Military leadership

President Donald Trump pauses during a signing event for "Space Policy Directive 4" in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
February 19, 2019 - 5:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump...
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An unnamed Australian representative, Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders, Canada's minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan, Denmark's minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen, French state secretary Juan Francisco Martinez Nunez, French minister of Defense Florence Parly, US minister of Defense Patrick Shanahan, German minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen, British minister of Defense Gavin Williamson, Italy's minister of Defense Elisabetta Trenta, Dutch minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld, Norway's minister of Defense Frank Bakke Jensen, New Zealand's foreign minister Rupert Holborow, and Turkish minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, from left to right, pose for a group photo at the International Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 9:25 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming scheduled exit from the European Union (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Britain's defense secretary has sought to reassure an audience in Germany that his country's commitment to supporting European security will remain "steadfast" after the country's...
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In this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, a man watches a TV screen showing images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. A top U.S. commander says he’s seen little to no change in North Korea’s military readiness or a slowdown in its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks last year. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
February 12, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. commander said Tuesday that he has not seen any effort by North Korea to curtail its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks last year. Army Gen. Robert Abrams testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan speaks with the media as he waits for the arrival of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon's top official, Shanahan, has arrived in Afghanistan to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
February 12, 2019 - 4:48 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The top Pentagon official arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to consult with American military commanders and Iraqi government leaders on the future U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary defense, said before his unannounced trip that he wanted to hear first-hand...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz, the leading challenger to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a published interview Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, that Israel should "find a way" to end its control over the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
February 11, 2019 - 10:37 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. A Dutch-Palestinian man originally from the Gaza...
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Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan greets an Afghan commando at Camp Commando, Afghanistan on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The unannounced visit is the first for the acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan. He previously was the No. 2 official under Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense chief in December. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)
February 11, 2019 - 6:35 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon's top official made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, said he has no orders to reduce the U.S...
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President Donald Trump walks on stage to speak at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 06, 2019 - 10:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S...
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February 05, 2019 - 5:55 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in three counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said. The army's response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday,...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as national security adviser John Bolton, right, watches. In President Donald Trump’s Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It’s up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 21, 2019 - 12:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three...
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A man holds a rose in his mouth before he placing it on an impromptu memorial outside the General Francisco de Paula Santander Police Academy, a day after a car bomb exploded at the site, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Colombia blames the National Liberation Army, ELN, rebels for the deadly attack that left more than 20 dead and wounded many others. (AP Photo/John Wilson Vizcaino)
January 19, 2019 - 12:07 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota. President Ivan Duque said late Friday that...
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