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iran vows to destroy us military base if president trump ‘makes a mistake’


a senior iranian government official said urday tehran was prepared to attack tel aviv and destroy a u.s. military base in bahrain if the trump white house ordered a military strike against iran. mojtaba zonour, a member of iran’s national security and foreign policy commission and a former islamic revolution guards corps official, said iran could…






official: yemen raid yields data on al-qaida explosives


washington (ap) — u.s. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-qaida affiliate in yemen in a raid last month, including data on the explosives they’re manufacturing and the types of threats they’re developing, a senior u.s. official said tuesday.the official said a list describing the broad range of intelligence gains from the raid fills more than three pages. it includes information on al-qaida in the arabian peninsula’s training techniques and targeting priorities, said the official, who wasn’t able to discuss details of the classified military operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. such intelligence gives insight into the group’s attack planning.questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the operation that ended in a fierce firefigh






north korea warns us to reconsider military moves


north korea told the u.s. thursday to withdraw its military assets from the region, warning via state-run media that a military showdown would end in nuclear destruction. north korea’s official korean central news agency released an article titled “u.s. urged not to adventure military actions,” in which an official tasked with inter-korean relations criticized the u.s.’s…






official: yemen raid yields data on al-qaida explosives


washington (ap) — a senior u.s. official says the yemen raid by u.s. special operations forces gathered valuable intelligence on the al-qaida affiliate there, including the explosives they’re manufacturing and the types of threats they’re developing.the official said the list describing the types of intelligence collected during the january raid filled more than three pages and included data on al-qaida in the arabian peninsula’s training techniques and targeting priorities. such information gives insight into the group’s attack planning.questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the operation that ended in a fierce firefight. a navy seal, 14 militants and several civilians were killed. senior u.s. officials have called it a success.the official wasn’t able to discuss details of






china eases foot off gas on military spending


beijing—china’s defense budget will expand by about 7% this year, the slowest pace this decade, but a senior chinese official said it was still enough for beijing to prevent “outside forces” from interfering in its territorial disputes.chinese military spending for 2017 would be equivalent to about 1.3% of the country’s economic output, roughly the same proportion as in recent years, said fu ying, a spokeswoman for the national...






ap interview: general says libya strikes bore critical intel


munich (ap) — a senior u.s. military official says airstrikes that killed about 80 islamic state militants in southern libya last month generated critical computer data, documents and information from prisoner interrogations that the u.s. can use to target more fighters.marine gen. thomas waldhauser heads u.s. africa command. waldhauser tells the associated press the u.s. got significant intelligence from the camps after the bombings, and “there’s some things we’re working on.”waldhauser didn’t go into details of the intelligence.a senior u.s. military official says several is fighters who survived the strikes were interrogated by libyan militia forces. the official says intelligence confirmed the fighters had direct communication with the core is group in syria. the official wasn’t author






trump’s inaugural committee asked pentagon for military vehicles to parade aroun


the planning of president donald trump’s inaugural was a fraught process, from a shortage of a-list celebrities willing to perform to the reported shake-up of inaugural staff.now, emails obtained by the huffington post reveal that trump campaign staff asked the pentagon to send pictures of military vehicles, presumably to be included in the inaugural to portray military might.the presidential inaugural committee “is seriously considering adding military vehicles to the inaugural parade,” a pentagon official wrote in an internal email dated dec. 13, 2016 acquired by the huffington post. “the conversation started as ‘can you send us some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade,’” the official wrote.“the establishing guidance has come from the highest level,” the official wro






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


image copyrightafpimage caption north korea held a grand military parade on saturday north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over.mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after north korea carried out a failed missile launch.tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


image copyrightafpimage caption north korea held a grand military parade on saturday north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over.mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after north korea carried out a failed missile launch.tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both






taliban say senior commander dies in suspected us strike


islamabad (ap) — a taliban official said friday that a suspected u.s. drone strike the previous day killed a top commander of the militant haqqani network — the man who in 2014 accompanied u.s. army sgt. bowe bergdahl when he was handed over to u.s. authorities.the taliban official identified the man as qari abdullah, saying he died in the “area of khost.”pakistani intelligence officials had earlier said a suspected u.s. strike hit in pakistan’s lawless tribal region bordering afghanistan’s khost, a haqqani stronghold, killing two militants.the taliban official wouldn’t confirm it was the same strike. he spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to reporters. a senior pakistani official also confirmed abdullah’s identity but asked that his name not be used becaus






