Qatar to buy missiles in $11bn US arms deal

2014-07-15 09:47

Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11bn, officials say, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

Taliban release video of US soldier's handover

2014-06-04 10:58

The Taliban has released dramatic footage of their handover of army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to US forces after five years in captivity.

US prisoner swap ignites criticism

2014-06-02 07:13

The deal to free Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners has ignited criticism after the insurgents' leader declared a "big victory", but also raised hopes for peace.

'Don't let ayatollahs win' Netanyahu tells US

2014-05-16 13:02

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel that world powers must deny Iran any possibility of developing a nuclear weapon.

Violence flares in Ukraine as crisis deepens

2014-04-30 08:25

Fresh violence has erupted in eastern Ukraine as thousands of pro-Russian protesters stormed key buildings, escalating the crisis after Moscow hit back at "Iron Curtain"-style Western sanctions.

Russia assures US it won't invade Ukraine

2014-04-29 08:04

Moscow has assured Washington it will not invade Ukraine, the US Defence Department says after the US and Europe imposed fresh sanctions on Russia.

Hagel gets earful as China visit exposes tensions

2014-04-08 18:19

Tensions between China and the US have been on full display as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions about America's position in bitter territorial disputes.

China shows off new carrier to US defence chief

2014-04-07 07:51

China will show off its new aircraft carrier to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, allowing the Pentagon chief a first-hand look at a symbol of the country's growing military prowess.

Obama 'heartbroken' over Fort Hood shooting

2014-04-03 09:51

US President Barack Obama says he was "heartbroken" that another shooting had occurred at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

IMF bails out Ukraine, UN rejects Crimea annex

2014-03-28 08:40

The IMF has announced a $14-$18bn bailout for Ukraine as the UN General Assembly refused to recognise Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula.

Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-28 07:57

Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms have occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region, a report says.

Envoy: Russian intel sharing good enough

2014-01-26 22:04

Russia's intelligence sharing with United States ahead of the Sochi Olympics has been "good enough", Moscow's ambassador to Washington says.

34 US missile officers in cheating scandal

2014-01-16 07:33

Thirty-four US nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification.

Japan: China's defence zone unenforceable

2013-11-25 12:04

China's new maritime air defence zone is unenforceable, a Japanese government spokesperson says, in a continuing war of words over waters that include islands claimed by both countries.

Official: US senator's son killed in plane crash

2013-11-12 09:05

The son of US Senator Jim Inhofe, Dr Perry Inhofe, has been killed in a plane crash in northeast Oklahoma.

US gov't shutdown enters 2nd week

2013-10-07 09:04

The US government shutdown has entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs about debt limit prospects.

South Korea, US sign plan to deter North Korea strike

2013-10-02 13:07

South Korea and the US have signed a strategic pact to prevent a North Korean nuclear attack and agreed to review a planned switch of US wartime command over South Korean troops.

US shut-down hurts military credibility

2013-10-01 16:03

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the US federal government shut-down raised a "dark cloud of uncertainty" over overseas military missions.

Pentagon prepares for possible shutdown

2013-09-23 22:28

The Pentagon has warned its workforce that it is preparing for a possible government shutdown if Congress fails to break a political impasse.

Hagel holds talks with Egyptian army chief

2013-09-18 07:53

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has urged Egypt’s interim authorities to "advance the political roadmap" in a phone call with the country’s army chief, a Pentagon spokesperson says.

US warns of N Korean chemical arms threat

2013-09-10 10:03

The US is trying to enlist Beijing's support for military action against Syria by arguing that it would help deter North Korea from using chemical weapons and threatening China's security.

Putin softens tone on Syria strikes ahead of G20

2013-09-04 13:01

Russian President Vladimir Putin has softened his stance ahead of the G20 summit, saying Moscow would take "decisive" action if the West proved who used chemical weapons in Syria.

US still seeks 'coalition' on Syria: Hagel

2013-08-30 10:03

The US is still seeking an "international coalition" in response to Syria's alleged chemical attack, despite a vote against military action by UK MPs, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

Showdown set over action against Syria

2013-08-28 22:41

The Syrian president's friends and foes have headed for a showdown at the UN, as Britain pushed for a resolution to pave the way for military strikes.

Hagel: No US plans to cut off Egypt aid yet

2013-08-28 07:52

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says he opposes cutting off US military aid to Egypt but vowed Washington would keep pressing for "reconciliation" in the country.


