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Topic - U.S. Southern Command
The twin-engine turboprop plane that crashed in northern Colombia on a U.S. counter-drug mission, killing three American contractors and a Panamanian aboard, had been tracking a suspected smuggling vessel over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact, the U.S. military said.
Automatic defense spending cuts will force the U.S. military to curtail training for Latin American allies who combat drug traffickers, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said Wednesday.
ARussian Akula-class cruise-missile attack submarine recently transited the North Atlantic and operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for an undeclared period of time. The United States did not find out until after it left. This should not have come as a surprise.
Seven Army members and two Marines are receiving administrative punishments but are not facing criminal charges for their part in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia this year, the Associated Press has learned.
While many of the world's leaders traveled to a Mexican seaside resort in Los Cabos for the annual Group of 20 meeting a couple weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled a little farther south, to Rio de Janeiro, for another meeting of world leaders - the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Billed as the most important and substantial military exchange visit with the United States in nine years, the grand tour from Friday through Thursday by a large Chinese military delegation – led by Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie – received royal treatment at the Pentagon this week.
The top U.S. military officer said Monday the nation's military leadership is embarrassed by allegations of misconduct against several U.S. military members at a Colombia hotel on the eve of President Obama's visit over the weekend.
President Obama might be noticing a familiar pattern: Whether it's allegations of Secret Service personnel consorting with prostitutes, candid moments caught live on microphones or launching bombs over Libya, his foreign trips seem to get overshadowed by distractions.
President Obama's weekend trip to Colombia is being rocked by the disclosure that up to a dozen Secret Service agents there have been relieved of their duties amid allegations of misconduct with prostitutes.
Embracing a recent invitation by the Castro brothers, Jimmy Carter visited Cuba last week. "We greeted each other as old friends," gushed the former president after his meeting with Fidel Castro.
The U.S. has been concerned about about the presence of terrorists - as well as Iranian influence - in Paraguay, according to a cable from the WikiLeaks document dump.
The top U.S. general in Latin America and the Caribbean said Thursday that he is closely monitoring the activities of Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas in the region.
The capture of a key member of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah in Paraguay last month and intensified leftist activity in the Triborder zone of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina highlight renewed threats in a region long considered a hub for terrorists.
NORFOLK (AP) — A converted oil tanker commissioned to serve the medical needs of the Navy is bound for the Caribbean and Central and South America, where the crew will provide medical care to 85,000 patients in 12 countries.