Headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan and responsible for the defense of South Korea, the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet has been beset by problems this year. The most serious incidents occurred over the summer when two destroyers, the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, were involved in separate deadly collisions with heavy loss of life. Those events raised serious concerns about the safety and readiness of U.S. warships in the Pacific, as well as morale throughout the Navy in general.
U.S. backed forces in Syria claimed full control of the Islamic State's onetime capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, heralding an end to the militants' presence in their most symbolically important stronghold and bringing closer the likelihood of their complete territorial demise.
Dozens of Islamic State militants were killed Monday by U.S. airstrikes targeting training camps in Yemen, the Pentagon said.
It smells like victory. Philippine troops just killed two core Muslim rebel leaders after months of fighting. Troops and the young but heavily funded, ISIS-backed Maute Group have battled since May 23 for control over the city of Marawi in the archipelago’s ever-restive major southern island.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops."
The death toll from two truck bombs in Somalia's capital reached 300 on Monday, as the deadliest attack in the country's decade-long war with Islamist extremists signaled that the insurgency is far from defeated, despite years of U.S. counterterrorism operations.
Iraqi forces said Monday they seized a military base, an oil field and other key infrastructure from Kurdish soldiers near the northern city of Kirkuk, as the two U.S. allies face off over territory and oil in the wake of the Kurdish region's independence vote last month.
The last two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of Marawi city still held by pro-Islamic State militants, top security officials said.