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Esper accuses China of intimidating smaller Asian nations

Nov. 20, 2019 6:20 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday accused China of using coercion and intimidation against smaller Asian nations to impose its will in the South China Sea. He urged Vietnam and others in the region to push back. “We will not accept attempts to assert unlawful...

Buttigieg touts military service, wary of overstating role

Nov. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg strides past an oversized photograph of himself dressed in fatigues, the Afghan horizon behind him, as he enters a Des Moines arena for an Iowa Democratic Party gala. In his first Iowa television ad, he holds a rifle and points it toward the rubble at his feet,...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM blasts president’s party over delays

Nov. 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s political crisis worsened Sunday with the outgoing prime minister harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president, blaming it for weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet amid ongoing anti-government protests. A statement released by Saad Hariri’s office...

Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote

Nov. 17, 2019 6:44 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, registered a comfortable victory Sunday in the nation’s presidential election. Elections...

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 12:07 PM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion into areas under Kurdish control. The U.S.-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to...

US military academy athletes can now delay service, go pro

Nov. 14, 2019 6:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has opened the door for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate, and delay their active-duty service. Esper signed a memo last Friday laying out the new guidelines, which says the athletes must get...

Esper: US could alter military drills to boost NKorea talks

Nov. 13, 2019 2:23 PM EST

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he is open to the possibility of altering American military activities in South Korea if it would help advance a diplomatic deal with North Korea to eliminate its nuclear program. In an interview with reporters flying...

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Nov. 13, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East - most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria - that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops....

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 12, 2019 6:26 AM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...