 7:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is recommending that Adm. John Richardson, head of the Navy's nuclear program, be named the next chief of naval operations, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

  • Syria rebels cast doubt on US training program 
    Updated: May-08-15 1:40 pm

    BEIRUT - Syrian rebels on Friday voiced deep reservations about a U.S. program to train moderate rebels that American and Jordanian officials say has kicked off in Jordan, dismissing it as a drop in the ocean that would not change realities on the ground.

  • Syrian rebel training has started in Jordan story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-07-15 5:26 pm

    WASHINGTON - After months of delays and vetting, the training of moderate Syrian rebels has started in Jordan as part of a broader effort to build a force capable of fighting Islamic State extremists, U.S. and Jordanian officials said Thursday.

  • Defense officials: Setting up Syrian safe zone difficult 
    Updated: May-06-15 11:49 am

    WASHINGTON - Two U.S. defense officials say setting up a humanitarian safe zone for those caught in the crossfire in Syria can be done militarily but would require the Obama administration to shift troops around.