North Korean   leader Kim Jong-un at a missile test centre in North Korea. Analysts say the pair of engines he is standing in front of could power an intercontinental ballistic missile. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/The New York Times

Three years ago, former US president Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missi(...)

In a crucial effort to rebuild the army, Iraqi military command launches campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who had abandoned their units. Photograph: AP Photo

The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to reb(...)

Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, described the current phase of operations against Islamic State as “extraordinarily complex”. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The US air campaign to thwart the advance of fighters from the Islamic State has been the easy part of President Barack Obama’s strategy in Iraq an(...)

Luci Hamlin and her husband, army specialist Timothy Hamlin, wait to get back to their home on base at Fort Hood, Texas, yesterday, after four people died and 16 were injured when a gunman opened fire at the US military base there. Photograph: Austin American-Statesman/Deborah Cannon/Reuters

The commander of the Fort Hood Army base in Texas identified the soldier suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding 16 on yesterday a(...)

Members of the Free Syrian Army are seen through smoke as they walk along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor on July 22nd, 2013. Photograph: Karam Jamal/Reuters

The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria, suggesting that a campaign(...)

US president Barack Obama walks to his limousine in Los Angeles before traveling to a fundraiser at a private residence in Santa Monica on Friday. Mr Obama has defended government efforts to gather telephone and Internet data, and sought to reassure Americans that his administration was not listening in on their calls.  Photograph: Christopher Gregory/ The New York Times

When US government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world’s largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of(...)