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Pentagon delays plan for transgender recruits

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:37 PM

The 5 armed service branches can now delay accepting transgender recruits until January 1

DELAY. US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Wave of strikes as ISIS puts up tough defense of Mosul

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters gained ground in several areas but the jihadists were hitting back with shelling sniper fire suicide car bombs and booby traps

A member of the Iraqi force keeps watch in the al-Shura area, south of Mosul, on October 24, 2016, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

Oct 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Thousands of civilians are fleeing the fighting and escaping to camps south of Mosul

Displaced Iraqi families arrive near a checkpoint east of Mosul as they flea areas of unrest, on October 22, 2016, during an operation by the Iraqi army to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Mosul is the most populous city in the "caliphate" Baghdadi declared in June 2014, and the operation to recapture it is Iraq's largest in years. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Pentagon chief in Iraq to discuss Mosul offensive

Oct 22, 2016 - 6:08 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is expected to discuss the post ISIS future of Mosul Iraq s second city and the place where jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in June 2014

RETAKING MOSUL. Iraqi forces drive their vehicle near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, during an operation to retake the main hub city from the Islamic State group jihadists on October 21, 2016. The operation is Iraq's biggest in years and aims to wrest back Mosul, the country's second city and the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Duterte's Hitler remarks 'troubling' – Pentagon chief

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED Pentagon chief Ashton Carter says Speaking personally for myself I find those comments deeply troubling

In this file photo, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers his speech during the closing ceremony of the US-Philippines annual joint military exercise at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Philippines, April 15, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Pentagon chief praises 'courageous' Afghan security forces

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:49 PM

The Pentagon chief s unannounced visit follows a renewed commitment to Afghanistan from NATO

ASHTON CARTER. A handout picture released by Iraqi defence ministry shows Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obaidi (R) receiving US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the headquarter of Iraqi defence ministry in Baghdad, Iraq, 11 July 2016. Photo by Iraqi Defense Ministry/EPA

Pentagon chief in Baghdad for talks on ISIS fight

Jul 11, 2016 - 3:35 PM

Ashton Carter s unannounced visit – his fourth to Iraq since beginning his job in February 2015 – comes two days after Iraqi forces capture an airbase to the south of Mosul

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks at a news conference marking the end of a NATO Defense Ministers Council meeting at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 15, 2016. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA HOSLET

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

US vows 'action' if China builds new South China Sea structures

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:38 AM

3rd UPDATE Unfortunately if these actions continue China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self isolation says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

SOUTH CHINA SEA. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter delivers his speech during the First Plenary Session of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 15th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, June 4, 2016. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

Pentagon chief arrives in Singapore for security summit

Jun 02, 2016 - 9:41 PM

Ashton Carter s attendance at this weekend s Shangri La Dialogue is part of a broader US diplomatic push to build and maintain alliances in the Asia Pacific region

ASHTON CARTER. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter gestures during a joint press conference with his counterpart Philippines Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (not pictured) during his visit to the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines April 14, 2016. File photo by Romeo Ranoco/EPA

Pentagon chief heads to Asian summit as nations fret over South China Sea

May 31, 2016 - 10:16 AM

UPDATED Aside from the South China Sea delegates are expected to focus on the growing threat of Islamic terrorism in the region and North Korea s nuclear program

In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter attends the first plenary session at the 14th Asia Security Summit, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue 2015 in Singapore on May 30, 2015. Roslan Rahman/AFP

China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

EAST CHINA SEA. A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. File photo by Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

ISIS kills US service member in northern Iraq attack

May 03, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The service member is at least the third killed by enemy fire in Iraq since ISIS overran swathes of the country in 2014

China rejects Hong Kong port call by US carrier – Pentagon

Apr 30, 2016 - 12:55 AM

It is the first time since August 2014 that US naval ships are denied permission to make a Hong Kong port call

USS STENNIS. The USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), a nuclear-powered supercarrier, makes a port visit to Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul, South Korea, March 13, 2016. File photo by EPA

Carter says US to deploy more forces to back Iraq's anti-ISIS war

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:53 PM

A senior US defense official says around 200 additional American military personnel would be deployed pushing the total figure past 4 000

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, responds to a question from the news media during a joint press conference with British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon (not pictured) at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA 11 March 2015. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US defense chief in Iraq to discuss fight against ISIS

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Ashton Carter will meet officials including Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al Obeidi to discuss increasing American military assistance to Iraq ahead of the key battle for second city Mosul

In this file photo, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers his speech during the closing ceremony of the US-Philippines annual joint military exercise at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Philippines, April 15, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions

COURTESY CALL. President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during the courtesy call at the President'€™s Hall Malacañang Palace, April 14, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

North Korea missile launch fails on founder's birthday

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:28 AM

5th UPDATE US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter condemns Pyongyang s move saying it is another provocation in a region that doesn t need that kind of behavior

'DAY OF THE SUN'. Picture taken 13 April 2016 and made available 14 April 2016 shows military personel posing for pictures before the portrait of Kim Il-sung during the Immortal Flower Festival 'Kimilsungia' in Pyongyang, North Korea. File photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Defense chief Gazmin: No ‘formalized’ ISIS organization in PH

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:33 PM

UPDATED In the same press conference US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter cites instances in other countries where extremist groups have sought to rebrand themselves through affiliation with ISIS

JOINT BRIEFING. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (left) and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin field questions at a joint press conference in Malacañang on April 14, 2016. Photo from RTVM Twitter page

US, Philippines launch joint South China Sea patrols

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter also announces that 275 troops and 5 A 10 ground attack aircraft currently in the country for annual war games will remain in the country temporarily

PATROLS. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (R) and Manila American Cemetery Deputy Superintendent Hubert Caloud (L) chat as they arrive to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila on April 14, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

China warns 'outsiders' as PH-US war games begin

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The exercises caps Manila s recent attempts to involve outsiders in a regional row

BALIKATAN OPENS. Philippine and US soldiers march with their national flags during the opening ceremony of the annual joint 11-day Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) military exercise in Manila on April 4, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

ISIS leader Baghdadi will 'taste justice' – US official

Apr 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Just like we found his mentor [Abu Musab] al Zarqawi and killed him Just like we found the grand master of terrorism Osama bin Laden we killed him We are going to find Baghdadi and he will taste justice

JUSTICE. An undated file image of a frame from video released by the Islamic State purportedly shows the caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giving a speech in an unknown location. Handout photo from Islamic State Video/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

China to secure 'de facto' control of South China Sea

Feb 26, 2016 - 8:03 AM

US Admiral Harry Harris says that by building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands China has shown it is determined to achieve military supremacy in the region

MISCHIEF REEF. An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Anti-ISIS coalition pledges stepped-up fight against jihadists

Feb 12, 2016 - 9:26 AM

NATO is exploring the possibility it would join the coalition says Pentagon chief Ashton Carter

Pentagon chief unveils extra funds to counter Russia, fight ISIS

Feb 02, 2016 - 10:59 PM

We re reinforcing our posture in Europe to support our NATO allies in the face of Russia s aggression US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says

DEFENSE SPENDING. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, responds to a question from the news media during a joint press conference with British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon (not pictured) at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA 11 March 2015. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Amerika Serikat keluhkan negara koalisi tak sungguh-sungguh perangi ISIS

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:10 PM

Amerika sebut Turki dan Arab Saudi kurang berusaha untuk memerangi ISIS Apa penyebabnya?

PERANG MELAWAN ISIS. Di sela World Economic Forum, Menteri Pertahanan Amerika Serikat Ashton Carter mengatakan bahwa negara koalisi tak bersungguh-sungguh memerangi ISIS. Foto oleh Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Some anti-ISIS partners do 'nothing at all' – Pentagon chief

Jan 23, 2016 - 9:40 AM

We need others to carry their weight there should be no free riders says US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

ON ANTI-ISIS PARTNERS. During an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says many of their anti-ISIS partners are 'not doing enough, or are doing nothing at all.' Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

More ISIS attacks likely as group suffers setbacks – US general

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:01 AM

It is important to understand that these terrorist acts don t necessarily mean [ISIS] is getting stronger says General Lloyd Austin head of the military s Central Command

ON ISIS ATTACKS. US Army General Lloyd Austin says the increase of ISIS attacks doesn't necessarily mean the group is getting stronger. File photo by Lucas Jackson/EPA

PH vows ‘prompt, mutually beneficial’ implementation of EDCA

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US

PH-US 2+2. (L-R) Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire  Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pose for a photo opportunity before the second Philippines-US Two-plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue on January 12, 2016, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

US on alert over South China Sea possible conflict

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Pentagon is worried about the prospect of further militarization as well as the potential for these activities to increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict among claimant states

'HALT LAND RECLAMATION.' US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter looks on during the keynote on the first day of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 29 May 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

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US defense chief visits aircraft carrier in South China Sea

Nov 05, 2015 - 1:46 PM

UPDATED The move is likely to further rile Beijing amid a big power confrontation over Chinese claims to the virtually the entire South China Sea

SUPERCARRIER. An aerial handout image made available by US Navy showing the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Sea on 21 April 2015 conducting maritime security operations.MC3 Anthony Hilkowski/Handout/EPA

