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US military kills senior Islamic State official in Somalia

Jan. 26, 2023 17:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. special operations forces have killed a senior Islamic State group official and 10 other terrorist operatives in remote northern Somalia, the Biden administration announced Thursday. The operation carried out on Wednesday targeted Bilal al-Sudani, a key...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 25, 2023 11:07 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 23 The Washington Post on gun violence in the United States Gun violence is so regular an occurrence in the United States that no incident, however tragic, comes as a surprise. But...

Defense chiefs fail to resolve dispute on tanks for Ukraine

Jan. 20, 2023 16:22 PM EST

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — Ukraine will have to wait longer to find out if it will get advanced German-made battle tanks. A dispute over sending the tanks from Western allies to help Ukraine against Russia's invasion played out both in public and private on Friday, as more...

Germany pressed on tanks for Ukraine; Kyiv airs frustration

Jan. 19, 2023 15:41 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faced mounting pressure to supply battle tanks to Kyiv and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aired frustration about not obtaining enough weaponry as Western allies conferred Thursday on how best to support Ukraine nearly 11 months into Russia's invasion. ...

Germany's defense minister resigns amid Ukraine criticism

Jan. 16, 2023 10:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s much-criticized defense minister announced her resignation Monday following a series of missteps while her department steers the massive project of modernizing the country’s military and oversees expanding weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Christine...

US, Japan unveil plans to strengthen the alliance

Jan. 11, 2023 20:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan unveiled plans Wednesday to strengthen their alliance to help counter threats from North Korea and China, which they called the greatest security challenge in the region. In unusually blunt terms, the U.S. and Japanese foreign and...

US, Japan poised to agree on shift in Marine unit on Okinawa

Jan. 10, 2023 22:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security officials from the United States and Japan are expected to agree to changes in the joint defense posture this week as the two nations confront rising threats from North Korea and increasing aggressiveness from China. U.S. officials say...

Pentagon drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

Jan. 10, 2023 19:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon formally dropped its COVID-19 vaccination mandate Tuesday, but a new memo signed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also gives commanders some discretion in how or whether to deploy troops who are not vaccinated. Austin’s memo has been widely...

Japan, US to hold security talks before Kishida meets Biden

Jan. 06, 2023 10:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States will hold security talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Washington the day before Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida lands in the U.S. capital next week, wrapping up his tour of the Group of Seven nations as Tokyo expands its military...

New law ends COVID-19 vaccine mandate for US troops

Dec. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military forces around the world will no longer be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after the mandate was lifted under an $858 billion defense spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law Friday by President Joe Biden. The department has 30 days...