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Military studies 'hyperfit' women who pass grueling courses

Jul. 21, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, Mass. (AP) — In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret...

West Virginia soldier dies in Kuwait in non-combat incident

Jul. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

ROCKPORT, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Army soldier has died in a non-combat related incident in Kuwait. The Pentagon says 30-year-old Sgt. William Edward Friese, from Rockport, West Virginia, died Thursday in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The incident is under investigation. The military gave no more information...

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Jul. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most significant...

The Latest: Central Command says US intensifying air patrols

Jul. 19, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local): 2:10 a.m. U.S. Central Command says the U.S. has intensified air patrols over the Strait of Hormuz in response to the Iranian seizure of a British tanker. A Central Command spokesman, Lt. Col....

Drone targets base for Iran-backed militia in northern Iraq

Jul. 19, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — An unmanned drone dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary forces in northern Iraq early Friday, wounding two people, Iraqi security officials and a military statement said, amid regional tensions between the United States and Iran. The statement said the drone...

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

Suspected Islamic State member brought to US for prosecution

Jul. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it has brought home for prosecution a U.S. national suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. The Pentagon said the individual had previously been held by Syrian Democratic Forces as a suspected member of IS. Tens of...

Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process. Amazon Web Services Inc., a...

Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

Jul. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that negotiators have reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set a $1.3 trillion overall level for the agency budgets that Congress passes each year. He told CNBC's "Squawk Box"...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

Jul. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over its decision to buy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The White House said Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible" while the...