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North Korea warns U.S. to stay out of inter-Korean affairs

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:56 PM

A North Korean official says Washington should 'hold its tongue and mind its internal affairs first' if it wanted to avoid experiencing a 'hair-raiser' and ensure the 'easy holding' of November's presidential vote

World leaders condemn Iran attack targeting U.S. troops

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) Western powers urge an end to the escalating confrontation between Tehran and Washington

WORLD REACTS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020, allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

Airlines avoid Iran and Iraq airspace

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Shortly after the missile attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration says it is banning US-registered carriers from flying over Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf

Trump visits troops in Afghanistan, says Taliban talks back on

Nov 29, 2019 - 8:05 AM

On a brief visit to Bagram Airfield outside the capital of Kabul, the US president serves turkey dinner to soldiers, poses for photographs and delivers a speech after meeting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Kurdish forces start Syria-Turkey border pullback

Oct 24, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have pulled out of some areas at the eastern end of the border

SYRIA CONFLICT. Mourners attend the funeral of 3 Syrian Democratic Forces' fighters killed in battles against Turkey-led forces in the flashpoint town of Ras al-Ain along the border, on October 24, 2019 in the Syrian Kurdish town of Qamishli. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Trump: U.S. to keep 8,600 troops in Afghanistan after deal with Taliban

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:46 PM

'We're always going to have a presence,' says President Donald Trump

US TROOPS. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. File photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Pompeo: Trump wants Afghan drawdown before 2020 election

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:22 AM

For the past year, the US has been negotiating with the Taliban to reach a peace agreement ending the 18-year war

AFGHANISTAN. Before winning the presidential election in 2016, Donald Trump pledged to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America's longest war. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse

U.S. sends 3,750 more troops to Mexico border

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:56 AM

'The Department of Defense will deploy approximately 3,750 additional US forces to provide the additional support to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at the southwest border that Acting Secretary of Defense (Pat) Shanahan approved Jan. 11,' a statement says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 06, 2018 US Army troops enter a compound where the military is erecting an encampment near the US-Mexico border crossing at Donna, Texas. The United States will send an additional 3,750 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon said February 3, 2019, bringing the total number of active duty forces to 4,350. "The Department of Defense will deploy approximately 3,750 additional US forces to provide the additional support to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at the southwest border that Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan approved Jan. 11," it said.   Andrew Cullen / AFP

Erdogan invites Trump to Turkey amid Syria pullout

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:27 PM

President Donald Trump is 'open to a potential meeting in the future,' says the White House

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Order signed for U.S. military's controversial Syria exit

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

US President Donald Trump and Turkey President Recept Tayyip Erdogan agreed to ensure coordination to prevent a power vacuum in the war-torn country

STRIKES. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Trump decided on Syria troop pullout during Erdogan call – report

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

US President Donald Trump's move comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch an operation against a Kurdish militia that is fighting against ISIS with American military assistance

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Decision made for 'significant' troop withdrawal from Afghanistan – U.S. official

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:35 AM

President Donald Trump's twin foreign policy decisions on Syria and Afghanistan could begin to unspool a series of cascading and unpredictable events across the Middle East

ATTACK. Officials say Afghan special forces are also being deployed to the southeastern city of Ghazni after the latest attempt by the Taliban to capture an urban center. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Trump promises Syria pullout, but sets no end date

Apr 04, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'The military mission to eradicate ISIS in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,' the White House says

OUT OF SYRIA? US President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania in the East Room of the White House on April 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

U.S. troops arrive for first Balikatan exercises under Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The first Balikatan exercises under Duterte will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counter terrorism

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to U.S.: Pay for troops to stay in PH

Dec 18, 2016 - 12:51 PM

You want to come back here? You pay us You want bases here? Pay us Transaction tayo pera pera nalang tayo mabuti pa says President Rodrigo Duterte on the possible abrogation of the VFA

NO MORE VFA? President Rodrigo Roa Duterte explains the severity of the human right violations allegedly perpetrated by the Americans who colonized the country for 50 years in his speech during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on December 17, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

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Duterte puts EDCA under review, threatens to cut US ties

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:11 PM

Duterte cites 2 groups in Mindanao that will not talk peace with him if the Americans stayed in Mindanao

EDCA SIGNING. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg after the 2004 signing of the agreement. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Sep 16, 2016 - 12:28 PM

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Duterte on US troops: 'I never said go out'

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:45 PM

The President says he merely wants the US to give us space to talk peace with Moro rebels in Mindanao

Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

PH military: No pullout of US soldiers pending orders

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte was merely concerned about the US soldiers safety in Mindanao says the military spokesman

SEA EXERCISE. Mark V or 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats operated by members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) comb the waters of Basilan and Zamboanga City in this file photo. (Photo from JSOTF-P)

Duterte: US troops should stay out of Mindanao

Sep 12, 2016 - 5:34 PM

I do not want a rift with America but they have to go says President Duterte

'THEY HAVE TO GO.' President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at  F. Bangoy International Airport in Davao City from Indonesia on September 10, 2016. Photo by KIWI BULACLAC/PPD

US pulls out all troops in Yemen

Mar 22, 2015 - 7:31 AM

2nd Update Due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen the US government has temporarily relocated its remaining personnel out of Yemen says State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke

MOSQUE BOMBING. Members of the Houthi militia inspect the scene of a suicide attack targeting the al-Hashahush mosque in Sana’a, Yemen. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Senate hearings: Was there US involvement in SAF ops?

