Free Press Journal
  • 2+2 dialogue: India, US ink critical defence pact; discuss cross-border terror, H1B

    New Delhi: Reflecting growing congruence in ties, India and the US Thursday signed a landmark security pact, decided to set up hotlines between their defence and foreign ministers and deliberated on thorny issues such as India’s purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia and import of crude oil from Iran.

  • James Mattis allows transgenders to serve in US military

    Washington: Defence Secretary James Mattis has signed a memorandum that allows transgender troops to serve in the military while he studies an order by President Donald Trump banning them from US forces.

  • Trump taps Mattis to be next US Defence Secretary

    Washington : US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a retired 4-star Marine Corps General known for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his Defence Secretary, reports PTI. “In order to succeed in our defence policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defence Department,” Trump said about 66-year-old Mattis. “This is why I am proud to formally announce today my intention

  • Ashton Carter to visit India next week

    Washington: Reflecting a new bonhomie of Indo-US defence ties, the Pentagon today announced that outgoing Defence Secretary Ashton Carter would be visiting India next week on his final around the world trip.

  • Forces almost ready to retake IS capital: US

    Washington: US Defence Secretary Ash Carter announced that it will be only a matter of weeks before Washington and its allies are ready to drive the Islamic State (IS) terror group from Raqqa, its self-proclaimed capital in Syria.

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    Don’t adopt selective approach to fighting terror: US to Pakistan

    Islamabad: After it announced withholding $300 million military aid to Islamabad, the US has urged Pakistan to target all militant groups and not adopt a “selective approach” to combating terror. “Pakistan has taken and is taking steps to counter terrorist violence, and certainly focusing on those groups that threaten Pakistan or its stability. The military has shut down some of these safe havens,” US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner said during

  • Indian Americans part of Pentagon’s military IT venture

    Washington: Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has appointed two Indian Americans – a former F-16 pilot and an Iraq war veteran – in leadership positions for the Pentagon’s centre in Silicon Valley aimed at innovation in IT solutions for the military. The four-member team of Raj Shah and Vishaal Hariprasad, along with Christopher Kirchhoff and Isaac Taylor, would report directly to Carter, as he announced to scale up his brainchild Defence Innovation Unit Experimental

  • Pak given USD 13 billion for war on terror since 9/11

    Islamabad: Pakistan received at least USD 13 billion from the US since the September 11, 2001 attacks for logistic and other support in the war against terrorism, the country’s parliament was told. This was stated by defence secretary Alam Khattak while briefing the Senate committee on defence here yesterday.

  • US supports India’s rise as capable actor in region: Official

    Washington: The US supports India’s rise as a capable actor in the region and deepening bilateral defence cooperation is a part of it, an Obama administration official said today. “Our defence cooperation with India, as you know, is strong. It’s a leading pillar of our broad relationship,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

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    Britain not to send ground troops to Iraq

    Washington: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain would not send ground troops to Iraq. Fallon said that the Iraqi leadership had made clear to him that “Western boots on the ground” were not wanted in Iraq.

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    Ashton Carter believes war against IS may outlive Barack Obama reign

    Karachi: The battle against the Islamic State insurgents may outlive the Obama administration and the present Congress, said US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. In a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Carter said that sent an unmistakable message to IS leaders, adding that the militants couldn’t divide them and they (IS) had no hope of defeating them, the Dawn reported. President Barack Obama and Congress will complete their respective tenures in

  • Sri Lanka bars former defence secretary from leaving country

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan court on Monday temporarily banned a former defence secretary from leaving the country over an ongoing investigation. Gotabaya Rajapakse, who was the country’s defence secretary during the previous government headed by his brother and former president Mahinda Rajapakse, is currently under probe for his alleged links with two security firms, Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Shashi Kant Sharma sworn-in as new CAG

    New Delhi: Shashi Kant Sharma, a Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was Thursday sworn-in as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the government’s official auditor.