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Joint Chiefs chairman and Marine Corps chief have COVID-19

Jan. 17, 2022 12:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing very minor symptoms, a spokesperson said Monday. The Marine Corps said its commandant, Gen. David Berger, also has COVID-19. Milley, who has received the vaccine...

First woman to command USS Constitution takes over on Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 13:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — History is being made aboard the U.S.S. Constitution this week. Cmdr. Billie J. Farrell is scheduled to become the first woman to lead the crew of the 224-year-old warship known as Old Ironsides during a change-of-command ceremony on Friday. She takes over from Cmdr....

India, China talks on border standoff end in stalemate

Jan. 13, 2022 09:11 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders on easing a 20-month border standoff ended without a breakthrough for the second time in three months, an Indian Defense Ministry official said Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the two sides had a...

Indian, Chinese army commanders discuss border impasse

Jan. 12, 2022 08:02 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders met Wednesday to discuss withdrawal of troops from a key area of their contested border to ease a 20-month standoff. The 14th round of talks is being held on China's side of the Moldo meeting point and is likely to conclude...

Marine officer blames bad information for sinking tragedy

Jan. 08, 2022 00:15 AM EST

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — A Marine Corps battalion commander testified Friday that in retrospect he would have halted the exercise that killed nine of his Marines whose amphibious assault vehicle sank off the Southern California coast but at the time he did not have accurate information to...

Anger as Cambodia's Hun Sen meets Myanmar military leader

Jan. 07, 2022 21:55 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Myanmar seeking to revive peace efforts after last year's military takeover has provoked an angry backlash among critics, who say he is legitimizing the army’s seizure of power. Hun Sen is the first head of government...

Biden taps combat-hardened officer to lead Central Command

Jan. 06, 2022 19:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Army three-star general with extensive experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been nominated to become the top U.S. commander for the Middle East. President Joe Biden has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Erik Kurilla to head U.S. Central Command and be...

Bases housing US troops in Iraq, Syria come under attack

Jan. 05, 2022 15:11 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq's western Anbar province and the capital of Baghdad were hit by Katyusha rockets Wednesday while in Syria, eight rounds of indirect fire landed inside a base with members of the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi and U.S. militaries said....

S. Korea military apologizes for defector's border crossing

Jan. 05, 2022 10:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military apologized Wednesday for causing public concern about its security readiness, days after it failed to stop a suspected North Korean defector who crossed the heavily fortified border to return to the North. The Joint Chiefs of Staff...

Israeli defense chief meets Jordanian king in reset of ties

Jan. 05, 2022 08:24 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister met with the Jordanian king on Wednesday, both sides said, part of a reset of ties between the two countries. According to Benny Gantz' office, the two discussed “security and policy topics.” Gantz “welcomed the expansion of...