TROOPS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/TROOPS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58413194-68/troops-group-mcdonough-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58413194-68/troops-group-mcdonough-islamic.html.csp">White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHARLES BABINGTON and LARA JAKES</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T15:11:01.495-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 03:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it’s too early to identify them. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough signaled that the State Department in coming days will name allies that will pledge ground troops to fight the Islamic State group, something the United States does not plan to do. Meantime, McDonough said, U.S. personnel will train and equip Iraqi forces and moderate Syrian reb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58413194@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:11:01 MDT Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58399700-68/ukraine-russia-poroshenko-fire.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58399700-68/ukraine-russia-poroshenko-fire.html.csp">Ukraine pledges more autonomy to rebellious east</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LAURA MILLS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T19:41:14.568-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 07:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kiev, Ukraine • Ukraine’s president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-Russian east, where separatists have been battling government troops for almost five months. But President Petro Poroshenko said the regions would remain part of Ukraine and rejected the idea of federalization, something both Russia and the separatists are still pushing for even after a cease-fire that began Friday. The cease-fire deal reached in Belarus ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583997002014-09-10T19:41:14.568-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-10T19:41:14.568-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58399700@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:41:14 MDT Robinson: Bombs, boots and bluster won’t work http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58393002-82/islamic-state-obama-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58393002-82/islamic-state-obama-iraq.html.csp">Robinson: Bombs, boots and bluster won’t work</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T17:11:09.001-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down — maddeningly so, some complain — but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate. Perhaps the president will eliminate any confusion when he addresses the nation Wednesday, but I doubt it. Based on what he told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” there may be no way to reduce Obama’s fluid and perhaps deliberately ambiguous thinking to a black-or-white, all-or-nothing di...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58393002@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:11:09 MDT NATO creates ‘spearhead’ to deter Russia http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58379388-68/nato-force-eastern-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58379388-68/nato-force-eastern-russia.html.csp">NATO creates ‘spearhead’ to deter Russia</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T20:53:33.882-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 08:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Newport, Wales • NATO’s creation of a rapid-reaction “spearhead” force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying reflects a cool-eyed calculation that Vladimir Putin and his generals won’t risk head-to-head confrontation with the U.S. and its nuclear-capable Western European allies. The new force will be small, with just a few thousand troops, but it’s a powerful message from major powers that they’re willing to follow through on NATO’s eastward expansion with their own metal — and blood....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583793882014-09-05T20:53:33.882-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-05T20:53:33.882-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58379388@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:53:33 MDT Krauthammer: Ukraine abandoned http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374701-82/obama-ukraine-invasion-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58374701-82/obama-ukraine-invasion-russia.html.csp">Krauthammer: Ukraine abandoned</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Charles Krauthammer</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T01:01:05.032-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said. Idiotic, yes. You’re the leader of the free world. Even if you don’t have a strategy — indeed, especially if you don’t — you never admit it publicly. However, if Obama is indeed building a larger strategy, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58374701@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:01:05 MDT 350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58366310-68/troops-baghdad-additional-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58366310-68/troops-baghdad-additional-iraq.html.csp">350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T19:29:46.583-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 07:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following a request by the State Department and a review and recommendation by the Defense Department, the White House said in a statement. The buildup of U.S. troops in Baghdad fol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583663102014-09-02T19:29:46.583-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-02T19:29:46.583-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58366310@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:29:46 MDT Russia calls for cease-fire, but Ukraine vows to fight on http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58362520-68/ukraine-russia-russian-monday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58362520-68/ukraine-russia-russian-monday.html.csp">Russia calls for cease-fire, but Ukraine vows to fight on</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Karoun Demirjian</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-01T22:07:28.296-06:00">Updated Sep 1, 2014 10:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Russian officials pressed Ukraine on Monday to declare a cease-fire with separatists, but Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also against Russia - on behalf of Europe. “A great war has come, the likes of which Europe has not seen since the Second World War,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said on his Facebook page Monday, adding that the fight must go on to “show that Ukrainians are not going to give up.” Lost territory, trapped soldiers...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58362520@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:07:28 MDT Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361199-68/troops-group-syria-syrian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58361199-68/troops-group-syria-syrian.html.csp">Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RYAN LUCAS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-01T11:37:06.252-06:00">Updated Sep 1, 2014 11:37AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Beirut • Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures. Syria’s state news agency said the military killed “man...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58361199@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:37:06 MDT Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58353183-68/putin-troops-ukrainian-ukraine.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58353183-68/putin-troops-ukrainian-ukraine.html.csp">Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NATALIYA VASILYEVA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T19:53:18.538-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 07:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Putin’s statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating the conflict. NATO said at least 1,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine and later released what it said were satell...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583531832014-08-29T19:53:18.538-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-29T19:53:18.538-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58353183@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:53:18 MDT Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58347314-68/ukraine-russia-russian-troops.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58347314-68/ukraine-russia-russian-troops.html.csp">Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DALTON BENNETT </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and RAF CASERT</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T19:29:27.706-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 07:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Novoazovsk, Ukraine • Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.” The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the separatists who have been fighting Ukrainian troops for four months in the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583473142014-08-28T19:29:27.706-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-28T19:29:27.706-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58347314@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:29:27 MDT U.S. plan would allow troops in Afghanistan past end of year http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58336218-68/agreement-dempsey-security-afghanistan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58336218-68/agreement-dempsey-security-afghanistan.html.csp">U.S. plan would allow troops in Afghanistan past end of year</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-25T21:38:02.903-06:00">Updated Aug 25, 2014 09:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn’t signed soon, the top U.S. military officer said Monday. Shortly before landing in Kabul for a visit, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, told reporters accompanying him on the trip that under optimal circumstances the U.S. would need about 120 days to pull a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583362182014-08-25T21:38:02.903-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-25T21:38:02.903-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58336218@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:38:02 MDT Washington Post: Doubling down on failure http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58325658-82/political-obama-troops-afghanistan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58325658-82/political-obama-troops-afghanistan.html.csp">Washington Post: Doubling down on failure</a></h4>