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Indonesia says military chief barred from US, seeks explanation

Jakarta - Indonesia said Sunday its military chief had been refused entry to the United States and asked Washington for an explanation.General Gatot Nurmantyo was due to attend a conference in Washington at the request of General Joseph F.

Pentagon chief, French minister meet amid Niger ambush questions

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked his French counterpart Friday for France's assistance in the immediate aftermath of a Niger ambush that killed four US troops, as questions mounted in Washington about what happened.

Mattis meets McCain amid tension over deadly Niger ambush

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Congress on Friday to assure Senator John McCain that lines of communication were open, amid demands the Pentagon reveal more about a Niger ambush that killed four US servicemen.

Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role

Washington - The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated.

After Raqa, what's next for the US military in Syria

Washington - The Islamic State group's defeat in Raqa, their de facto Syrian capital, raises a thorny question for the US forces that have been training and arming the victorious local fighters: What comes next?

About 400 IS fighters recently surrendered in Raqa: US

Washington - About 400 Islamic State members -- including foreign fighters -- have in recent weeks surrendered to US-backed forces in the jihadists' former Syrian stronghold Raqa, a US military official said Tuesday.

Trump faces backlash over US servicemen claim

Washington - US President Donald Trump was facing a backlash on Tuesday after falsely claiming that Barack Obama and other former US leaders did not call the families of fallen soldiers.

US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea

Singapore - The top US commander in the Pacific warned Tuesday he must "imagine the unimaginable" in responding to the threat posed by the North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Pentagon ready to increase support for Somalia after bomb

Washington - The US military said Monday it is ready to boost its support for the Somali government after at least 276 people were killed in a massive truck bomb in Mogadishu.

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

Kandahar - Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush.

N. Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S. Korea drill: report

Seoul - North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

Freed US-Canadian couple not yet on US plane: official

Washington - A couple freed from the Taliban did not immediately board a US-bound plane from Pakistan on Thursday over the Canadian husband's concerns he might face American scrutiny for links to a former Guantanamo Bay captive, an official said.

Spanish Eurofighter crashes after national day parade, pilot dead

Madrid - A Spanish Eurofighter jet crashed on Thursday after taking part in a military display in Madrid for Spain's national day, killing its pilot, the defence ministry said.

Brazil soldiers sweep for guns, drugs in notorious Rio favela

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian soldiers were deployed to Rio de Janeiro's crime-plagued Rocinha favela for the second consecutive day Wednesday to support police after shootouts between rival crime gangs.

Ukraine detains two top defence officials in graft case

Kiev - Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau said Wednesday it had detained a deputy defence minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme.

Tokyo residents win compensation over US military base noise

Toukyo - Some 1,000 Tokyo residents won compensation Wednesday over aircraft noise coming from a nearby US military base, but they lost a bid to halt flights at odd hours.

US bombers overfly Korean peninsula in show of force

Seoul - The US has flown two supersonic heavy bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force against Pyongyang, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with Japan and South Korea.

No impact on US military ops amid Turkey row: Pentagon

Washington - The escalating diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara has so far not impacted NATO or US military ties with Turkey, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

New military op in gang-plagued Rio favela

Rio De Janeiro - Some 500 soldiers, some in armored vehicles, swept into Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha favela Tuesday to support a police raid after gun fights broke out between rival drug gangs.

N. Korea hacked Seoul's war plan: report

Seoul - North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday.

Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

Washington - President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups.

US to sell $15 bn THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia

Washington - The US government has approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of the advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system for $15 billion, the State Department said Friday.

Trump's says 'you'll find out' after cryptic military warning

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday fueled speculation about his cryptic warning that this is the "calm before the storm," further refusing to explain the comment.

US to ask NATO allies for 1,000 more troops for Afghanistan

Brussels - The United States is to ask NATO allies to contribute around 1,000 additional troops to help in the battle against the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, the new US ambassador to the alliance said Thursday.

Pentagon chief says US admin backs Tillerson's North Korea effort

Washington - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis tried to clear up doubts about the US administration's North Korea strategy Tuesday, backing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff.

Pentagon 'fully' backs Tillerson on North Korea: Mattis

Washington - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Tuesday his department "supports fully" Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear stand-off.

Afghanistan pull-out would be 'to our ultimate peril': Mattis

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Tuesday that an American withdrawal from Afghanistan would be "to our ultimate peril," as he briefed Congress on plans to increase US troop levels.

More than 40,000 troops in Russian war games, US general says

Brussels - A senior US general said Monday that he believed controversial Russian military exercises last month involved "more than 40,000" troops, vastly more than Moscow acknowledged, but the event did not involve a simulated nuclear strike.

Taiwan navy personnel jailed for fatal missile misfire

Taipei - Three naval personnel have been jailed for up to two years for mistakenly launching a missile towards China that killed one person and triggered a stern response from Beijing last year.
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