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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
An American service member was killed on Tuesday after an ISIS attack broke through Iraqi Kurdish defensive lines north of the city of Mosul. Kurdish Peshmerga troops also were killed and wounded. The U.S. responded with air support to beat back the attack, but fighting continued in an offensive the U.S. says was an attempt by ISIS to "show its teeth."
Friday, April 29, 2016
The Pentagon released its final report into what it called the accidental destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan last year that killed more than 40 people. More than a dozen troops were disciplined, but none are facing courts-martial or other punishment beyond reprimands expected to end their careers.
Monday, April 25, 2016
President Obama announced he will send additional U.S. special operations forces to Syria. The announcement comes at a time when ISIS's foothold on the region is, reportedly, weakening.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Pentagon has authorized more than 200 additional troops for duty in Iraq to fight ISIS, specifically focused on retaking Mosul. They will be trainers, attack helicopter crews and artillery crews.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
For decades, U.S. and international troops have deployed to the Sinai Peninsula as part of a peace deal between Egypt and Israel. The Pentagon wonders whether these deployments make sense anymore.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The U.S. Navy charged an officer who was involved with the surveillance of China with espionage, alleging he divulged secret information that could hurt the security of the U.S. Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin is being held in pre-trail confinement as the Navy and FBI investigate the case.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Donald Trump called for the U.S. to pull back its support of NATO, complaining the allies are not pulling their weight. Trump has raised an issue that has been bubbling for sometime. Defense Secretaries Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel all complained about NATO. NPR talks with analysts about this issue and explores whether NATO is still relevant.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Women can now apply for ground combat positions in the Marines, and training female recruits for those jobs will begin in June. But so far, no women have signed up.
Friday, March 25, 2016
American special operations troops have killed a top ISIS leader, the Pentagon says. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday Haji Iman was just one in a number of leaders who have been killed by American raids or airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Administration leaders are keen to show the U.S. is leaning forward in its war on ISIS following this week's deadly attacks in Brussels.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Donald Trump's primary successes are bringing new attention to an area on which he has not focused during the campaign: national security.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
The Pentagon hopes an ISIS chemical weapons engineer captured in Iraq last month will lead U.S. troops to possible weapons sites and help prevent chemical attacks by the Islamic State.
Defense officials hope that Sleiman Daoud al-Afari will help them find storage sites for chemical munitions including mustard agent, which ...
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Perhaps the biggest question about the efforts to bring a pause in the fighting in Syria is: Have Russian air strikes emboldened the Syrian regime so much that it doesn't want to stop fighting?
Friday, February 19, 2016
American warplanes destroyed an ISIS training camp in Libya early Friday after weeks of clandestine observation of how it grew and operated. The attack highlights the expansion of the...
Friday, February 19, 2016
American defense officials said Friday that U.S. planes hit an Islamic State training camp and a senior extremist leader in Libya overnight. As many as 60 people were killed.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The great powers negotiated what they called a cessation of hostilities in Syria, but what has that actually meant for U.S. military operations and the conduct of the wider conflict? ...
Thursday, February 04, 2016
The Pentagon is launching a pilot program to freeze troops' sperm or eggs as part of widespread reforms to personnel policies across the force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he wa...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Omar al-Mosmary, a Libyan journalist based in Benghazi, about how life there is impacted by the Islamic State and other violent factions. He says half t...
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is set to appear before a House panel on Tuesday for what's expected to be a contentious report about the progress of the war.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The war in Afghanistan is getting a new commander even as events there are not going well. The Taliban control the most territory since the U.S. invasion, and Afghan government casual...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Some 700 American troops on a long-running deployment could be in danger of an attack by extremists affiliated with the Islamic State, the Pentagon worries, but it may not be able to get them out anytime soon.
U.S. military commanders fear the soldiers deployed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, and charged ...