Americas

  • Jun- 2020 -
    22 June
    Marshall Billingslea, special presidential envoy for arms control, arrives for the US-Russia meeting at the Palais Niederoestereich in Vienna on June 22, 2020.

    US, Russia Hold Arms Talks With Little Hope of Accord

    The United States and Russia held talks in Vienna Monday on their last major nuclear weapons agreement with little prospect of an imminent agreement as tensions and differences mount over whether they see any value in arms control at all.

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  • 2 June
    President Trump leaves after speaking at a news conference following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 19

    Trump Threatens Military Mobilization Against Violent US Protests

    President Donald Trump vowed to order a military crackdown on once-in-a-generation violent protests gripping the United States, saying he was sending thousands of troops onto the streets of the capital and threatening to deploy soldiers to states unable to regain control. The dramatic escalation came a week after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck, leading to the worst civil unrest in decades in New York, Los Angeles, and dozens of other American cities. In the Midwest, police were early Tuesday trying to bring the city of St Louis under control after a night of looting and violence in which four officers were shot, police chief Colonel John Hayden said, adding their injuries were not life-threatening. “Mr. Floyd was killed somewhere else and they’re tearing up cities all across the country,” a visibly emotional Hayden said. After being criticized for his silence on the worsening crisis, Trump struck a martial tone in a nationwide address Monday from the White House garden, as police fired tear gas on peaceful protesters outside the fence. “I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and …

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  • May- 2020 -
    28 May
    Iran's new combat vessels include speedboats, coastal patrol boats and submarines, according to state TV

    Iran Guards Warn US After Receiving New Combat Vessels

    Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels. The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats, and Taregh submarines, state television reported. “We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,” the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said during a ceremony in southern Iran. Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in the past year. The latest confrontation between the arch-foes came after the United States accused the Guards of harassing its ships in the Gulf in mid-April. “Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,” said Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami. “But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,” he added, noting that Iran “will not bow down to any foe.” According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to expand Iran’s naval power until it can adequately defend “territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy.” Decades-old acrimony between the two worsened in 2018 when …

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  • 21 May
    President Trump leaves after speaking at a news conference following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on May 19

    Trump to Withdraw US From ‘Open Skies’ Treaty

    President Donald Trump announced Thursday he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, the third arms control pact Trump has abrogated since coming to office. The U.S. leader said Moscow had not stuck to its commitments under the 18-year-old pact, which was designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers. “Russia did not adhere to the treaty,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “So until they adhere, we will pull out.” The New York Times reported that Trump plans to inform Moscow of the move on Friday, and that it could be a prelude to Washington also withdrawing from the New START Treaty, which limits the number of nuclear missiles the United States and Russia can deploy. The Open Skies agreement between Russia, the United States, and 32 other countries, mostly members of the NATO alliance, permits one country’s military to conduct a certain number of surveillance flights over another each year on short notice. The aircraft can survey the territory below, collecting information and pictures of military installations and activities. The idea is that the more rival militaries know about each other, the less the chance of conflict between them. But the sides also use the …

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  • 21 May
    A line of Navy T-44C Pegasus' parked on the flightline aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on July 23, 2019, in Texas

    Texas Navy Base Locked Down in Shooting Incident

    A U.S. Navy base in Texas went on lockdown Thursday after shots were fired by an unidentified person, but no injuries were reported, the Navy said. Security forces at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where both U.S. and foreign military personnel undergo flight training, responded to an “active shooter” at about 6:15 am local time, said Fifi Kieschnick, a spokesperson for the base. “The shooter has been neutralized,” she said. One service member originally reported as injured “is okay,” she said, but the base remained on lockdown two hours after the incident. It came five months after a Saudi air force student with al-Qaeda ties opened fire at a U.S. Navy air base in Florida, killing three U.S. sailors and injuring eight others. On Monday, U.S. law enforcement officials said the Florida shooter had radicalized at least five years ago and planned to undertake an attack before he arrived in the United States for military training. Since then tougher rules have been set to prevent the thousands of foreign military trainees in the United States each year from accessing firearms, and to conduct more thorough background checks on them.

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  • Apr- 2020 -
    24 April
    USS Kidd

    Coronavirus outbreak hits second US Navy ship at sea

    A US Navy destroyer deployed off Mexico's western coast is the second American warship at sea to suffer an outbreak of coronavirus onboard

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  • 13 April
    USS Theodore Roosevelt

    USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor dies from COVID-19 complications

    A sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the US Navy aircraft carrier taken out of rotation due to a coronavirus outbreak onboard, has died

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  • 10 April
    The Defense Post

    Canada to resume light armored vehicle exports to Saudi Arabia

    Sale of the light armored vehicles was on hold since 2018 over kingdom's role in the war in Yemen and murder of journalist Kashoggi

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  • Mar- 2020 -
    17 March

    US Navy readies hospital ships ahead of Coronavirus wave

    The US Navy is preparing to deploy its two hospital ships – USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort – to relieve pressure on hospitals caused by COVID-19

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  • 16 March
    Vehicle decontaminated ahead of DEFENDER-Europe 20

    Here’s how the US military is preparing for COVID-19

    The US military is adopting broader measures to protect personnel from the global coronavirus pandemic. Here are the latest updates.

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