Former Pentagon chief sues to publish material in memoir
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims in a lawsuit against the Defense Department that material is being improperly withheld from his use as he seeks to publish an “unvarnished and candid memoir” of his time in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
US accuses Iran of unsafe helo maneuver near US Navy ship
The Pentagon on Monday accused Iran of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct by a naval helicopter that it said flew within about 25 yards of a U.S. Navy ship and circled it three times in the Gulf of Oman. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said the Iranian helicopter circled the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship, three times and at one point flew as low as 10 feet off the surface of the water. The U.S. Navy periodically has reported what it characterizes as unsafe and unprofessional encounters with Iran naval forces in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.news.yahoo.com
Pentagon to respond "appropriately" after Oklahoma National Guard says it won't follow COVID-19 vaccine mandate
The Department of Defense will respond "appropriately" to a decision this week by the Oklahoma National Guard to rescind the Pentagon's requirement for service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.Driving the news: "We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Axios in a statement.Stay on top of the latnews.yahoo.com
Vietnam seeks information from Iran about seized oil tanker
Vietnam was seeking more information Thursday about a Vietnamese oil tanker that was seized at gunpoint last month by Iranian soldiers in the Gulf of Oman, while vowing to ensure the safety and humane treatment of the ship's crew members. Iran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard troops on Oct. 24 took control of the MV Southys, a vessel that analysts suspect of trying to transfer sanctioned Iranian crude oil to Asia. The episode was the latest provocation in Mideast waters as tensions escalate between Iran and the United States over Tehran’s nuclear program.news.yahoo.com
Military weighs penalties for those who refuse COVID vaccine
As deadlines loom for military and defense civilians to get mandated COVID-19 vaccines, senior leaders are wrestling with the fate of tens of thousands who flatly refuse the shots or are seeking exemptions, and how to make sure they are treated fairly and equally.
Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria
U.S. officials say they believe Iran was behind the drone attack last week at the military outpost in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the drones were not launched from Iran. U.S. and coalition troops are based at al-Tanf to train Syrian forces on patrols to counter Islamic State militants.news.yahoo.com
Military suicides rise 15% as senior leaders call for action
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. military suicides jumped by 15% last year, fueled by significant increases in the Army and Marine Corps that senior leaders called troubling.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the al-Qaida extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power.
Pentagon restarts 16 advisory boards after 7-month pause
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has agreed to restart 16 defense advisory boards, after halting activity by all the Pentagon panels in February and essentially purging a number of members who were appointed in the final days of the Trump administration.
The U.S. has completed its Kabul evacuation effort, ending 20-year war in Afghanistan
A U.S. Marine checks a woman as she goes through the Evacuation Control Center (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 28, 2021. WASHINGTON — The United States has finished its evacuation efforts from Kabul's airport, the Pentagon said Monday, effectively ending America's longest war. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that less than 5,000 service members remain in Afghanistan, adding that the U.S. would no longer provide an exact number due to security conditions. On Monday, Kirby said the U.S. is communicating with the Taliban about the evacuation mission. A State Department spokesman said Saturday that approximately 250 Americans are still seeking evacuation.cnbc.com
US officials: 11 Marines, Navy medic killed in Afghanistan attacks
At least 12 U.S. service members were among the dead, including 11 Marines and one Navy medic, according to two U.S. officials. Officials say a number of US military troops were wounded and warned the toll could grow. It was not clear if they were included in the Russian toll.myrgv.com
Explosions at Kabul airport caused U.S. and civilian casualties, Pentagon confirms
The Pentagon has confirmed that an explosion outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday resulted in "a number of casualties" to civilians and U.S. troops.What we know: The "complex attack" took place near the Abbey Gate entrance to the airport, while a second explosion took place "at or near the Baron Hotel," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe big picture: The explonews.yahoo.com
Explosion at Kabul airport gate hours after 'severe' terror threat warning, Pentagon confirms
At least three U.S. troops have been injured, 11 people have reportedly been killed, and dozens more wounded after a suspected suicide bomber rocked the Abbey gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.news.yahoo.com
2 US lawmakers' Kabul trip prompts questions, criticism
Two members of Congress are facing criticism and questions following their surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, which diverted resources from the U.S.'s chaotic withdrawal, enraged military leaders and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare it not “a good idea.” Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in on a charter Tuesday and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours before flying out on a military plane.news.yahoo.com
Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida
The speedy Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has revived alarms about a resurgent al-Qaida and new terrorism threats against the U.S. The group's danger to the United States had been eclipsed in the past two decades by other threats, but experts are concerned that al-Qaida could again be given unfettered safe harbor by the Taliban.
Watch live: Biden to address vaccination efforts after FDA grants Pfizer-BioNTech shot full approval
Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on his administration's Covid-19 response and vaccination efforts following the Food and Drug Administration's decision to fully approve Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine. The mRNA vaccine, which will be marketed as Comirnaty, was on the U.S. market under an Emergency Use Authorization that was granted by the FDA in December. Since then, more than 204 million of the Pfizer shots have been administered, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ahead of the president's remarks, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the Defense Department was preparing updated guidance that requires all service members to receive the Pfizer vaccine.cnbc.com
'Game over': Westerners rush to leave Kabul, rescue Afghans
The chop of U.S. military helicopters whisking American diplomats to Kabul’s airport has punctuated a frantic rush by thousands of other foreigners and Afghans to flee to safety as well, as a stunningly swift Taliban takeover reached Afghanistan’s capital.
As Taliban tighten their grip, Kabul airport only way out
A Taliban offensive is encircling the Afghan capital and there’s increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war, and only one way in for U.S. troops sent to protect American diplomats still on the ground: Kabul’s international airport.