The Pentagon on Wednesday appeared to downplay any active planning to directly intervene in Venezuela to topple President Nicolas Maduro, telling Congress it had not been given orders to prepare for war and stressing support for diplomacy.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Friday talks between the US military and its Turkish counterparts on the Kurds and Syria will continue next week, in the hopes of producing results both countries accept.
The US military killed six Islamist militants in an air strike in Somalia on Sunday in the vicinity of Dheerow Sanle, in the Lower Shabelle region, it said.
Syrian troops deployed in support of Kurdish forces around a strategic northern city on Friday, in a shift of alliances hastened by last week's announcement of a US military withdrawal.
The US military said it killed nine militants in an air strike targeting al Shabaab in Lebede, Somalia, as part of its operations to support the government's efforts to weaken the militant group.
The northern province and surrounding areas are the last major swathe of territory held by insurgents fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US military said on Monday it had killed five militants after launching an air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied with al Qaeda.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban, including eventually recognising them as a political party, days after the militants called for direct negotiations with the US.
One US service member was killed and four others injured during a "combat engagement" in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the US military said in a statement on Tuesday.
The US military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises on Monday ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting this week where North Korea's nuclear threat is likely to loom large.
North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the US military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war.
US President Donald Trump warned Saturday that he would not allow China to ‘do nothing’ on North Korea, after the hermit state launched an intercontinental ballistic missile it boasted could reach the United States.