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    1. December 6, 2014

      Hostages killed in Yemen rescue attempt

      SANA'A, Dec 6 — A US journalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed during a rescue...

    2. December 5, 2014

      US defence nominee faces budget battle

      Stuck between restive generals and a gridlocked Congress, Ashton Carter, the bureaucrat-academic who was nominated on Friday...

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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. December 3, 2014

      Obama’s Pentagon favourite will lack the autonomy he needs

      Occasionally top jobs go to the best qualified people. Ashton Carter’s likely nomination to replace Chuck Hagel as President...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Ashton Carter favourite to become US defence secretary

      Ashton Carter, a former number two official at the Pentagon, has emerged as the clear favourite to become the new secretary...

    3. November 26, 2014

      Barack Obama needs more than a team of loyalists

      The resignation of Chuck Hagel as US defence secretary has come at a delicate time. The US and allies are back at war in the...

    4. November 24, 2014

      Hagel exit fails to quell foreign policy critics

      Hagel steps down Fresh from a thumping election defeat two weeks ago, Barack Obama has moved to shake up his national...

    5. November 24, 2014

      Hagel’s exit had its roots in his arrival

      President Barack Obama announced that Chuck Hagel would be stepping down as US secretary of defence after less than two...

    6. November 24, 2014

      Hagel resigns in US security shake-up

      Chuck Hagel became the first political casualty of the crises that have beset US foreign policy this year when President...

    7. November 21, 2014

      Biden promises to support Kiev – but not with heavy weapons

      Joe Biden, the US vice-president, told an audience in Kiev on Friday that Washington would always support a democratic,...

    8. October 19, 2014

      Pentagon forms Ebola rapid response team

      The Pentagon is forming a rapid response medical team to assist civilian healthcare workers responding to Ebola cases in the...

    9. October 10, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan faces one of his toughest political challenges

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the worst crises of his 11 years as Turkey’s leader – his refusal to strike against...

    10. September 18, 2014

      US approves plan to arm Syrian rebels

      The US House of Representatives voted in favour on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s plan to train and arm moderate...

    11. September 16, 2014

      US hints at ground troops role against Isis

      US military leaders have suggested for the first time that US ground troops could become directly involved in combating...

    12. September 5, 2014

      Obama leads coalition in fight against Isis

      US President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to “take the fight to Isis” as efforts ramped up to build a broad international...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. beyondbrics

      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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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