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Review finds US troops didn't violate law in Syria airstrike

May. 17, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military investigation found that American troops did not violate the law of war or deliberately cause civilian casualties in a 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of people, including women and children. It did find that the military committed procedural mistakes...

US vice president, top officials visit UAE to pay respects

May. 16, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris led a high-powered American delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to pay respects to the federation's late ruler and meet with the newly ascended president. The trip marks the highest-level visit by...

Reversing Trump, Biden acts to deploy US troops to Somalia

May. 16, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by President Donald Trump's late-term decision to withdraw forces...

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes UAE's president

May. 14, 2022 17:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rulers in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday unanimously appointed Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the autocratic nation's president, signaling both unity and stability in this key energy-rich country that hosts Western militaries. ...

4 Air Force cadets may not graduate due to vaccine refusal

May. 14, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, and they may be required to pay back thousands of dollars in tuition costs, according to Air Force officials. ...

Live updates | Zelenskyy: No one can predict length of war

May. 13, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said although Ukrainians are doing everything they can to drive out the Russians, “no one today can predict how long this war will last.” “This will depend, unfortunately, not only on our people, who are already giving their...

US, Russian defense chiefs speak for 1st time since invasion

May. 13, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday after months of refusing direct contact with his American counterpart. But officials said the call didn’t appear to signal any change in Moscow’s war in Ukraine. ...

UAE's long-ailing leader Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

May. 13, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' long-ailing ruler and president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died Friday, the government announced in a brief statement. He was 73. Sheikh Khalifa oversaw much of the country’s blistering economic growth and...

Army poised to revamp Alaska forces to prep for Arctic fight

May. 12, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army is poised to revamp its forces in Alaska to better prepare for future cold-weather conflicts, and it is expected to replace the larger, heavily equipped Stryker Brigade in the state with a more mobile infantry unit better suited for the...

Quick Senate OK ahead for House-passed $40B aid for Ukraine

May. 11, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Final congressional approval of a $40 billion Ukraine aid bill seems certain within days as top Senate Republicans said Wednesday they expect strong GOP backing for the House-passed measure, signaling a bipartisan, heightened U.S. commitment to helping thwart the bloody Russian...