Latest Armed forces News

Congress set to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

Dec. 06, 2022 22:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military would be rescinded under the annual defense bill heading for a vote this week in Congress, ending a directive that helped ensure the vast majority of troops were vaccinated but also raised concerns that it harmed...

Iran officials sentence 5 to death for killing Basij troop

Dec. 06, 2022 13:03 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iranian authorities sentenced five people to death for allegedly killing a member of a paramilitary force affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, state media said Tuesday. Eleven others received prison sentences. The 13 men and three minors had been...

Late Chinese leader Jiang hailed in memorial service

Dec. 06, 2022 01:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders eulogized the late Jiang Zemin on Tuesday as a loyal Marxist-Leninist who oversaw their country’s rapid economic rise while maintaining rigid Communist Party control over society. President and current party leader Xi Jinping praised Jiang in an...

Jurors hear ex-Border Patrol agent's confession in killings

Dec. 04, 2022 19:01 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jurors in the capital murder trial of a former U.S. Border Patrol agent have heard a taped interview in which he confesses to the 2018 killings of four sex workers in South Texas. If convicted of capital murder, Juan David Ortiz, 39, faces life in prison without...

Keep COVID military vaccine mandate, defense chief says

Dec. 04, 2022 10:43 AM EST

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he wants to keep the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops, as Republican governors and lawmakers press to rescind it. This past week more than 20 Republican...

Seoul arrests ex-top security official over border killing

Dec. 03, 2022 00:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's former national security director was arrested Saturday over a suspected cover-up surrounding North Korea’s killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the rivals’ sea boundary in 2020. Suh Hoon’s arrest early Saturday came as...

Pentagon debuts its new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider

Dec. 02, 2022 23:36 PM EST

PALMDALE , Calif. (AP) — America’s newest nuclear stealth bomber made its debut Friday after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China. The B-21 Raider is the first new American bomber aircraft in more...

Israeli officer kills Palestinian after alleged stabbing

Dec. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s paramilitary border police said an officer killed an alleged Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank on Friday after they wrestled over a weapon. Amateur video captured the moments the officer fired the fatal shots, and the Palestinian man dropped to the...

Remains of WWII POW from Massachusetts accounted for

Dec. 02, 2022 15:21 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An American service member who survived the notorious Bataan Death March during World War II but later died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp has finally been accounted for, military officials announced Friday. The remains of Army Air Forces Pvt. Joseph E. Lescaut,...

US targets Russian mercenary group over religious freedom

Dec. 02, 2022 13:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday placed a well-known Russian paramilitary organization on a list of religious freedom violators alongside a number of notorious terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he had designated the Wagner...