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe bbc's john sudworth asks north korea's vice-foreign minister what message he has for donald trump.north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice-foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over. mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after pyongyang carried out a failed missile launch.on tu






the latest: us official: attack a 'war crime' if proven true


beirut — the latest on the suspected chemical attack in syria (all times local):8:45 p.m.the united states says if a suspected chemical weapons attack in syria is what it appears to be, it is "clearly a war crime."that's according to a senior u.s. state department official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.the official says both the united states and the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons are currently gathering information about the attack.the attack comes as the u.s. has been softening its stance on syrian president bashar assad's future and leaving open the possibility the u.s. could cooperate with assad's government on fighting the islamic state group. but the u.s. official says that's "highly unlikely." he says the u.s. isn't currently focused on that p






white house denies report that fbi rejected its request to “knock down” story


in a background briefing, two senior trump administration officials inveighed against a cnn report that the fbi rejected a white house request to “publicly knock down” a story first reported by the new york times. that report, published on feb. 14, said there were repeated contacts between trump campaign associates and russian intelligence officials in 2015.a senior administration official characterized the the cnn report, posted thursday, as false, disgusting and erroneus. that story said that the white house request came after the fbi had indicated to the white house that the times story about the russian contacts was inaccurate. on the morning the story broke in the times, feb. 14, mccabe and one senior administration official both attended a white house meeting on a separate issue. mcc






new afghanistan troop plan goes to white house next week


washington (ap) — senior pentagon officials say the department expects to send a proposal to the white house next week laying out an enduring u.s. presence in afghanistan. it is likely include a request for more u.s. troops.u.s. military officials have said they need more forces to meet the growing training and advising mission. a senior nato official says the u.s. has sent letters to allies asking them to increase troop commitments. the official was not authorized to discuss the letters publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.theresa whelan is assistant defense secretary for special operations. whelan told senators thursday the plan likely will go to the white house next week. she says the intention is to adjust the approach in afghanistan to break what commanders say is a stalemate.






the latest: us defends military drills with skorea


washington — the latest on the president donald trump and north korea (all times local):1:40 p.m.the united states is defending its military drills with south korea amid north korea's claims that the drills justify speeding up its nuclear program.north korea's foreign ministry had said it was bolstering its military capabilities in response to a new u.s. policy calling for more sanctions and pressure. the north koreans described the recent drills with south korea as "u.s. aggression hysteria."but the u.s. state department says the exercises are "defense-oriented" and nothing new. the state department says the drills increase u.s. readiness to defend south korea and are transparent to outside observers. it says north korea doesn't let monitors observe its own military drills.___1 p.m.a seni






white house denies report that fbi rejected its request to “knock down” story


in a background briefing, two senior trump administration officials strongly denied a cnn report that the fbi rejected a white house request to “publicly knock down” a story first reported by the new york times. that report, published on feb. 14, said there were repeated contacts between trump campaign associates and russian intelligence officials in 2015.a senior administration official characterized the cnn report, posted thursday, as false, disgusting and erroneous. that story said that the white house request came after the fbi had indicated to the white house that the times story about the russian contacts was inaccurate. on the morning the story broke in the new york times, feb. 14, fbi deputy director andrew mccabe and one senior administration official both attended a white house m






what does china's increased military spending mean? | china


china's increasing annual military spending by seven percent, days after donald trump announced a 10 percent boost in the us defence budget.the us president has criticised china's territorial disputes with its neighbours.what message is china sending regionally and globally?presenter: hashem ahelbarraguests:einar tangen - a political and economic affairs analystrichard weitz - a senior fellow and director of the centre for political-military analysis with the hudson instituterichard bitzinger - a senior fellow at nanyang technological universitysource: al jazeera news






what does china's increased military spending mean? | china


china's increasing annual military spending by 7 percent, days after donald trump announced a 10 percent boost in the us defence budget.the us president has criticised china's territorial disputes with its neighbours.what message is china sending regionally and globally?presenter: hashem ahelbarraguests:einar tangen - a political and economic affairs analystrichard weitz - a senior fellow and director of the centre for political-military analysis with the hudson instituterichard bitzinger - a senior fellow at nanyang technological universitysource: al jazeera news






nearly 70 dead in al-shabab attack on somalia military base


mogadishu, somalia (ap) — heavily armed al-shabab extremists have stormed a military base in somalia’s semiautonomous state of puntland, killing close to 70 people, officials said thursday.officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-qaida-linked al-shabab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the islamic state group.the attack began with a blast at the remote af-urur camp, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of the commercial hub of bossaso, before the extremists overran the base and killed soldiers at close range, said ahmed mohamed, a senior military official.close to 70 people were killed, though an exact death toll was not yet available, mohamed said.most read storiesunlimited digital access






myanmar's military finds crashed plane, bodies | myanmar news


bodies and debris were found in the water on thursday after a myanmar military plane vanished over the andaman sea with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board, the military said in a statement.three bodies, including two adults and a child, were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern coastal town of launglon, the military said on its official facebook page.a plane wheel that was believed to be from the chinese-made y-8-200f transport plane was also found, the statement said."we have found the plane and some dead bodies this morning about 8:25am [0155 gmt]," a spokesman for the military's information team told afp.the aircraft disappeared after takeoff from myeik, also known as mergui, in southeastern myanmar on the andaman coast and was heading for the country's largest city,






trump issues new warning to north korea


washington—president donald trump has signed off on a policy approach to north korea that involves increased economic and political pressure while military options remain under consideration longer term, a senior u.s. official said.the approach, which the official said mr. trump adopted before his meeting last week with chinese president xi jinping, includes pressing china to follow through with steps to curtail pyongyang. if china...






