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Trump 'bullying' blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career,' says his attorney, David Pressman

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Vindman will appear at a closed-door deposition, as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Army unfurls miles of fencing along border with Mexico

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:32 PM

American troops from the 19th Engineer Battalion, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky, uncoil reel and reel of vicious-looking fencing

Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion are installing barbed wire fences on the banks of the Rio Grande in Laredo on November 18, 2018. Soldiers from the Kentucky-based 19th Engineer Battalion are working in Laredo to install fencing as part of a military deployment ordered by President Donald Trump to harden the US-Mexico border and provide engineering and logistical support to Customs and Border Protection agents. Thomas WATKINS / AFP

3 ex-U.S. Army soldiers convicted in murder of Filipina – reports

Apr 19, 2018 - 4:09 PM

'This horrifying real-life murder-for-hire case included details usually seen in action movies,' US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says in a statement about the murder of Catherine Lee

Trump bans transgender people from U.S. military

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:26 PM

UPDATED The announcement serves as a stunning reversal of an Obama era policy and leaves unanswered a slew of questions including whether transgender personnel currently serving may soon face getting booted from the military

TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 3, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking with reporters on board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, bound for Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Protesters vs Dakota pipeline: It's not just about water

Dec 11, 2016 - 2:01 PM

It s more than just clean water for the thousands of people who protest the Dakota Access Pipeline

Safiyyah Abdullah and Basil Abdul Khabir on the day they arrived at Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. Oct. 9, 2016. Photo by Pat Nabong/MEDILL

U.S. authorities deny route for controversial North Dakota pipeline

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:58 AM

The decision to nix plans for a controversial oil pipeline crossing in North Dakota is a major victory for Native Americans and environmentalists who had staged months of protests

VICTORY. Native American and other activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

WWII Filipina spy dies at 95

Jun 23, 2016 - 5:06 PM

US Army Force Special Agent Magdalena Leones is the only Filipina and Asian female to receive the Silver Star Medal during World War II

US army sergeant: Two soldiers I served with needlessly died in PH

Oct 08, 2015 - 1:07 PM

One Army sergeant’s meditation on the complexity of modern conflicts and the cost of getting it wrong

SOLDIERS. (L-R) SFC Christopher Shaw and SSG Jack Martin, killed-in-action in 2009. Source: US Department of Defense

In Baguio, remembering the Japanese forces' World War II surrender

Sep 05, 2015 - 2:49 PM

The US embassy commemorates in the Ambassador s Residence in Camp John Hay the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese forces during World War II

COMMEMORATION. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg is flanked by two World war II veterans Graciano Clavano (left) and Sabas Hafalla during the commemoration the 70th anniversary of the surrender of the Japanese forces in the country – in the same room where this photo is taken in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Blast rips through building at US military depot in Japan

Aug 24, 2015 - 9:25 AM

The explosion occurrs at a building at the US Army Sagami General Depot in the city of Sagamihara

RESPONDER. A fire engine (C) is seen at the US Army General Depot after a fire was extinguished in Sagamihara in Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo on August 24, 2015. Jiji Press/AFP

First women to pass US Army's Ranger School speak out

Aug 21, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Lieutenant Shaye Haver and Captain Kristen Griest will graduate on Friday as the first women combat leaders to pin the coveted Ranger tag on their uniform trained to become infantry leaders

US RANGER SCHOOL. In this US Army handout photo, first Lt. Shaye Haver is shown here in Ranger School training during the Mountain Phase in northern Georgia on July 12, 2015. Photo by PFC. YVETTE ZABALA-GARRIGA/US ARMY/AFP

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Jul 08, 2015 - 6:22 PM

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US to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army – official

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Under the cost cutting plan the Army will be down to 450 000 soldiers at the end of the 2017 budget year

ATTENTION. In this file photo, US soldiers stand in line during the opening ceremony of joint military exercises near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, Ukraine, 20 April 2015. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

US expert: Pemberton's fingerprint on condom wrapper

Jun 23, 2015 - 3:57 PM

US forensic experts testify at the murder trial of US Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton

MUGSHOT. A handout photo dated December 19, 2014 released by the Olongapo City Police shows US Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton at the Olongapo police station. Photo from EPA/PNP OLONGAPO-PIO

[Part 3] The MNLF and the United States

Jun 23, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The brief episode of US Army rule in Muslim Mindanao left a deep imprint on the Muslim popular mind Muslims were impressed with the American warriors but also valued how the American datus governed them

Bataan's 'last living Czech defender' honored

Apr 25, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Karel Aster 95 worked as a US volunteer in the Philippines during World War II and suffered as Japan s prisoner of war

BATAAN DEFENDER. Karel Aster, 95, worked as a US volunteer in the Philippines during World War II. Photo courtesy of the Czech Embassy in the Philippines

Elite PH, US units launch joint exercises in Basilan

Nov 07, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Balance Piston is launched at the headquarters of the 4th Special Forces Battalion in Basilan and will run until November 26

SPECIAL OPERATION: Balance Piston is a regular training exercise between special units of the US and Philippine armies. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Iraq army chief expects 'huge changes' after US strikes

Aug 08, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Iraq s army chief of staff says he expects federal troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces to reclaim large swathes of land after the US began air strikes

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province. Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Fort Hood gunman's motive 'may never be known'

Apr 05, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Gunman Ivan Lopez s base commander says the US soldier may have argued with one or more colleagues before the shooting

Fil-Am soldier at Fort Hood: 'We thought it was a rehearsal'

Apr 03, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Pinoy US Army Soldier was 5 blocks away from the scene of the shooting at Fort Hood Texas USA He thought it was an exercise

FORT HOOD. This November 7, 2009 file photo the main gate to Fort Hood military base in Texas. Fort Hood ordered all staff to take shelter April 2, 2014 amid media reports of an active shooting situation that left several people wounded. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Rebalancing the US Army towards Asia

Dec 12, 2013 - 7:58 AM

To reassure regional allies and partners as well as balance against potential foes the force must better enumerate its shift through more transparent messaging both at home and abroad

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

Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power – US

Dec 07, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Hagel highlights an array of US weaponry and resources deployed in the region in his trip meant to assure Gulf allies wary of America s diplomatic opening with Iran

BACKED BY US. Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel says diplomacy cannot operate in a vacuum. Photo by Mazen Mahdi/EPA

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

TALOS concept armor to help soldiers in battle

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:12 PM

The TALOS combat suit aims to provide protection and information for combatants

TALOS. While still a concept, the idea is to bring advanced protection and information to the front lines of battle. Screen shot from YouTube

Briton charged in hacking of US govt networks

Oct 28, 2013 - 11:21 PM

A federal grand jury charged Lauri Love of illegally accessing a US agency computer and conspiracy

WikiLeaks source Manning sentenced to 35 years

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED US soldier Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged for the biggest breach of official secrets in American history

SORRY. In this file photo, US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning leaves a military court facility after hearing his verdict in the trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. Photo by  AFP/Saul Loeb

Horrors of war in Spec Ops: The Line

May 14, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Spec Ops teaches us that there is a steep price to pay for using weapons of mass destruction

SANDBLASTED. The only way to fight a sandstorm is to wait it out. All images taken from the official Spec Ops: The Line ( website

Suicide underscores grim conditions at Guantanamo

Dec 25, 2012 - 9:38 PM

The suicide of a Guantanamo inmate underscores the grim reality for detainees held there for nearly 11 years without charge or trial with no end in sight to their imprisonment