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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. ...

NATO to boost its forces, equipment on eastern flank

Jun. 16, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Thursday discussed ways to bolster forces and deterrence along the military alliance's eastern borders to dissuade Russia from planning further aggression in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The Russian invasion has led allies to...

Details of new military aid for Ukraine from US, allies

Jun. 15, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 billion package of military assistance the U.S. announced for Ukraine on Wednesday is aimed at bolstering the country's ability to push back Russian advances in the eastern Donbas region. Several European nations added their own contributions, as U.S. Defense Secretary...

US sending $1 billion more military aid to outgunned Ukraine

Jun. 15, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced it will send an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, as America and its allies provide longer-range weapons they say can make a difference in a fight where Ukrainian forces are outnumbered and outgunned by their Russian invaders. ...

US Defense Secretary Austin meets Thai leader to boost ties

Jun. 13, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Thailand’s prime minister on Monday as part of an effort to strengthen what Austin says is Washington’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships" in the region. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is...

China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia

Jun. 12, 2022 07:30 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister accused the United States on Sunday of trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.” ...

Ukraine: Russia said to be using more deadly weapons in war

Jun. 11, 2022 22:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers...

US: China's military activity around Taiwan threatens region

Jun. 11, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia's premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La...

China complains over US arms sales to Taiwan

Jun. 10, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — China's defense minister complained to his American counterpart on Friday about the latest U.S. arms package for Taiwan and warned of a possible conflict over the self—governing island that China claims as its own territory. Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei...

US official says diplomatic push in Asia paying dividends

Jun. 10, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The American diplomatic push aimed at countering China's increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States, a top State Department official said Friday. U.S....