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US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran

The Pentagon says the U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East region to counter threats from Iran. Continue reading

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Army training brigade prepares for new worldwide deployments

Just months after the Army’s new training brigade returned from Afghanistan, its teams are preparing for a different type of deployment that will scatter them around the world. Continue reading

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Pentagon appoints officer to do new review of Niger attack

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has appointed a four-star officer to take another look at the military’s investigation into the 2017 attack in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers, and review whether additional punishments should be meted out. Continue reading

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Marine combat veteran nominated to be next commandant

President Donald Trump has nominated a Marine officer with extensive combat and command experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Pacific to head the U.S. Marine Corps. Continue reading

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US military, aid group at odds over Somalia civilian deaths

There is credible evidence that U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia have killed or wounded nearly two dozen civilians, an international human rights group said Tuesday, charging that the Pentagon is not adequately investigating potential casualties. Continue reading

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New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops

The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar most transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. Continue reading

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US looks to get more cash from allies that host its troops

The Trump administration is eyeing a plan to seek more money from allied European and other nations where American troops are based. Continue reading

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

The top U.S. commander for Africa says planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents. Continue reading

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After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned

President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Continue reading

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Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief

President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Continue reading

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Large US troop pullout planned in Afghanistan, officials say

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table afte… Continue reading

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Some US troop pullout planned for Afghanistan, officials say

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table afte… Continue reading

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Officials: American troops to be pulled from Afghanistan

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table afte… Continue reading

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Officials: Pentagon planning troop pullout from Afghanistan

U.S. officials say the Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than… Continue reading

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Trump pulling all US troops from Syria, declaring IS defeat

President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria. Continue reading

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Official says US to withdraw all American troops in Syria

President Donald Trump says U.S. troops do not need to remain in Syria. Continue reading

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Trump former staff chief on track to join Navy Reserve

The Pentagon says President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff is on track to join the Navy Reserve, buoyed by a recommendation from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Continue reading

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US starts to withdraw troops from Trump border mission

The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Donald Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday. Continue reading

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Mattis OKs extension of troop deployment on Mexico border

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved plans to extend the deployment of active-duty U.S. troops at the southern border with Mexico until January 31. Continue reading

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Trump complains about cost of ‘uncontrollable’ arms race

President Donald Trump is complaining about how much the U.S. spends on weapons in an “uncontrollable” arms race with Russia and China. Continue reading

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