Latest Army News

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand's next leader

Mar. 22, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago. Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties will need to win at least 25 seats to be able to nominate their preferred candidate for...

US testing new rapid-deployment strategy in Europe

Mar. 21, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than 300 U.S. soldiers arrived Thursday in Germany from their base in Texas in the first test of a new American strategy to rapidly deploy U.S.-based troops to Europe to bolster the NATO deterrent against possible Russian aggression. The soldiers, from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team...

Long Thai crisis morphed coup leader's career into politics

Mar. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prayuth Chan-ocha became prime minister in a very Thai way: He led a military coup. Now after five years of running Thailand with absolute power, he's seeking to hold on to the top job through the ballot box. The military's thinly veiled proxy party has put forward Prayuth as its nominee for...

Trump says Ohio workers 'better love me,' renews McCain feud

Mar. 20, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday brought his re-election campaign to Ohio — a state essential to his 2020 strategy — touring a military tank plant and telling many of its cheering workers: "You better love me. I kept this place open." Trump also used the visit to...

Uganda denies backing Rwandan rebels as tensions grow

Mar. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president is denying support for rebels opposed to Rwanda's government as tensions between the two East African neighbors persist, raising fears of a possible armed conflict. In a letter to Rwandan President Paul Kagame published on Tuesday in government-controlled media,...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

Israel-Gaza fighting ebbs, Gaza rockets reportedly a misfire

Mar. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a misfire was believed to be responsible for the rare Gaza rocket attack on Tel Aviv that triggered the exchange. The...

Israel strikes Gaza targets following Tel Aviv rocket attack

Mar. 14, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence. The rocket attack Thursday night caught the Israeli military off...

Uruguay's president removes commander of the army

Mar. 12, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's president on Tuesday removed the country's commander of the army after he questioned how local courts have handled cases involving members of the military accused of dictatorship-era human rights abuses. The decision by President Tabare Vazquez to dismiss Gen. Guido...

Algeria's president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

Mar. 11, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz...