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American isolationism? Pacific U.S. military outpost eyes shifting strategic seas

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

After decades of relative calm across the Pacific region, Wake Island is taking on renewed strategic importance for the United States

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

U.S.-South Korea military drills to resume despite thaw with North Korea

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The large-scale exercises involving tens of thousands of ground troops are a perennial source of tension between the two Koreas

JOINT DRILL. In this file photo, South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump eyes military parade to showcase U.S. might

Feb 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump has asked for a military parade to showcase American muscle and underscore his role as commander-in-chief, the White House says

FORMATION. In this file photo, members of the U.S. military march down Pennsylvania Ave. during an inaugural parade rehearsal on January 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

South Korea seeks U.S. military drill delay for Olympics

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In's comments are the first confirmation that Seoul is seeking to postpone the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills, which usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April

JOINT. South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

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Dec 04, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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U.S., South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang calls a US-South Korea air exercise an 'all-out provocation' that could lead to nuclear conflict

FLY-BY. An F-22 Raptor does a fly-by during the airshow at Joint Andrews Air Base in Maryland on September 16, 2017. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

North Korea at UN warns U.S. carriers are fueling tensions

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The deployment of 3 US carriers 'is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war breaks out due to the US nuclear war equipment' taking up a 'strike posture,' North Korea says

TIRPLE THREAT. US aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a three-carrier strike force exercise with the South Korean navy, November 12, 2017. Photo courtesy USS Ronald Reagan/US Navy

U.S. turns over gas masks to Philippine Navy

Sep 02, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The US embassy says the transfer – made through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement – is part of the ongoing transfers from the US military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Photo courtesy of the United States embassy in Manila

South Korea military 'hid missile launchers from president'

May 31, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Documents submitted to Moon Jae In shortly after he came to office this month were redacted to remove mention of 4 new rocket launchers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense THAAD system

MISINFORMED? South Korean President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

China says fighter jets' intercept of U.S. plane 'safe'

May 28, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Chinese J 10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P 3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday May 24

In this file photo, 3 Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army Air Force stay in close formation during the combined exercise 'Falcon Strike 2015' at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on November 24, 2015. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/File

South Korea, U.S. conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

Apr 30, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Around 20 000 South Korean and 10 000 United States troops participate in the massive Foal Eagle military drill

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Apr 17, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Obama: Terror fight needs coalitions, no 'false' vows

Dec 07, 2016 - 8:46 AM

Highlighting the lines drawn during his 8 years as commander in chief Obama did not mention Donald Trump by name but he clearly addressed his successor who has yet to spell out his own counterterrorism strategy

US President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on December 6, 2016. Mandel Ngan / AFP

Communists to Duterte: Be wary of 'Amboy top dog' FVR

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines says the former president is set to lead a pro US team to pressure President Rodrigo Duterte to keep ties with the US

'LOSING BADLY.' Former President Fidel Ramos says President Rodrigo Duterte should 'correct the most serious flaws in our national leadership'

FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino?

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:50 AM

President Duterte said in Bacolod that EDCA was only signed by an aide and [former defense chief Voltaire] Gazmin Did the President get his facts right?

US to give Philippines military planes – gov't

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:19 PM

The two Sherpa 30 seater aircraft will be delivered in December Philippine coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo says

Philippine Coast Guard's (PCG) BRP Tubbataha arrives at the port in Manila on August 18, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

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

Chinese jets conduct 'unsafe' intercept of US spy plane – Pentagon

May 19, 2016 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED The Department of Defense is reviewing a May 17 intercept of a US maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft by two tactical aircraft from the People s Republic of China

This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

Iran holds 10 US sailors in Gulf

Jan 13, 2016 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED Senior US officials say they have received assurances from Tehran that the crews – taken to Farsi Island – will be allowed to sail onwards come first light

SEIZED. This US Navy photo released January 12, 2016, shows the type of riverine command boat apprehended by Iran on January 12, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ US NAVY/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle L. Turner

