Hagel: Closing Guantanamo prison very difficult

2015-01-26 21:53

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has said it is "going to be very difficult" to close the controversial US prison at Guantanamo Bay by the end of President Barack Obama's term.

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon

2014-12-05 21:11

US President Barack Obama has nominated Defence Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defence secretary to replace Chuck Hagel.

Hagel's departure won't slow nuke reforms

2014-12-03 10:23

A top US official says Chuck Hagel's surprise resignation as Pentagon chief won't steal momentum from his plan to change how the nuclear air force is managed.

Pentagon boss Hagel out as ISIS war heats up

2014-11-25 05:24

President Barack Obama has announced the departure of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the ISIS threat.

US Defence Secretary Hagel resigns

2014-11-24 16:41

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, a US defence official says, adding that President Barack Obama had accepted his resignation.

Climate change will challenge US military

2014-10-14 07:43

The Pentagon chief has warned that climate change could bring big challenges for the US military.

FBI: 12 US citizens fighting in Syria, not 100

2014-09-26 10:44

The US believes there are about 12 Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, that has been cited for months.

Arab League chief: Confront ISIS group

2014-09-08 10:50

The head of the Arab League has urged its members to confront Islamic State extremists "militarily and politically", issuing an apparent call to arms.

IS threat 'beyond anything we've seen' - Pentagon

2014-08-22 10:43

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaeda, US military leaders say.

US sends 130 more military advisors to Iraq - Hagel

2014-08-13 05:33

The United States has sent 130 more military advisors to northern Iraq to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis there, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

Kerry urges new inclusive government in Iraq

2014-08-12 08:54

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Iraqi prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to quickly form an inclusive government, and ruled out sending US combat troops to the country.

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza deaths

2014-07-31 10:40

The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a UN school in Gaza, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel.

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.


Hagel in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi officials

2014-12-09 21:08

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Baghdad to consult with Iraqi government officials and confer with US commanders about the campaign to defeat ISIS.

Obama to announce defense secretary pick

2014-12-05 09:08

President Obama's choice for his next defence chief faces conflict abroad, budget retrenchment at home and the expectation that the White House will have a heavy hand in Pentagon affairs.

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

2014-11-25 12:22

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particular tough time for US foreign and defence policy, with one war ending, another beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead.

Hagel: US on stronger course toward security

2014-11-24 22:09

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration has put the Defence Department and the US on a stronger course toward stability and security, after tendering his resignation.

600 US troops exposed to chemical agents - officials

2014-11-07 10:32

More than 600 US troops since 2003 have reported that they were exposed to chemical agents in Iraq, officials say, a much higher number than the Pentagon stated previously.

Hagel, French minister talk about Syria strikes

2014-10-03 12:10

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says he spoke with the French defence minister about the possibility of France participating in airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, something the French have so far declined to do.

Chelsea Manning sues US for sex change

2014-09-25 13:02

A year after being sentenced to a 35-year prison term in the biggest confidential document leak in US history, Chelsea Manning is suing the military seeking a sex change.

Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

2014-08-25 10:31

General Martin Dempsey says that once he determines that the Islamic State in Iraq have become a direct threat to the US, he will recommend the US move directly against the group in Syria.

US aircraft hit 90 IS targets in 3 days

2014-08-19 10:19

US military aircraft have carried out 35 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets, the Pentagon says.

Australia grandfather in tears at severed head pic

2014-08-12 12:27

The grandfather of a boy pictured holding a severed head in Syria says the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks.

Kerry, Hagel in Sydney for Australia-US talks

2014-08-11 13:38

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have arrived in Sydney for annual ministerial meetings on security cooperation and international conflicts.

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.

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