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WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

WASHINGTON— In a story Dec. 7 about President Donald Trump‘s selection of his next top military adviser, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gen. Mark Milley is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. He is a former commander of the 10th Mountain Division. A corrected version of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

WASHINGTON | Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser, choosing a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years, U.S. officials said Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

WASHINGTON | Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

WASHINGTON — An unarmed U.S. Air Force plane with American and international observers flew a special flight over Ukraine Thursday in a show of solidarity after Ukraine’s naval confrontation last month with Russia, the Pentagon said. In a statement, the Pentagon called it an “extraordinary” flight under the Open Skies Treaty, which is an international … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon reveals US observation flight over Ukraine

WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the White House has given him authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border. This could, under certain circumstances, mean directing troops to temporarily detain migrants in the event of disorder or violence against border patrol agents. Mattis said Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is estimating the cost of the military’s mission on the U.S.-Mexico border will be about $210 million under current plans. The total includes about $72 million for the 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who have been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took verbal shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a weekend Fox News interview in which he also asserted that the former … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

WASHINGTON | Trump draws criticism for faulting war hero on bin Laden

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is drawing heavy criticism for faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took shots at retired Adm. William McRaven in a Fox News interview Sunday in which he also asserted that the former Navy SEAL was a “backer” of Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump draws criticism for faulting war hero on bin Laden

WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Afghan governments have made “little clear progress” recently in compelling the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal, according to a new U.S. assessment Monday that said military and political signs point toward continued stalemate. “Progress toward peace remains elusive,” Glenn A. Fine, the acting Pentagon inspector general, wrote in an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New assessment: ‘Little clear progress’ in Afghanistan war