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Austin breaks barrier as first Black U.S. defense secretary

3:00pm EST

WASHINGTON The retired Army general Lloyd Austin made history on Friday by becoming America's first Black defense secretary, arriving at the Pentagon minutes after his Senate confirmation to a busy schedule that included a call with NATO's secretary general.

Austin breaks barrier as first Black U.S. defense secretary

3:00pm EST

WASHINGTON The retired Army general Lloyd Austin made history on Friday by becoming America's first Black defense secretary, arriving at the Pentagon minutes after his Senate confirmation to a busy schedule that included a call with NATO's secretary general.

Biden's defense secretary pick pledges to 'rid our ranks of racists and extremists'

Jan 19 2021

WASHINGTON Retired Army General Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday that he would work to rid "racists and extremists" from the ranks of the U.S. military, mend alliances and focus strategically on China if confirmed as President-elect Joe Biden's defense secretary.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan now down to 2,500, lowest since 2001: Pentagon

Jan 15 2021

WASHINGTON The number of U.S troops in Afghanistan has been reduced to 2,500, the lowest level of American forces there since 2001, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Some National Guard troops helping secure inauguration will be armed: officials

Jan 13 2021

WASHINGTON Some of the 10,000 National Guard troops streaming into Washington D.C to help secure the area ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will be armed, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday. | Video

In rare joint message, top U.S. military leaders condemn Capitol riot

Jan 12 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the uniformed leaders of the military branches, on Tuesday put out a rare message to service members saying the violent riots last week were an assault on America's constitutional process and against the law.

Biden Defense pick faces eligibility questions from Democrats

Jan 12 2021

WASHINGTON A handful of U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Democrats voiced reservations on Tuesday about making another retired general the top civilian official at the Department of Defense, some citing last week's rampage at the U.S. Capitol.

Exclusive: Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop drawdown despite law barring it

Jan 11 2021

WASHINGTON The U.S. military has not halted a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Department of Defense told Reuters on Monday, despite a new law prohibiting further reductions without the Pentagon sending Congress an assessment of the risks.

Pompeo lifts restrictions on U.S.-Taiwan relationship as clock runs out on Trump administration

Jan 10 2021

WASHINGTON Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said he was lifting restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move likely to anger China and increase tensions between Beijing and Washington in the waning days of President Donald Trump's presidency. | Video

Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan but stops short of full withdrawal

Nov 17 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a threatened full withdrawal from America's longest war after fierce opposition from allies at home and abroad. | Video

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