Latest Air force News

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...

The Latest: Israeli PM says Iranian sites in Syria 'pounded'

Jan. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Israel's prime minister says the country's military "pounded" Iranian targets in Syria in response to a missile launch against Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel won't "allow such acts of aggression...

AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

Jan. 17, 2019 10:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military...

Nigeria helicopter crashes while fighting extremists; 5 dead

Jan. 3, 2019 10:46 AM EST

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian Air Force helicopter crashed in combat, killing five crew members, as fighting raged against extremists for control of the strategic town of Baga in the northeast, the military said Thursday. The crash occurred Wednesday at Damasak in northern Borno state, according to...

Women changing makeup of military, and perhaps its politics

Dec. 31, 2018 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump's tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she...

Military women, female veterans are shifting away from GOP

Dec. 29, 2018 5:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump's tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections approached, she...

Trump makes first visit to US troops in harm's way

Dec. 26, 2018 8:20 PM EST

AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump staunchly defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from neighboring Syria despite a drumbeat of criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants there...

Girl finds Santa gifts, despite Trump's 'marginal' comment

Dec. 26, 2018 5:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who talked to President Donald Trump on Christmas Eve still left out milk and cookies for Santa despite the president telling her it was "marginal" for a child of her age to still believe. Then again, Collman Lloyd of Lexington, South Carolina, says she had never heard...

The Latest: Trumps attend services at National Cathedral

Dec. 25, 2018 4:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's Christmas activities (all times local): 10:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is attending worship services on Christmas Eve. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, arrived at Washington National Cathedral for a late service on Monday night. Trump...

Mattis' permanent replacement likely to face close scrutiny

Dec. 24, 2018 4:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a week will thrust President Donald Trump's largely unknown choice for acting Pentagon chief into the military hot seat and shift attention to the search for a permanent replacement who will probably face sharp Capitol Hill questioning...