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Escalating air war on ISIS not the answer – US general

Mar 09, 2015 - 8:59 AM

General Martin Dempsey appealed for strategic patience in the fight against the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria

A handout picture made available by the US Department of Defense (DOD) on 10 February 2015 shows an F-22 Raptor, departed from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, USA, being refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker on their way to Iraq, 30 January 2015. Sgt Perry Aston/US Air Forces Central Command/EPA

Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery

Nov 15, 2014 - 9:01 PM

Iraq forces break the ISIS siege of the country s largest oil refinery raising hopes of completely expelling ISIS from the area around the refinery

Coalition military chiefs to meet in US next week – officials

Oct 11, 2014 - 9:12 AM

The talks are expected to focus in part on training and arming moderate rebel forces in Syria and Iraqi government troops to take on the ISIS extremists

COALITION VS ISIS. A Turkish tank securing the Turkish border area during armed clashes between Islamic State and Kurdish fighters YPG who are trying to defend Kobane, Syria, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey 10 October 2014. Photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on ISIS

Sep 18, 2014 - 6:59 AM

The US House of Representatives voted 273 to 156 to approve his plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels part of Obama s strategy to destroy ISIS

'NO SAFE HAVEN.' US President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

US general says 'advisors' could join Iraqi fight

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The White House scrambled to play down talk of US ground troops joining the battle after top US officer General Martin Dempsey said they could provide close combat advising to Iraqi forces

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) formerly known as ISIS, in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC USA, 16 September 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

ISIS 'beyond anything we've seen'

Aug 22, 2014 - 10:36 AM

Hagel: They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess They are tremendously well funded This is beyond anything we have seen

HAGEL. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responds to a question from the news media during a press conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 21 August 2014. Shawn Thew/EPA

Afghan minister tells Hagel security pact will be signed

Dec 07, 2013 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED Washington and its allies have repeatedly appealed to President Hamid Karzai to sign the BSA which lays out the rules for US and NATO troops to operate in the country after 2014

ASSURANCE. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says he was assured by Afghan's defense minister on the signing of the (bilateral security agreement. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

US Senate measure has 90-day deadline on Syria action

Sep 04, 2013 - 9:26 AM

The Senate drafted a bipartisan measure that imposed a 90 day deadline for American military intervention in Syria and barred the use of US troops on the ground there

SENATE HEARING. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC, on congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry: No time for armchair isolationism

Sep 04, 2013 - 7:08 AM

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor key Republicans both said they would support Obama s plan

MAKING THE CASE. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington. AFP/Brendan Smialowski

US officials make case for Syria attack

Sep 03, 2013 - 4:22 PM

Sec John Kerry Sec Chuck Hagel and Gen Martin Dempsey will face the US Senate s Foreign Relations committee Tuesday

(L-R) US Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Gen Martin Dempsey. Kerry photo Shawn Thew/EPA; Hagel and Dempsey photos Michael Reynolds/EPA

US, PH vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows

Aug 24, 2013 - 1:22 PM

The United States and the Philippines vow to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows

Intercepts from Al-Qaeda 'sparked embassy closures'

Aug 06, 2013 - 11:59 AM

Reports: Electronic communications reveal Zawahiri ordered Nasser al Wuhayshi the head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out an attack as early as Aug 4

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

US extends embassy closures

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED The US State Department noting it was acting out of an abundance of caution said 19 diplomatic outposts would be shuttered through Saturday

NO ENTRY. A checkpoint leading to the US embassy compound in the Yemeni capital Saana is seen on August 3, 2013. Photo by AFP/Mohammad Huwais

Security alerts spark embassy closures

Aug 04, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Interpol issues global security alert after jailbreaks linked to Al Qaeda and as Western powers plan temporary closure of certain embassies mostly in the Middle East over terror threats

The Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, 19 October 2007. AFP File / Fred Dufour

US general lays out military options in Syria

Jul 23, 2013 - 7:58 AM

However chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey stressed that the decision of whether to go to war was one for civilian leaders

In this file photo, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey talks to US servicemen at United States Air Force's Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan, 25 April 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

US military chief prudent on talks with Taliban

Jul 07, 2013 - 11:20 PM

The top US military commander urged a cautious approach as the US reaches out to the Taliban to try to help launch reconciliation talks in Afghanistan

US to lift ban on women in combat

Jan 24, 2013 - 7:34 AM

The decision marks another sweeping change for the military under President Obama which led to a drive to lift a prohibition on openly gay troops

US still has key Iraq role after troop exit, says top military officer

Aug 21, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Washinton has an important role to play in Iraq top US military officer General Martin Dempsey said

Afghan rocket attack damages US military chief's plane

Aug 21, 2012 - 4:00 PM

A rocket fired on a U S airbase in Afghanistan early Tuesday August 21 damaged the aircraft of America s top military officer and wounded two maintenance crew

Highest ranking US military official visits PH

Jun 03, 2012 - 5:37 PM

The highest ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces is in a two day visit to the Philippines amid a territorial dispute between this key ally in the Asia Pacific region and China

US military chief asks nations to speak on Scarborough

Jun 01, 2012 - 3:31 PM

US chief of staff Gen Martin Dempsey wants to hear from Asia Pacific nations regarding the South China Sea dispute

US IN ASIA-PACIFIC. US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Army Gen Martin Dempsey (right) confers with US Pacific Command chief Navy Adm Samuel Locklear III (left) ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue this week. Photo by D Myles Cullen, courtesy of the US Defense Department.