David Rising, The Associated Press

  • The main gate of U.S. Ramstein Air Base is seen in Ramstein, Germany. (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)
    US drone strike case appealed to Germany’s highest court

    The U.S. military has said Ramstein is used to “conduct operational level planning, monitoring and assessment of assigned airpower missions throughout Europe and Africa,” but not to launch or operate drones involved in “counterterrorism activities.”

  • U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Rory Riggs marshals a B-1 Lancer at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 10, 2020. (Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle/Air Force)
    US Air Force flies B-1 Lancer bombers over East Siberian Sea

    The U.S. Air Force flew three B-1 heavy bombers over the East Siberian Sea, north of Russia’s far east, as part of a series of recent maneuvers that the military said Friday are meant to demonstrate American capabilities and ability to support allies, but which a top Russian commander blasted as “hostile and provocative.”

  • Attendees salute the U.S. and German flags during the groundbreaking ceremony here for the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center Replacement, Oct. 24, 2014, in Weilerbach, Germany. (Sgt. Daniel Cole/Army)
    Yankee go home: What does moving American troops out of Germany mean?

    After more than a year of thinly-veiled threats to start pulling U.S. troops out of Germany unless Berlin increases its defense spending, President Donald Trump appears to be proceeding with a hardball approach, planning to cut the U.S. military contingent by more than 25%.

  • Installation Management Command, Directorate-Europe's Best Warrior Competition 2020 began March 1, 2020, at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany. (Jason Johnston/Army)
    Germany: American troop reduction could harm NATO security

    Germany’s defense minister suggested Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported plans to withdraw more than a quarter of American troops out of Germany could weaken not only the NATO alliance but the U.S. itself.

  • An unidentified International Atomic Energy Agency inspector disconnects the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium production at nuclear power plant of Natanz, south of Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 20, 2014 (Kazem Ghane/AFP via Getty Images)
    UN agency says Iran is violating all restrictions of nuclear deal

    Meanwhile, Russia is defending Iran’s right to launch a satellite, dismissing U.S. claims that Tehran was defying the U.N. resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal by sending it into space.

  • In this Dec 31, 2019, file photo, protesters burn property in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)
    Iran uses violence, politics to try to push American forces out of Iraq

    Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal.

  • A large Iceberg floats away as the sun sets near Kulusuk, Greenland. (Felipe Dana/AP)
    Icy Arctic becomes hot property for rival powers

    Strategically, Greenland forms part of what the U.S. views as a key corridor for naval operations between the Arctic and the North Atlantic. I

  • The Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah surrounded by Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels. Iran said Thursday that its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country. On Friday, Iran claimed that it had seized another tanker, the British-flagged Impero Stena, in the Strait of Hormuz. (Press TV via AP)
    British say Iran seized two vessels Friday in Strait of Hormuz

    The operator of the Stena Impero said it was unable to contact the ship after it was approached by unidentified vessels and a helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz.