• US Defense Sec’y Carter: Campaign against IS ‘far from over’

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — An international coalition leading the military campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq agreed Wednesday to accelerate their contributions but did not publicly specify what those would be. The group also called on Iraqi leaders to reconcile political differences.

  • US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, left, receives the rank pennant from US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the outgoing commanding officer of US and NATO troops in Europe, during the change in command at the United States European Command (EUCOM), in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, with General Joseph Dunford, second from left, and Command Master Chief Crispian Addington, second from right,  pictured in the background. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.

  • US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during a press conference held after the change in command at the United States European Command (EUCOM), at the Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

    Defense Sec’y Carter says Russia is ‘nuclear saber-rattling’

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is “going backward in time” with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO’s eastern flank.