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Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria speaks to a group of incoming cadets before they were sworn in Thursday, June 25, 2020, during In-Processing Day at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Silveria's no-compromise message on racism and other societal ills have reached far beyond the academy's gates. Silveria, a former fighter pilot who led an air war against the Islamic State, is retiring this month after 35 years in uniform (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP)

Air Force Academy general’s fight against racism resonates

Sep. 19, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — A month into his tenure as Air Force Academy superintendent and before Black Lives Matter sparked a nationwide discussion on the treatment of minorities, Lt. Gen Jay Silveria pulled his 4,000 cadets and hundreds of officers, civilian professors and airmen into cavernous...

US says Libyan commander agrees to lift oil blockade

Sep. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Libya said Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter agreed to reopen key oil fields and terminals no later than Saturday, a move that could advance talks between the country's warring sides closer to a political settlement to the yearslong conflict. Powerful tribes in eastern Libya...

A group of individuals, some armed, talk near an entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg National Military Park on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pa. Since their birth in the mid-1990s, groups calling themselves constitutional militia have primarily stayed hidden, but this year, they're out — fully armed — to patrol demonstrations or rally at the state capital demanding reopening of businesses during the pandemic.  (Dan Rainville/York Daily Record via AP)

Militias say they protect rights, critics call it a sham.

Sep. 12, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bob Gardner packed up his military gear and firearms on the Fourth of July and headed south to Gettysburg for a battle. The commanding officer of the PA Light Foot Militia would join hundreds of his brothers in militias from across Pennsylvania to protect the hallowed ground from...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, center, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, behind him at right, addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. During his election campaign four years ago, Trump vowed to bring all troops home from “endless wars.

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

Sep. 12, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election will have long-term consequences not only for U.S. troops, but for the wider region. During his...

In this handout photo provided by the Department of National Defense Public Affairs Office (PAO), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, left, exchanges momento with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during his visit at the Department of National Defense in Quezon city, Philippines, Friday Sept. 11, 2020. The two discussed ways in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, revisited the 2004 Philippines-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation and also issues on the South China Sea. (Department of National Defense PAO via AP)

China, Philippine defense chiefs discuss territorial dispute

Sep. 11, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that Manila will adhere “without any possibility of compromise” to a 2016 international arbitration ruling that invalidated most of Beijing's rival claims in the South China Sea, according to a...

In this image taken from video provided by the Arakan Army, Private Zaw Naing Tun provides a video testimony from an undisclosed location somewhere in Myanmar on July 8, 2020. Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Arakan Army via AP)

Myanmar army deserters confirm atrocities against Rohingya

Sep. 8, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday. The comments appear...

This frame grab from video shows an Indian army convoy driving in Leh, India. India and China accused each other on Tuesday of making provocative military moves and firing warning shots along their disputed border despite talks on ending the escalating tensions. The nuclear-armed rivals have been engaged in a tense standoff in the cold-desert Ladakh region since May, and their defense ministers met Friday in Moscow in the first high-level direct contact between the sides since the standoff began. (AP Photo)

China, India accuse each other of border moves, firing shots

Sep. 8, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — India and China accused each other on Tuesday of making provocative military moves and firing warning shots along their disputed border despite talks on ending the escalating tensions. China said Indian forces on Monday crossed into territory it holds and fired warning shots at a Chinese...

Space Force aims to set standard for diversity, inclusion

Sep. 6, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — When 1st Lt. Kelley McCaa found out she would be part of the American military’s first all-female space operations crew, alongside a team of women she considers close friends, she knew it would make a bold statement for the newly-formed U.S. Space Force. McCaa’s squadron, based...

Army Cyber Command completes its move to Georgia base

Sep. 3, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army command dedicated to defending against hackers and other online threats celebrated its move into a new $366 million headquarters in Georgia on Thursday. Created a decade ago, the Army Cyber Command had been spread across Army installations in three states before consolidating...

Former Kosovo prime minister summoned as war crimes suspect

Sep. 3, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A former prime minister of Kosovo has become the latest politician in the Balkan nation to be summoned by prosecutors from an international court investigating whether ethnic Albanian rebels committed war crimes during and after Kosovo's 1998-1999 war with Serbia. Former Prime...