Tag: Defense and Military Forces

Suicide Bombing at University Kills 10 as Violence Surges in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — As law students waited outside Kabul University to take fourth-year exams shortly after daybreak on Friday, a suicide bomber drove up and detonated an explosive device, killing 10 people and wounding 33. The bombing was the latest in an aggressive series of attacks by insurgents in the 10 days since American and […]

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Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.

From the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, it was Prince Mohammed’s war. Prince Mohammed bin Salman, then 29 and in his third month as defense minister, was shown in official photographs surrounded by generals, poring over maps, inspecting a helicopter and even wearing a pilot’s headset while riding in the back of a […]

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American to Lead NATO Intelligence as Iraq-War-Era Concerns About U.S. Linger

ASPEN, Colo. — The United States will take over the top NATO intelligence post at the end of the year, alliance officials said, a move that some American officials hope could bolster a critical alliance capacity that President Trump has praised. But the appointment runs the risk of putting an American stamp on an office […]

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U.S. to Send About 500 More Troops to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The United States is sending hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia in what is intended as the latest show of force toward Iran, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The roughly 500 troops are part of a broader tranche of forces sent to the region over the past two months after tensions between […]

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5 Million Bulgarians Have Their Personal Data Stolen in Hack

An investigation into the theft of the personal information of nearly every adult in Bulgaria led to the arrest of a 20-year-old computer programmer, the police announced Wednesday, in connection with a breach that underscores the vulnerability of vast troves of digitized information. The authorities acknowledged that Bulgaria’s national tax agency was hacked after a […]

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Iran Rejects Pompeo’s Suggestion It Is Willing to Negotiate Over Missile Program

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Iran appeared willing to negotiate over its missile program “for the first time,” in what he and President Trump presented as evidence that sanctions and military pressure were working, less than a month after the president halted a planned military strike against Iran. But […]

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Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Turkish Distrust With U.S. Grows

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has marked the anniversary of a failed coup against him every passing year — this week was the third — with a national holiday that has turned the traumatic event into a celebration of Turkish nationalism. But this year, Mr. Erdogan had even more to cheer about, as he […]

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North Korea Warns U.S. to Quit Military Drills With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday escalated its pressure on the United States to cancel a joint military drill with South Korea scheduled for next month, warning that it could scuttle efforts to resume dialogue with Washington and even prompt the North to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests. The vaguely worded threats […]

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U.K. Offers to Return Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

Britain offered on Saturday to return a seized Iranian tanker if Tehran provided guarantees that the oil would not go to Syria. The offer appeared to be an effort to cool down relations between the two countries at a time when tensions between Iran and Washington have raised fears of a military conflict and threatened […]

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Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been insistent in his determination to purchase the S-400 system, Russia’s most […]

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American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia

SZOLNOK, Hungary — Secretive, behind-the-lines mission rehearsals and other operations by 1,400 American and allied commandos to combat shifting Russian threats have laid bare a fundamental tension in the Trump administration: While the president courts Moscow, much of his government considers it an increasingly dangerous foe. Just days before President Trump made light of Russia’s […]

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U.A.E. Pulls Most Forces From Yemen in Blow to Saudi War Effort

For four years, the United Arab Emirates have been the military linchpin of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, providing weapons, money and thousands of ground troops to a campaign to drive out Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Emirati forces led almost every major advance the coalition made. Now they have decided they can go no further. The […]

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Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says

LONDON — A British warship forced three Iranian boats to back off after they sought to block a British tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, in the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the […]

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3 Iranian Boats Tried to Block British Tanker in Persian Gulf, U.K. Says

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Three Iranian vessels unsuccessfully tried to impede the passage of a British commercial vessel through the Strait of Hormuz, Britain said Thursday, signaling a further escalation of tensions over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The Iranian vessels only turned away after receiving “verbal warnings” from a […]

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In South Korea, Gay Soldiers Can Serve. But They Might Be Prosecuted.

SEOUL, South Korea — The army lieutenant knew his career was irrevocably damaged when military investigators visited him in 2017, demanding that he admit having had sex with another male soldier — a crime in South Korea’s military. When the investigators put him on a video call with his ex-lover, who admitted to the relationship, […]

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Taiwan Set to Receive $2 Billion in U.S. Arms, Drawing Ire From China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States has tentatively approved the sale of $2 billion in military hardware to Taiwan, demonstrating support for its unofficial ally in a move likely to exacerbate deteriorating ties between Washington and Beijing. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, part of the United States Defense Department, notified Congress of two proposed arms […]

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E.U.’s Top Pick: Too Pious for Feminists, Too Feminist for Conservatives

BERLIN — She is a gynecologist with seven children who knows just about everything about fighter jets. She says grace before dinner and believes in gay adoption. She loves the United States and dreams of a United States of Europe someday. Some feminists are annoyed by her piety. Most conservatives are annoyed by her feminism. […]

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Kashmiris Call for Investigation of Torture Accusations Against India

RAWALPORA, Kashmir — Mohammad Ishaq Lone got a call from the Indian Army one February night, ordering him to meet soldiers at an outpost near his house in Kashmir. It was only after he was hauled off to a brightly lit room, bound and beaten that he discovered why. A soldier began by punching him […]

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Sudan Power-Sharing Deal Reached by Military and Civilian Leaders

Sudan’s military and civilian leaders announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement to share power until elections, promising an end to the standoff that has paralyzed the African country since the ouster of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in April. The two sides, which resumed talks this week after a monthlong hiatus that included […]

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