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US helps Israel shoot down 'nearly all' Iran-launched attack drones as Biden pledges support

Apr. 14, 2024 07:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden lauded American forces who helped Israel down “nearly all” of the drones and missiles fired by Iran and vowed to coordinate a global response to Tehran's unprecedented attack. The Pentagon said U.S. forces intercepted “dozens of missiles” and drones...

Israel says Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles, 99% of which were intercepted

Apr. 14, 2024 00:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel early Sunday after Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East closer to a regionwide war. A military spokesman said the launches numbered...

US and Philippines step up strategic partnership as China threats loom in South China Sea

Apr. 12, 2024 19:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday reassured the Philippines anew that the U.S. commitment to the country's defense is steadfast amid increasing concerns about provocative Chinese actions in disputed areas of the South China Sea. A day after President Joe Biden...

The Latest | Blinken says Israel hasn't told US of any specific date for Rafah ground invasion

Apr. 09, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said Israel has not apprised the U.S. of any specific date for the start of a major offensive into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but added that American and Israeli officials remained in contact to try to ensure that “any kind of major military...

U.S. announces $138 million in emergency military sales of Hawk missile systems support for Ukraine

Apr. 09, 2024 16:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has greenlighted an emergency $138 million in foreign military sales for Ukraine to provide critical repairs and spare parts for Kyiv’s Hawk missile systems. The U.S. announced the move Tuesday saying that Ukraine has an urgent need for the...

Top military leaders face Congress over Pentagon budget and questions on Israel and Ukraine support

Apr. 09, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. CQ Brown Jr. testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about the Pentagon's $850 billion budget for 2025 as questions remained as to whether lawmakers will support current spending needs for Israel or Ukraine. ...

US defense official had 'Havana syndrome' symptoms during a 2023 NATO summit, the Pentagon confirms

Apr. 01, 2024 17:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Defense Department official who attended last year's NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, had symptoms similar to those reported by U.S. officials who have experienced “Havana syndrome," the Pentagon confirmed Monday. Havana syndrome is still under...

Some cancer patients can find it hard to tell family and friends

Mar. 28, 2024 12:33 PM EDT

Ever since Anthony Bridges found out he had prostate cancer six years ago, he hasn’t stopped talking about it. He told his Facebook friends immediately. Now, the 68-year-old man from Georgia spends time working with others to encourage other men to talk to their doctor about...

Controversial military reproductive health care travel policy was used just 12 times in 7 months

Mar. 26, 2024 16:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial military policy that allows service members to be reimbursed for travel if they or a family member have to go out of state for reproductive health care — including abortions — was used just 12 times from June to December last year, the Pentagon said Tuesday. ...

Pentagon urges Israel to protect civilians in Gaza as military chiefs meet at time of high tensions

Mar. 26, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense leaders pressed their Israeli counterparts Tuesday to ensure that any military operation in the southern city of Rafah unfold in phases to protect civilians and secure the delivery of aid, a senior Pentagon official said. Israel’s defense minister...