Military leadership

President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, speaks to media during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 11, 2019 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about...
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, left, shakes hands with President Donald Trump, during a ceremony welcoming Milley at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Vice President Mike Pence looks on from center. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 30, 2019 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Gen. Mark Milley is taking over as the nation's top military officer against a backdrop of controversy over defense aid to Ukraine that has triggered a presidential impeachment inquiry at a time of persistent threats from China, Russia and Iran. Milley, who was sworn in...
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September 26, 2019 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and four ground-based radar systems to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Thursday, in what officials describe as the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks. Two more Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile...
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September 20, 2019 - 10:53 am
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper on Wednesday, Sept. 4, began briefing allied officials in Europe on an emerging peace deal with the Taliban, but he cautioned that no final deal has been sealed to end the longest war in American history. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 06, 2019 - 7:55 am
LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. "The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more...
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September 02, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief says that the date of the nation's long-delayed presidential election should be announced on Sept. 15 to quickly pull the nation out of political limbo. By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote. The...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks beside President Donald Trump, during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 30, 2019 - 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path. Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military...
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President Donald Trump watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. space Command is unfurled as Trump announces the establishment of the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 29, 2019 - 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command as part of a broader effort to preserve U.S. dominance in orbit. "This is a landmark day," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, "one that...
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August 15, 2019 - 10:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the...
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar Green Beret. A military court hearing is set to begin in Virginia for a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are charged in the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Monday's, April 5, 2019, preliminary hearing at Naval Station Norfolk will review the cases against Navy SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez. DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez are among four U.S. servicemen charged in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali. (U.S. Army via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 8:35 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Military prosecutors in Virginia said Monday that they want to add allegations of sexual misconduct to their murder case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are among those blamed for the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Navy prosecutor Benjamin Garcia...
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