Pakistan's army chief meets with US defense secretary – WFTV
ISLAMABAD — (AP) — Pakistan's powerful military chief met Wednesday in Washington with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other security and government officials, the military said. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s trip to the United States comes weeks before he's expected to retire after an extended six-year tenure. Although Pakistan has been ruled by the elected civilian leadership since 2008 when the former military dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf resigned, the military still maintains influence. The military has directly ruled Pakistan for more than half of the country's 75-year history. According to a military statement, Bajwa in his meeting with the U.S. defense chief and other officials thanked them for extending help to flood-hit Pakistan, where deluges since mid-June have killed nearly 1,700.wftv.com
US defense chief visits Hawaii amid fuel spill distrust
She recalled how Navy leaders initially told Pearl Harbor water users their water was safe to drink after the November spill. The Navy only told people to stop drinking their tap water after the state Department of Health stepped in. In March, the state Department of Health said the tap water in all residential areas served by the Navy’s water system was safe to drink. Nearly 6,000, mostly military families, sought medical attention for nausea, headaches and rashes. “This is an urgent need.”The spill upset a broad cross-spectrum of Hawaii, from liberals to conservatives and veterans to environmentalists.wftv.com
Pentagon lays out new food, housing programs for troops
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Pentagon announced a number of new programs Thursday that are aimed at helping service members who are struggling with housing shortages and steep food and living expenses as they move from base to base. Service members transferring to new duty stations have complained about difficulties finding rentals, particularly ones they can afford as escalating housing costs surpass their military allowance. Austin also directed a permanent increase in temporary lodging expenses for service members moving into areas where there are housing shortages. He said that within about two weeks service members should see some prices go down by about 25%. And he made it standard policy to give service members working at the centers a 50% discount for one child to go there.wftv.com
9/11: Pentagon hosting ceremony to remember victims of Sept. 11, 2001 attack
The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington. The plane that hit the Pentagon struck the building’s southwest corner and sent thick plumes of black smoke into the sky. “You could feel the building shake when it hit,” Wes Miller, who was a colonel at the Pentagon in 2001, told the Army News Service in 2020. A memorial honoring the victims has since been built on two acres of land outside where the plane struck on Sept. 11, 2001. Sunday will mark the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.wftv.com
U.S. approves up to $675M in further military aid to Ukraine
He said that the package includes howitzers, artillery munitions, Humvees, armored ambulances, anti-tank systems and more. Austin said that “the war is at another key moment,” with Ukrainian forces beginning their counteroffensive in the south of the country. “We will work together to train Ukraine’s forces for the long haul. We will work together to help integrate Ukraine’s capabilities and bolster its joint operations for the long haul,” he said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Accounts differ in unvaccinated Coast Guard cadet departures
Coast Guard Academy officials and a lawyer for several cadets are disputing each other’s accounts of what happened to seven students who were forced to leave the Connecticut campus by Aug. 19, after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Police: Friend of accused recounted Dutch soldier's killing
Authorities say in an arrest affidavit that the 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Dutch soldier and wounding two others in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend told a friend who was with him that morning that he opened fire because he “just spazzed."
Pentagon plan aims to help avoid civilian deaths in strikes
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Pentagon will set up a new center in the next year to help avoid civilian casualties in military operations around the world through better education and training and increased screening before strikes are launched. The new Pentagon plan is aimed at preventing such "confirmation bias" and more consistently involving teams to specifically challenge assumptions to make sure a strike is appropriate. The new system will improve data collection and investigations so that the Pentagon can more precisely report civilian deaths. More broadly, the plan accounts for better assessment in counterterrorism strikes as well as the prospects of civilian casualties in a large-scale war, such as one with China or Russia. The Pentagon initially said the attack was valid, despite 10 civilian deaths, but later acknowledged it was a “tragic mistake.” The independent Pentagon review concluded there was no misconduct or negligence.wftv.com
Asylum seekers caught in political battle in NYC, Washington
Thousands of asylum seekers from across Latin America and the Caribbean are getting caught in the political battle over U.S. immigration policy after two Republican governors started sending busloads of migrants to New York City and Washington.
