Pentagon

  • Barack Obama points to 'silver lining' in IS mayhem in the region 1 week ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has pointed to a "silver lining" in the violence wrought by the Islamic State, saying it has brought "clarity" in the Muslim world in a long time about the need to snuff out this "brand of Islamic extremism". At a Democratic Party fund-raiser, Obama said the...
  • US marks 13th anniversary of 9/11 attacks September 11, 2014

    New York: Americans on Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, with somber ceremonies of remembrance in New York and Washington. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden observed a moment of silence on the White House south lawn, along with about...
  • US confirms death of al-Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike September 5, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a founder of the al-Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a US air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization. "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the co-founder of al-Shabaab, has...
  • Six militants killed in US Somalia strike September 2, 2014

    Mogadishu: Al-Shabab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit on Monday night by a US military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said on Tuesday. The rebel commander would not say whether Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group's leader, was among the six militants killed. The two...
  • Russia providing heavy weapons to Ukrainian rebels: Pentagon July 19, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon has alleged that Russia continues to provide the separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine with heavy weapons and other military equipment, in addition to financing. "We see no hint that Russian support for the separatists has ceased. In fact, we believe that Russia continues to provide them with heavy...
  • ISIS poses 'legitimate threat' to Baghdad: Pentagon June 25, 2014

    Washington: Al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border, poses a "legitimate threat" to the capital city of Baghdad, a top Pentagon official has said. "We certainly have enough visibility to see that they continue to press...
  • Chinese military spending exceeds $145 billion, drones advanced: US June 6, 2014

    China's military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the Pentagon said on Thursday, offering a far higher figure than Beijing's official tally. The Pentagon's estimate, using 2013 prices and exchange rates, was 21 percent above...
  • Pentagon official to lead defence trade dialogue with India May 31, 2014

    Washington: A senior Pentagon official has been appointed to lead the defence trade initiative dialogue with India, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday. "To further strengthen US-India defence ties, I am directing the Pentagon's Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Frank Kendall) to lead the US-India Defence Trade and...
  • US deploys nearly 80 military personnel to help find Nigerian girls May 22, 2014

    The United States has deployed about 80 military personnel to Chad in its effort to help find and return more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Barack Obama said in a letter to Congress on Wednesday. "These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance,...
  • Pentagon spends $ 2.5 million in Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 search March 22, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon says it has spent $2.5 million to help in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. The Defense Department has been flying high-tech surveillance planes to assist in the effort. The spending also includes operating costs for ships that have assisted in the search, which has stretched...
  • US eyes military supplies for Ukraine, seeks to avoid escalation March 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Pentagon said on Thursday it was focusing for now on Ukrainian requests for non-lethal support, as opposed to any weaponry, as a senior US official said Washington wanted to avoid further militarising the standoff with Russia. Ukraine's government has put its heavily outnumbered and outgunned forces on alert...
  • US lawmakers ask Pentagon to welcome Sikhs in military March 11, 2014

    Over 100 members of Congress from both Democratic and Republican parties have urged the US defence department to end the presumptive ban on Sikh Americans serving in the US military with their beards and turbans. In a letter to Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, the lawmakers specifically requested that the US Armed...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 February 26, 2014

    US President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama said he had given the order to the Pentagon...
  • Highest ranked Indian-American official at Pentagon to join think-tank February 22, 2014

    Vikram Singh, the highest- ranking Indian-American at the Pentagon, is joining an eminent US think-tank after serving the Obama Administration in various positions for over five years. Singh, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, is joining the Center for American Progress (CAP) as its vice president...
  • US court gives conditional consent to Sikhs to enter military in turbans January 24, 2014

    A Sikh can be allowed to enter the US military with turban and beard, the Pentagon has said, noting that the approval in this regard would be given on a case by case basis and there is no universal or automatic approval to the new relaxed religious norms. "It does," the...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military January 23, 2014