South China Sea tensions torpedo Asia defense chiefs statement

Nov 04, 2015 - 10:01 AM

UPDATED Our understanding is there will be no joint declaration

RECLAMATION ACTIVITIES. An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA/Pool

'Epic' fail: Washington Post mistakes Indonesian defense minister for Jokowi

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:38 PM

The prestigious newspaper admits to its mistake and promises a correction

NOT JOKOWI. The Washington Post mistakenly captions this photo as President Joko Widodo. Photo from Twitter

US steps up anti-ISIS raids, Iran invited to Syria talks

Oct 28, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Friday s October 30 talks in Vienna are seen as a way to end Syria s civil war by creating an interim unity regime and paving the way for Syrian President Bashar al Assad s exit

These US Navy F-18E Super Hornets were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State (IS or ISIL) targets in Syria. File photo by US Dept of Defense/Sgt Shawn Nicke/Handout/EPA

Beijing tries to soothe South China Sea jitters

Oct 17, 2015 - 11:42 AM

We have done our utmost to avoid unexpected conflicts says Fan Changlong vice chair of China s Central Military Commission

NO USE OF FORCE. General Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, says China will not commit acts that would cause conflict in the South China Sea. In this photo he is welcomed at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on June 11, 2015. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Putin, Obama to meet as Syria diplomatic drive quickens

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:06 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Moscow and Washington could find ways to cooperate in the Syrian conflict

UN TALKS. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US President Barack Obama (C) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summi in Beijing, China, 11 November 2014. File photo by Russian Presidential Press Service/EPA

Obama to take last shot at closing Gitmo

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Obama s top counterterror advisor Lisa Monaco and Defense Secretary Ash Carter will submit a fresh plan to shutter the infamous 13 year old facility

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 27 January 2002. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

US Defense Secretary in Saudi to reassure on Iran

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia a regional rival of Shiite Iran worries Tehran could still be able to develop an atomic bomb despite the limitations on its nuclear program

VISITING SAUDI. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (not pictured) at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 20, 2015. Daniel Bar-On/EPA

'China miscalculated US response to reclamation'

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana tells Rappler China is caught in a bind after the US strongly responded to its reclamation activities

'CHINA'S FURIOUS.' Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana says China was furious that the US strongly criticized its artificial island-building in the South China Sea

US weighs missiles in Europe to counter Russia – officials

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

Installing land missiles in Europe is a more aggressive step at the far end of the spectrum a defense official says

OPTIONS. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has told lawmakers earlier this year that the arms control agreement was a 'two-way street,' and Washington might take its own steps if Russia did not back off. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

US, Vietnam discuss halting South China Sea reclamations

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:50 PM

The meeting comes after the United States called for an immediate end to all such work in the disputed waters

VIETNAM CONSTRUCTION. This satellite image shows Vietnam's reported construction activities on Sand Cay, one of the features of the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, as of February 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of SIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

China rejects US criticism of sea reclamations

May 31, 2015 - 10:32 AM

UPDATED China rejects US demands to stop its intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea saying it is exercising its sovereignty while helping the rest of the world

IN DEFENSE OF CHINA. Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army of China at the first plenary session on the second day of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, May 30, 2015. Wallace Woon/EPA

US hits China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols

May 30, 2015 - 9:53 AM

4th UPDATE A Chinese military official defends China s activities as legitimate reasonable and justified calling US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter s criticism groundless and not constructive

'HALT LAND RECLAMATION.' US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter looks on during the keynote on the first day of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 14th Asia Security Summit in Singapore, 29 May 2015. Photo by Wallace Woon/EPA

China deployed artillery in S.China Sea – US officials

May 30, 2015 - 9:43 AM

We can confirm we have identified some weapons on one of these reclaimed Chinese islands says Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren

PAG-ASA ISLAND. An aerial photo shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO / POOL

US: Halt land reclamation in South China Sea

May 28, 2015 - 5:09 PM

The US Pacific Command the largest American combatant command responsible for Asia and Pacific has a new chief – Admiral Harry Harris

REBALANCE TO ASIA. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and outgoing US Pacific Command chief Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III. Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Chu/US Pacific Command

US affirms 'ironclad' vow to defend Philippines

May 28, 2015 - 8:05 AM

In talks in Hawaii with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reaffirm the strong ties between the two countries and discuss territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea

SIDE BY SIDE. US and Philippine marines hold their respective national flags during the parade of colors as part of the US-Philippines Amphibious landing Exercise Phiblex 2014 closing ceremony at the Philippine marines headquarters in Manila on October 11, 2013. Noel Celis/AFP

US, PH defense chiefs to meet over developments in West PH Sea

May 25, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The Philippines will ask the US how far it would go to keep it safe from China s harassment

OFF TO HAWAII: Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin