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Su-27 safely intercepts US aircraft near Russian border

Russia’s Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US ЕР-3Е Aries II warfare and reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Black Sea towards the Russian border. All safety precautions were observed during the interception, the Russian defense …

US urges Turkey to exercise restraint in Syria

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its military operations in northern Syria, which he said had disrupted the peaceful return of refugees and could prove to be an opening for al Qaeda and …

Major US defense strategy review coming Jan. 19

The Pentagon will unveil its National Defense Strategy on Jan. 19, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced Friday, Defence News reports. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mattis said a significant part of the strategy will remain …

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward …

U.S. says it has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan

About 11,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said at a news conference, thousands more than it has previously stated. The Pentagon said previously that there were roughly 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, under …

Pentagon preparing military options against North Korea

The U.S. military’s top officer said that a military solution to the missile threat from North Korea would be 'horrific', but allowing the reclusive nation to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is …

North Korea crisis: how likely is nuclear war?

The commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army, Kim Rak-gyom, released more details of the plan to launch four intermediate-range ballistic missiles into waters near Guam in the Western Pacific to …