U.S. Sends Second Carrier to Asia Amid Tensions with China

China demands end to U.S. surveillance flights

The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.

The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in an announcement of what it terms a “planned” deployment.

China’s military on Saturday, meanwhile, demanded an end to all U.S. monitoring flights and called U.S. criticism of  dangerous Chinese jet maneuvers false. Continue reading

US general assassinated in ‘green-on-blue’ shooting at Afghan army training base

A man in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire Tuesday at a military base, killing a U.S. general officer and wounding 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops

Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said that the assailant fired into a group of international soldiers at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul, and was subsequently killed. Continue reading

The US embassy is preparing to evacuate Baghdad as Tal Afar falls and Iraq masses forces at Samarrah

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says a number of embassy staff members have been withdrawn from Baghdad due to the deteriorating security situation.

Islamic militants have taken over a swathe of territory in northern Iraq in an offensive that has brought fighting to within 80km of the capital.

“The Australian embassy remains open with reduced staffing levels,’’ DFAT says in its latest travel advice. Continue reading