China summons US envoy over warship sales to Taiwan

Dec 17, 2015 - 3:39 PM

China staunchly opposes America s sale of arms to Taiwan a statement from China s foreign affairs ministry said

A photo made available on 17 December 2015 shows a Taiwan naval ship, 1802, a Kee Lung-class guided-missile destroyer docked in the Kaohsiung Harbour, southern Taiwan, on 14 December 2015. David Chang/EPA

Taliban says shot down crashed US C-130 plane in Afghanistan

Oct 02, 2015 - 9:34 AM

UPDATED The crash which occurred at about midnight local time on Friday left 6 US soldiers and 5 civilian contractors dead

US to step up defense of beleaguered Syrian allies

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:46 AM

US President Barack Obama s administration says it will take additional steps to defend US trained and equipped forces

A handout picture released by the US Navy on September 23, 2014 shows an US AV-8B Harrier jet launching from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during flight operations in the Arabian Gulf, September 22, 2014. EPA/US Navy/ Christopher Lindahl

US 'friendly fire' kills up to 10 Afghan soldiers

Jul 20, 2015 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED The bombing in Baraki Barak district of Logar province comes after a similar NATO air strike in the area in December killed 5 civilians and wounded 6 others

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, Japan exercises and China's anxiety

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The South China Sea has become the arena for power projection for the United States as a Pacific power and Japan as an Asian power and China as a rising global power in transition

Nepal government runs quake relief operation from tents

May 14, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Nepal s government is now racing to deliver relief to remote mountainous areas in the east of the country worst hit by the latest quake

Nepalese military personnel clean up the ruins of damaged Machhindra Bahal temple in Bungamati, Nepal, May 14, 2015. Mast Irham/EPA

Rescuers battle to reach survivors of new Nepal quake

May 13, 2015 - 12:35 PM

65 people have been confirmed dead so far in the latest quake which was centered 76 kilometers 47 miles east of Kathmandu and also killed 17 people in northern India

SHAKEN AGAIN. A rescue team member walks on a collapsed house after another powerful earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

South Korea, US forces to start massive military landing drill

Mar 19, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The massive landing drill starting March 28 will be the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise which North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal

In this file photo, South Korean marines participate in an annual Amphibious Operations (AMPHOPS) maneuver during the 'Hoguk' exercise, in Pohang, some 360 kilometers southeast of Seoul, South Korea, 18 November 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

US security strategy and its implications for the PH

Mar 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] It is within the Philippines’ interest that the United States continue to play a leadership role in the world stage

South Korea-US announce joint drills, to likely North fury

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:11 AM

The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises are a perennial source of volatile tensions on the divided Korean peninsula

In this file photo, South Korean K-55 self-propelled howitzers participates in the South Korea-US 'Key Resolve and Foal Eagle' annual joint military exercises at the Mugeon-ri drill field on Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 13 March 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Syria 'informed' about US-led strikes on ISIS – Assad

Feb 10, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Assad: Sometimes they convey a message a general message There is no dialogue There s let s say information but not dialogue

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 26, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview to US Foreign Affairs magazine in Damascus. SANA/Handout/AFP

South Korea, US hold joint naval drill

Feb 05, 2015 - 2:40 PM

North Korea sees all joint US South Korean military drills as provocative rehearsals for invasion and has repeatedly demanded they be scrapped

A North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.

Pentagon asks for more funds for high-tech weapons

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Barack Obama s 585 billion budget request for the Pentagon would devote 107 7 billion to big ticket weapons – an increase of 14 1 billion over the previous budget

US President Barack Obama. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Iraq Kurds, coalition jets in major push to retake Sinjar

Dec 18, 2014 - 7:27 AM

In neighboring Syria the bodies of 230 people from a tribe that rose up against the jihadists in the Deir Ezzor region are found in a mass grave

Shiites mark holy day in defiance of jihadists

Nov 05, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Police and troops are out in force as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims mass in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura

