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

18 Nov 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

Trump poised to settle for partial Afghan withdrawal, despite Pentagon shakeup - sources

16 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's new Pentagon team has not yet signalled an imminent withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, raising expectations among U.S. officials and allies that Trump might settle for a partial reduction before leaving office.

Trump bans U.S. investments in companies linked to Chinese military

13 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled an executive order prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese companies that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, ramping up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election.

EXCLUSIVE-Trump administration readies crackdown on U.S. investments in Chinese firms-sources

12 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 The Trump administration is finalizing an executive order to prohibit U.S. investments in Chinese firms that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military, according to three sources familiar with the matter, in a bid to ramp up pressure on Beijing after the U.S. election.

After Esper firing, White House moves Trump loyalists into key Pentagon jobs

10 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON A day after President Donald Trump fired his defense secretary, the White House installed a Trump loyalist in a key Pentagon post on Tuesday and promoted another one who has falsely called former President Barack Obama a terrorist.

Trump fires defense secretary in post-election reckoning after policy splits

09 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had "terminated" Defense Secretary Mark Esper, signaling he may use his final months in office after defeat at the polls to settle scores within his administration. | Video

Notable Republicans backed Biden. Will they stand with him on national security?

07 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON After winning support from scores of prominent Republicans during his campaign, Joe Biden will take office with the possibility of unprecedented bipartisan backing on national security as he moves to restore traditional policy toward America's allies and its adversaries.

U.S. special forces rescue American held in Nigeria: officials

31 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. special forces rescued an American citizen who had been kidnapped by armed men in an operation on Saturday in northern Nigeria that is believed to have killed several of his captors, U.S. officials said.

Why the U.S. military would welcome a decisive 2020 election win

30 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON Politics aside, there is one outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election that could bring some relief to Pentagon planners: a clear-cut victory. By either candidate.

Why the U.S. military would welcome a decisive 2020 election win

30 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON Politics aside, there is one outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election that could bring some relief to Pentagon planners: a clear-cut victory. By either candidate.

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PM Johnson and EU chief seek to break Brexit impasse

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday to try to break an impasse in trade talks with time running out to avoid a chaotic end to the Brexit saga.