American military jets flying over Syria?

One official said called the surveillance flights an important way to obtain data

American military jets flying over Syria?

The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there. While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants would likely be necessary […]

Obama now providing arms to Kurds in Iraq

Obama now providing arms to Kurds in Iraq

The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday. Previously, the U.S. had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government in Baghdad, but the Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State […]

Army forcing out 550 Majors

This comes on the heels of a move to slash nearly 1,200 captains from the ranks

Army forcing out 550 Majors

About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they’re out of a job […]

Senate grounds Army attempt to seize Guard choppers

War-fighting arguments and cost savings don't overcome lawmakers' support for state units

Senate grounds Army attempt to seize Guard choppers

The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders. The proposal, which would transfer dozens of the sleek Apache combat aircraft to active-duty units and give larger, multiuse Black […]

U.S. ‘advisors’ flow into Baghdad

Senators briefed behind close doors

U.S. ‘advisors’ flow into Baghdad

Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and have begun to assess Iraqi forces in the fight against Sunni militants, the Defense Department said Tuesday as the U.S. ramped up aid to the besieged country. On Capitol Hill, senators who […]

U.S. special forces face tough challenges in Iraq

The elite commandos may be able to stop the immediate deterioration of Iraqi forces

U.S. special forces face tough challenges in Iraq

U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants. The Army Green Berets, who are expected to make up much of the U.S. force, have been […]

General reduced two grades for sexual misconduct

General reduced two grades for sexual misconduct

The Army is reducing the rank of a brigadier general at the center of a sexual misconduct case by two grades for his pending retirement, in a rare move that will slash his benefits and force him to retire as a lieutenant colonel. Army Secretary John McHugh announced the decision Friday, saying that Brig. Gen. […]

Ex-POW Bergdahl back on American soil

He will continue the next phase of his reintegration process

Ex-POW Bergdahl back on American soil

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Bergdahl flew to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from Ramstein Air Base. While at […]

Bergdahl claims Taliban tortured, beat him

The Army says it is difficult to verify the accounts Bergdahl has given since his release

Bergdahl claims Taliban tortured, beat him

U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday. The official said it was difficult to verify the accounts Bergdahl […]

Escalating debate over prisoner swap

The Pentagon did not give Congress the required 30-day notice

Escalating debate over prisoner swap

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier’s life was in danger. In his first extensive public comments about Saturday’s operation, Hagel said intelligence […]