Latest U.S. Department of Defense News

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

Oct. 14, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria -- an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. Meanwhile, the Americans were...

US pulling out of northern Syria; full withdrawal possible

Oct. 13, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos , cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey's invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed U.S. troops in northern...

Pentagon chief says Trump orders US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey's attacks against Kurds, but not leave Syria

Oct. 13, 2019 8:34 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon chief says Trump orders US forces in Syria to move south of Turkey's attacks against Kurds, but not leave Syria.

Esper: US is not abandoning Kurds in face of Turkish attack

Oct. 11, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about that,"...

Turkish forces advance in Syria as US troops come under fire

Oct. 11, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000....

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

The Latest: US Syria outpost vacated after coming under fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to Turkey's offensive into Syria (all times local): 8:30 p.m. U.S. officials say an American outpost in northeastern Syria has been vacated after coming under fire from Turkish artillery. The officials say a number of U.S. troops left their post on a hill...

US bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles

Oct. 11, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly insists that America must get out of endless Middle East wars. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced...

Colorado soldiers to catch drone buses at Fort Carson

Oct. 10, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An Army-supported research program has plans to bring robotic buses to Colorado troops at Fort Carson. The Gazette reports that the pilot program could eventually lead to autonomous delivery vehicles on Colorado Springs streets and is being used to see if automated...

Syria's Kurds: Turn to Damascus or concede to Turkey?

Oct. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country. The Kurdish fighters have few options. They could...