senior u.s. official says russia knew about syrian chemical attack in advance


a senior u.s. official says the united states has concluded that russia knew in advance of syria's chemical weapons attack last week.the official says a russian-operated drone flew over a hospital in syria as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment.hours after the drone left, a russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what american officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.until monday, u.s. officials had said they weren't sure if the drone was operated by russia or syria. the senior official said it still wasn't clear who was flying the jet that bombed the hospital.the official said the presence of the drone couldn't have been a coincidence, and that russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seek






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


image copyrightafpimage caption north korea held a grand military parade on saturday north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over.mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after north korea carried out a failed missile launch.tensions have been escalating on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric from both






hamas blames israel after mazen faqha assassination | news


unknown assailants in the gaza strip have shot dead a senior hamas member, officials in gaza said, blaming israel for the killing.iyad al-bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the hamas-ruled gaza strip, said that gunmen opened fire on mazen faqha in the tell al-hama neighbourhood, adding that an investigation into the incident has been launched. "hamas and its military wing hold israel and its collaborators responsible for this despicable crime... israel knows that the blood of fighters is not spilled in vain and hamas will know how to act," the group said in a statement.another senior hamas official, izzat el-reshiq, said the killers used silencers on their weapons during the attack.police spokesman ayman al-batniji said faqha had "four bullets in his head" and said israel and its "co






hamas blames israel after mazen faqha assassination | news


unknown assailants in the gaza strip have shot dead a senior hamas member, officials in gaza said, blaming israel for the killing.iyad al-bozum, an interior ministry spokesman in the hamas-ruled gaza strip, said that gunmen opened fire on mazen faqha in the tell al-hama neighbourhood, adding that an investigation into the incident has been launched. "hamas and its military wing hold israel and its collaborators responsible for this despicable crime... israel knows that the blood of fighters is not spilled in vain and hamas will know how to act," the group said in a statement.another senior hamas official, izzat el-reshiq, said the killers used silencers on the weapons used in the attack.police spokesman ayman al-batniji said faqha had "four bullets in his head" and said israel and its "col






senior taliban leader killed in afghanistan air raid | news


a senior taliban commander has been killed in an air raid in northern afghanistan, the armed group said on monday.mullah abdul salam akhund, who oversaw a taliban offensive that briefly seized kunduz city in 2015, had previously been reported dead several times by afghan officials.akhund was one of three fighters killed in an air raid by an unmanned aircraft in the kunduz province, a senior taliban official in the province told the reuters news agency on condition of anonymity."he was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at dashte archi town [in kunduz] when the drone fired missiles," the official said.the raid killed akhund and eight other taliban members, sher aziz kamawal, a senior police commander in northern afghanistan, said.taliban spokesman zabihullah mujahid confirme






senior taliban leader killed in kunduz air raid | afghanistan news


a senior taliban commander has been killed in an air raid in northern afghanistan, the armed group said on monday.mullah abdul salam akhund, who oversaw a taliban offensive that briefly seized kunduz city in 2015, had previously been reported dead several times by afghan officials.zabihullah mujahid, taliban spokesman, confirmed akhund's death in a statement blaming the united states.akhund was one of three fighters killed in an air raid by an unmanned aircraft in the kunduz province, a senior taliban official in the province told the reuters news agency on condition of anonymity."he was on a journey a few days ago and stopped at a house at dasht-e-archi town [in kunduz] when the drone fired missiles," the official said.the raid killed akhund and eight other taliban members, sher aziz kama






trump's son-in-law slated to make a visit to iraq monday


new york — president donald trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, jared kushner, is due to spend monday in iraq with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, a senior administration official said.the official did not release additional details about the trip that kushner is taking with joint chiefs of staff chairman gen. joseph dunford. the official said that kushner wanted to see the situation in iraq for himself and show support for the baghdad government.the official, who confirmed the trip late sunday, wasn't authorized to speak about confidential meetings by name and demanded anonymity.






