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US stepping up airstrikes this week to support Afghan forces

Jul. 27, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has launched more than a dozen airstrikes in the past week in support of Afghan government forces in their fight against the Taliban, a sharp spike over the handful that were done in the previous six weeks, according to U.S. officials. ...

Audit: Military personnel unprotected from toxic chemicals

Jul. 27, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

The Defense Department has dragged its feet on protecting service personnel from “forever chemicals” at military installations and isn't doing enough to track health effects from exposure to the toxic compounds, according to an internal audit. Officials have taken...

Pentagon chief: Myanmar military acts 'flatly unacceptable'

Jul. 27, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin decried the actions of Myanmar's military rulers on Tuesday and urged a regional bloc to keep demanding an end to the violence. Myanmar, also called Burma, has been wracked by violence by its security forces against...

Rep. Luria's pro-Navy, centrist identity may get Jan. 6 test

Jul. 24, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — When members of Congress head home to connect with their constituents, some hit tractor pulls. Others might stop by mom-and-pop stores. For Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, whose Virginia district includes the world's largest naval base, a recent swing included boarding an...

To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

Jul. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban...

US airstrike in Somalia is 2nd this week against al-Shabab

Jul. 23, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this week, U.S. forces on Friday conducted an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia. The earlier strike, on Tuesday, was the first in Somalia since President Joe Biden took office in January. In a brief...

US launched several airstrikes in support of Afghan forces

Jul. 22, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military launched several airstrikes this week in support of Afghan government forces fighting Taliban insurgents, including in the strategically important province of Kandahar, officials said Thursday. The strikes demonstrate U.S. intentions...

Gen. Milley says Taliban appear to have 'strategic momentum'

Jul. 21, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Taliban appear to have “strategic momentum” in the fight for control of Afghanistan as they put increasing pressure on key cities, setting the stage for a decisive period in coming weeks as American forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. military officer...

Pentagon review: What happens if 'nuclear football' is lost?

Jul. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is taking a rare look at whether it is prepared to deal with the theft or compromise of the portable communications system nicknamed the “nuclear football,” which enables the president or a stand-in to order a nuclear attack. In...

Freed Guantánamo inmate with Moroccan family after 19 years

Jul. 20, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan held for 19 years without charges at the U.S. detention facility for terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay has rejoined his family after questioning by police in this North African kingdom, his lawyer said Tuesday. Abdullatif Nasser, now...