US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

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A US nuclear submarine was damaged after hitting an unidentified object while operating underwater in Asia, the US Navy said Thursday. The USS Connecticut, a nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine, “struck an object while submerged on the afternoon of October 2, while operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region,” the navy said in a statement. It… Continue reading US nuclear sub damaged in underwater collision in West Philippine Sea

US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to give $1 billion to Israel for its Iron Dome missile-defense system, two days after objections from the most liberal Democrats forced leaders to remove it from a broader spending bill. The measure passed by 420 to 9 – eight no’s from Democrats and one from… Continue reading US House approves $1 billion for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ missile-defense system

US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

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Amid growing tensions with China, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that the country is not seeking a ‘new Cold War’ and is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions. Without mentioning China directly, Biden acknowledged increasing concerns about rising tensions between the two nations in his first address before the… Continue reading US not seeking ‘new Cold War’, says President Joe Biden at UNGA amid tensions with China

US suspends diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

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The United States has suspended its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and will conduct its operations out of Qatar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, August 30, adding Washington will press ahead with its “relentless” efforts to help people leave the country, even after its troops have pulled out. Blinken’s statement comes after… Continue reading US suspends diplomatic presence in Afghanistan

US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, August 30, ending 20 years of war that culminated in the militant Taliban’s return to power. Forced into a hasty and humiliating exit, Washington and its NATO allies carried out a massive but chaotic airlift over the past two weeks, but still… Continue reading US completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

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South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint military drills on Monday, August 16, the South’s military said on Sunday, August 15, amid North Korea’s warnings of a diplomatic and security crisis. South Korea and the United States regularly stage military exercises, mainly in the spring and summer, but North Korea has… Continue reading South Korea, US to begin joint military drills despite North Korea rebuke

Head of US Indo-Pacific Command says military capable of defending Taiwan

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Admiral John Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, said on Thursday (August 5) that the US is capable of defending Taiwan in a military conflict. At the Aspen Security Forum, Aquilino said the US military is still operating in the Indo-Pacific to safeguard regional peace and prosperity, and that the status quo in the… Continue reading Head of US Indo-Pacific Command says military capable of defending Taiwan

Biden administration authorizes its first arms package for Taiwan

The Biden administration approved its first weapons sale to Taiwan on Wednesday (August 4) for around US$750 million, which comprises M109A6 self-propelled howitzers and related equipment. According to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) press release, the US State Department has approved the potential sale of 40 M109A6 Paladins, 20 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support… Continue reading Biden administration authorizes its first arms package for Taiwan

Ph-US conclude “Salaknib” 2021

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The Philippine Army together with the United States Army completed Ph-US “Salaknib” Exercise 2021 today, July 31, 2021 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. The Ph-US “Salaknib” Exercise 2021 is a three-week bilateral Army-to-Army exercise composed of 15 training events including urban operations, intelligence, combat engineers operations, indirect fires, medical planning, counter-IED, Military… Continue reading Ph-US conclude “Salaknib” 2021

16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila

USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) sits along the pier in Manila after disembarking the Pacific Partnership 2021 team. (U.S. Navy/MCC Joseph R. Vincent)

Pacific Partnership 21, the annual US-led multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, kicked off with a medical subject matter expert exchange at Manila Naval Hospital, July 28. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) arrived at the mission port July 14, where… Continue reading 16th Pacific Partnership mission begins in Manila