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Contractors arrive in Haiti to build base for Kenyan-led forces

Nairobi, Kenya Reuters Civilian contractors have arrived in Haiti to build living quarters for a Kenyan-led international security force meant to counter gang violence in the Caribbean nation, the US military’s Southern Command said. The UN Security Council approved in October the creation of the Multinational Security Support mission to help Haitian police wrest back […]

Hundreds rally in Niger’s capital to push for US military departure

Niamey, Niger Reuters Hundreds took to the streets of Niger’s capital on Saturday to demand the departure of US troops, after the ruling junta further shifted its strategy by ending a military accord with the United States and welcoming Russian military instructors. Marching arm in arm through central Niamey, the crowd waved Nigerien flags in […]

US military airlifts embassy personnel from Haiti, bolsters security

Washington DC, US Reuters The US military said on Sunday it has carried out an operation in Haiti to airlift non-essential embassy personnel from the country and added US forces to bolster embassy security, as the Caribbean nation reels under a state of emergency. The operation was the latest sign of Haiti’s troubles as gang […]

EU sees maritime aid corridor to Gaza opening this weekend amid famine fears

Cairo, Egypt/Larnaca, Cyprus Reuters The head of the European Commission said on Friday a maritime aid corridor could start operating between Cyprus and Gaza this weekend, part of accelerating Western efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave. Ursula von der Leyen’s comments came a day after President Joe Biden announced plans […]

US in new strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen

Washington DC, US Reuters The US military said on Wednesday its forces conducted strikes on 14 Houthi missiles that were loaded to be fired from Yemen, in the fourth day of US strikes in less than a week. In a statement on social media platform X, US Central Command said the Houthi missiles presented an […]

US military steps up Middle East surveillance as threats to troops grow

A US army soldier stands with his weapon at a military base in the Makhmour area near Mosul during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, on 18th October, 2016

Washington DC, USReuters The US military is taking new steps to protect its troops in the Middle East as concerns mount about attacks by Iran-backed groups, and it is leaving open the possibility of evacuations of military families if needed, officials tell Reuters. The measures include increasing US military patrols, restricting access to base facilities […]

In the US, a faith advisory board with Trump ties urges religious vaccine exemptions for military

US Joint Base Lewis McChord COVID19 vaccinations

RNS More than 1,700 religious leaders organised by former President Donald Trump’s faith advisers are urging the US military to grant religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, alleging service members with spiritual objections to the inoculations are being “stripped of their religious liberties”. But while the effort singled out COVID-19 vaccine mandates first initiated by President […]

US military hid airstrikes that killed dozens of civilians in Syria – NYT

Qater Al Udeid Air Base US Air Force B 1B Lancer

Washington DC, USReuters The US military covered up 2019 airstrikes in Syria that killed up to 64 women and children, a possible war crime, during the battle against Islamic State, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The two back-to-back airstrikes near the town of Baghuz were ordered by a classified American special operations unit […]

US Catholic military Archbishop defends those who refuse vaccines

US Archbishop Timothy P Broglio

Washington DC, USRNS The prelate who oversees Catholics in the US military issued a statement Tuesday supporting service members who have refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on religious grounds. Archbishop Timothy P Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for Military Services in the US, was responding to the recent mandate from Pentagon officials requiring armed […]

US military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in virus outbreak

Coronavirus US military chaplains

Fort Bragg, North CarolinaAP Major Brian Minietta’s eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: “A little patience…yeah, yeah!”  He finishes the chorus – it’s the 1989 Guns N’ Roses hit Patience. And he tells the Green […]