Virus takes toll on US military as it tries to aid civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad, fro...

227 US soldiers confirmed with Wuhan virus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday (March 25) ordered the U.S. military to halt all travel abroad for 60 days in an effort to mitigate the spread of Wuhan coro...

Too big to infect? Some US leaders defy virus guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has advised against all international travel because of the coronavirus, but that didn't stop Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from flying to Afghanistan this week...

Military works to improve conditions for quarantined troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t the welcome home that U.S. soldiers expected when they returned from war zones in the Middle East in the past week. When their planes landed at Fort Blis...

US military's role in response to virus outbreak is growing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's role in responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States began to rapidly expand on Wednesday as officials announced that two Navy hospital ships and two Ar...

Hospitals fear shortage of ventilators for virus patients

U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators and health care workers...

Esper: Pentagon to give respirator masks, ventilators to HHS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the Pentagon will provide 5 million respirator masks and 2,000 specialized ventilators to federal heath authorities to help in the resp...

US Defense Dept. confirms 37 cases of Wuhan coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday (March 16) that it is keeping Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Deputy Secretary David Norquist physically separate...

US to hold attackers at Iraq base accountable

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense leaders said Thursday they know who launched the rockets in Iraq that killed and wounded U.S. and coalition troops and the Shia militia group responsible will be held ac...

In battle against virus, Trump restricts travel from Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking dramatic action, President Donald Trump sharply restricted passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. and moved to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic ...

In battle against virus, Trump restricts travel from Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking dramatic action, President Donald Trump sharply restricted passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that ...

Lawmakers resist Trump's proposed payroll tax break

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed payroll tax break met with bipartisan resistance on Capitol Hill as pressure mounts on the administration and Congress to work more vigorously to co...

US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

WASHINGTON (AP) — American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, a U.S. official said on Monday, amid political chaos in ...

Esper says new virus won't prevent military operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military and its warfighting command centers in the Pentagon are prepared to continue operations even if there is a local outbreak of the new coronavirus, Defense Secretary ...

Flare-up in Afghan violence shows fragility of peace deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump said he had a “very good talk” with a top Taliban leader and insisted the group wants to cease violence, a U.S. military drone on Wedn...