Articles from The Guardian - US military

US-led raid of Somali ex-president's home possibly based on 'bad intelligence'

Joint forces looking for Islamic militants broke into the family home of a revered leader and detained three teenagers

US and Somali forces who raided the family home of a former president and detained three teenagers may have been acting on misleading intelligence, according to officials in the unstable east African country.

US service member killed in Afghanistan in apparent insider attack

  • Service member is sixth US fatality in Afghanistan this year
  • Wounded American in stable condition, Nato-led force says

A US service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The service member, who was not immediately identified, was the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year.

US military confirms $300m cut in aid to Pakistan

Decision taken over perceived failure to tackle militants further strains Washington relations

The US has confirmed it will cut $300m in aid to Pakistan over its perceived failure to tackle militant groups, ratcheting up the tension in a deeply strained relationship ahead of a visit to Islamabad by the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday.

HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier heads to US to carry first aircraft

American F-35s to be used for test flights but first landing is likely to be by a British pilot

The captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s new aircraft carrier, warned journalists before its maiden voyage across the Atlantic not to write anything negative or he would bomb them.

It was a joke, but it would have been an empty threat. He could not bomb anyone even if he wanted to. The Queen Elizabeth is an aircraft carrier without any aircraft.

Trump's military parade postponed amid news it could cost $92m

Pentagon says parade delayed until at least 2019, as US officials estimate costs at three times price first suggested by White House

The military parade Donald Trump ordered up for Veterans Day won’t happen in 2018, says the US defense department.

Col Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House “have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019”.

China is 'rapidly' expanding bomber training, probably for US strikes – Pentagon

Report finds spending on defence by Beijing exceeded $190bn in 2017 as China seeks to expand its global influence

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday has said.

The assessment was contained in an annual report that highlighted China’s efforts to increase its global influence, with defence spending that the Pentagon estimates exceeded $190bn in 2017.

Trump fails to mention John McCain at signing of defence bill named after him

President lauds spending bill but does not mention war veteran – who is sick with brain cancer

Donald Trump has snubbed Senator John McCain, who has brain cancer and is seriously ill, by failing to mention the Republican war veteran at the signing of a defence spending bill named in his honour.

The US president signed the $716bn defence policy bill authorising military spending at the US army’s Fort Drum base in upstate New York on Monday.

Niger suppresses dissent as US leads influx of foreign armies

The western presence in one of the most militarised countries in Africa has sparked frustration and fear in locals

The demonstration was planned for 4pm on 15 April, a warm Sunday afternoon in the somnolent Nigeriencapital. The protesters had two main complaints: rising taxes and the fact that, in recent years, some of the world’s most powerful armies had descended on their country.

But before the civil society leaders could even get to the march, they were arrested.

Space Force: everything you need to know about the White House proposal

Mike Pence announced on Thursday a new military branch dedicated to fighting wars in space – but what is Space Force?

In a speech Thursday, the vice-president, Mike Pence, outlined plans to create Space Force, billed as a brand new branch of the US military dedicated to fighting wars in space. The idea has prompted plenty of enthusiasm from Star Wars fans and serious defense wonks alike, but also plenty of head-scratching from critics who question the need for the United States to shift the battlefield to the heavens.

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