Defense secretary Austin positive for COVID for second time
Latvia US U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin smiles during the press conference with Minister of Defence of Latvia Artis Pabriks during the press conference in Riga, Latvia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov) (Roman Koksarov)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home. In a statement, Austin, 69, said his is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters. In January, Austin also contracted COVID and had received a booster in October. Vaccination remains a medical requirement for our workforce, and I continue to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and boosted.”Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Defense secretary Austin positive for COVID for second time
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Monday he has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing mild symptoms and will quarantine at home. It's the second time Austin has gotten the coronavirus. In a statement, Austin, 69, said his is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters.news.yahoo.com
China sending fighter jets to Thailand for joint exercises
The Chinese air force is sending fighter jets and bombers to Thailand for a joint exercise with the Thai military on Sunday. The training will include air support, strikes on ground targets and small- and large-scale troop deployment, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its website. China's expanding military activities in the Asia-Pacific region have alarmed the United States and its allies and form part of a growing strategic and economic competition that has inflamed tensions between the world's two largest economies.news.yahoo.com
Austin pledges military training, support for Baltics
Latvia US U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, left, and Latvian Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks shake hands during the press conference in Riga, Latvia, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. He added that Latvia also needs additional financial assistance from the U.S. in order to buy new military equipment, and to beef up its air defense and coastal defense. He met with U.S. troops on Tuesday, including members of the Security Force Assistance Brigade that provides training to allies. He said Wednesday that he is looking to maintain use of the SFAB in the Baltic region going forward. In a rapid-fire series of meetings on Wednesday with top Latvian leaders, including President Egils Levits at Riga Castle, Austin pledged America’s steadfast commitment to stand with the Baltic region against any Russian aggression.wftv.com
Marine general takes over Africa Command, sees challenges
Langley was promoted to The Marine Corps' first African American four-star general during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at Marine Corps Barracks Washington. Langley, who made history on Saturday when he became the first African American in the Marine Corps to be promoted to four-star general, took over U.S. Africa Command in a ceremony at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the second African American to lead the command, which has about 6,000-7,000 troops across the continent. Most recently, Langley was commander of Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic and Marine Forces Command. Army Gen. William “Kip” Ward, also African American, was the first commander of Africa Command when it was launched in 2007.wftv.com
White House reacts to latest jobs report
CBS News' Debra Alfarone and Lana Zak sit down with CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes to discuss how White House officials are responding to the latest jobs report, the reaction to Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's nascent support for the Inflation Reduction Act and why White House officials have summoned the Chinese ambassador.news.yahoo.com
Pentagon denies D.C. request for National Guard migrant help
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a "growing humanitarian crisis" prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Doug Ducey, both Republicans, announced plans to send busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., in response to President Joe Biden's decision to lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that restricted migrant entry numbers. When it became clear that Capitol Police were overmatched by the crowds, Bowser couldn't immediately deploy the district guard. Instead, crucial time was lost while the request was considered inside the Pentagon, and protesters rampaged through the building.wftv.com
Pentagon denies D.C. request for National Guard migrant help
The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she believes this is the first time a D.C. request for National Guard has been denied.news.yahoo.com
US sending more military aid to Ukraine as war grinds on
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The U.S. and allies committed more rocket systems, ammunition and other military aid to Ukraine Wednesday, as American defense leaders said they see the war to block Russian gains in the eastern Donbas region grinding on for some time. “We have a very serious grinding war of attrition going on in the Donbas. Austin said Lavrov's comments come as no surprise to allies who have known Russia has greater ambitions in capturing Ukraine. And on Wednesday they struck and damaged a bridge that is key to supplying Russian troops in southern Ukraine, where Lavrov said Moscow is trying to consolidate its territorial gains. The issue going forward, he said, will be the amount of HIMARS rockets and other ammunition expended by the Ukraine forces.wftv.com
Police in Pakistan arrest 2 men accused of gang-raping U.S. woman
Pakistani police have arrested at least two people after a 21-year-old American woman reported she was gang-raped at a hotel when she was visiting a tourist resort in the eastern Punjab province, officials said Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
US tells China its support for Russia complicates relations
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told his Chinese counterpart that China’s support for Russia’s war in Ukraine is complicating U.S.-Chinese relations at a time when they are already beset by rifts and enmity over numerous other issues.
Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy breaks hip, to have surgery
Senator Leahy Hospitalized FILE - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listens as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense, May 3, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Leahy has broken a hip in a fall at his home and was to undergo surgery to repair it, his office said Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File) (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont has broken a hip in a fall at his home and was to undergo surgery to repair it, his office said Thursday. Doctors determined the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair the hip as soon as possible. Leahy was taken to the hospital in January 2021, hours after he had begun presiding over the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.wftv.com
Details of new military aid for Ukraine from US, allies
Belgium NATO Ukraine U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends the Ukraine Defense Contact group meeting ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. NATO defense ministers, attending a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, will discuss beefing up weapons supplies to Ukraine, and Sweden and Finland's applications to join the transatlantic military alliance. The U.S. military aid announced on Wednesday includes:— 18 howitzers and 36,000 rounds of ammunition for them. — Ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that the U.S. previously agreed to send,— Four tactical vehicles to recover equipment. Austin said other countries also agreed to send more aid:— Germany will send three Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, which are very similar to the HIMARS.wftv.com
US sending $1 billion more military aid to outgunned Ukraine
Belgium NATO Ukraine From left, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attend the Ukraine Defense Contact group meeting ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. NATO defense ministers, attending a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, will discuss beefing up weapons supplies to Ukraine, and Sweden and Finland's applications to join the transatlantic military alliance. All are key weapons systems that Ukrainian leaders have urgently requested as they battle to stall Russia's slow but steady march to conquer the eastern Donbas region. In his nightly address to the nation, President Zelenskyy pleaded Tuesday for more and faster deliveries of Western arms, specifically asking for anti-missile defense systems. “Allies are committed to continue providing the military equipment that Ukraine needs to prevail, including heavy weapons and long-range systems,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary-general.wftv.com
Biden says US will send $1 billion more in aid to Ukraine
Belgium NATO Ukraine U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, shakes hands with Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov ahead of a NATO defence ministers' meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. NATO defense ministers, attending a two-day meeting starting Wednesday, will discuss beefing up weapons supplies to Ukraine, and Sweden and Finland's applications to join the transatlantic military alliance. The stakes are too high.”Overall, since the war began in late February, the U.S. has committed about $5.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including this latest package. The remaining two-thirds would be equipment and weapons purchased from industry by the U.S. and then transferred to Ukraine. Austin's meeting, also attended by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, came on the opening day of a two-day gathering of NATO defense ministers at the alliance’s headquarters.wftv.com
US expected to send $1 billion more in aid to Ukraine
Belgium NATO Ukraine U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, shakes hands with Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov ahead of a NATO defence ministers' meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The aid comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin convened a meeting in Brussels of more than 45 nations to discuss support for Ukraine. The meeting, also attended by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, came on the opening day of a two-day gathering of NATO defense ministers at the alliance’s headquarters. And for NATO allies to make new announcements of support to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said. The defense ministers also plan to discuss moves to beef up forces along NATO’s eastern flank and elsewhere, which have gathered pace since Russia invaded Ukraine.wftv.com
China accuses US of trying to 'hijack' support in Asia
China’s defense minister says the United States is trying to “hijack” the support of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to turn them against Beijing, saying Washington is seeking to advance its own interests “under the guise of multilateralism.”.
