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  • Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 3:22 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

  • Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group shortly story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:33 pm

    TORONTO - Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that "the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help."

  • US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe - particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.

  • Delegation members hail decision to postpone A-10 retirement 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 5:42 pm

    TUCSON, Arizona - Some members of Arizona's congressional delegation are hailing a decision to postpone the planned retirement of the A-10 attack jet.

  • Central Europe guardedly welcomes US military spending boost 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 12:43 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are welcoming a U.S. plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in reaction to Russia's military resurgence, yet the tone from several governments appears guarded as it remains unclear how much of the spending will translate into a real and lasting presence of troops and weapons on NATO's nervous eastern flank.

  • US proposes more Pentagon funding for Europe aid, equipment story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia.

  • Libya's political chaos slows response to Islamic State 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 1:44 pm

    ROME - The military strategy for eliminating the Islamic State in Libya appeared on hold Tuesday as nations fighting the extremist group said they could help the North African country re-establish security once its long-awaited new government is established.

  • Pentagon chief seeks to improved family leave, child care 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members.

  • Iraq seeks more coalition trainers for local police 
    Updated: Jan-23-16 3:34 pm

    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Senior U.S. defense and military officials say that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is asking the coalition for more police training, particularly for Sunnis who will have to secure Ramadi and other towns once Islamic State militants are ousted.

  • Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops story has photos
    Updated: Jan-22-16 10:23 am

    DAVOS, Switzerland - Iraq's prime minister appealed Friday to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and instead provide training and equipment to fight the Islamic State group, which he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted is losing ground.

  • Army nominee says he doesn't support demoting Gen. Petraeus 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 2:55 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's nominee to be the Army's top civilian official said Thursday he doesn't support demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus and believes that no further action should be taken against the former CIA director.

  • US, coalition looks to boost propaganda war on Islamic State 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 12:40 pm

    PARIS - U.S. and coalition forces are battling Islamic State militants in the skies and on the ground across Iraq and Syria, but the allies are increasingly also targeting the airwaves, where they now are losing the propaganda war.

  • US, allies agree to intensify fight against Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-20-16 3:03 pm

    PARIS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter won agreement Wednesday from defense ministers from France and five other nations to intensify the campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

  • US and allies meet in Paris to strengthen anti-IS coalition 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 10:20 am

    PARIS - Britain's top military official says countries allied against the Islamic State group have to capitalize on recent gains made against the extremist organization.

  • Canada excluded from anti-Islamic State coalition meeting story has photos
    Updated: Jan-19-16 9:53 pm

    TORONTO - Canada has been excluded from a meeting of defense ministers in Paris this week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. The apparent snub follows new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vow that he would remove the country's six fighter jets from the anti-IS coalition and at a time the U.S. is looking for its allies to step up their contributions.

  • US military releases 1st account of sailors' Iran detention story has photos
    Updated: Jan-18-16 1:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - In its first official account of Iran's seizure and subsequent release of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said Monday the only items found missing from their two recovered boats were SIM cards for two satellite phones.

  • Fewer than 100 Guantanamo prisoners left as 10 leave to Oman story has photos
    Updated: Jan-14-16 7:27 pm

    MIAMI - Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman for resettlement, officials said Thursday, portraying it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the detention center.

  • Carter announce new commander for Middle East 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 5:35 pm

    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is announcing that the general who heads his special operations forces will be nominated as the next commander for the Middle East.

  • Australia resists US pressure to boost efforts against IS 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 10:19 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said Thursday that it was among 40 countries urged by the United States to increase their military contributions in Iraq and Syria following the Paris attacks in November. But Australia told the U.S. that its commitment would remain largely unchanged.

  • The Latest: Iran state TV broadcasts US sailors 'apology' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-13-16 4:05 pm

    TEHRAN, Iran - The latest developments following the release of 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters (All times local).

  • US welcomes court ruling on Philippine defense pact 
    Updated: Jan-12-16 4:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday welcomed a court ruling on the constitutionality of a defense pact with the Philippines, saying it would allow the allies to strengthen their maritime cooperation amid tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.

  • Army acting secretary steps aside amid stalled nomination 
    Updated: Jan-11-16 1:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - Acting Army Secretary Eric Fanning is stepping aside, at least temporarily, because the Senate hasn't confirmed his nomination, officials said Monday.