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U.S. extends troop deployment at Mexico border

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The unusual deployment was supposed to end in mid-December, but the Department of Homeland Security asked that it be extended until January, a date which is now further prolonged

WATCHFUL. A soldier from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion looks across the Rio Grande River from Laredo, Texas, into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where a group of people hang out on the river bank on November 17, 2018. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S. starts process to return Balangiga Bells to PH

Nov 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

(UPDATED) The United States confirms a November 14 ceremony in Wyoming 'marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells' to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo from Wikipedia

U.S. won't allow China to 'rewrite rules' in South China Sea

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

'We'll fly, sail, and operate where international law allows.... Our guidance will be if we are operating legally, we will continue to operate legally,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

WEIGHING IN. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable with reporters at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Junta after Duterte? Democracy should remain, says U.S. defense exec

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'I hope that the future of the Philippines remains at the hands of the people here,' says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. official warns PH vs buying Russian equipment

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The Philippines 'should think very carefully' about dealing with Russia, says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

After a century, U.S. to return Balangiga Bells

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Malacañang hails the United States' plan to return the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to 'take measure' of China's strategic ambitions after it positioned weaponry on disputed islets in the South China Sea and is seeking to project its military power deep into the Pacific

JAMES MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'America will always be the first in space,' Trump says during a speech at the White House. 'We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led,' he adds.

SPACE FORCE.  In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Google retreating from military AI project: reports

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The collaboration with the US Department of Defense was said to have sparked rebellion inside the California-based company.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

Pentagon chief lets transgender troops remain in service

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says transgender troops will continue to serve in the military while he studies an order by President Donald Trump banning them from US forces

In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Trump warns North Korea of 'fire and fury'

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:58 AM

UPDATED Trump: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen

STERN WARNING. US President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Mattis 'shocked' by U.S. military readiness, warns on North Korea

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED The US defense secretary also warns of a return to Great Power competition where countries like Russia and China are gaining military assertiveness and placing long held global security protocol at risk

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. successfully tests ICBM defense system

May 31, 2017 - 7:28 AM

The first of its kind test comes amid concerns over North Korea s weapons program

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE. People watch a ground based interceptor missile take off at Vandenberg Air Force base, California on May 30, 2017. Gene Blevins/AFP

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Civilians 'likely' killed in U.S. raid in Yemen – Pentagon

Feb 02, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The January 29 raid against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has garnered wide attention because a Navy SEAL was also killed and several more wounded in what marked the first operation of its kind authorized by President Donald Trump

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Trump s naming of at least 3 retired generals to top posts raises questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet level jobs

This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

South Korea's Hyundai to build 2 brand new warships for PH Navy

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:20 AM

The deal for the frigates was initiated during the Aquino administration and is the first military contract signed under the Duterte administration

KOREAN MADE. Hyundai wins the bid to build the Philippines 2 brand new frigate. File photo from the Republic of Korea Navy

Trump says Putin is 'far more' of a leader than Obama

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Vladimir Putin is very much of a leader Donald Trump says in a televised interview where he and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are separately grilled over their national security and military credentials

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks while accepting the Conservative Party of New York State's nomination for president on September 7, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:40 AM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says lifting the ban is the right thing to do but Republican lawmakers criticize the move

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that the military will lift its ban on transgender troops during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, June 30, 2016. "This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force," Carter said in a statement. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

China tensions top agenda as Pentagon chief heads to Asia

Apr 10, 2016 - 1:20 AM

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter however chooses to skip China during his Asian tour even though he had earlier accepted an invitation to visit

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. File photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Pentagon invites hackers to attack its websites

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Vetted hackers will get cash awards if they spot weaknesses in the US Defense Department s web pages

epa05187640 US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L), with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Marine General Joseph Dunford (R), responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 29 February 2016. Secretary Carter and General Dunford replied to questions on Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the war against ISIS and recruiting and retention for the US armed services. EPA/SHAWN THEW

MSF demands international probe into Kunduz air strike

Oct 07, 2015 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED MSF chief: This was not just an attack on our hospital it was an attack on the Geneva conventions This cannot be tolerated

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:18 AM

General John Campbell s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday s October 3 devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage

ATTACKED. In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. AFP/MSF

Obama vows full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Doctors Without Borders MSF says patients burned to death in their beds during a raid that continued for more than an hour early Saturday October 3 even after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

US eyes top equipment for PH amid China row

Apr 15, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Courting US support Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will visit key US officials in Washington DC

Pentagon asks for more funds for high-tech weapons

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Barack Obama s 585 billion budget request for the Pentagon would devote 107 7 billion to big ticket weapons – an increase of 14 1 billion over the previous budget

US President Barack Obama. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

US-led coalition hits ISIS jihadists with 39 air strikes

Dec 27, 2014 - 6:01 PM

The hits include more than a dozen near the flashpoint Syrian town of Kobane

A file picture dated 23 October 2014 of onlookers watching an explosion following an alleged airstrike carried out by the international anti-Islamic State (ISIS) coalition as part of operation Inherent Resolve on the Syrian town of Kobane, from the Turkish side of the border, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey. Sedat Suna/EPA

Obama nominates Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:32 PM

Carter who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate is named to replace Chuck Hagel who resigned under pressure last week

US President Barack Obama and Ashton Carter wait in the Oval Office doorway before entering the Roosevelt Room where the President announced Carter's nomination for Defense Secretary, Dec. 5, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

'Abu Sayyaf taking advantage of int'l attention on ISIS'