Feb 20, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Updated Details revealed about possible involvement of Americans in the bloody police operation in Mamasapano raise a lot of questions

Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan – report

Nov 22, 2014 - 1:59 PM

The new order signed by US President Barack Obama also allows for air support for Afghan combat missions

British soldiers walk with their gear after arriving in Kandahar on October 27, 2014,  as British and US forces withdraw from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex in Helmand province. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Obama doubles US troops in Iraq in expanding war on ISIS

Nov 08, 2014 - 9:59 AM

UPDATED The additional troops would not deploy until Congress approved the funding

SERVICE. US President Barack Obama speaks at 'A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House' concert on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, November 6, 2014. File photo by Olivier Douliery/EPA

US Marine ordered to appear in murder probe

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:48 PM

But the question remains: will he face investigators?

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Filing of charges vs US Marine may take weeks

Oct 14, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Policemen are waiting for the autopsy and gathering initial evidence against US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton

MURDER VICTIM. Relatives and friends want justice for 26-year-old Jennifer Laude. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

PNP names US Marine tagged in Olongapo slay

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED A case of murder is being readied against the suspect noted Olongapo city police in a police report

MURDER VICTIM. Relatives and friends want justice for 26-year-old Jennifer Laude. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Obama warns Iraq on unity

Jun 21, 2014 - 7:52 AM

US President Barack Obama says American sacrifices had given Iraq a chance at a stable democracy but it had been squandered

Iraqi leaders to blame for army's collapse – US

Jun 14, 2014 - 10:21 AM

We had gotten them on their feet and helped build their capacity and quite frankly they did not take advantage of that opportunity State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf tells reporters

Oyster Bay fishermen worry about naval outpost

May 30, 2014 - 2:04 PM

The sleepy barangay of Bahile in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan wakes up to a flurry of activities due to upgrades in a naval detachment in Oyster Bay

SANCTUARY: Fishing is the main livelihood of residents living around Ulugan Bay

#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

#TalkThursday with Rene Saguisag: PH-US military deal unconstitutional?

May 01, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Rappler talks to former Senator Rene Saguisag on the constitutionality of the rushed PH US deal

#DearObama: Why Filipinos love the US

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

The overwhelming response to our DearObama campaign has been an expression of love and appreciation for the United States

Rappler Newscast | April 11, 2014

Apr 11, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Negotiating panels conclude talks allowing more US troops in PH The Abu Sayyaf attacks soldiers in Basilan Abbott confident signals detected in the Indian Ocean are from flight 370

Rappler Newscast | February 27, 2014

Feb 27, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Manila may use water cannon firing incident against Beijing Professors of UP say the academic calendar shift will affect some programs Obama threatens to pull out troops from Afghanistan

US troops end Yolanda mission; others out by mid-December

Dec 03, 2013 - 11:12 PM

Schedules have yet to be fixed but MNCC director Captain Rafael Mariano says most of the foreign militaries are expected to leave by the middle of December

ALLIES: AFP Major General Jeffrey Delgado (right) and Rear Admiral Hugh Wetherald of the US Joint Task Force 505. US Marine Corps photo

Afghan assembly backs US troops pact, Karzai sets terms

Nov 25, 2013 - 12:40 AM

Among Pres Hamid Karzai s conditions for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement is US cooperation in efforts to make peace with the Taliban who have led the 12 year revolt against Karzai s government and its foreign backers

More US aircraft bound for storm-hit Philippines

Nov 13, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Four MV 22 Ospreys have departed from the US Futenma base in Japan bound for the Philippines expanding the number of Osprey aircraft involved in the emergency work to eight

PART HELICOPTER, PART PLANE. MV 22-Osprey choppers take off at Tacloban City airport for relief and rehabilitation mission. Photo by Rappler/Jake Verzosa

US sends amphibious ships to PH

Nov 13, 2013 - 8:14 AM

The ships will ferry hundreds of US Marines and vehicles to calamity areas

TO TACLOBAN. US Marine Corps, Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft on November 10, 2013 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission to the Philippines. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

US sends more troops to storm-ravaged PH

Nov 12, 2013 - 2:41 AM

There are now 180 American military personnel in the Philippines to give humanitarian assistance in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

AUGMENTED. The first batch of 90 US Marine Corps members board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft on Nov 10, 2013, at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, moments before departing for Tacloban. Photo by AFP/USMC/Lance Cpl. David N. Hersey

PH, US begin talks on bases access

Aug 14, 2013 - 8:43 AM

The Philippines and US panels begin on Wednesday August 14 the first round of talks on increasing rotational presence of US troops in the country

TALKS BEGIN: Philippines and US panel members start first round of negotiations on increasing presence of US troops. DND photo

IN PHOTOS: 115 years of Philippine independence

Jun 12, 2013 - 10:06 PM

Check out photos from various independence day events around the country

2 U.S. sailors indicted for Okinawa rape

Nov 06, 2012 - 4:45 PM

2 US servicemen are indicted Tuesday on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa Japan

US to move 9,000 Marines from Japan

Apr 27, 2012 - 10:35 AM

The go ahead sets stage for the American troops redeployment in Guam Hawaii Australia

US troops in sea mishap, 1 fisherman dead

Apr 19, 2012 - 6:41 PM

A US vessel carrying Filipino and American troops collides with a fishing boat off Basilan killing one fisherman and wounding his 20 yr old son

SEA EXERCISE. Mark V or 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats operated by members of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) comb the waters of Basilan and Zamboanga City in this file photo. (Photo from JSOTF-P)