Rockets land in & around Kabul Airport after US Defense Secretary Mattis arrives for talks

FILE PHOTO: US Defense Secretary James Mattis hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul.
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Several rockets landed in and around Kabul International Airport shortly after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, an Afghan official said. Taliban which claimed responsibility for the attack said that Mattis was the target.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is holding a joint news conference in Kabul.…

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‘Effective communicator’ Trump vows ‘devastation’ of N. Korea should US pursue military option

‘Effective communicator’ Trump vows ‘devastation’ of N. Korea should US pursue military option

The US is prepared to strike North Korea if necessary with “devastating” consequences for the country, President Donald Trump has warned, vowing to fix the North Korean “mess” which he said should have been taken care of decades ago.

“We are totally prepared for the second option, not a preferred option. But if we take that option, it will be devastating for

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US Pacific Fleet commander announces retirement after Navy ship collisions

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision, in Singapore waters August 21, 2017 © Ahmad Masood / Reuters

The commander of the US Pacific Fleet has announced his retirement after being passed up for a major promotion. It comes after two US Navy vessels collided with commercial ships in the Pacific over the summer, killing 17 sailors.

Admiral Scott Swift made the unexpected announcement on Facebook, after learning …

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Pentagon urges N. Korea to stop provocative actions, will provide options to deal with Pyongyang

A B1B Lancer © U.S. Air Forces / Free

The Pentagon said it would provide President Donald Trump with options to deal with Pyongyang if the provocations continue. Earlier, North Korea’s foreign minister said his country reserves the right to shoot down US bombers in international airspace.

“If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea,” Pentagon …

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US flew B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea (PHOTOS)

A US B-1B Lancer bomber © Reuters / Free

The US has flown B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea’s coast venturing the “farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone,” separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon’s spokesperson said.

The planes took off from Okinawa, Japan and flew over the waters east of the Korean Peninsula.

This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter

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Trump keeps eyes on Afghan mineral prize in meeting with Ghani

U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. © Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have voiced support for US companies developing Afghanistan’s vast trove of minerals, in what Trump sees as payment for the US’s role in the drawn out war.

The two leaders met in New York on Thursday, where they discussed how American companies can help “quickly develop Afghanistan’s rare earth mineral resources,” the White …

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‘US designed a force unable to provide national security’: Report slams American training of Afghans

A U.S. Marine (L) shakes hand with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during a training exercise in Helmand province, Afghanistan. © Omar Sobhani / Reuters

The Pentagon has spent billions outfitting Afghan forces without giving them proper training, failing to understand the full “complexities and scale of the mission,” a government watchdog said, also pointing out other flaws in US strategy.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a critical report on Thursday, …

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US ‘strongly opposes’ Kurdistan independence vote

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Sulaimania, Iraq September 20, 2017. © Ako Rasheed / Reuters

As Iraqi Kurds are set to vote on independence from Iraq next week, the US firmly opposes the referendum, a reversal in posture as the US has long supported the Kurds, even to the detriment of US-Turkish relations.

US Department of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued a stern statement on Wednesday, …

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Kayaking activists protest ‘petroleum wars’ outside Pentagon (VIDEO)

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Several dozen activists paddled their kayaks outside the Pentagon to protest the US military’s pollution of water and use of fossil fuels, which they claim is destroying the planet.

Gathering in the Boundary Channel of the Potomac River, just east of the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia on Sunday, the kayakers held aloft signs that spelled out “Stop War on Planet” against the backdrop of a giant globe …

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ISIS suicide bombers killed in attack on US-led coalition base in Iraq

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A US-led coalition base in northern Iraq came under attack by several Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) suicide bombers on Sunday. The perpetrators were killed by security forces at the scene.

Coalition spokesman US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon said all of the perpetrators were killed, and no Iraqi troops or international military personnel were hurt, AP reports.

According to Dillon, the assault happened south-east of Mosul, in the community …

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