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  • Pentagon: US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported

    August 30, 2017 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON- Pentagon officials for the first time say there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan. That is far more than the 8,400 total acknowledged under the previous administration's troop cap. Military officials have long quietly acknowledged there were far more forces in the country than... more »
  • Pentagon boss wants to close excess bases

    June 12, 2017 7:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling on Congress to allow the military services to shutter excess bases. He's telling the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department wants to start a new round of base closings in 2021. Mattis says the department "currently has more... more »
  • Pentagon: 45 civilians killed by coalition strikes

    April 30, 2017 12:20 PM

    BAGHDAD - The Pentagon says investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul. In a statement released Sunday, the Pentagon says in each incident "all feasible precautions were taken," but the strikes still resulted in "unintentional"... more »
  • Officials: No need for Trump's approval to use massive bomb

    April 14, 2017 11:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" didn't need President Donald Trump's approval. The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump... more »
  • Pentagon: US dropped largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

    April 13, 2017 1:02 PM

    WASHINGTON –The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. Adam Stump is a Pentagon spokesman. Stump says it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives.... more »
  • US military looking for space in Trump Tower

    February 8, 2017 12:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is looking to rent space at Trump Tower for use when President Donald Trump is working in New York City. Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. J.B. Brindle says the Department of Defense is looking for the space "in order to meet official mission requirements." It's... more »
  • Pentagon says China has returned unmanned underwater drone

    December 20, 2016 12:25 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Pentagon says China has returned the unmanned underwater drone the Chinese Navy seized last week. In a statement issued late Monday, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook says the Chinese Navy vessel that had seized the drone returned it near the location where it had been taken. The incident... more »
  • Trump to nominate Gen. Mattis to lead Pentagon

    December 1, 2016 10:27 PM

    WASHINGTON- President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department. Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally Thursday in Cincinnati. Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. In a tweet Sunday, Trump... more »
  • Pentagon identifies American killed in Iraq on Thursday

    October 21, 2016 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has identified the American killed in Iraq on Thursday as a 34-year-old Navy chief petty officer named Jason C. Finan. The Pentagon said Finan's hometown is Anaheim, California, and that he was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three. He died of wounds sustained in... more »
  • Pentagon: US troops now operating with Turks in Syria

    September 16, 2016 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. troops for the first time are operating alongside Turkish government forces who are fighting Islamic State militants inside Syria. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said Friday the American special operations forces are accompanying Turkish troops who are operating with moderate Syrian opposition... more »
  • Obama to mark 15 years since 9/11 at Pentagon ceremony

    September 8, 2016 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at a Pentagon ceremony Sunday marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The White House says Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also attend. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New... more »
  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    June 30, 2016 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday. Carter says it's the right thing to do. He says only a person's qualifications should matter,... more »
  • Pentagon chief used personal email account until December 20

    March 26, 2016 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter used his personal email account for government business for nearly a year, until December 2015, when news reports revealed the practice, according to hundreds of Carter emails released by the Defense Department. The 1,336 pages of emails and attachments from Carter's personal account were... more »
  • Pentagon seeking a few good computer hackers

    March 2, 2016 3:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is looking for a few good computer hackers. Screened high-tech specialists will be brought in to try to breach the Defense Department's public Internet pages in a pilot program aimed at finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Defense officials laid out the broad outlines of the plan... more »
  • Pentagon's Guantanamo closing plan lays out costs, savings

    February 23, 2016 10:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the detention center at Guantanamo Bay undermines America's national security and needs to be closed. Obama says the detention center is counterproductive in the fight against terrorism because it's used as propaganda to recruit terrorists and drains military resources. The White House... more »
  • Iran holding US vessels and crew

    January 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the crew members of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran. But U.S. officials have been assured by Tehran that the crew and the vessels will be returned safely and promptly. Officials say the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the middle... more »
  • Pentagon set to announce awards for combat, drone service

    January 6, 2016 2:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon is creating awards to recognize drone pilots who have a direct impact on battle and troops who excel in combat. It's part of a review of how the military services bestow medals. The department also will review the Silver Star and Service... more »
  • Pentagon says airstrike killed terror leader in Somalia

    December 7, 2015 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Pentagon official says the U.S. killed a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group in an airstrike last week in Somalia. The Dec. 2 strike that killed three was announced Monday by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. Davis identified the targeted al-Shabab senior leader as Abdirahman... more »
  • Official: IS leader in Libya likely killed in US airstrike

    November 14, 2015 2:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - An American airstrike has targeted and likely killed a top Islamic State leader in Libya, in a strike that happened just as the Paris terrorist attacks were underway, the Pentagon said Saturday. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the U.S. strike targeted Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam... more »
  • Fighter jets track military blimp drifting over Pennsylvania

    October 28, 2015 2:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. fighter jets are tracking an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland and is drifting north over Pennsylvania. Details are sketchy, but a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado says the blimp detached from... more »
  • Tensions rising, US and Russian military holding Syria talks

    October 1, 2015 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says it's beginning talks with the Russian military on ways to avoid U.S. and Russian forces firing on each other in Syria. The Thursday talks - being held by video teleconference - come a day after Russian fighter jets began bombing in western Syria and with... more »
  • Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban

    July 13, 2015 2:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so. Carter is creating a working group to do a six-month study on the impact of lifting... more »
  • Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon today to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama's meetings follow a wave of weekend airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria. The coalition says it was one... more »
  • New US Pentagon chief convenes unusual counter-ISIS meeting

    February 23, 2015 2:58 AM

    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is convening an unusual conference in Kuwait of top American military, diplomatic and intelligence experts on the administration's strategy for countering the violence and spreading influence of the Islamic State militant group. Carter summoned several three-star and four-star generals, including Army... more »
  • Senate on track to confirm Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

    February 12, 2015 3:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He will replace Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam War veteran... more »
  • Officials: Ashton Carter is Obama's likely Pentagon pick

    December 2, 2014 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Administration officials say Ashton Carter has emerged as the top candidate for the job of defense secretary. But the officials caution that President Barack Obama hasn't made a final decision. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the president's decision-making process publicly. Carter... more »
  • Obama announces Hagel resignation from Pentagon

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service. Obama says Hagel will stay in place at the Pentagon until a successor is confirmed. Hagel has had a rocky tenure of nearly two years in which he's... more »
  • Pentagon: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    October 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, says Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi spoke with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel by... more »
  • Officials: Woman at Pentagon doesn't have Ebola

    October 17, 2014 4:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Virginia public health authorities say the woman who became ill in the Pentagon parking lot, setting off an Ebola scare, does not have the virus. Officials at Arlington and Fairfax counties' public health departments say they are confident she does not have Ebola, based on her travel history... more »
  • Obama: US will keep making progress in Iraq, Syria

    October 8, 2014 4:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's confident the U.S. will continue to make progress in combating the Islamic State group. Obama is meeting with top U.S. commanders at the Pentagon. He says the U.S. will continue carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria along with its international partners. Obama... more »
  • Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

    October 1, 2014 2:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. military says... more »
  • Pentagon confirms death of Somalia terror leader

    September 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says U.S. officials have confirmed the death of the leader of the al-Shabab terror group in a U.S. airstrike on Monday. The Pentagon's press secretary confirmed the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane in a brief written statement Friday. The statement calls the death a major symbolic... more »
  • US kills six militants in Somalia strike Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:22 AM

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were killed. Abu Mohammed told The Associated... more »
  • U.S officials may send more advisors to Iraq

    August 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The additional advisers would help decide any future U.S. military action based off of the Kurdish force reaction on airstrikes targeted on Islamic extremist fighters. There are already 250... more »
  • US launches first airstrikes in Iraq

    August 8, 2014 8:19 AM

    NEW DELHI - The Pentagon says two U.S. fighter jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby says two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. President Barack... more »

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