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Trump nixes idea of renaming U.S. bases honoring Confederate heroes

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:47 PM

10 bases honoring generals from the secessionist South, which lost the Civil War and its struggle to preserve slavery, are in the spotlight

Fort Bragg, NC / US - May 20, 2020: Iron Mike Statue Commemorating Airborne Troops Throughout History Shutterstock.com

Rockets hit Iraq base hosting foreign troops – military

Mar 17, 2020 - 4:40 PM

The rockets slammed into the Besmaya base south of Baghdad late Monday night, a statement by the military says, making no mention of casualties

BESMAYA BASE. Iraqi soldiers train by foreign contractors in the Besmaya military base in southern Baghdad on April 24, 2012. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

U.S. forces withdraw from key base in northern Syria

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:48 PM

It is the fourth withdrawal of American forces in a week, and leaves Syria's northern provinces of Aleppo and Raqa devoid of US troops

WITHDRAWAL. US military vehicles drive on a street in the town of Tal Tamr on October 20, 2019, after pulling out of their base. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Despite Duterte rhetoric, US military gains forward base in PH

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:33 AM

It's a clear signal that the Americans will stay here, and in the region, for a long time

Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on U.S. base move

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

While the referendum has no legal standing, a vote against the move is likely to pile fresh pressure on the central government, which backs the move as the best way to deal with anger in Okinawa about the base

FUTENMA. This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture, ahead of Okinawa's gubernatorial election. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan – officials

Feb 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The army camp will be built in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous Wakhan Corridor, where witnesses have reported seeing Chinese and Afghan troops on joint patrols

MILITARY BASE? This photograph taken on October 7, 2017 shows Afghan Wakhi nomad families travelling on yaks in the Wakhan Corridor in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Photo by Gohar Abbas/AFP

Lorenzo Tañada undaunted in line of fire

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:26 AM

'Do not and never despair, because this could only be a time of testing. Believe me, in God's own season, justice will ultimately triumph,' statesman Lorenzo Tañada said when Ninoy Aquino was in jail

Venezuela army repels attack on base, hunts assailants

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:58 PM

4th UPDATE The incident heightens fears that Venezuela s deepening political and economic crisis could yet explode into extreme violence

ATTACKED. View of the military base of Paramacay Fort in Venezuela's third city, Valencia on August 6, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

26 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on Kandahar base

Jul 26, 2017 - 4:42 PM

The terrorists attacked an army camp in Karzali area of Khakrez district of Kandahar last night Ministry of Defense spokesman General Dawlat Waziri says

China’s navy targets building bases overseas – Pentagon

Jul 01, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Pentagon cites cases in 2016 of China using its intelligence services and employing other illicit technologies controlled equipment and other materials

DEFENSE BUILD-UP. The Chinese guided missile destroyer PLANS Qingdao joins over 40 other warships from around the world to celebrate the centenary of the Australian Navy in Sydney on October 5, 2013. Photo from Shutterstock

Saudi says it does not need Turkish military base

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:57 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly offered to build a military base in Saudi Arabia shortly after work began on Turkey s facility in Qatar

Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base – gov't

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Afghan defense minister releases a statement on the attack

Duterte tells U.S. to stop planned construction in PH bases

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

UPDATED Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says it doesn t mean President Rodrigo Duterte wants to cancel EDCA altogether He only wants to review the structures that the US plans to build

TREATY ALLIES. The US and Philippine militaries conduct annual military exercises. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. makes biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:20 PM

The US Japan agreement covers about 4 000 hectares of the 7 500 hectare Camp Gonsalves jungle warfare training center also known as the Northern Training Area

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (C) delivers a speech among Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and US Forces Japan commander Lieutenant General Jerry P. Martinez (L) during a joint announcement of the return of US military land on the island of Okinawa, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on December 21, 2016.  The deal, hailed the biggest return of American military land on Okinawa in more than four decades, covers about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of the 7,500-hectare Camp Gonsalves jungle warfare training centre, also known as the Northern Training Area. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

4 Americans killed in Afghanistan blast – Pentagon

Nov 12, 2016 - 12:53 PM

4th UPDATE The Americans – two servicemembers and two contractors – were killed at Bagram Airfield by an apparent suicide bomber

EXPLOSION. The largest US military camp in Afghanistan was attacked on Saturday, November 12.

LOOK BACK: When the Senate said 'no' to US bases renewal

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The 1991 treaty between the Philippines and the US would have given the US 10 more years at Subic Naval Base – but 12 senators made the historic decision to vote no

SENATE VOTES NO. In 1991, the Philippine Senate rejects a proposal to allow the US 10 more years in the Subic base. Graphic by Nina Martinez, file photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Japan pushes ahead with US base worker rape, murder case

Jun 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato is accused of raping and killing 20 year old Rina Shimabukuro

epa05318992 Protesters hold placards before US Kadena Air Base in Kadena, Okinawa, southwestern Japan, 20 May 2016, after an American employed at the US Air Force base admitted having killed a young Okinawan woman. Former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato was arrested by the police on suspicion of the crime. EPA/HITOSHI MAESHIRO