US: China's military activity around Taiwan threatens region
(AP Photo/Danial Hakim) (Danial Hakim)SINGAPORE — (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stressed American support for Taiwan on Saturday, suggesting at Asia's premier defense forum that recent Chinese military activity around the self-governing island threatens to change the status quo. Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Austin noted a “steady increase in provocative and destabilizing military activity near Taiwan,” including almost daily military flights near the island by the People's Republic of China. Austin said Washington remains committed to the “one-China policy,” which recognizes Beijing but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei. China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years, aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland. “We remain focused on maintaining peace, stability and the status quo across the Taiwan Strait,” Austin said in his address.wftv.com
China will 'definitely not hesitate to start a war' over Taiwan split, Beijing warns US
In a meeting between China and the U.S. on Friday, Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe warned that the country would go to war with Taiwan if the island declared independence. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida gave the event’s keynote speech. In a separate face-to-face meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Wei made it clear that China remained firm in its stance against Taiwanese independence.news.yahoo.com
At first meeting, U.S., China defense chiefs call for more communication
It was the latest indication that the temperature of the U.S.-China conflict has been dialed down a few notches, even as Beijing and Washington remain strategic rivals with opposing interests across a range of issues.washingtonpost.com
US official says diplomatic push in Asia paying dividends
US Asia U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet told The Associated Press in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, June 10, 2022. Chollet said the American diplomatic push aimed at countering China's increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) (Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK — (AP) — The American diplomatic push aimed at countering China's increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States, a top State Department official said Friday. The push in Asia comes amid growing concerns over China’s own efforts to expand its influence in the area. The U.S. and its allies have responded with so-called freedom of navigation patrols, sometimes encountering a pushback from China’s military.wftv.com
US official says diplomatic push in Asia paying dividends
A top State Department official says the American diplomatic push aimed at countering China’s increasing influence in the Asia-Pacific region appears to be paying dividends, with many nations showing a willingness to partner with the United States.
NATO chief Stoltenberg has shingles, cancels Berlin visit
US NATO NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attends a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Manuel Balce Ceneta)BRUSSELS — (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called off a series of in-person meetings in Germany and Romania because he has contracted shingles after having a coronavirus infection last month, his office said Thursday. “The Secretary General will conduct his planned visit to Germany (and Romania) remotely rather than in person. He has been diagnosed with shingles, which can occur after COVID-19, and is working from home,” a NATO official said. Stoltenberg, who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, contracted the coronavirus in early May and was forced to work from home as NATO foreign ministers met in Berlin.wftv.com
US official meets Marcos in Philippines in diplomatic push
A top State Department official met Thursday, June 9, 2022 with Marcos in Manila, part of an ongoing diplomatic outreach in the Asia-Pacific region that Washington has undertaken to try and blunt growing Chinese influence. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) (Aaron Favila)BANGKOK — (AP) — A top State Department official met Thursday with Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila, part of an ongoing diplomatic outreach in the Asia-Pacific region by Washington to try and blunt growing Chinese influence. U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet is also in the region, meeting with officials in Thailand, Singapore and Brunei. The State Department said the two trips highlight American commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-member regional bloc known as ASEAN, as well as Washington's bilateral partnerships. Australia pushed back, sending its own foreign minister to several Pacific island nations on her own diplomatic outreach.wftv.com
New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns
A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal authorization may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused the other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.
Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he's in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have unrestricted access to world markets.
Review finds US troops didn't violate law in Syria airstrike
The U.S. military committed a number of procedural mistakes in the aftermath of a 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed dozens, including women and children, but a new investigation has concluded that U.S. troops did not violate the law of war or deliberately cause civilian casualties.