Curb Ukraine unrest, G7 warns Putin

2014-06-05 13:24

World leaders have urged Vladimir Putin to stop destabilising Ukraine or face further sanctions, as they met without a Russian president for the first time since the 1990s.

Afghan president fuming over prisoner deal

2014-06-02 13:40

The Afghan president is angry at being kept in the dark over a deal to free five Taliban leaders in exchange for a captured US soldier, and accuses the US of failing to back a peace plan for the country.

US warns China against aggression

2014-05-31 09:10

The US has warned China to halt destabilising actions in Asia as Washington and its allies seek to boost defence co-operation in the face of what Japan calls an "increasingly severe" security environment.

US military may allow gender treatment for Manning

2014-05-15 10:36

The Pentagon is looking at transferring convicted leaker Private Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get hormonal treatment for her gender identity disorder, officials say.

US-Egypt ties turbulent, Egyptian FM says

2014-04-29 09:04

Egypt-US relations remain difficult and "honest" talks are needed to put them back on track, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says.

Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier

2014-04-24 12:53

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signalled a willingness to release him but are unclear which US officials have the authority to make a deal.

Hagel visits China's aircraft carrier

2014-04-07 17:12

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has taken a tour around China's sole aircraft carrier, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military power.

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

2014-04-03 19:53

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness is the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, authorities say.

Pentagon to triple cyber staff

2014-03-29 12:22

Pentagon to triple cyber staff as America's use of cyberspace outpaces security for it.

West must stand firm against 'brute force' - Obama

2014-03-27 12:35

US President Barack Obama has urged the West to stand firm in opposing Moscow's takeover of Crimea, saying that "with time" Russians will realise "brute force" cannot win.

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink US military

2014-02-25 20:03

The Obama administration's push for a smaller, nimbler military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years resisting cuts to the defence budget.

US offers Russia naval defences for Olympics

2014-01-21 08:51

The United States says it is ready to deploy air and naval assets, including two ships to help secure the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia after terror threats.

Hagel to meet with Pakistani PM

2013-12-09 13:27

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Pakistan for meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the nation's new army chief, hoping to repair a strained relationship.

US on alert as Russia guns for Arctic

2013-11-22 15:00

The US military is looking for ways to expand operations in the Arctic as melting ice caps open sea lanes and other nations such as Russia compete for the lucrative oil and gas deposits.

US vows 'relentless' terror fight after raids

2013-10-07 11:03

The United States pledged Sunday to keep "relentless pressure" on terror groups following the daring capture of an Al-Qaeda operative in Libya and the storming of a Shebab stronghold in Somalia.

Japan, US to modernise military alliance

2013-10-03 10:07

The US and Japan has agreed to modernise their defence alliance for the first time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea's nuclear programme and other threats.

North Korea slams 'lunatic' military display

2013-10-02 09:16

North Korea has condemned South Korea's "lunatic hostility" in staging a military parade that showcased a cruise missile capable of precision strikes against the leadership in Pyongyang.

Hagel tours last Cold War frontier

2013-09-30 22:57

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has toured the South-North Korean border ahead of talks on switching command of combined US and South Korean forces in the event of war.

Former Pentagon chiefs criticise Obama over Syria

2013-09-19 11:02

Two former Pentagon chiefs who served under Barack Obama have criticised the president over the Syria crisis and his request to Congress to authorise possible US military action.

US military budget cuts threaten ops like Syria

2013-09-12 11:14

American warships lie in wait across the eastern Mediterranean Sea ready to strike Syria if ordered, while Pentagon officials insist they'll find the money to fund the operation if needed.

White House tries to sway public on Syria

2013-09-09 07:07

President Barack Obama is going public to try to convince war-weary Americans that limited strikes against Syria are needed for US long-term safety.

Syria: It's complicated

2013-09-04 08:45

A Senate committee hearing has shown just how unpredictable a congressional "solution" in Syria could be.

US deploys 5th destroyer to Mediterranean

2013-08-29 18:33

The US Navy has deployed a fifth destroyer to the eastern Mediterranean, as expectations grow of an imminent strike on Syria.

US to punish Syria, not push regime change

2013-08-28 10:00

US forces are readying to strike Syria, though the West insists its goal is not regime change but to punish President Bashar Assad's government for unleashing chemical warfare on civilians.

Hagel: Military stands ready to strike

2013-08-27 20:49

The US military stands ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said.

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