Mail.com: U.S. Department of Defense https://www.mail.com/int/organizations/252-us-department-defense.html Mail.com - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mail.com: U.S. Department of Defense https://s.uicdn.com/mailint/8.812.0/assets/mailcom_logo_rss.png https://www.mail.com/int/organizations/252-us-department-defense.html US pitches plan to Russia to avoid armed conflict in Syria https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5209082-us-pitches-plan-to-russia-to-avoid-armed-conflict.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has proposed to Russia a plan for managing an increasingly complex battlefield in Syria's main oil-producing region, where U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic extremists are in conflict with Russian-backed Syrian forces. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford declined to describe the proposal in detail, but said the Russian militar... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:23:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5209082-us-pitches-plan-to-russia-to-avoid-armed-conflict.html 2017-05-20T07:23:00Z Trump nominates Joint Chiefs chairman for 2nd term https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5208386-trump-nominates-joint-chiefs-chairman-2nd-term.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says President Donald Trump has nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to serve a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford completes his first term at the end of September. He originally was picked for the job by President Barack Obama. Most chairmen serve two, two-year terms. B... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:36:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5208386-trump-nominates-joint-chiefs-chairman-2nd-term.html 2017-05-19T21:36:00Z US makes proposal to Russia for managing Syria battlefield https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5206204-us-proposal-to-russia-managing-syria-battlefield.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has proposed to Russia a plan for managing an increasingly complex battlefield in Syria's main oil-producing region, where U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic extremists are in conflict with Russian-backed Syrian forces. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford declined to describe the proposal in detail, but said the Russian militar... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:43:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5206204-us-proposal-to-russia-managing-syria-battlefield.html 2017-05-19T19:43:00Z Mattis Outlines New Strategy to Fight IS https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5208012-mattis-outlines-strategy-to-fight.html U.S. Fri, 19 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5208012-mattis-outlines-strategy-to-fight.html 2017-05-19T18:40:00Z The Latest: Senate panel gets some material in Russia probe https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5200328-latest-senate-panel-material-russia-probe.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A Senate aide says the Senate Intelligence committee has received some material it requested from two of President Donald Trump's associates. The committee requested lists of meetings with Russian officials during the presidential camp... Thu, 18 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5200328-latest-senate-panel-material-russia-probe.html 2017-05-18T04:10:00Z Billboard urges Iowa Senator to allow Trump-Russia probe https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5195334-billboard-urges-iowa-senator-to-allow-trump-russia.html DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group has taken out a billboard ad down the block from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's Des Moines offices calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to allow an independent investigation of the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. The digital billboard around the corner from Grassley's regional office in Des Moines ... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5195334-billboard-urges-iowa-senator-to-allow-trump-russia.html 2017-05-15T21:31:00Z Syrian activists: Airstrikes on IS-held areas kill dozens https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5193586-syrian-activists-airstrikes-is-held-areas-kill-doz.html BEIRUT (AP) — Air raids on an Islamic State-held village and town in Syria have killed at least 32 civilians over the past two days, activists said Monday, underscoring the risk for hundreds of thousands of residents trapped in areas under the militant group's control ahead of the looming battle for Raqqa. The Syrian military, meanwhile, announced it had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:47:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5193586-syrian-activists-airstrikes-is-held-areas-kill-doz.html 2017-05-15T17:47:00Z New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5186982-tv-ad-marines-good-women.html WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe. It is only when the fighter shouts an order over the sound of explosions does the historical nature of the TV advertisement become clear: the Marine is a woman. For a Corps that h... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5186982-tv-ad-marines-good-women.html 2017-05-12T15:46:00Z Pentagon tries to ease Turkey's concerns with arming Kurds https://www.mail.com/int/news/uk/5184072-pentagon-tries-to-ease-turkeys-concerns-with-armin.html LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made clear Thursday that America is committed to protecting Turkey after angering its NATO ally with a deal to arm anti-Islamic State fighters in Syria that Turkey considers terrorists. Mattis stressed the enduring nature of the U.S.-Turkey relationship in a meeting with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the f... