White House Wars and Military Conflicts

  • A reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran.

    The Iran nuclear deal remains vulnerable to U.S.-Iranian provocations due to deep and lingering differences between the adversaries.

  • DAVAO, Philippines— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was on his way to Australia on Friday after a visit to the Philippines where he pledged $8.7 billion worth of business opportunities and private investments along with equipment to fight terrorism. China has refused to recognize the July arbitration decision and has warned the United States and other...

  • Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    Chinese state media sharply criticized President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State for his aggressive stance on the South China Sea.

  • Retired Marine Corps general James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be the next secretary of defense in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 12, 2017.

    The world order is under attack, and NATO is essential to peace, Ret. Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis said Thursday at his Senate confirmation hearing to be Donald Trump's pick for Defense secretary.

  • AMMAN, Jordan— Jordan says it needs $7.6 billion through 2019 to deal with the fallout from the six-year-old Syria crisis, including hosting 650,000 refugees. Some 5 million Syrians who fled civil war at home have found refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan. For example, Jordan has allowed more refugees to work and the EU has granted improved trade...

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country's economy is under a "terror" attack similar to the wave of violent attacks that have targeted Turkey in recent months. Speaking to village administrators Thursday, Erdogan asked citizens to continue selling dollars and euros to counter the threat. Turkey's currency hit an all-time low...

  • Chinese frigate 'Guangzhou' fires secondary guns during a China-Russia naval joint drill at sea off south China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 18, 2016.

    The ships come as Beijing's new assertiveness to territorial claims in the South China Sea fuels tensions.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it awarded a $92 million contract to Weeks Marine of Cranford, New Jersey, to replenish beaches and build sand dunes along the northern section of Ocean County. Chris Christie's plan to erect protective sand dunes along New Jersey's entire 127- mile coastline. "When completed, all of New Jersey's coastal...

  • Tillerson: Would not describe Putin as 'war criminal'

    At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State, Tillerson answers questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • US may gather intel on North Korean missile test

    Ash Carter says the US might monitor an intercontinental ballistic missile test, insted of shooting it down.

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on activities in Congress:. Marco Rubio is frustrated with how Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state handled his confirmation hearing. Rubio's opinion could prove pivotal when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on Tillerson's nomination.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai's DAMAC Properties confirms to AP it offered $2 B in deals to Trump Organization, which rejected them.

  • BERLIN— The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the country needs to be able to return fire during a cyberattack, including the ability to disable equipment that's being used to target Germany. Maassen, who heads the BfV agency, said Germany "needs to be able to attack the enemy in order to stop him from attacking us further. The BfV is responsible...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down, U.S. officials said on Monday. In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water."

  • *Weak sterling limits losses in London cocoa. LONDON, Jan 9- Cocoa futures prices fell sharply on Monday after the government of top grower Ivory Coast reached a deal to calm an armed military uprising. Soldiers at military camps in cities and towns across Ivory Coast, including the commercial capital Abidjan, joined the rebellion.

  • A file photo of the USS Mahan.

    A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels on Sunday.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels after they closed in at a high rate of speed near the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday. In September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water." The Navy destroyer fired...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test launch of ground-to-ground medium long-range ballistic rocket Hwasong-10 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016.

    North Korea declared on Sunday it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location.

  • 2016 is a year to forget for Turkey: UniCredit

    Lubomir Mitov, chief central and Eastern Europe economist at UniCredit, says the main problem for security in Turkey is its reliance on tourism.

  • Turkey is in a ‘very rough spot’ at present: Analyst

    Philippe Dauba-Pantanacce, global geopolitical analyst at Standard Chartered, says it’s difficult to see how Turkey can come out of the geopolitical situation it is in anytime soon.