Articles from The Guardian - US military

Sheffield flypast pays tribute to US airmen killed in wartime crash

Event was inspired by Tony Foulds, 82, who has tended their memorial since 1944

Thousands have gathered in Sheffield to watch the US air force stage a flypast to commemorate 10 plane crew who died during the second world war.

People travelled from around the world for the flypast, including military veterans and family members of soldiers who were killed on the B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft, known as Mi Amigo.

Okinawa referendum: everything you need to know

Residents of Japanese island will vote on Sunday about controversial plan to move US military base

Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa will vote this weekend in a referendum on the relocation of a US military base. They are expected to overwhelmingly reject it, but the government has indicated it will ignore local sentiment and press ahead.

Trump signs space force plan: 'We have to be prepared'

Hailing ‘next step’, president accepts plans to create organization on a lesser scale than he had hoped

Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new space force within the air force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he’d wanted.

Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said space was the “future” and the “next step”.

Germany rebukes Trump over criticism of Nato spending

Defence minister’s comments at Munich conference reflect deepening transatlantic rift

The Nato alliance is about decency and dependability, not just cash and contributions, Germany’s defence minister has said in a rebuke to Donald Trump over his insistence that European countries rapidly increase their defence spending.

Ursula von der Leyen told a gathering of defence ministers in Munich the alliance was about fairness in collective decision-making, and not just during military missions.

US commander says 'little to no change' in North Korea's military ability

General tells Senate committee US and allies still at risk and regime’s military training continues unchecked

The commander of US forces in South Korea has said he has seen “little to no verifiable change” in North Korea’s military capabilities, just weeks away from a second summit between Donald Trump and regime leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump wants out of America's longest war, but Afghans can't just walk away

Hope is real after landmark Taliban talks, but fears remain about what might happen if US troops depart

The start of 2019 has brought for Afghanistan a tantalising hope of peace, fragile but very real, as the Taliban sat down for talks first with Americans in Qatar and this week with senior members of the Afghan elite in Moscow.

US commander says he was 'not consulted' on decision to leave Syria

Gen Joseph Votel, head of Central Command, warned Isis will continue to pose a threat following US withdrawal

The US military commander overseeing American troops in the Middle East has told a Senate hearing that he was not consulted ahead of Donald Trump’s surprise decision in December to pull US troops out of Syria.