Pentagon chief in Turkey as Mosul tensions grow
Oct21

Pentagon chief in Turkey as Mosul tensions grow

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Ankara today for talks with the leaders of Turkey, a crucial but sensitive ally in the fight against the Islamic State group. The Pentagon chief was due to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as well as Defence Minister Fikri Isik. Washington is worried by tensions between Turkey and Iraq as the long-awaited battle to retake Iraq’s...

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Pentagon prepares for possible new strikes in Yemen
Oct14

Pentagon prepares for possible new strikes in Yemen

The Pentagon was preparing for possible new strikes in Yemen on Thursday after US missiles hit Huthi rebel targets, but officials stressed America wants to avoid getting embroiled in yet another war. The US Navy earlier launched five Tomahawk cruise missiles at three mobile radar sites in Huthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, after the Iran-backed rebels blasted rockets at the USS Mason destroyer twice in four...

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Philippine leader’s Hitler remarks ‘troubling’ for Pentagon chief
Oct01

Philippine leader’s Hitler remarks ‘troubling’ for Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Friday criticized the “deeply troubling” remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler’s efforts to exterminate Jews. Carter’s comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations, where he sought to reassure counterparts that Washington’s ongoing commitment to its Asia...

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Pentagon: US scrambled jets to protect its advisers in Syria
Aug20

Pentagon: US scrambled jets to protect its advisers in Syria

The US-led coalition scrambled fighters to protect US advisers working with Kurdish forces after Syrian regime jets bombed the area, in the latest escalation of Syria’s bloody conflict, the Pentagon said. The air strikes took place on Thursday, conducted by two Syrian SU-24 attack planes targeting Kurdish forces undergoing training with US special operations advisers around the northeastern city of Hasakeh, Pentagon spokesman...

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33 U.S. Service Members Have Contracted Zika, Pentagon Says
Aug03

33 U.S. Service Members Have Contracted Zika, Pentagon Says

More than 30 active-duty American service members — including a pregnant woman — have contracted the Zika virus in countries where the disease has been identified, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday. Maj. Ben Sakrisson, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Defense Department has been tracking the Zika virus in men and women serving abroad since January, and that the number reached 33 this month. Pentagon officials did not name the...

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