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Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

Jun. 25, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service. ...

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

Jun. 25, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service. ...

US: Afghan national freed from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years

Jun. 24, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An Afghan prisoner held in U.S. custody for nearly 15 years has been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center after a federal court ruled that he was unlawfully detained, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday. Asadullah Haroon Gul's release was first...

US sending advanced rocket systems, other aid to Ukraine

Jun. 23, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will send another $450 million in military aid to Ukraine, including some additional medium-range rocket systems, to help push back Russian progress in the war, officials announced Thursday. The latest package includes four High Mobility...

FBI: Naval reservist said he stormed Capitol with Proud Boys

Jun. 23, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Naval reservist who was assigned to an agency that operates spy satellites told an undercover FBI agent that he stormed the U.S. Capitol with members of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and has espoused anti-government and antisemitic ideologies, federal...

Most land mine use by US military banned, except for Korea

Jun. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it would restrict the use of anti-personnel land mines by the U.S. military, aligning the country's policy more closely with an international treaty banning the deadly explosives. “The president...

China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

Jun. 17, 2022 01:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday, the first such ship to be both designed and built in China, in a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy. The Type 003 carrier christened Fujian left its drydock at a shipyard outside...

What we know about how Pence's day unfolded on Jan. 6

Jun. 16, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pence won't be testifying at Thursday's Jan. 6 committee hearing. But he will be in the spotlight as the focus turns to former President Donald Trump’s desperate and futile attempts to persuade his vice president to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election...

Push to convert defense department vehicles to electricity

Jun. 16, 2022 01:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator has proposed that the U.S. military play a role in reducing carbon emissions by converting some vehicles to electricity. Sen. Angus King's bill calls for transitioning the non-tactical fleet of the U.S. Department of Defense to...

GAO: US failed to track if arms used against Yemen civilians

Jun. 15, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon and the State Department failed to investigate whether a Saudi-led coalition used U.S.-provided military support to carry out any of repeated airstrikes and other attacks that are alleged to have killed civilians in Yemen, a U.S. government report released Wednesday...