U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

May 26, 2016

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

America’s nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Government Accountability Office points to a number of worryingly outdated “legacy systems” still in use across ...

Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on Islamic State

May 25, 2016

Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on Islamic State

Kurdish-Arab forces launched a major assault against the Islamic State group in Syria’s Raqqa province and Iraqi forces advanced in Fallujah on Tuesday, piling pressure on the jihadis in two strongholds. The twin offensives marked some of the most serious ground efforts against IS ...

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

May 25, 2016

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many Iraqis — particularly Shiites — who are angered by political disarray and the continual militant bombings in Baghdad. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi triumphantly announced ...

May 24, 2016

Russia protests U.S. reconnaissance flight over Sea of Japan

Russia’s Defense Ministry has protested a U.S. reconnaissance flight over the Sea of Japan near the nation’s borders, saying it jeopardized air safety in the area. The ministry said in Monday’s statement that it summoned a U.S. military attache to indicate that the U.S. ...

May 23, 2016

Taliban No. 2 Haqqani may be even more deadly foe than Mansour

Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of beleaguered Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies. The United States killed Mansour in an airstrike in a remote border area ...

Pentagon chief apologizes over death of Okinawa woman

May 22, 2016

Pentagon chief apologizes over death of Okinawa woman

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter apologized Saturday after an American base worker was arrested over the death of an Okinawa woman, a case that has stoked anger among islanders already upset for decades with the heavy U.S. military presence. Carter extended “his sincere apologies ...