Tag: Military

Huge Russian military planes land in Syria

Washington (AFP) – At least three Russian military transport planes have landed in Syria in recent days, US officials said Tuesday, as Washington worries about the sort of assistance Moscow is providing to Damascus.   The aircraft have landed at the airport in Latakia on Syria’s Mediterranean coast over the past several days, US officials […]

A hard turn for Iran on military sites, and for Kerry on a bike

Nuclear talks between Iran and the United States intensified over the weekend in Geneva, one month ahead of a deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal.   Two major sticking points remain that are matters of political will: Whether Iran will allow international inspectors access to military sites suspected of hosting nuclear weaponization programs, and whether […]

Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea ‘posing danger to stability’

Russia has scrambled military jets in response to an American navy destroyer which, it has been reported in Russian media, was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea.   The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow’s territorial waters “pose a danger to strategic stability” between […]

Iran’s leader rejects foreign access to military sites, scientists

Iran’s supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran’s military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers.   Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders Wednesday that Iran will resist “coercion and excessive demands” from America and other world powers.   Negotiators from Iran and a […]

‘Jade Helm’ military exercise causing political firestorm in Texas, western states

A massive military exercise planned in states across the American West has touched off a political firestorm, with several top Texas officials now questioning the military’s plans – if only to calm the Internet and constituent furor surrounding it.   The seven-state war simulation exercise, known as “Jade Helm 15,” is planned for this summer. […]

Jade Helm 15

­What is Jade Helm 15? Joint Assistant for Development and Execution In one of the largest military training exercises ever carried out on American soil, Jade Helm 15, military personnel and supporting equipment will operate in nine states, with Utah, Texas and parts of California designated as simulated “hostile territory.” Jade Helm 15 will last […]

Texas has nothing to fear from upcoming military exercise

Defense officials Monday dismissed as “wild speculation” an Internet-fueled claim that a massive summertime exercise called Jade Helm 15 for special operations commandos is a covert operation by President Barack Obama to take over Texas.   That claim was given legitimacy by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott’s order last week for the Texas State Guard to […]

Intent of Russian military aircraft near U.S. shores remains unclear

The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait.   “That’s the mainland there,” he shouts above the gusts.   It’s Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland.   […]

Houthi Militants Storm Yemeni Gov’t Stronghold City

On early Wednesday, the Houthi military overtook al-Anad air base, which lies just 37 miles from Aden. Afterwards, there were reports that Hadi decided to flee from his presidential palace in the port city, following reports of unidentified fighter jets executing bombing runs over his location. AFP reports that president Hadi boarded a helicopter and […]

US officials: Military worries about easing transgender ban

U.S. military leaders have expressed reservations about any move to lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, an issue since Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s suggestion that he is open to the idea, officials say.   Carter told troops in Afghanistan that he was open-minded when asked if the Defense Department […]