Robert Gates

Robert Gates: Barack Obama had no faith in US war strategy

Bob Woodward In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Barack Obama's leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war.

US spy plane in close encounter with Chinese fighter jet

Dangerous intercept: The Chinese fighter jet performs a barrel roll, apparently to show off its weapons.

Helene Cooper in Washington The Chinese military has bluntly rejected accusations a fighter jet flew within 10 metres of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance plane this week in international airspace just off the Chinese...

Xi Jinping has tightened grip on military, says ex-US defence chief

Tony Capaccio Chinese President Xi Jinping has greater control of the military than his predecessor did, and that increases the need for a strong White House relationship with him, former U.S.

Israeli defence chief Moshe Yaalon's comments on John Kerry draw US rebuke

Determined: US Secretary of State John Kerry has been on a diplomatic blitz in recent weeks.

Jeffrey Heller Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation on Tuesday over reports he had denounced US Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

Britain denies its military is weak

Blunt response: British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Andrew Osborn British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that former US defence secretary Robert Gates was wrong to say that spending cuts meant Britain's armed forces were no longer able be a full...

John McCain calls for heads to roll at NSA

US Senator John McCain

Alan Crawford US senator John McCain called on National Security Agency director Keith Alexander to quit over the damage done by revelations that his agency may have tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile...

US Air Force nuclear unit fails key security test

An Air Force unit that operates one-third of the United State's land-based nuclear missiles has failed a safety and security inspection.

US students dig up Beijing's secret nuclear stockpile

Chinese military parade.

The Chinese have called it their ''underground Great Wall'' - a vast network of tunnels designed to hide their missile and nuclear arsenal.

US defence chief warns on Iran strike

Iranian army cadets parade in front of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Tony Capaccio, Washington US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities might delay its alleged nuclear program by only up to three years and warned of ''unintended consequences''.

Fox broke UK code for ministers

Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox

Patrick Wintour and Rupert Neate Britain's former defence secretary Liam Fox has been found to have breached the ministerial code in a brief but damning report on his improper links with his close friend and adviser Adam Werritty.

Shocking reality of a shrinking military

In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 photo, a U.S. Army soldier gestures as she and her comrades make their way to a C-130 aircraft at Sather Air Base in Baghdad, Iraq to begin their journey home to the United States.

Simon Mann A United States marine stationed in San Diego was recently returning home to Alabama on leave. As he headed for his connecting flight in Dallas, a stranger walked in front of him reaching for his...

Afghanistan 10 years on


Simon Mann, Washington Casualties and the high economic cost are eroding support for US involvement in Afghanistan, reports Simon Mann.

An alliance undermined by betrayal

Paul McGeough, Pakistan Umar Cheema, a journalist in Islamabad, is matter-of-fact in telling of his abduction and torture last year by 12 men.

Obama prepares for end of 'don't ask, don't tell'

Gay Pride protestor.

Ed O'keefe and Craig Whitlock The Pentagon will permit gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, allowing President Barack Obama to bring a formal end to the policy of 'don't ask, don't tell'.

Al-Qaeda defeat within reach, says new US Defence Secretary

Focus ... the Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta.

Elisabeth Bumiller KABUL: The US is now ''within reach of strategically defeating al-Qaeda'' and the American focus has narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan,...

Fatigue threat to Libya mission

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Laurent Thomet, Brussels AFTER three months of air strikes in Libya, the NATO alliance is showing signs of fatigue and discord, with no end in sight to the conflict.

US-Afghan tensions jeopardise handover


Katherine Haddon, Kabul As the US starts exiting the Afghan war, analysts warn that dysfunction in Kabul and its naked hostility towards the White House jeopardise the US goal of handing over security in 2014.

Britain in peace talks with the Taliban

william hague

Kabul Britain is involved in talks with the Taliban, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday, days after the US revealed it was in negotiations to end the Afghan war.

Obama to call 33,000 out of Afghanistan early

Barack Obama

Simon Mann, Washington The US will pull 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the next northern summer, sooner than previously anticipated.

Obama pulls 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan


Simon Mann US President Barack Obama has announced he will bring home 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the northern summer of 2012. He said the first 10,000 troops would return home by the end of this year.