Iraqi Shiite Muslims gather outside the shrine of Imam Hussein - one of Shiite Islam's most revered figures - during the Ashura commemorations that mark his killing on November 4, 2014 in Karbala, Iraq. Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

US, South Korea delay Seoul's wartime control of forces

Oct 24, 2014 - 8:24 AM

South Korea had been scheduled to take wartime control known as OPCON by the end of next year but now no new date for transferring OPCON will be set

North Korean soldiers (C) take photos towards a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom on July 27, 2014. Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea, US start military drill despite North threats

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:21 AM

South Korean officials said its military would be on a heightened state of alert during the exercise

BORDER ZONE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea-US naval drill begins in face of North's anger

Jul 16, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Two separate drills began simultaneously in the East Sea Sea of Japan and off the southern port of Mokpo South Korean military officials say

US navy crew members talk on the USS George Washington aircraft carrier (CVN-73) in Busan, South Korea, 11 July 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

North Korea fires two more missiles into sea

Jul 13, 2014 - 4:43 PM

The move – the latest in a series of similar launches in recent weeks – came a day after Pyongyang condemned an upcoming Seoul Washington naval joint exercise

Senate: Clarify PH-US deal’s coverage, contents

May 06, 2014 - 5:51 PM

There appears to be an imperative need to review the EDCA in order to clarify its coverage and contents to promote transparency Trillanes says

DEFENSE HEARING. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV files a resolution directing his defense committee to look into the Philippines' military deal with the US. File photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Send US troops to Ayungin, Scarborough – Saguisag

May 01, 2014 - 5:36 PM

The US can put itself where its mouth is by even agreeing to discuss that possibility says the former senator who voted in 1991 not to renew the military bases agreement

TEST COMMITMENT. Former Senator Rene Saguisag says the Philippines can test the US commitment by asking it to send troops to Ayungin and Scarborough Shoals.

DFA: Treaty obliges US to defend PH if attacked

Apr 30, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Under the MDT the US will come to the assistance of the Philippines if attacked says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

After ‘rushing’ deal, PH got nothing from Obama – Joker

Apr 29, 2014 - 7:52 PM

Instead of a commitment on China all the Philippines got out of Obama s visit was shibboleths says former Senator Joker Arroyo

GETTING 'ZERO.' Former Senator Joker Arroyo says the Philippines got 'zero' from Obama's visit after supposedly rushing a military deal with the US. Photo by Titchie Tongo/EPA

Miriam: PH-US deal unfair surprise on Senate

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Criticizing what she calls guile in diplomacy Senator Santiago says the agreement should first have been submitted to the Senate

'BAD FAITH.' Santiago says the signing of the PH-US military deal without Senate consultation and approval was a sign of bad faith on the parts of Presidents Aquino and Obama. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Was the Senate sidelined in PH-US military deal?

Apr 28, 2014 - 2:05 PM

Senate defense committee chair Antonio Trillanes IV says the committee was briefed on the negotiations; Senate President Drilon says the chamber was not consulted

IN DARK? Trillanes says the executive branch briefed the Senate defense committee about the deal but Drilon and Recto said the Senate was not consulted about the positions of the DND and DFA. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

New aircraft deals not a reaction to China threat – Palace

Mar 22, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Territorial conflct or no Malacañang says it s committed to upgrade the military s defense capabilities

Palace: No need for Senate OK on PH-US military deal

Mar 15, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Unlike Senator Santiago the President s chief legal counsel says the bases access deal merely implements two treaties already concurred in by the Senate

Ex-Guantanamo detainees ask French judge to probe torture

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Two former Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a French judge to subpoena a former prison commander they accuse of overseeing their alleged torture

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. Photo by  EPA/J. Scott Applewhite / Pool

Military drills to test inter-Korean detente

Feb 24, 2014 - 4:08 PM

The start of this year s drills overlaps with the first reunion for more than three years of families divided by the Korean War – an event that has raised hopes of greater North South cooperation

TRUCE ZONE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. JeonHeon-Kyun/EPA