First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Kurds criticise exclusion from US-led coalition meeting

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan complained on Friday about being excluded from a meeting in London this week of the US-led coalition against Islamic State, saying Kurdish fighters deserved more respect.

Obama's India trip likely to produce positive results: US

Underlining that it is a "unique" time for Indo-US ties, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday said President Barack Obama's India visit is likely to produce "tangible and positive" results.

Pentagon says US has killed thousands of jihadists

The United States believes it has killed about 6,000 jihadists in its air strikes against the Islamic State group, defense officials said Thursday.

US State Department's Guantanamo envoy resigns

The State Department envoy responsible for negotiating prisoner transfers from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is resigning, officials said on Monday, even as President Barack Obama is promising a stepped-up push to close the facility.

Investigation into ex-POW Bergdahl over: US officials

 The US Army has wrapped up its investigation into how an American soldier was captured by Taliban insurgents in 2009, and now senior officers will weigh the findings, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Hagel says Pak school attack is act of "pure cowardice"

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday said the "heartless slaughter" of 141 students and teachers at an army-run school in Peshawar is an act of "pure cowardice."

US firepower is not the answer: Chuck Hagel tells Iraq
US firepower is not the answer: Chuck Hagel tells Iraq

Chuck Hagel is the first American defense secretary to visit Iraq since the US officially ended its long war three years ago.

Chuck Hagel says ordered military `high alert` over torture report

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he had ordered top military commanders worldwide to be on high alert over the imminent publication of a report on the CIA`s use of torture.

US defence chief Hagel reports `steady progress` in war on IS
US defence chief Hagel reports `steady progress` in war on IS

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in Baghdad on Tuesday for an unannounced visit aimed getting a first look at the US-led war effort against the Islamic State jihadist group.

US military's job 'not over' in Afghanistan: Hagel

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday told US troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

Barack Obama condemns killing of US hostage in Yemen

US President Barack Obama Saturday denounced the killing of an American hostage in a second failed rescue operation in Yemen, vowing to bring the killers to justice.

US to leave bigger force in Afghanistan than planned in 2015

The US would have more troops in Afghanistan than it initially planned to, at the start of next year, the outgoing US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

US to keep more troops in Afghanistan as violence spikes

The United States will keep up to 1,000 more soldiers than previously planned in Afghanistan into next year, outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday, in a recognition of the still formidable challenge from Taliban insurgents.

Hagel, in Kabul, says Afghans to battle back Taliban threat

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed confidence in the ability of Afghan forces to defend Kabul following a spike in Taliban strikes as he arrived in the Afghan capital on Saturday for his final trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.

US Defense Secretary in Kabul as NATO war winds down

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan in the final weeks of NATO`s 13-year war against the Taliban.

Directives to combat sexual crimes in US military

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced four new directives to prevent sexual assault crimes in the country`s military.

Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement.

Chuck Hagel unveils new efforts to fight sex assault in US military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled four new initiatives to combat sexual assault in the US military on Thursday as the Pentagon released a preliminary report for 2014 showing signs of improvement after a three-year crackdown on the crime.

Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today
Barack Obama to nominate Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief today

US President Barack Obama will announce his choice of former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next secretary of defense on Friday, a White House official said.