Military leadership

U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, speaks during a press conference at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Brooks said he is cautiously optimistic that nuclear diplomacy will work out with North Korea. But he also says that Seoul and Washington must continue to apply pressure so that "there's not a reason or even an ability" for the North to back out. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
August 22, 2018 - 2:10 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Wednesday that he's cautiously optimistic nuclear diplomacy will work out with North Korea. But he also said Seoul and Washington must continue to apply pressure so that "there's not a reason or even an ability" for the...
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August 19, 2018 - 1:48 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force. The Sunday report says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh as the new air force chief. Gen. Nasirzadeh, a former F-14...
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August 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic...
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August 16, 2018 - 10:03 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that his senior military assistant, Navy Vice Adm. Craig Faller, will be nominated to serve as the next head of U.S. Southern Command. Mattis made the statement to members of a Chilean government delegation before attending a signing...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, and Argentina's Defense Minister Oscar Raul Aguad shake hands in Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Mattis is on an official visit to several South American countries. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 15, 2018 - 11:34 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina. Standing beside his Argentinian counterpart, Oscar Aguad, Mattis said the military partnership can be strengthened. He alluded to the help the U.S. Navy provided Argentina last...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis receives military honors before his meeting with Brazil's defense minister, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Mattis has spent six days visiting South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
August 14, 2018 - 8:49 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is making a pitch to Brazil for building a closer defense partnership with the United States, including in space research. Mattis spoke Tuesday to military students at Brazil's senior war college in Rio de Janeiro. He encouraged them to...
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August 08, 2018 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says an Iranian naval exercise involving at least 100 small boats in and around the Strait of Hormuz last week was meant as a message to the U.S. for re-imposing economic sanctions on Tehran. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command...
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August 01, 2018 - 11:00 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. military's European commander and NATO's top military officer has met with Turkey's chief military and defense officials to discuss Syria and other regional issues. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti's talks Wednesday come as tensions between NATO allies Turkey and the United...
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 In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, photo, Col. Omar Melhem, 51, who defected from the Syrian army defector and once commanded a rebel faction of some 3,000 fighters speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the central Syrian town of Talbiseh,
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
July 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces...
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