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:20:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/uk/5184072-pentagon-tries-to-ease-turkeys-concerns-with-armin.html 2017-05-11T20:20:00Z AP Exclusive: More inconsistencies in Flynn consulting work https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5180758-ap-exclusive-inconsistencies-flynn-consulting-work.html WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeted in widening investigations of his foreign entanglements, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is at odds with his former Turkish client over two unusual payments totaling $80,000 that Flynn's firm sent back last year to the client. The disagreement points to inconsistencies in Flynn's accounts to the U.S. govern... Thu, 11 May 2017 00:48:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5180758-ap-exclusive-inconsistencies-flynn-consulting-work.html 2017-05-11T00:48:00Z Turkey leader calls on US to reverse decision to arm Kurds https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5180634-turkey-leader-calls-us-to-reverse-decision-to-arm.html BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey slammed the Trump administration's decision to supply Syrian Kurdish fighters with weapons against the Islamic State group and demanded Wednesday that it be reversed, heightening tensions between the NATO allies days before the Turkish leader heads to Washington for a meeting with President Donald Trump. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:06:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5180634-turkey-leader-calls-us-to-reverse-decision-to-arm.html 2017-05-10T19:06:00Z Trump OKs arms for Syrian Kurds, despite Turkish objections https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/5178634-trump-oks-arms-syrian-kurds-despite-turkish-object.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has announced it will arm Syria's Kurdish fighters "as necessary" to recapture the key Islamic State group stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists. The decision is meant to accelerate the Raqqa operation but undermines the Turkish government's view... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/5178634-trump-oks-arms-syrian-kurds-despite-turkish-object.html 2017-05-10T08:16:00Z Afghan air force pounds area after death of IS commander https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5175020-afghan-air-force-pounds-area-death-commander.html KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's air force has pounded Islamic State targets in an eastern province where an Afghan and U.S. military raid last month killed the militant group's top commander, the government said on Monday. The Interior Ministry said the airstrikes killed at least 34 IS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-con... Mon, 08 May 2017 10:15:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5175020-afghan-air-force-pounds-area-death-commander.html 2017-05-08T10:15:00Z Russia-backed Syrian safe zones plan goes into effect https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5169132-russia-backed-syrian-safe-zones-plan.html BEIRUT (AP) — A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect in the early hours of Saturday. The plan is the latest international attempt to reduce violence in the war-ravaged country, and is the first to envisage armed foreign monitors on the ground in Syria. The United States is not p... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:24:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5169132-russia-backed-syrian-safe-zones-plan.html 2017-05-05T22:24:00Z The Latest: Russia-backed Syria deal enters into effect https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/5169328-latest-russia-backed-syria-deal-enters.html BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments regarding Syria (all times local): 12:10 a.m. A Russia-backed deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held areas in Syria has come into effect. The implementation of the deal, backed by Turkey and Iran but opposed by Syria's opposition, began at midnight Frida... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:18:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/5169328-latest-russia-backed-syria-deal-enters.html 2017-05-05T21:18:00Z US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993 https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5169584-us-military-member-killed-somalia-1st-death-1993.html MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab — the first U.S. combat death there in more than two decades — as the United States steps up its fight against the al-Qaida-linked organization in a country that remains largely chaos. "We do not believe there has been a cas... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5169584-us-military-member-killed-somalia-1st-death-1993.html 2017-05-05T21:14:00Z US soldier killed in Iraq during a patrol outside Mosul https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5156564-us-soldier-killed-iraq-patrol-mosul.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an American soldier has died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul. Officials say the 1st lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division, 25-year-old Weston C. Lee of Bluffton, Georgia, died Saturday. He was conducting security as part of advise-and-assist support to partnered forces. ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:14:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5156564-us-soldier-killed-iraq-patrol-mosul.html 2017-04-30T23:14:00Z Lawmakers: Former Trump aide Flynn may have broken US law https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5144314-lawmakers-trump-aide-flynn-broken-us-law.html WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee say. The congressmen also rais... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:28:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5144314-lawmakers-trump-aide-flynn-broken-us-law.html 2017-04-26T07:28:00Z Lawmakers suggest former Trump aide Flynn broke US law https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5142102-lawmakers-trump-aide-flynn-broke-us-law.html WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he failed to seek permission or inform the U.S. government about accepting tens of thousands of dollars from Russian organizations after a trip there in 2015, leaders of a House oversight committee said Tuesday. The congressmen ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:03:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5142102-lawmakers-trump-aide-flynn-broke-us-law.html 2017-04-26T00:03:00Z US intercepts 2 Russian bombers off Alaska's coast https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5125220-us-intercepts-2-russian-bombers-alaskas-coast.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska's coast. Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, says a pair of F-22 Raptor aircraft intercepted the Russian TU-95 Bear bombers on Monday. Ross says the intercept was "safe and professional." North American Aerospace ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:03:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5125220-us-intercepts-2-russian-bombers-alaskas-coast.html 2017-04-18T18:03:00Z Analysis: Russia's Assad stance dims hopes for US thaw https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5111508-analysis-russias-assad-stance-dims-hopes-us-thaw.html MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin's intervention in Syria has saved President Bashar Assad's government from imminent collapse and raised Russia's global clout. But after last week's chemical weapons attack their relationship is increasingly becoming a burden for Putin, jeopardizing chances for improved relations with the U.S. Still, the Russian lead... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5111508-analysis-russias-assad-stance-dims-hopes-us-thaw.html 2017-04-12T18:16:00Z The Latest: Mattis says Islamic State still focus in Syria https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5107920-latest-mattis-islamic-focus-syria.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. response to recent chemical weapons attack in Syria (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the campaign against the Islamic State group is still the main focus of the U.S. in Syria and remains on track. He says the bombing of the Syrian air field Thursday in... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:03:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5107920-latest-mattis-islamic-focus-syria.html 2017-04-12T08:03:00Z Tillerson in Moscow: Pushing on Syria where Obama failed https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5107794-tillerson-moscow-pushing-syria-where-obama-failed.html MOSCOW (AP) — The Trump administration veered toward deeper conflict with Russia Tuesday as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow, gambling that an unpredictable new president armed with the willingness to threaten military action gives the U.S. much-needed leverage to end Syria's carnage. Yet there were no guarantees Tillerson's arguments wo... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:15:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5107794-tillerson-moscow-pushing-syria-where-obama-failed.html 2017-04-12T00:15:00Z US-backed Syrian fighters pressing IS gunmen in north https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5105320-us-backed-syrian-fighters-pressing-gunmen-north.html BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Monday pushed ahead in their offensive in northern Syria against members of the Islamic State group under the cover of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, moving closer to a strategic town that is home to the country's largest dam. The latest advance by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces showed that operations... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:43:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5105320-us-backed-syrian-fighters-pressing-gunmen-north.html 2017-04-10T17:43:00Z US strikes win global praise _ but ratchet up Russia tension https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5098164-us-strikes-win-global-praise-_-ratchet-up-russia-t.html PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States vowed Friday to keep the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the world's most vexing conflicts. Standing firm, the Trump administration signaled new sanctions would soon follow t... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:27:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5098164-us-strikes-win-global-praise-_-ratchet-up-russia-t.html 2017-04-08T00:27:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5098028-latest-us-calls-transparency-un-syria-summit.html BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5098028-latest-us-calls-transparency-un-syria-summit.html 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z Kushner, Dunford meet with Iraqi prime minister https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5086270-kushner-dunford-meet-with-iraqi-prime-minister.html BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford met Monday in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The visit marks an early foray for the Trump administration into the situation in Iraq. It comes against the backdrop of an ongoing investigation into ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:29:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/world/5086270-kushner-dunford-meet-with-iraqi-prime-minister.html 2017-04-03T22:29:00Z Trump steps up effort to dispute and distract on Russia https://www.mail.com/int/scitech/news/5087152-trump-steps-up-effort-to-dispute-distract-russia.html WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks on the defensive, President Donald Trump has stepped up his efforts to dispute, downplay and distract from revelations stemming from the investigations into the Kremlin's interference in last year's election and possible Russian ties to his campaign associates. The White House says the real story is not about Russia — it's ab... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:56:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/scitech/news/5087152-trump-steps-up-effort-to-dispute-distract-russia.html 2017-04-03T21:56:00Z White House says real story is about leaking, not Russia https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5083116-white-house-real-story-leaking-russia.html WASHINGTON (AP) — On the defensive, the White House is throwing counter punches to deflect attention from three investigations into the Kremlin's interference in last year's election and possible Russian ties to President Donald Trump or his associates. The White House says the real story is not about Russia, but about how Obama administration officials a... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:13:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/us/5083116-white-house-real-story-leaking-russia.html 2017-04-01T20:13:00Z US defense chief says North Korea has 'got to be stopped' https://www.mail.com/int/news/uk/5080016-us-defense-chief-north-korea-got-to-stopped.html LONDON (AP) — North Korea must be stopped on its path toward being able to threaten the United States with nuclear attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday in a stark expression of America's top national security concern at the moment. He emphasized diplomatic means of changing Pyongyang's "reckless" agenda. On his first visit to Britain as P... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:38:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/int/news/uk/5080016-us-defense-chief-north-korea-got-to-stopped.html 2017-03-31T15:38:00Z