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Aug 6 2014 US Major General Harold Greene Killed In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a U.S. general and wounded as many as 15 other U.S. and international troops in Kabul Tuesday.
U.S. officials identified the officer as Major General Harold Greene, a 34-year Army veteran. He is the highest-ranking U.S. serviceman killed in action since the war in […]


Apr 5 2014 Fort Hood Shooter Had Verbal Altercation With Soldiers

HOUSTON - U.S. military officials say they have evidence that a verbal argument prompted 34-year-old Army Specialist Ivan Lopez to open fire Wednesday on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas before taking his own life. The dead soldier’s family says his mental illness, however, was to blame.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation […]


Apr 3 2014 Shooting At Fort Hood Kills 4, Injures 16

HOUSTON - A shooting at the Fort Hood army base in central Texas has left at least four people dead, including the gunman. Area hospitals have treated 16 injured people, including a few who are still listed as in critical condition.
Speaking to reporters at Fort Hood’s main gate late Wednesday, Lt. General Mark Milley said […]


Mar 28 2014 Nine Top US Officers Stripped Of Duty

WASHINGTON - Nine top officers at one of the premier nuclear missile bases in the United States are being stripped of their duties while another has resigned, as the result of a cheating scandal regarding training tests.
Following its investigation, the Air Force came down hard on senior leaders at Malmstrom Air Force Base in the […]


Mar 24 2014 US Deploys Special Forces To Uganda

WASHINGTON - The United States is more than doubling its deployment of Special Operations forces to help search for warlord Joseph Kony.
President Barack Obama ordered about 150 troops and at least four CV-22 aircraft to Uganda on Sunday, marking the first time the U.S. has sent military planes to find Kony and his fighters.
The search […]


Feb 19 2014 US Navy To Deploy New Laser Weapon

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is preparing to deploy its first laser weapon on a warship this year.
The new weapon is designed to destroy and disable such threats as surveillance drones and speed boats. The laser can be operated by one sailor, and can be fired continuously, making it far cheaper than conventional missiles and […]


Jan 22 2014 US Okinawa Base Relocation Opposed By Locals

SEOUL - The controversial planned relocation of a U.S. military base on the Japanese island Okinawa may have hit a snag with the re-election of a mayor opposed to it in his city.  Political analysts say local politicians and activists could affect the plan and put a dent in Japan-U.S. relations.
Nago mayor Susumu Inamine said […]


Jan 15 2014 US Deploys Troops To Somalia

WASHINGTON - The United States has deployed a small team of military advisers to Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years.
Somali Defense Minister Abdihakim Haji Fiqi told VOA the American team has been in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since October.
He said the presence of U.S. troops in Somalia “underlines the commitment of […]


Jan 8 2014 US Deploys Additional Troops To South Korea

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has announced the deployment of an additional 800 troops to South Korea, along with combat tanks and other military hardware, as Washington seeks to counter any regional threats from North Korea.
Tuesday’s deployment announcement came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se.  […]


Jan 5 2014 US Will Not Send Troops To Iraq

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. diplomat says the United States supports Iraq as it battles against al-Qaida militants who have taken control of a town in Anbar province.
However, John Kerry said Sunday the U.S. will not send any troops to Iraq, calling the battle “their fight.” He said the U.S. is “not contemplating putting boots […]


Nov 11 2013 US Honors Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will join millions of Americans in observing the annual Veterans Day holiday Monday.
Obama will host a breakfast at the White House for a group of military veterans and their families, and will later participate in a traditional wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
The holiday was first observed in […]


Nov 10 2013 USS Gerald R Ford Christened

NEWPORT NEWS - Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the late U.S. President Gerald Ford, smashed a bottle of wine across the bow of the 100,000-ton nuclear-powered USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News Shipyard Saturday morning.
Built at a cost of nearly $13 billion and opening what officials say is a new chapter in naval warfare, the […]


Nov 5 2013 Vietnam Opens Sites To Search For Missing US Troops

WASHINGTON - Vietnam advised the United States at the start of high-level talks this week it would open four additional sites to investigators seeking the remains of American military personnel missing since the Vietnam War, a senior U.S. defense official said.
Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Vikram Singh, who oversees U.S. military ties with South and Southeast […]


Oct 20 2013 US To Use Romanian Air Base For Afghan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - Romania has agreed to allow the U.S. military to use an airbase near the Black Sea as a key logistics hub for getting supplies and troops into and out of Afghanistan.
 Pentagon officials said the agreement reached Friday will allow them to move their operations away from Kyrgyzstan, where lawmakers had voted not to […]


Oct 2 2013 US Military Continues Operations Despite Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Among the U.S. government agencies hardest hit by the shutdown is the Department of Defense, though officials say military operations around the world are not affected. 
 Roughly half of the 800,000 civilian workers the U.S. Defense Department employs are being furloughed. They are largely administrative employees - working behind the scenes to ensure that […]


Sep 26 2013 US Relocates Drone Fleet From Djibouti

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says it is moving its fleet of drones off Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti - the only U.S. military base in Africa. The change comes as U.S. officials adjust their overall strategy for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. 
 U.S. Defense Department officials say the decision follows a request by Djibouti’s government, which […]


Aug 31 2013 US Military Experts Decry Obama Plan On Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is weighing military action against Syria for its alleged chemical weapons attack on rebel forces and civilians outside Damascus on August 21.
 U.S. officials say President Barack Obama is considering limited military action to deter and degrade the Syrian government’s ability to use chemical weapons.
Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq […]


Aug 27 2013 US Increases Military Funding For SE Asia

WASHINGTON - The United States has announced a major increase in U.S. funding for military education and training programs in Southeast Asia.
 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement Sunday during a speech at the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security in Kuala Lumpur. He said the latest Pentagon budget includes $90 million for the […]


Aug 15 2013 US Seeks To Expand Military Presence In Philippines

WASHINGTON - The United States and the Philippines have opened talks on expanding the American military presence in the Southeast Asian nation. The two sides are negotiating an agreement that would allow U.S. forces and military equipment temporary access to Philippine defense camps.
 Manila is pushing to bolster its defenses as China presses maritime claims to […]


Aug 6 2013 Fort Hood Shooter Court Martial Begins

WASHINGTON - Opening statements begin Tuesday in the court martial of the U.S. Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.
 Major Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of opening fire on a group of soldiers who were preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, killing 13 people and leaving more than […]


Jul 23 2013 General Dempsey Outlines Potential Action In Syria

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer has outlined a set of potential options for using American force in Syria, while cautioning about the costs and potential consequences of direct involvement in the country’s crisis.
 General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, detailed five options in a letter to Congress released Monday, ranging […]


Jul 11 2013 US Congress Nixes Camp Leatherneck In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - A U.S. congressional body overseeing government-funded projects in Afghanistan says the U.S. military has spent $34 million to build a new complex in the country’s south, but is not likely to ever use it.
 The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said Wednesday it believes the U.S. facility in the […]


May 3 2013 US Troops Prepare Spring Offensive In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S and allied forces in Afghanistan are preparing for stepped-up attacks after Taliban insurgents this week declared the start of their annual spring fighting season.
 Their message came in an audio message that announced the start of a monumental spring operation, one aimed at defeating those it described as “western invaders,” a reference to […]


Feb 24 2013 US Grounds F-35 Fighter Jets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department has suspended all test flights of the new F-35 fighter jets after discovering a cracked blade in the engine of one of the planes.
 The problem was discovered during an inspection at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
 The engine is being shipped to manufacturer Pratt Whitney in Connecticut for evaluation.
 The […]


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