Austin cancels trip for Ukraine, NATO meetings after hospitalization

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin delivers remarks during a meeting with Kenyan Defense Minister Aden Duale at the Pentagon on February 07, 2024 in Arlington, Virginia. Kevin Dietsch | Getty Images Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin canceled a trip to Brussels this week where he was set to attend meetings related to Ukraine’s defense and NATO, … Read more

US defence chief Lloyd Austin in hospital again, transfers powers to his deputy

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was taken to hospital again on Sunday, a Pentagon spokesman said, this time “for symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue”, weeks after previous stays he controversially kept secret. Austin later transferred the duties of his office to Deputy Secretary of Defence Kathleen Hicks, Defence Department press secretary Pat Ryder said … Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hospitalized with “emergent bladder issue,” Pentagon says

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin addresses media Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes questions from media for first time since hospitalization 02:20 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Sunday afternoon following symptoms of an “emergent bladder issue,” according to the Pentagon.  “Today, at approximately 2:20 pm, Secretary of Defense Lloyd … Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin re-hospitalized for bladder issue

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin takes questions during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2024.  Andrew Caballero-reynolds | Afp | Getty Images Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was taken back to the hospital on Sunday afternoon for symptoms related to a possible bladder issue, the Pentagon announced. Austin is battling … Read more

Iran warns US of targeting suspected spy ships in Middle East: ‘aggressors’ air strikes won’t go unanswered’

Iran issued a warning on Sunday to the US over potentially targeting two cargo ships in the Middle East long suspected of serving as a forwarding operating base for Iranian commandos, just after the United States and the United Kingdom launched a massive air strike campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The statement from Iran on … Read more

U.S. launches retaliatory strikes in Iraq, Syria, nearly 40 reported killed

A view of destruction after the US warplanes carried out an airstrike on the headquarters of Hashd al-Shaabi in Al-Qa’im city of Anbar, Iraq on February 03, 2024.  Hashd al-Shaabi Media Office | Anadolu | Getty Images The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against more than 85 targets linked to Iran’s Revolutionary … Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologizes for keeping hospitalization secret

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologized for keeping his recent hospitalization hidden from the White House and the American people. “We did not handle this right. I did not handle this right,” he told reporters Thursday in his first news conference since his secret hospitalization and since the deadly drone attack in Jordan that killed three American soldiers.  He … Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologizes for his handling of cancer diagnosis and hospitalization

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2024.  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin publicly apologized Thursday for not telling President Joe Biden and the public about his prostate cancer diagnosis and his subsequent hospitalization. “We … Read more

US strikes Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq

The U.S. on Tuesday said it struck three sites used by Iranian-backed militia fighters in Iraq as part of a defensive response to repeated attacks on American forces in the Middle East. President Biden ordered strikes on three Iraqi facilities used by Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kataib Hezbollah. The statement did not say exactly where … Read more

Pentagon has no more money for Ukraine as it hosts a meeting of 50 allies on support for Kyiv

By TARA COPP and LOLITA C. BALDOR (Associated Press) WASHINGTON — For the first time since Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin established the international group to support Ukraine in April 2022, the United States is hosting the monthly gathering of about 50 countries out of money, unable to send the ammunition and missiles that Ukraine needs … Read more