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APNewsBreak: Senator wants review of Guard assault policies

Feb. 20, 2019 5:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A powerful Wisconsin legislator has demanded a detailed review of the state National Guard's sexual harassment and assault policies after meeting with a soldier who alleges she was sexually harassed and the man wasn't punished. U.S. Air Force investigators are already investigating...

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Feb. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said...

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

Feb. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. military airlifted tons of humanitarian aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival for the leadership of the South American nation. Three scheduled Air Force C-17...

Judge halts Air Force's efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

Feb. 15, 2019 7:37 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Air Force to temporarily stop discharging service members who are HIV-positive, ruling that it's working under a policy that is "irrational" and "outdated." U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia, issued her decision...

US says ex-intel official defected to Iran, revealed secrets

Feb. 14, 2019 6:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran despite warnings from the FBI has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program, prosecutors said. The Justice...

AP WAS THERE: Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nation

Feb. 11, 2019 1:48 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 11, 1979, after days of running street battles and uncertainty, Iran's military stood down and allowed the Islamic Revolution to sweep across the country. The caretaker government left behind by the cancer-stricken Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who weeks earlier left the nation, quickly...

Venezuela's Guaido urges military defections amid protests

Feb. 2, 2019 8:09 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition leader called on more members of the military to abandon the country's socialist government following Saturday's defection of a high-ranking general, while President Nicolas Maduro proposed holding early National Assembly elections that could potentially...

Egypt says airstrike kills 2 militant leaders in Sinai

Jan. 27, 2019 7:36 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says its air force has killed several militants, including two local commanders, in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. The military said Sunday that the airstrike targeted a militant "outpost," without providing further details. The army has been battling a long-running...

US, Canadian fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets

Jan. 26, 2019 10:46 PM EST

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado (AP) — Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were traveling in the Arctic region near the North American coastline. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-22 and two CF-18...

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about...