    A top American lawmaker on Thursday asked the Pentagon to end a ban on Sikh articles of faith including turban and beard in the US military, a long-standing demand of the Sikh-American community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US Armed...
  • US official applauds India's growth in space industry January 8, 2014

    Washington: Describing India as one of the largest space industries in Asia, a top Pentagon official on Tuesday applauded India's remarkable growth in the sector. "India has one of the largest space industries in Asia. Their extensive satellite communications network spans the globe," US Air Force General William Shelton, Commander...
  • Pentagon sees 50 per cent rise in reports of sexual assaults in 2013 December 28, 2013

    The number of sexual assaults reported across the US military rose by around 50 per cent in the 2013 fiscal year compared with 2012, the Pentagon said on Friday. The Pentagon said a review of preliminary data from the government's 2013 fiscal year, which began in October 2012, showed there were...
  • Do not anticipate long term impact on shipment through Pakistan: US December 5, 2013

    Washington: A day after temporarily halting cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan in view of protest over drone strikes there, the United States has said that it does not anticipate long term impact of its shipment through the country. "(We) hopefully don't anticipate that there'll be any long term impacts to...
  • Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, easing shutdown pain October 6, 2013

    The Pentagon said on Saturday it would recall the vast majority of some 350,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown, in a move that could greatly lessen the impact of the shutdown on America's armed forces. Civilian Pentagon employees comprise nearly half the 800,000 federal employees currently...
  • Middle-aged man arrested for throwing fire crackers inside White House fence September 17, 2013

    A man threw fire crackers over the north fence of the White House, hours after a shooting rampage at a Navy Yard in Washington that left at least 13 people dead. A middle-aged man was arrested near the White House after he threw fire crackers inside its fence, officials said. Immediately thereafter...
  • Barack Obama to observe 12th anniversary of 9/11 September 11, 2013

    President Barack Obama will observe the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a moment of silence and a visit to the Pentagon Memorial. Obama on Wednesday will join first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden and members of the...
  • US: People pay tribute at ground zero on 9/11 anniversary September 11, 2013

    September 11 victims' loved ones were gathering at ground zero early on Wednesday to commemorate the attacks' 12th anniversary with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition. At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza, relatives will recite the names of the nearly...
  • Pentagon ready to strike Syria when Obama orders September 5, 2013

    Washington: Anticipating a military strike against Syria, the Pentagon has deployed a series of naval assets, including four destroyers and one amphibious ship in the Middle East, to accomplish a "robust and agile" attack. The deployment came after US President Barack Obama last week announced his decision to go for a...
  • US naval forces move closer to Syria August 24, 2013

    US naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military...
  • US, India discuss joint production of military equipment August 6, 2013

    Washington: A top American defence official and the head of India's DRDO have discussed ways to take bilateral defence cooperation towards the goal of joint development and production of military gear. US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and DRDO chief Avinash Chander also held talks on measures to deepen...
  • US evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid Qaeda threat August 6, 2013

    Washington: The US on Tuesday began evacuating its nationals from Yemen amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ordering one of the most serious attacks since 9/11. The State Department said it had pulled all non-essential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the...
  • China calls US the 'real hacking empire' after Pentagon report May 8, 2013

    Beijing: China on Wednesday accused the United States of sowing discord between China and its neighbours after the Pentagon said Beijing is using espionage to fuel its military modernisation, branding Washington the "real hacking empire". The latest salvo came a day after China's foreign ministry dismissed as groundless a Pentagon report...
  • China rejects US Pentagon's charges of military espionage May 7, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon said on Monday that China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernization. The Pentagon for the first time accused the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks, though China on Tuesday firmly desmised the allegations. In its 83-page annual report to...
  • US Department of Defence approves Samsung Android Knox, BlackBerry 10 May 3, 2013

    Washington: The Pentagon on Thursday cleared BlackBerry and Samsung mobile devices for use on Defence Department networks, a step toward opening up the military to a wide variety of technology equipment makers while still ensuring communications security. Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a Pentagon spokesman, said the department cleared the use of...