Acting Defense Sec. withdrawing after alleged domestic dispute incident goes  public
By Glen Carey Bloomberg News Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to take over the post on a permanent basis, President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday, after reports surfaced of a domestic abuse incident almost a decade ago. Trump said he will name Secretary of the... Read more
Afghanistan worried Taliban will overrun southern province if U.S. withdraws troops
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Locals in the provincial capital of Helmand often show visitors reminders of the days when the Taliban attacked: a bathroom where a rocket hit and killed a co-worker; a house where citizens hid from withering crossfire; a checkpoint built from an old Soviet tank... Read more
U.S. sending another 1,000 troops to Middle East in response to oil tanker attack
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon on Monday announced it would deploy about 1,000 new troops to the Middle East “for defensive purposes” and released new imagery it says shows Iranian troops’ involvement in the attacks on two tankers June 13 in the Gulf of Oman. Acting Defense... Read more
CENTCOM: Iran helped Yemen rebels take down U.S. drone
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone at an altitude that U.S. Central Command said Sunday shows improved capability and likely assistance by Iran. The CENTCOM statement confirmed earlier reports of the incident, which took place earlier this month,... Read more
244 years strong: How the Army went from rough rebellion to finely tuned war machine
On June 14th the oldest branch of the U.S. Military turns 244, sparking rather subdued celebrations around the globe. America’s first fighting force, the U.S. Army has humble beginnings- despite this, the branch is now recognized as the most powerful fighting force in the world. Founded in June of... Read more
U.S. blaming Iran for oil tanker attack, weighing all options in response
By Tracy Wilkinson, David S. Cloud and Nabih Bulos Los Angeles Times Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday. The Navy and the ship’s owners offered no immediate explanation on what weapon caused the damage, though all believed the ships... Read more
Two tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman, U.S. sending destroyer to assist
By Dpa Correspondents dpA Two tankers were damaged on Thursday in what their operating companies said were attacks targeting the vessels in the Gulf of Oman, forcing crew members to evacuate, in the latest incidents taking place amid increasing regional tensions with Iran. The owner companies have not confirmed... Read more
AFRICOM commander says progress is being made in Somalia
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Continued success by the American-backed military campaign in Somalia could set the stage for economic development in the country, which has been wracked by years of lawlessness and violence, U.S. officials said. In high-level talks in Mogadishu on Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas... Read more
Trump says as many as 2,000 troops could be sent to Poland, would increase tensions with Russia
By David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times President Donald Trump said Wednesday that as many as 2,000 additional troops would be sent to Poland, deepening the U.S. military presence near Russia’s border after Polish President Andrzej Duda made an unusually public effort to woo Trump. The move likely will... Read more
Army announces Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston as 16th sergeant major
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, who has been in the service for more than 30 years, has been selected to be the 16th sergeant major of the Army, the service announced Tuesday. Grinston is the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Forces Command... Read more
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