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U.S. deploys more troops to Middle East, blames Iran for tanker attacks

May 24 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tanker attacks. | Video

Pentagon mulling military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

May 23 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. | Video

U.S. Navy again sails through Taiwan Strait, angering China

May 23 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said it sent two Navy ships through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, its latest transit through the sensitive waterway, angering China at a time of tense relations between the world's two biggest economies.

Poland, U.S. near deal for more American troops, no sign of 'Fort Trump'

May 22 2019

WASHINGTON/WARSAW Poland and the United States are close to a deal on an increased U.S. military presence in the central European state, including more personnel and infrastructure, ahead of a visit by President Andrzej Duda to Washington in June, officials told Reuters.

U.S. says signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response

May 21 2019

WASHINGTON The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond "quickly and appropriately" if this were proven.

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

May 20 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, angering Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world's two biggest economies.

Pentagon seeks to use funds to transport, lodge Taliban members in search of ceasefires

May 16 2019

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Thursday that it had asked Congress for the authority to help fund lodging and transportation for Taliban members who were interested in negotiating local ceasefires with the Afghan government, as the Washington seeks an end to the more than 17-year-old war.

Pentagon eyes longer-term support on U.S.-Mexico border

May 11 2019

MCALLEN, Texas Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | Video

Pentagon to transfer $1.5 billion to border wall from Afghan forces, other areas

May 10 2019

WASHINGTON Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved the transfer of $1.5 billion to build more than 80 miles (130 km)of barriers on the border with Mexico, U.S. officials said on Friday, including taking about $600 million from an account meant for Afghan security forces.

Trump picks ex-Boeing executive Shanahan as defense secretary

May 09 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump plans to nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive, as his defense secretary, the White House said on Thursday, breaking with tradition by choosing someone who made a career at a top defense company as Pentagon chief.

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