May 26, 2015

China's army compares South China Sea moves to road-building

China’s military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region. Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun’s ...

May 25, 2015

About 100 U.S., European jets join Arctic exercise near Russia

About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 ...

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

May 25, 2015

U.S. defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically ...

May 25, 2015

Turkey agrees on 'deal' with U.S. for air support of Syrian rebels

The United States and Turkey have agreed “in principle” to give air support to some forces from Syria’s mainstream opposition, Turkey’s foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict. There was no immediate comment from ...