US Army chief: 'Shutdown is harming daily operations'

US Army soldiers in training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana Credit: US Army

The US Army's chief of staff has urged a quick resolution to the budget row that has led to non-essential government services being closed - known as a 'shutdown' - warning that it was significantly harming the Army's day-to-day operations.

General Ray Odierno told Reuters: "It is going to be difficult for us to do anything.

"We won't be doing training like we normally would, we won't be travelling, we won't be doing the co-ordination necessary, only mission-essential tasks."