Air Force News

U.S. judge to question nearly 3-month detention of unnamed American ISIS suspect

Stars & Stripes - 33 min 47 sec ago
A federal judge Monday is set to home in on a question left open by federal courts since the struggles over detentions of suspected al-Qaida members and other terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: how long can the government hold a U.S. citizen captured on the battlefield without letting him challenge his detention?

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

Stars & Stripes - 39 min 5 sec ago
Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighborhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history.

Saudi Arabia says it will allow cinemas to operate for the first time in decades

Stars & Stripes - 45 min 53 sec ago
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it would allow cinemas to operate in the strictly conservative kingdom for the first time in decades, in the latest sign of a broader government push to relax social restrictions, provide popular entertainment for young Saudis and diversify the economy.

AP: Rohingya women methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

Stars & Stripes - 51 min 46 sec ago
The soldiers arrived, as they often did, long after sunset. It was June, and the newlyweds were asleep in their home, surrounded by the fields of wheat they farmed in western Myanmar. Without warning, seven soldiers burst into the house and charged into their bedroom.

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 46 sec ago
A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said.

QnA: Five minutes with John Cena

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 9 min ago
There isn’t much that can turn down the volume on a symphony of excited grade schoolers. On Wednesday, even Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden could only press pause on the giddiness as nearly 400 kids waited - at times patiently, at times not - for a very special story time.

LA, America’s highly combustible megacity

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 13 min ago
L.A. is a rocky marriage of Western landscape and Eastern population density. The land is not only ill-suited to the population, it periodically files for divorce.

Why would Trump backers abandon him?

Stars & Stripes - 1 hour 15 min ago
The argument could easily be made that few presidential-level politicians have been as indistinguishable as Trump, the candidate, from Trump, the president.

U.S. and Afghan special operations planning to ‘take the fight’ to growing ISIS safe havens in northwestern Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - 2 hours 11 min ago
U.S. and Afghan special operations are preparing an offensive against Islamic State enclaves in northwestern Afghanistan, where the group has gained a foothold despite an intensive allied effort to destroy it.

What you can learn from watching North Korean soap operas

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 18 min ago
North Korean state media is often known for its bombast and fiery rhetoric. But spend some time watching North Korea's televised dramas and soap operas, and you may be surprised to see that the country acknowledges some of its weaknesses, too.

Putin visits Syria as Russian troops set to withdraw

Stars & Stripes - 3 hours 24 min ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made a surprise visit to Russia's Khmeimim air base in Syria, announcing an imminent drawdown of Russian forces in the wake of his declaration of victory in its intervention in the Syria war.

American honors late father by preserving Bataan Death March markers in the Philippines

Stars & Stripes - 6 hours 50 min ago
Jungle moss and roadwork are threatening historical markers along the Bataan Death March trail in the Philippines, says an American who’s waging a lonely battle to preserve them.

Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical

Stars & Stripes - 8 hours 58 min ago
The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with 29 Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh.

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The US is backing a plan to create many more of them

Stars & Stripes - 9 hours 35 min ago
While conventional Afghan soldiers and police struggle to hold their ground against insurgents, the country’s special forces have been a rare success story, routinely responding first to attacks and leading the majority of offensive operations.

Amid criticism, Mexico is on track to strengthen military's role in fighting crime

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 6 min ago
Eleven years later, soldiers in Mexico are still combating organized crime, even as violence remains widespread and accusations of human rights abuses mount against the armed forces.

North Korean threat, F-35 demand spur rise in global arms sales, report says

Stars & Stripes - 10 hours 13 min ago
U.S. companies on the list increased their share of arms sales to 57.9 percent, with a combined total of $217.2 billion in 2016, boosted by military operations overseas and the acquisition of large weapon systems by other countries, according to the report.

South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:20
South Korea added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanctions list Monday in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs.

Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 20:15
Five months before North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon.

Israeli, French leaders tangle over US Jerusalem decision

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:30
The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Fort Bragg picked as home of the second Security Force Assistance Brigade

Stars & Stripes - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:45
The Fort Bragg unit will be the second of six planned SFABs, specialized units “whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations.”