Military leadership

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks with reporters before an arrival ceremony for Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya at the Pentagon, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 01, 2019 - 9:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has abruptly canceled plans to travel to Europe. Shanahan's spokesman is citing the crisis in Venezuela and the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border. The spokesman, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, says in a statement that Shanahan decided he...
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Fireworks launched by opponents of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro land near Bolivarian National Guard armored vehicles loyal to Maduro, during an attempted military uprising in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Opposition leader Juan Guaido took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops in a call for the military to rise up. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 30, 2019 - 7:53 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the Trump administration and fierce resistance from forces loyal to embattled...
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A rebel soldier who is part of a group rising up against the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro aims his weapon from an overpass at La Carlota military airbase where loyal troops are located, as members of the press and civilians take cover in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets with a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust Maduro. (AP Photo/Boris Vergara)
April 30, 2019 - 3:46 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 1:00 p.m. The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging all sides in Venezuela to exercise "maximum restraint," avoid any violence and take immediate steps to restore calm. U.N. spokesman...
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April 29, 2019 - 1:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officials say the commander of the task force that runs the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." A statement from U.S. Southern Command says Navy Rear Adm. John Ring was relieved of...
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Demonstrators hold Algerian flags during a protest in Bordj Bou Arreridj, east of Algiers, Friday, April 26, 2019. Algerians are massing for a 10th week of protests against their country's ruling class, calling for the ex-president's brother to be put on trial. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)
April 26, 2019 - 3:51 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The powerful chief of Algeria's army became a top target of demonstrators who massed Friday for a 10th week of largely peaceful protests against their country's ruling class. As in previous weeks, marching protesters shouted "System, get out," a reference to the entourage...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019 file photo, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. A U.S. official says the Pentagon’s watchdog agency has cleared Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 25, 2019 - 11:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's watchdog agency on Thursday cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co. The decision by the Defense Department inspector general...
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April 19, 2019 - 8:07 am
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters in Algeria demonstrated for a ninth straight Friday against the country's leadership amid calls for the departure of the powerful military's chief of staff. With police forces deployed across the city, several thousand protesters gathered in the morning at the...
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In this photo provided by Egypt's presidency media office, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, April 14, 2019. Hifter launched a surprise offensive against Tripoli on April 5 and is battling rival militias loosely affiliated with a weak U.N.-backed government. (Egyptian Presidency Media office via AP)
April 14, 2019 - 9:40 am
CAIRO (AP) — More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the U.N. health agency said Sunday. The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2017, file photo, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti arrives for a meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. “During the Cold War, we understood each other’s signals. We talked,” says Scaparrotti, who is about to retire. “I’m concerned that we don’t know them as well today.” (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)
April 14, 2019 - 7:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. American...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo, Air Force Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, speaks to Navy Adm. Bill Moran, center, while arriving with other generals and admirals for a meeting with then-President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. President Donald Trump is nominating Moran, a naval aviator with extensive experience in budgeting and personnel reform, to become the next officer to lead the Navy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 11, 2019 - 7:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated a naval aviator with extensive experience in budgeting and personnel reform to become the next officer to lead the U.S. Navy. Navy Adm. Bill Moran, who piloted P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft during the Cold War, is currently the Navy's...
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