The United States has terminated Turkey's participation in the F-35 joint strike fighter program. The decision announced Wednesday is in response to Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system. The White House said in a statement that Turkey's acceptance of the S-400 undermines its commitments to NATO. But officials also said that Turkey remains an important strategic partner and that security cooperation will continue. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
The Medal of Honor is the U.S. military's highest award for courage in combat. Several troops died earning that honor in the Iraq War. Tuesday, for the first time, President Trump gave a Medal of Honor to a living veteran of the Iraq conflict. It was November 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia’s 29th birthday, when he risked his life to save his comrades in an abandoned house in the heart of Fallujah. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.
The U.S. is looking to the international community for unity in response to several attacks on tankers in the Middle East, an assault on a Saudi oil pipeline and an attack on a Saudi airport. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports.