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Trump's new missile defence strategy eyes space-based sensors

8:39am GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is due to unveil a revamped U.S. missile defence strategy on Thursday that looks at ways to boost America's security, including by possibly deploying a new layer of space-based sensors to detect and track enemy missiles. | Video

Blast claimed by Islamic State kills U.S. troops in Syria

16 Jan 2019

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces. | Video

U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is closely watching Chinese intentions towards Taiwan, concerned that Beijing's growing military prowess may increase the risk it could one day consider bringing the self-ruled island under its control by force, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

How Trump slowed rush for Syria exits after huddle in Iraq

15 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighbouring Iraq the day after Christmas.

U.S.-led coalition withdrawing equipment from Syria

12 Jan 2019

QAMISHLI, Syria/WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State added to confusion surrounding the U.S. withdrawal from Syria on Friday by saying it had started the pullout process, but officials later clarified that only equipment, not troops, were being withdrawn. | Video

U.S. says no timeline for Syria withdrawal as fighting continues

05 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely, a senior State Department official said on Friday, a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends. | Video

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

03 Jan 2019

WASHINGTON Patrick Shanahan was thrust into the spotlight during his debut as acting U.S. defence secretary on Wednesday, sitting next to President Donald Trump as he publicly disparaged Shanahan's predecessor, lampooned the war in Afghanistan and called Syria a land of "sand" and "death." | Video

As Mattis exits, he tells U.S. military to keep 'faith in our country'

31 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON Defence Secretary Jim Mattis gave his farewell message to the U.S. armed forces on Monday, telling them to "keep the faith in our country" and stand firm alongside allies after he resigned over policy differences with President Donald Trump.

In Mattis resignation, a singular challenge to Trump's agenda

21 Dec 2018

WASHINGTON By plainly stating his policy differences in his resignation letter, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has sparked an incipient challenge to President Donald Trump's foreign and security agenda that sets his departure apart from scores of others that preceded him.

Sorge über künftigen Kurs der USA nach Mattis-Rücktritt

21 Dec 2018

Washington Der Rücktritt von US-Verteidigungsminister Jim Mattis hat Sorgen über die künftige Ausrichtung der US-Sicherheitspolitik ausgelöst.

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