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Military leaders wary of changes in sexual assault policy

Jun. 03, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military service leaders are privately expressing reservations about removing sexual assault cases from the chain of command, The Associated Press has learned, striking a note of caution as momentum builds toward changing a military justice system that has come under...

Iran's largest warship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman

Jun. 02, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The largest warship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, the latest calamity to strike one of the country’s vessels in recent years amid tensions with the West. The blaze began...

The Latest: US advises Americans to reconsider travel

May. 13, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the harrowing fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers (all times local): WASHINGTON - The State Department is advising Americans to reconsider any travel they may have planned to Israel and the Palestinian territories...

Iran rejects US claim that speedboats sparked encounter

May. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday rejected the U.S. Navy's claim that fast-approaching Iranian speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz sparked a tense encounter in the already sensitive region. The Guard’s website, sepahnews.com,...

US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

May. 10, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran's Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came...

Pentagon preparing for Taliban attacks during US withdrawal

Apr. 30, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is preparing for possible Taliban attacks on U.S. and coalition forces as they withdraw from Afghanistan, a prospect that complicates the outlook for winding down America's longest war. May 1 was the date all U.S....

Officials say carrier to help protect Afghanistan pullout

Apr. 23, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has decided to keep an aircraft carrier in the Middle East to help provide protection for American and coalition troops during their planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in coming weeks, his spokesman said Friday. The...

Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial

Apr. 19, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community...

US likely to up Afghanistan force to ensure safe drawdown

Apr. 16, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will likely increase its troop presence in Afghanistan temporarily over the coming weeks and months in order to fulfill President Joe Biden's order to safely withdraw all forces from the country by Sept. 11, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon...

The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

Apr. 13, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify coronavirus immunization status and allow inoculated people to more...