The Army and Air Force want two more years before they fully include transgender recruits in their ranks, BuzzFeed News has learned. The Marine Corps wants another year.
The secretaries of state and defense had tougher words than their boss following a meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Washington on Wednesday.
The US and its allies used to fight against ISIS in eastern Syria in relative isolation. Now the Syrian government, Russia, and Iran are all pressing in closer, raising the chance of a miscalculation.
A claim from the Russian military that it killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi two weeks ago has been met with intense skepticism inside the Pentagon.
Critics worry that the new authority given to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis shows a president with very little interest in actually commanding his armed forces.
“They need us as much as we need them,” a US official told BuzzFeed News.
Capturing the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS's self-declared capital, has been the US military's goal for years. But as the battle begins, the strategic importance of the city may not be what it once was.
Donald Trump tried to bring US allies together in his trip to the Middle East. Now the Saudis, Egyptians, Qataris, Emiratis, Turks and Germans can’t stop fighting.
President Ashraf Ghani revised the death toll on Tuesday following last week's explosion. Four-hundred people were wounded, including 11 US State Department contractors. It is the deadliest single attack to strike Afghanistan since 2001.
The US said on Tuesday that its attempt to destroy a missile capable of reaching North American cities was a success.
Syria has begun moving planes scattered across regime-controlled territory back to the Shayrat airfield, the target of 59 US Tomahawk missiles.
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An internal US military report released Thursday said that a US bomb killed dozens of Iraqi civilians in March, but blamed ISIS for wiring the building with explosives before the bomb struck.
“We never talk about subs!” three defense officials told BuzzFeed News after a transcript of a call between President Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was published.
Even some officials in Washington were frustrated by the fact that the information was coming from the US rather than the UK, calling it “unprofessional.”
Advancing vehicles were destroyed in a US airstrike after pro-regime forces approached an area of southern Syria where US forces are currently deployed.
Trump's national security adviser, whose book emphasizes the need to stand up to the civilian chain of command, was a current military general when he stood behind the White House press podium Tuesday.
Defense officials described ISIS’s surrender as “unconditional,” saying the group agreed to remove explosives from around a dam and leave its heavy weapons behind as its fighters left the city of Tabqa.
In the most recent death, Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken was killed in Somalia on Friday — the first US casualty there since the early 1990s.
The US troops would support their local counterparts with skills where they still fall short like counterterrorism, intelligence gathering, and aviation, a US defense official told BuzzFeed News.