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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

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan – Pentagon chief

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:33 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper also hints that some sort of residual US force might remain in Syria to protect oil fields, but stresses no decision has been taken

MARK ESPER. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/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

UAE says reducing troops in war-torn Yemen

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'It is very much to do with moving from what I would call a military-first strategy to a peace-first strategy, and this is I think what we are doing,' says a senior UAE official

KHOKHA. A displaced Yemeni girl sits next to an armored military vehicle at a camp in the Khokha district of the western province of Hodeida, on January 21, 2019. File photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

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

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year – report

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns

North Korea returns remains of U.S. war dead

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The return of the remains marks the partial fulfillment of an agreement reached between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their historic summit in Singapore in June

RETURN. A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a US soldier killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on July 27, 2018. Photo by Kim Hong-ji/Pool/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

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

IN PHOTOS: The PMA's colorful Trooping the Line tradition

Feb 18, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The Trooping the Line tradition is one of the highlights of the annual Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming celebration

ALUMNI PARADE. PMA alumni execute the Trooping the Line tradition at the Fort Gregorio del Pilar's Borromeo Field. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Negros Occidental honors Marawi soldiers

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Some 81 soldiers of the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Capiz are honored at the provincial capitol grounds

HEROES' PARTY. Some soldiers based in Negros Island are honored on November 3, 2017, in rites held at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

WATCH: First batch of Marawi soldiers come home

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:24 PM

They were the first in when clashes broke out in May

Senior U.S. senators try to protect transgender troops

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins files a bill attempting to block or limit President Donald Trump's decree to bar transgender personnel from serving in the military

PROPONENTS. Senators John McCain, Jack Reed, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Susan Collins file a bill seeking protection for transgender troops. Photo of McCain by Tasos Katopodis/AFP, photos of Reed, Gillibrand, Collins from their Twitter accounts

PH, 27 other countries use 'cyber troops' to manipulate opinion – study

Jul 25, 2017 - 9:35 AM

A University of Oxford study says one trait of cyber troops in the Philippines is individual targeting which is used to silence political dissent online and often leads to real life threats and reputational damage

Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

MSU Marawi students graduate away from home

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The graduates of Mindanao State University Main Campus receive their hard earned diplomas away from their own campus as fighting rages in Marawi

HISTORIC. There are at least 2,000 graduates of the Mindanao State Univeristy - Main Campus for 2017. Photo courtesy of Junaina Sharief

AFP selling 'Support Our Troops' shirts to boost Marawi soldiers' morale

Jun 19, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The AFP Civil Relations Service says it wants to show soldiers in Marawi City that their fellow Filipinos support them

The AFP Civil Relations Service on Monday, June 19, 2017, printed tshirts with a message 'Support Our Troops' to give moral support to their fellow soldiers fighting in Marawi. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

How to be a responsible netizen? Keep calm and think before you click

May 24, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Here are some helpful tips to be a more responsible social media user during times of crisis

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

Russia offers to sell PH submarines and more

Jan 29, 2017 - 10:36 AM

The Philippines is looking forward to signing a military to military agreement with Russia to allow exchanges between its militaries

SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP. Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev (seated, 1st from left) holds a news conference aboard the Russian anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs on January 4, 2017. 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

Duterte visits troops fighting Maute group in Lanao

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:49 PM

The commander in chief meets with troops in Lumbanayague town less than kilometers away from area of clashes

US warships arrive in Subic for PH, US war games

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Up to 1 400 US service members based in Okinawa and 500 Filipino soldiers participate in the war games

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Oct 03, 2016 - 9:03 PM

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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

Duterte bares P1-B donation to Philippine government

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will use part of the donation – given by someone who doesn t want to be identified – to build field hospitals for soldiers

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte poses with members of the Philippine Army during a presidential trip to Gamu, Isabela, on September 17, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/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

France disciplines 5 troops over Central Africa abuse – ministry

Jun 04, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The 5 are accused of physically abusing two Central Africans at a military outpost in the capital Bangui in 2014

FRENCH TROOPS. This file photo taken May 13, 2016 shows French President Francois Hollande giving a speech at the French Military base Sangaris Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/EPA

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Apr 14, 2016 - 7:40 PM

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Jan 04, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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Iraqi Kurdish leader in Turkey after Baghdad row over troops

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:29 PM

Iraqi federal government tells Turkey to pull the forces out saying they had entered the country illegally without its consent

Syria accuses US-led coalition of killing regime troops

Dec 08, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Syria s foreign ministry writes to the United Nations Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki moon to condemned what it called a flagrant aggression that killed at least three soldiers

Germany planning to deploy 1,200 troops for ISIS fight

Nov 29, 2015 - 8:33 PM

It would be the German military s biggest deployment overseas

READY FOR DEPLOYMENT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande inspect a military honor guard on March 31, 2015 in front of the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo by John MacDougall / AFP

At least 27 dead in Mali hotel attack claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:15 AM

5th UPDATE The Malian government declares a 10 day nationwide state of emergency Friday evening November 20 over the assault and calls 3 days of mourning for the victims

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. AFP Photo / Habibou Kouyate

US special forces rescue six Americans from Mali hotel

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:33 PM

The US troops were from Special Operations Command Forward North and they had been working with West Africa personnel says Pentagon spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. AFP Photo / Habibou Kouyate

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Nov 16, 2015 - 1:58 PM

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Indonesia boosts UN peacekeeping troops after Obama plea

Sep 29, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Indonesia is among 50 countries who pledged a total of 30 000 troops at a US summit called to shore up missions under strain from the rise in global crises

UN PEACEKEEPING. Countries boost their commitment to peacekeeping efforts. Photo by EPA