No sign of ‘insider threat’ among troops protecting Biden inauguration: Penatgon chief – National

The acting Pentagon chief said on Monday the FBI is assisting the U.S. military in vetting more than 25,000 National Guard troops being deployed to assist in protecting the U.S. Capitol around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration for potential security concerns. After the Jan. 6 Capitol assault by supporters of President Donald Trump that resulted […]

U.S. military completes removal of troops from Somalia – National

The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group improves its bomb-making skills […]

Some of the 10K National Guard troops at Biden’s inauguration will be armed: officials – National

Some of the 10,000 National Guard troops streaming into Washington, D.C., to help secure the area ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be armed, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The decision by U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy comes as the FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington in the […]

Canadian soldiers no longer training Chinese troops, defence minister says – National

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed Canadian soldiers are no longer training members of the Chinese military, amid scrutiny following a report that senior civil servants opposed a decision last year to stop training activities with the regime. A report by The Globe and Mail on Thursday cited documents mistakenly released under access to […]

Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, civilians: report – National

A shocking Australian military report into war crimes has found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said Thursday the shameful record included alleged instances in which new patrol members would shoot a prisoner in order to achieve their first kill […]

Trump may have to settle for partial withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan: officials – National

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. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the military was expecting formal orders in the […]

Leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region says troops fired missiles at neighbouring Eritrea – National

The leader of Ethiopia‘s rebellious Tigray region has confirmed firing missiles at neighbouring Eritrea’s capital and is threatening more, marking a huge escalation as the deadly fighting in northern Ethiopia between Tigray forces and the federal government spills across an international border. Tigray regional President Debretsion Gebremichael, in a phone interview Sunday with The […]

No requests have been made for use of U.S. troops for post-election civil unrest: army – National

Army leaders said Tuesday that they have not received any requests to use active-duty or National Guard troops for possible civil unrest surrounding the presidential election next month, but are ready to do so if called on. Gen. James McConville, chief of the Army, said he’s received no guidance to conduct any specific training […]

Trump says all remaining U.S. troops in Afganistan will be ‘home by Christmas’ – National

All U.S. troops in Afghanistan should be “home by Christmas,” President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, just hours after his national security adviser said Washington would reduce its forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 by early next year. A landmark deal between the United States and the Taliban in February said foreign forces would leave […]

U.S. military base housing Canadian troops in Iraq attacked – National

OTTAWA – Canadian troops involved in the six-year-old war against ISIS risk being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iraq. The dispute between Washington and Baghdad revolves around the rising threat posed by Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq, which have stepped up their attacks against U.S. targets in recent […]