Military and defense

Anti-government demonstrators takes cover behind a barricade during clashes with police in Quito, Ecuador, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Protests, which began when President Lenin Moreno's decision to cut subsidies led to a sharp increase in fuel prices, have persisted for days. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
October 12, 2019 - 11:39 pm
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's army took to the streets Saturday after President Lenín Moreno ordered the first 24-hour curfew in decades in response to a day of attacks on government buildings and media offices. By Saturday night soldiers had retaken control of the park and streets leading to the...
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A local resident looks out from a hole on a house that was damaged by a mortar fire from inside Syria, on the Turkish town of Akcakale, southeaster, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.Nobody got hurt by the attack.The owners of the house weren't home at the time of the attack. Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday as its offensive against Kurdish fighters pressed into its fourth day with little sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 12, 2019 - 3:11 pm
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military said it captured a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment Saturday in its most significant gain since an offensive against Kurdish fighters began four days ago, with no sign of relent despite mounting international criticism. Turkish troops...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens to a question during a campaign stop in Londonderry, N.H. While Gabbard is campaigning for her party's presidential nomination, she faces a strong primary challenge back home for her congressional seat from Democratic state Sen. Kai Kahele. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 12, 2019 - 1:29 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — In recent days, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has talked to voters over chili and pumpkin bars at a house party in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She sat down with students at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. She packs her schedule with gatherings in both states as she tries to...
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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington. President Donald Trump announced Oct. 11, 2019. that McAleenan is stepping down. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 11, 2019 - 11:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper says the "impulsive" decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war. Esper says the invasion puts America's Syrian Kurdish partners "in harm's way," but insists the Kurds are not being abandoned. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 11, 2019 - 8:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to Turkey's offensive into Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy Capt. Brook DeWalt, a Pentagon spokesman,...
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This photo by Hawar news, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas in Syria (ANHA), shows flames rising from burned cars at the site of an explosion in the central Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Activists and Syrian Kurdish officials are reporting a large explosion outside a popular fast food restaurant. It was not clear what caused the explosion on Friday which occurred amid intensive shelling by the Turkish military in the city and other areas. (ANHA via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 8:03 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present...
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National security adviser Robert O'Brien talks with reporters before boarding Air Force One with President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. O’Brien said late Thursday, Oct. 10, that he wants to gradually eliminate about half of the 178 staff members of the National Security Council over the next 15 months. O’Brien, who recently took over after national security adviser John Bolton was ousted by the president, portrayed the cuts as an effort to return to staffing levels of the past. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 11, 2019 - 7:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new national security adviser plans to dramatically cut the White House foreign policy unit as it comes under scrutiny over a whistleblower's complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry by Congress. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said late...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from targets in Tel Abyad, Syria, during bombardment by Turkish forces, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 11, 2019 - 6:39 pm
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria, as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at...
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President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, speaks to media during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 11, 2019 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's invasion of Syria to attack U.S.-backed Kurdish forces was an "impulsive" move that will further destabilize the region, Pentagon officials said Friday, insisting that a separate American-led fight against the Islamic State in the area would continue despite the new...
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In this image taken from aboard a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter patrolling the Gulf as part of the International Maritime Security Construct, shows the MV Stena Impero, background, as it sails from the port at Bandar Abbas, Iran, after being released by Iranian officials Friday Sept. 27, 2019. Iran on Friday released the British-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July 2019, while the country’s president, returning from an annual United Nations meeting, said he had been told the United States had offered to lift sanctions if Tehran returned to the negotiating table over its nuclear program. (Dan Rosenbaum/British Royal Navy via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 5:40 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the...
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