PH, US agree on EDCA implementation in Palawan, 4 other places

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:11 AM

The Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan has been the site of maritime exercises with the militaries of the US Japan and Australia

In this file photo, military troops from the Philippines and United States hold up their respective national flags during opening rites of the Philippines-US Balikatan Exercise in Quezon City on April 20, 2015. Ritchie Tongo/EPA

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court's decision on EDCA

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED Read the 118 page decision on the PH US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

JOINT FORCES. Military troops from the Philippines and the US during the opening of the Philippines-US Exercise Balikatan in Quezon City in April 2015. File photo by EPA

Okinawa countersues Japanese gov't over US base move

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Taking every possible measure I will not let the central government construct the base says Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Tokyo urges Okinawa governor to back down in US base row

Apr 05, 2015 - 3:40 PM

However the Okinawan governor counters that while he understands the importance of the alliance with the US any national security plan must have the Japanese people s support

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan minister sidesteps Okinawa governor in base row

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:41 PM

Japan s central government muscles the governor of Okinawa out of the way in a row over the construction of a US air base suspending his stop work order in the latest fraught chapter of a two decade row

BASE IN DANGER? This photo taken on November 14, 2014 shows multi-mission tiltrotor Osprey aircraft at the US Marine's Camp Futenma in a crowded urban area of Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Senate concurrence? Miriam to hold public hearing on EDCA

Nov 27, 2014 - 5:16 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago says the hearing will address whether the EDCA is necessary beneficial and practical as well as questions on its constitutionality

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Japan's Okinawa elects governor opposed to US base – exit polls

Nov 16, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Takeshi Onaga s apparent victory is a significant blow to the central government because the governor can veto the landfill work needed for a new base to be built

ANTI-US BASES. Residents of Japan's Okinawa on November 16 elect new governor - Former Naha mayor Takeshi Onaga (front C), who opposes plans to relocate a US military base. Photo by JAPAN OUT AFP/JIJI PRESS

'EDCA allows US military to build anywhere in PH'

May 13, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Senator Marcos observes that while EDCA limits the agreed locations to existing military bases it s possible the armed forces will establish new bases if the US asks for them

SENATE HEARING: Members of Philippine panel defend the military deal before the Senate

PH, US to sign military deal April 28

Apr 27, 2014 - 3:06 PM

The agreement will be signed in time for the arrival of US President Barack Obama in Manila

File photo by DND

Rappler Newscast | April 3, 2014

Apr 03, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Another earthquake hits Chile China asks the Philippines to reconsider negotiation A soldier kills 3 people at a US military base

Japan mayor pleads against US airbase

Feb 13, 2014 - 9:08 PM

This situation reflects the Japanese government s discrimination against Okinawa said Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine

ANTI-BASE. Susumu Inamine, who was just re-elected on a fiercely anti-US base platform as mayor of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, speaks to journalists at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on February 13, 2014. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Obama to visit the Philippines in October

Sep 14, 2013 - 12:58 AM

The American president will be in Manila October 11 12 the last stop of his 4 nation Southeast Asian tour

FAQs: Boosting US troops' presence in PH

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:17 PM

The DFA releases a list of FAQs on increased US presence in the Philippines which Rappler is republishing in full

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors at the formal opening of the annual Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard which docked at the former US naval base of Subic on October 8, 2012. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Senate scrutiny of PH-US talks pushed

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:32 AM

It s the first round of talks between the Philippines and the US on increased American military presence here

PHILIPPINE PANEL: Media briefing on PH-US talks on increased rotational presence. DND photo

PH, US start talks on bases access Wednesday

Aug 12, 2013 - 12:48 PM

New agreement will allow increased rotational presence of US troops in PH and boost maritime security

NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN. Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec Albert Del Rosario and Defense Sec Voltaire Gazmin in a press conference in Manila, 12 August 2013. Photo by Rappler/Carmela Fonbuena

PH eyes formal talks on U.S. 'joint use'

Jul 16, 2013 - 11:23 AM

The proposed deal could expand the Visiting Forces Agreement Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr says

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors at the formal opening of the annual Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard which docked at the former US naval base of Subic on October 8, 2012. Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Aquino told: Row with China not a video game

Jul 03, 2013 - 8:33 PM

The government plan will only escalate tension in the region says Bayan

Give Australia, ASEAN access to PH bases

Jul 01, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Former defense chief Gilbert Teodoro finds nothing wrong with a government plan to give US and Japan access to military bases Include other states too he says

SUPPORTIVE: Former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr supports plan to give US, Japan more access to Philippine military bases. File photo

Rappler Newscast | June 27, 2013

Jun 27, 2013 - 8:56 PM

US SC strikes down DOMA PH plans to give US and Japan greater access to military bases Climate change expert warns of severe effects

Poro Point to become north's gateway

Mar 31, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Former US military base Poro Point Freeport Zone PPFZ is on its way to becoming the gateway in the north for trade commerce and tourism officials say

GATEWAY IN THE NORTH. Poro Point Freeport Zone reveals development plan that promises tourism for North Luzon. Graphics by Teddy Pavon