US MILITARY

  • US military may extend anti-Ebola mission in West Africa 1 week ago

    Washington: The US military may extend its mission to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa beyond six months, if there was a surge of new cases. "We have to be prepared for this to go longer than six months," Pentagon official John Kirby said. He said that in spite of...
  • US readies 4,000 troops for Ebola mission October 4, 2014

    Washington: The US military expects to increase the number of troops deployed to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak to nearly 4,000, up from a planned 3,000-strong force, the Pentagon said. About 200 soldiers are already in Liberia setting up a headquarters for the US mission, which is aimed at...
  • IndiaUS military exercise starts September 17 September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The combined IndiaUS military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2014" will be conducted from September 17 to September 30, a Defence Ministry statement said on Friday. This is part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries. "The training exercise will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in...
  • US military conducts airstrike against ISIS near Mosul Dam in Iraq September 3, 2014

    Washington: US military officials said that an airstrike against Islamic State militants in Iraq has damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles near the Mosul Dam. In a statement on Tuesday evening from US Central Command, officials said an airstrike conducted on Monday in northern Iraq involved fighters and attack aircraft. By Central...
  • Barack Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action August 10, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to form a new government. "I think this is going to take some time,"...
  • How US President Barack Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq August 9, 2014

    Washington: For much of the summer, US President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, alQaedalinked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the President decided the US military had to act. The...
  • US President Barack Obama authorises airstrikes in Iraq August 8, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday night that he had authorised the Pentagon to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq and help Iraqi security forces protect civilians under siege, threatening to revive US military involvement in the country's long sectarian...
  • American PoW hero or villain? Bowe Robert Bergdahl 'returns' as protagonist of TV hit 'Homeland' June 4, 2014

    In 2003, a US marine sergeant and his scout sniper partner were captured near the Syrian border by forces loyal to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and thereafter sold to an AlQaeda commander. For the next eight years they were held captive in Damascus and through most of this time were...
  • US military punished nearly 500 for sexual harassment May 16, 2014

    Washington: The US military fired or disciplined nearly 500 workers for sexual harassment in a 12month period, and nearly 13 per cent of the complaints filed involved repeat offenders, according to new data. The Pentagon on Thursday released its first formal report on sexual harassment amid months of criticism from...
  • Sienna Miller in talks for 'American Sniper'? March 19, 2014

    London: Actress Sienna Miller is in talks to star in 'American Sniper'. The 32-year-old actress is in early negotiations to take on the lead female role, opposite Bradley Cooper, in Clint Eastwood's upcoming movie, reported Contactmusic. Jaimie Alexander, 30, and Evangeline Lilly, 34, were previously linked to the part, as was...
  • Barack Obama focuses on military as government shuts down October 1, 2013

    Washington: As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the US military he'll push Congress to reopen the government as soon as possible. In his sole response early Tuesday to Congress' failure to avert the first shutdown in nearly two decades, Obama addressed his...
  • Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords, says Bashar alAssad September 30, 2013

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar alAssad told Italian television station RaiNews24 on Sunday. "We joined the international agreement against the acquisition and use of chemical weapons even before this resolution was passed," he said when asked if Syria would comply with Friday's UN resolution. The UN...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar alAssad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Obama says Syria deal must be 'verifiable and enforceable' September 14, 2013

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he hopes talks on a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons are successful, but said he will insist any deal is "verifiable and enforceable." Obama made his comments after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber...
  • Syria ready to abandon chemical weapons 'because of Russia, not US threats' September 13, 2013

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he would only finalise plans to abandon his chemical arsenal when the United States stopped threatening to attack him, in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global treaty on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed...
  • Syria to put weapons under international observation: Assad September 12, 2013

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday he had agreed to put chemical weapons under international observation "upon the request of Russia and not because of the American threats". "Any war against Syria would be destructive to the entire region and would plunge the region in a series of problems and...
  • Assad behind chemical attack in Syria, says Obama September 11, 2013

    US President Barack Obama has clarified that if the US decides to go ahead with military intervention in Syria, there would be no ground strikes, only targeted air strikes. He said Syria President Bashar al-Assad has ordered chemical attack in the country. ...
  • Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal September 11, 2013

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal on Tuesday to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails. In a televised address to Americans, Obama...
  • Obama may halt military strike after Syria claims it's ready to dispose chemical weapons September 10, 2013

    In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a "potentially a significant breakthrough" that could head off the threats of US air strikes that...
  • Syria strike: Obama's actions a hamlet act on the world stage, says Fareed Zakaria September 10, 2013

    TIME Editor-at-Large Fareed Zakaria talks about the US Syria strike plan and calls US President Barack Obama's actions a "hamlet act on the world stage", and says US limited strikes is like being "half pregnant". ...
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria September 9, 2013

    Washington: Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be "repercussions" against any US military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. "You should expect everything," Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. "Not necessarily from the government. It's not only the government...
  • US uses Syrian videos showing use of chemical weapons to make case for military action September 9, 2013

    The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Kerry said the videos make clear that...
  • Where G20 members stand on US military action against Syria September 7, 2013

    President Barack Obama had mixed results as he lobbied members of the G20 leading world economies to bolster international support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Here is where members of the G20 stand on intervention in Syria: AUSTRALIA Called, in a joint statement...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle September 5, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution. In a possible sign of internal unrest in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Obama wins backing for strike on Syria from key figures in US Congress September 4, 2013

    President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement...
  • Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain September 2, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that he'll...
  • Syria asks the United Nations to stop US strike, seeks political solution September 2, 2013

    Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month's chemical weapons attack. Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed in the world's...
  • Assad same as Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, says John Kerry September 2, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has now joined the likes of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and Iraq's Saddam Hussein by using chemical weapons against his own people, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. "Bashar al-Assad now joins a list that has Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein as those who...
  • Britain says no to Syria intervention as US considers military strike August 30, 2013

    Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday of a government motion on the issue, dealing a setback to US-led efforts to punish Damascus over the use of chemical weapons against civilians. Following a 285-272 vote against a motion by British Prime Minister...
  • Gold at all-time high of Rs 34,500 per 10 grams on weak rupee August 28, 2013

    Gold prices zoomed to a record high of Rs 34,500 per 10 gram with a biggest ever single day surge of Rs 2,500 in opening trade in bullion market on Wednesday amid the rupee hitting historic low of 68.75 a dollar. The current upsurge surpassed its record price of Rs 32,975...