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe bbc's john sudworth asks north korea's vice-foreign minister what message he has for donald trump.north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice-foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over.mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after north korea carried out a failed missile launch.tens






north korea 'will test missiles weekly', senior official tells bbc


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe bbc's john sudworth asks north korea's vice-foreign minister what message he has for donald trump.north korea will continue to test missiles, a senior official has told the bbc in pyongyang, despite international condemnation and growing military tensions with the us."we'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis," vice-foreign minister han song-ryol told the bbc's john sudworth.he said that an "all-out war" would result if the us took military action.earlier, us vice-president mike pence warned north korea not to test the us.he said his country's "era of strategic patience" with north korea was over.mr pence arrived in seoul on sunday hours after north korea carried out a failed missile launch.tens






nearly 70 dead in al-shabab attack on somalia military base


mogadishu, somalia — heavily armed al-shabab extremists have stormed a military base in somalia's semiautonomous state of puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more, officials said thursday. residents said civilians, including women, were beheaded during the rampage.officials called it the region's deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-qaida-linked al-shabab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the islamic state group.the attack began with a blast at the remote af-urur camp, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of the commercial hub of bossaso, before the extremists overran the base and killed soldiers at close range, said ahmed mohamed, a senior military official.close to 70 people were killed, though






russian aircraft repeatedly sighted near alaska


the u.s. military has spotted russian military aircraft flying off the coast of alaska for the fourth time in as many days, a u.s. defense official has said. the official, cited by cnn, said the aircraft sighted included tu-95 nuclear-capable bombers. the planes did not violate u.s. airspace on any of the occasions, though during the…






official: couple hundred us marines go into syria


washington (ap) — a senior u.s. official says a couple hundred marines have deployed into syria with heavy artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to oust the islamic state group from its self-declared headquarters of raqqa.the deployment is temporary. but it is likely an early indication that the white house is leaning toward giving the pentagon greater flexibility to make routine combat decisions in the is fight. military commanders frustrated by what they considered micromanagement under the previous administration have argued for greater freedom to make daily decisions on how best to fight the enemy.the official says the marines moving into syria are pre-positioning howitzers to be ready to assist local syrian forces. the official was not authorized to discuss






100 afghans killed in attack on military base


gunmen wearing army uniforms stormed a military compound in the balkh province, an afghan official said saturday.        






pakistan army backs off after questioning pm's authority


islamabad — pakistan's military has backed off after questioning the prime minister's decision to sack an adviser over an explosive newspaper article alleging a rift between the civilian government and the military.civil-military relations are a sensitive topic in pakistan, which has a history of military coups.prime minister nawaz sharif fired a senior adviser two weeks ago over a front-page article in the dawn newspaper last year alleging a rift between civilian and military leaders over combatting militancy.a military spokesman questioned the firing in a tweet, saying it was not in line with the findings of an inquiry set up to look into possible leaks.on wednesday, the military released a statement saying the tweet had been withdrawn and that the issue had been settled.






us military member killed by al-shabab in somalia raid


the us military said on friday that a us military member was killed in somalia during an operation against the armed group al-shabab. a statement from the us africa command said the military member was killed on thursday during an operation near barii, about 64km west of the capital, mogadishu. the statement said us forces were conducting an "advise-and-assist" mission with somalia's military.a spokesman for al-shabab, which is fighting to overthrow somalia's western-backed government, said that its fighters had killed "several" us soldiers."[the us soldiers] came in helicopters. our mujahideen fighters responded to the attack," al-shabab's military operations spokesman abdiaziz abu mus'ab told al jazeera. "we killed several american fighters. we also wounded many. we captured weapons from






trump administration to china on north korea: "the clock has run out"


president donald trump will meet with chinese president xi jinping on friday for a whirlwind 24-hour summit to commence discussions on issues of paramount importance to the administration: trade and north korea. mr. trump is expected to press xi on taking a tougher approach to address the north korean nuclear problem by applying financial pressure on china’s unpredictable neighbor, according to a senior white house official. playvideocbs this morningtop agendas in trump's meeting with chinese president president trump told the financial times, "if china is not going to solve north korea, we will." meanwhile, white house senior adviser jared kush... the official argued that while china’s political influence over its neighbor may be diminished, its economic leverage is still “considerable,”






gut wins downhill as vonn crashes for 2nd straight day


cortina d'ampezzo, italy — defending overall world cup champion lara gut won her first downhill of the season urday while lindsey vonn crashed for the second consecutive day.gut finished 0.05 seconds ahead of sofia goggia of italy and 0.47 in front of ilka stuhec of slovenia.gut was competing in the final downhill before her home world championships in st. moritz, switzerland."there's no better way to enter worlds," gut said.the victory reduced gut's deficit in the overall standings behind american leader mikaela shiffrin to 30 points.vonn lost control and slammed into the safety netting in the same spot where she crashed in friday's training run."i'm ok. i'm a little sore but hopefully i'll be fine for tomorrow," the american said. "i just caught my edge, that's all."after collecting hers