- Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks Updated: Aug-01-15 2:05 pm
CAIRO - Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal.
- Kerry off to Mideast with Egypt, Iran deal, Syria on agenda Updated: Jul-31-15 11:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Friday for security talks in Egypt and discussions in Qatar with Arab foreign ministers whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran.
- Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike Updated: Jul-29-15 7:45 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike.
- Defense Secretary Carter meeting with Kurds in Iraq Updated: Jul-24-15 7:35 am
IRBIL, Iraq - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights to their military successes against the Islamic State.
- Carter: US airstrike kills senior Al-Qaida commander Updated: Jul-24-15 6:38 am
IRBIL, Iraq - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a U.S. airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan.
- Saudi FM: Iran deal may stop Tehran from getting nuke weapon Updated: Jul-23-15 11:10 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Thursday the Iran nuclear deal appears to have the provisions needed to curtail Iran's ability to obtain a nuclear weapon in what were the most favorable remarks yet from the kingdom on the recent agreement.
- South Carolina editorial roundup Updated: Jul-22-15 3:41 pm
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
- Carter: Saudis welcoming Iran deal with reservations Updated: Jul-22-15 1:38 pm
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his defense minister support the Iran nuclear deal but have doubts about how effectively the historic agreement will be enforced, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.
- Carter, Netanyahu call it a day after discussing Iran deal Updated: Jul-21-15 2:47 pm
AMMAN, Jordan - In high-stakes talks aimed at calming U.S. allies' fears about the Iran nuclear deal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter appeared to change no minds among Israeli leaders fiercely opposed to the deal.
- US Pentagon chief tries to assure Israel after Iran deal Updated: Jul-20-15 3:22 pm
HUSSEIN LOOKOUT, Israel - On a hilltop lookout near Israel's border with Lebanon, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered personal assurances Monday that the U.S. will help Israel counter Iranian support for the militant group Hezbollah. He called it one example of how the U.S. can support the Jewish state in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal.
- Governors order National Guardsmen to be armed after attacks Updated: Jul-18-15 6:49 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Governors in at least a half-dozen states ordered National Guardsmen to be armed in the wake of an attack on two military facilities in Tennessee, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott went a step further Saturday by immediately relocated recruiters to armories.
- Obama, Saudi foreign minister meet to discuss Iran deal Updated: Jul-17-15 12:49 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister have discussed the Iranian nuclear deal at the White House.
- White House seeks support at home and abroad for Iran deal Updated: Jul-16-15 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - At home and abroad, the White House courted support for a landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday as congressional leaders in both parties pointed toward a politically charged showdown this fall over Republican attempts to scuttle the agreement.
- ISIS insight? Tillis opts for Cheney, not Pentagon chiefs Updated: Jul-15-15 3:57 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Freshman Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina missed a hearing last week with senior Pentagon leaders on the threat of Islamic State militants and instead privately got insights on the group from former Vice President Dick Cheney.
- Lawmakers critical of KBR decision to seek legal fees Updated: Jul-14-15 3:33 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation have asked the Defense Department to reach a settlement with 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers who said they were sickened by a toxic chemical during the Iraq War.
- Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban Updated: Jul-13-15 8:01 pm
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday, ordering a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service.
- Defense chief Carter featured at counties conference in NC Updated: Jul-11-15 4:38 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter continues his North Carolina visit as a major convention gathers in Charlotte.
- Army announces troop cuts, says they could expand Updated: Jul-09-15 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The Army said Thursday that six domestic bases will lose 1,200 or more soldiers as part of a cost-saving plan to reduce the active-duty force by 40,000 troops over the coming two years. If Congress and the White House cannot avert another round of budget cuts this year, even deeper troop reductions would result, Army officials said.
- Pentagon, lawmakers mark Vietnam War at Capitol ceremony Updated: Jul-08-15 6:23 pm
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and congressional leaders thanked Vietnam War veterans for their service and presented pins to dozens of veterans at a Capitol ceremony Wednesday that marked 50 years since U.S. ground troops arrived in Vietnam.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials Updated: Jul-08-15 5:03 pm
Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:
- Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS Updated: Jul-07-15 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.
- Touting progress, Obama says Islamic State is losing ground Updated: Jul-06-15 6:29 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.
- Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers Updated: Jul-03-15 4:10 pm
BOSTON - New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet.