As Russia Bombs Syria, U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Out of Persian Gulf

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As Russian warships rain down cruise missiles as part of its military strike in Syria, there’s now a glaring absence in the region: For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

Military officials said Thursday that they’ve pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, which is home to about 5,000 service members and 65 combat planes, so that it can undergo maintenance. The ship officially exited the gulf around 11 p.m. ET. The temporary measure is also the result of mandatory budget cuts. Continue reading

Beijing on alert for U.S. Navy ‘incursion’ near artificial islands in South China Sea

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had long made clear its position on the South China Sea.

“We hope the United States can look upon the current situation of the South China Sea from an objective and fair perspective and play a constructive role together with China in keeping the peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Hua said.

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