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  1. August 28, 2014

    Obama damps speculation of Isis strikes in Syria

    President Barack Obama attempted to damp expectations on Thursday of imminent US military action against Islamist radicals...

  2. August 21, 2014

    US signals escalation in Isis fight

    Barack Obama’s top Pentagon adviser says the Islamist militant group in northern Iraq can be defeated only by tackling them...

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  1. The President's New Challenge 2013

    Barack Obama has a hostile environment to negotiate as he tries to secure a legacy bey...
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  1. August 13, 2014

    US rows back on need for international rescue mission in Iraq

    US defence officials said late on Wednesday that the need for an international force to enter Iraq to evacuate a besieged...

  2. June 1, 2014

    Republicans attack Taliban prisoner swap

    Republicans attacked President Barack Obama for "making deals with terrorists" to release a US soldier held captive by the...

  3. June 1, 2014

    Beijing hits out at US and Japan alliance

    A top Chinese general has lashed out at the US and Japan, accusing the two countries of teaming up against China and making...

  4. May 31, 2014

    China hits back after US criticises maritime claim strategy

    China has heavily criticised US defence secretary Chuck Hagel for delivering a speech to a regional defence forum in...

  5. April 20, 2014

    US could send troops to Poland, Estonia

    The US is considering the deployment of small numbers of ground troops to Poland and Estonia for short military exercises in...

  6. April 10, 2014

    Report links Chinese military to cyber hacking

    The Chinese military is accused of continuing to hack western companies despite denying the accusations last year after a...

  7. April 10, 2014

    Ukrainian lessons can help the US in Asia

    China’s new aircraft carrier may have pride of place in the country’s growing fleet but it is actually a refitted hull that...

  8. April 8, 2014

    Beijing bristles at Hagel warning on Chinese maritime claims

    The US and China traded tough words over Beijing’s increasingly assertive stance on maritime claims during a visit to...

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    April 6, 2014

    The week ahead, April 6 - 13

    It’s election week in EM. Hungary kicks off with parliamentary elections today, then on Monday the Indian electoral marathon...

  10. February 26, 2014

    A US army that is leaner but stronger

    It is never easy to slim the Pentagon behemoth. In times of emergency, such as after the 9/11 attacks, US defence spending...

  11. February 25, 2014

    US prepares for full withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the...

  12. February 24, 2014

    Hagel faces battle with Congress over defence cuts

    Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, announced steep cuts to the army and to several weapons programmes on Monday in order...

  13. December 7, 2013

    Hagel seeks to ease Gulf security concerns

    Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, has opened the door to more advanced weapons sales to the Gulf states as Washington seeks...

  14. November 28, 2013

    China has thrown down a gauntlet to America

    At first glance, Beijing’s designation of an air defence zone in the East China Sea marks a calibrated escalation of its...

  15. October 28, 2013

    Tokyo-Seoul tensions a blow for Washington

    When US defence secretary Chuck Hagel visited Seoul last month, he gently reminded President Park Geun-hye of Washington’s...

  16. October 7, 2013

    US defence contractors recall staff

    Many of the tens of thousands of staff at military contractors who faced being sent home this week are to stay at work...

  17. October 3, 2013

    Military review exposes US-South Korea tensions

    A day after South Korea’s biggest military parade in a decade, its defence minister joined his US counterpart in declaring...

  18. The World

    September 25, 2013

    From Wacko Birds to Michael Phelps: 10 things you should know about Senator Ted Cruz

    Ted Cruz takes the Senate floor Ten things about Senator Ted Cruz, 42, the junior senator from Texas, who has been talking...

  19. August 27, 2013

    US, France and Britain gear up for cruise missile strike on Syria

    The US, Britain and France are pressing ahead with plans for a 48-hour cruise missile attack on selected Syrian military...

  20. The World

    June 5, 2013

    Obama, Syria and the return of the liberal hawks

    The liberal hawks are back. That, at least, is the superficial reading of the shake-up in the Obama administration foreign...

  21. June 1, 2013

    US boosts military ties in southeast Asia

    The US is reinforcing misgivings in Beijing about its “rebalance” to Asia Pacific by further strengthening its military...

  22. May 31, 2013

    US defence secretary Chuck Hagel calls for cyber security rules

    May 31 – Defence secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday that cyber threats posed a “quiet, stealthy, insidious” danger to the...

  23. May 25, 2013

    Sexual assault is scourge on US military, says Chuck Hagel

    May 25 – US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called sexual assault a “scourge” on Saturday as he addressed graduates of the US...

  24. May 17, 2013

    US condemns Russia for sending new missiles to Syria

    The US condemned Russia on Friday for providing new anti-ship missiles to Syria at a time when Washington is trying to...

  25. May 17, 2013

    Obama demands action on military sexual assaults

    Barack Obama said sexual assault in the military was “shameful and disgraceful” and endangered national security by making...

  26. May 7, 2013

    Obama condemns big rise in sexual assaults in US military

    The number of US military personnel who have been sexually assaulted has skyrocketed, with 26,000 people saying they...

  27. April 25, 2013

    US suspects Syria used chemical weapons

    The White House said for the first time on Thursday that the Syrian regime has likely used chemical weapons in its battle to...

  28. April 23, 2013

    Israel accuses Syria of using nerve gas

    A senior Israeli military intelligence official on Tuesday accused the Syrian regime of repeatedly using chemical weapons...

  29. April 22, 2013

    US in multibillion arms sale to Israel

    The US is committed to maintaining Israel’s military edge in the Middle East, US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said on...

  30. April 3, 2013

    US to send missile defence unit to Guam

    The US is sending a missile-defence battery to Guam in response to rising threats from North Korea which defence secretary...

  31. March 15, 2013

    US to ramp up Pacific missile defences

    The US will substantially increase the number of missile interceptors along the Pacific coast in a direct response to the...

  32. March 12, 2013

    Afghanistan helicopter crash kills five

    KABUL, March 12 – A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed five members of the Nato-led International Security...

  33. March 11, 2013

    Seven killed in Afghan ‘insider attack’

    An Afghan police officer opened fire on Monday on a gathering of Americans and Afghans in eastern Afghanistan, killing at...

  34. March 10, 2013

    Karzai accuses US of Taliban link

    KABUL – Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, on Sunday ratcheted up his criticism of Washington during a visit of the US...

  35. March 6, 2013

    CIA nomination clears major hurdle

    John Brennan’s nomination as Central Intelligence Agency director was approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday after the...

  36. February 26, 2013

    Hagel approved as US defence secretary

    Chuck Hagel escaped one political minefield on Tuesday only to walk into another, with the Senate approving his nomination...

  37. February 26, 2013

    Lew moves through Senate finance committee

    Jack Lew could take up his post as the next US Treasury secretary by the end of the week after being comfortably approved by...

  38. February 14, 2013

    Hagel nomination on temporary hold

    Senate Republicans have put Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon on hold, stringing out a process that is likely to...

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