US armored reinforcements will protect Syrian oil fields, Mark Esper says

U.S. 10/25/19, 18:17

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday, Oct. 25, that the United States will be sending out armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to protect oil fields from potential ISIS terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting that it is necessary that a small number of U.S. ...

Afghanistan’s grand council ends with call for peace talks

World 05/03/19, 06:14

An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as Loya Jirga — ...

Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

World 03/13/19, 08:59

The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. The Taliban are negotiating from a position of strength: They effectively control half the country, and President Donald ...

S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military

Politics 03/08/19, 03:54

South Korea and the United States on Friday signed a deal that would increase Seoul's financial contribution for the deployment of U.S. troops in the Asian country. After rounds of failed negotiations, chief delegates from the two countries last month agreed on Seoul paying about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in ...

US general: Troops cuts don’t impact Somalia, Libya missions

World 03/07/19, 20:54

Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said about 300 troops will be cut by June 2020, ...

NATO weighs future of Afghan mission, seeks to support talks

Europe 02/14/19, 03:28

NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. Frustrated with America's longest war, U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to pull out troops, raising doubts about NATO's training ...

Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal

Politics 02/04/19, 18:55

The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and ...

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