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U.S. shouldn't invoke Insurrection Act, defense secretary says

9:44pm IST

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest, a move President Donald Trump threatened to take to stem protests that have roiled the nation.

Perils for Pentagon as Trump threatens to militarize response to civil unrest

10:07am IST

WASHINGTON "Battlespace" was the word Defense Secretary Mark Esper used to describe protest sites in the United States. The top U.S. general reinforced that image by appearing in downtown Washington in camouflage during a Monday evening crackdown. | Video

Perils for Pentagon as Trump threatens to militarize response to civil unrest

8:16am IST

WASHINGTON "Battlespace" was the word Defense Secretary Mark Esper used to describe protest sites in the United States. The top U.S. general reinforced that image by appearing in downtown Washington in camouflage during a Monday evening crackdown.

U.S. ups National Guard forces to quell D.C. unrest, readies active duty troops

02 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is sharply increasing the number of National Guard forces in Washington, D.C., and, in an extraordinary move, has readied active-duty troops outside the city to potentially respond to protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody, a senior defense official said on Monday.

U.S. ups National Guard forces to quell D.C. unrest, readies active duty troops

02 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is sharply increasing the number of National Guard forces in Washington, D.C., and, in an extraordinary move, has readied active-duty troops outside the city to potentially respond to protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody, a senior defense official said on Monday.

U.S. ups National Guard forces to quell D.C. unrest, readies active duty troops

02 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military is sharply increasing the number of National Guard forces in Washington, D.C., and, in an extraordinary move, has readied active-duty troops outside the city to potentially respond to protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody, a senior defense official said on Monday.

U.S. warns of Russian bid for Libya stronghold after warplane delivery

30 May 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. military believes a Russian introduction of warplanes into Libya may not tip the balance in its stalemated civil war but could further help Moscow eventually secure a geostrategic stronghold in North Africa, a U.S. general said on Friday.

Exclusive: In veiled warning to Iran, U.S. tells Gulf mariners to stay clear of its warships

20 May 2020

WASHINGTON In an alert that appeared aimed squarely at Iran, the U.S. Navy issued a warning on Tuesday to mariners in the Gulf to stay 100 meters (yards) away from U.S. warships or risk being "interpreted as a threat and subject to lawful defensive measures."

India should talk to Taliban if Delhi feels it will bolster peace push - Pakistan's U.S. envoy

17 May 2020

WASHINGTON India should speak with Taliban militants if it feels that it will help the peace process, Pakistan's envoy to Washington said on Saturday, after a series of attacks in Afghanistan raised questions about whether the U.S. peace effort may collapse.

Chief of U.S. National Guard in limbo after conflicting coronavirus tests: officials

11 May 2020

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON The chief of the U.S. National Guard, who is at the forefront of the domestic military response to the novel coronavirus, is in limbo after testing both positive and negative in conflicting results this weekend, officials said on Sunday.

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