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

The Abu Sayyaf Group s threat to behead its two German captives will not intimidate the Philippines which vowed to continue its military offensive against the local terrorist group

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE: Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon pledges allegiance to the Islamic State

Obama vows US will not be intimidated by new beheading

Sep 03, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Obama pledged that justice would be done to the Islamic State ISIS killers of 31 year old reporter Steven Sotloff wherever they hid and however long it took

US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with his Estonian counterpart at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn, Estonia, on September 3, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama orders 350 more US troops to Baghdad: White House

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:36 AM

UPDATED White House: The president authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional US military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad Iraq

In this file photo, US soldiers salute during a handover ceremony of the "entry control points" of Baghdad's Green Zone, now referred to as the International Zone, to Iraqi control inside the heavily-fortified compound in Baghdad on June 1, 2010. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

No US legal status for new migrant children – official

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Three out of four minors who illegally cross the US border come from El Salvador Honduras and Guatemala

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#TalkThursday: What does PH gain from defense deal?

May 02, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Rappler talks to Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino on what the country gains in the EDCA deal

Rappler Newscast | May 1, 2014

May 01, 2014 - 8:22 PM

Former Senator Saguisag hits lack of transparency in the defense deal | President Aquino warns Filipinos choose your next leader well | Families fear bodies in the ferry may never be recovered

US says hopeful on Ukraine crisis after Russia talks

Mar 06, 2014 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Although fears of outright war have eased tensions remain disconcertingly high in Ukraine

AGENDA: UKRAINE. Top Western diplomats meet in Paris to discuss the situation in Ukraine, 5 March 2014. In this photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chairs a meeting with the foreign ministers of the EU, UK, Germany, and Poland. Image courtesy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

US pledges $1B to Ukraine as Kerry visits

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED Kerry accuses Moscow of looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine and condemns Russia s intervention on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula as an act of aggression

IN KIEV. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 4, 2014. US State Department photo

US suspends military cooperation with Russia; Kerry to Ukraine

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED World markets plunged and oil prices spiked on fears of an all out offensive that would pit nuclear armed Russia against its Western backed neighbor

SHOW OF LOYALTY. A man waves Russian national flag outside the territory of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, 03 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Pentagon proposes to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level

Feb 25, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The spending plan is the first to fully reflect a transition away from a war footing that has been in place for 13 years says US Defense Sec Hagel

SMALLER MILITARY. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters on his recommendations to President Barack Obama for the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon, Feb. 24, 2014. US Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/US Dept of Defense photo

US, EU 'stand with Ukraine people' in their fight: Kerry

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:08 PM

Kerry addressed the Munich Security Conference in Germany before meeting Ukrainian opposition leaders

'US, EU STAND WITH UKRAINE'. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 1, 2014. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

US suspends 34 nuclear missile officers over exam cheating

Jan 16, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana marked the latest in a series of damaging revelations dogging the US s nuclear force

Drones, Taliban on agenda as Hagel heads to Pakistan

Dec 09, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Ties between Washington and Islamabad have been seriously strained over US drone strikes in Pakistan s tribal belt as well as Afghan Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan s borders

TO PAKISTAN. US Defense chief Chuck Hagel in a file photo. Ramin Talaie/Getty Images/AFP

PH to press 'equal access' to US facilities in bases deal

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:50 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says he is confident that the US will agree to the condition of the Philippines

EQUAL ACCESS: Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the Philippines will insist on equal access to US facilities. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, US resume bases access talks after impasse

Dec 04, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The negotiations resume after the US military s impressive response to the Philippines call for help after monster typhoon Yolanda

TALKS RESUME: Philippines and US panels resume negotiations to allow increased rotational presence of American troops in the Philippines. DND file photo

Rappler Newscast | November 29, 2013

Nov 29, 2013 - 9:57 PM

Customs chief 33 others face pork barrel scam charges PH will work with allies as China stirs up tensions Protesters storm public buildings in Thailand

US, British warships sent to typhoon-hit PH

Nov 12, 2013 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The magnitude of the disaster continued to build with almost unimaginable horror

TO TYPHOON ZONE. A file image of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) (center) during a 2008 joint US-Japan naval exercise. Image courtesy US Navy

US military sending troops to Yolanda-hit areas

Nov 10, 2013 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED US Defense Secretary Hagel directs naval and aviation resources to storm ravaged Philippines

RETRIEVAL. Dead bodies litter the streets of Tacloban city as volunteers collect them. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

Insurgent attacks down, Afghan army casualties up – US

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:08 AM

The Pentagon says the Taliban have also strengthened their grip in some rural areas

Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons – study

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Report: Medical professionals helped design enable and participated in torture and cruel inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees

GUANTANAMO. In this file photo, a US soldier stands on the grounds of the now closed Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 22 August 2013. EPA/Johannes Schmitt-Tegge

Rappler Newscast | October 9, 2013

Oct 09, 2013 - 9:41 PM

President Aquino jabs China: Follow the law Defense Department also got P666 M from DAP Fortun: Congress will do job if pork barrel system is scrapped

US shutdown hurts military credibility with allies – Hagel

Oct 01, 2013 - 8:55 PM

While the shutdown will have no actual impact on US military treaty obligations Hagel says it does cast a very significant pall over America s credibility to our allies

CREDIBILITY ISSUE. US Secretary of Defense Chuck says the US federal government shutdown will hurt the country's military credibility. In this photo, Hagel speaks to the traveling press aboard a US military aircraft plane en route to Seoul, South Korea, on September 29, 2013. AFP / Pool /Jacquelyn Martin