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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

After criticism, Trump pushes out Mattis sooner than planned

Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

U.S. envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria move

Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 6:22 p.m.

Mattis leaving as Pentagon chief after clashes with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis abruptly said he was resigning Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump overruled his advice against pulling troops out of Syria and pressed forward on discussions …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 4:16 p.m.

U.S.: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at border

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday that “everything is on the table” as the administration considered new measures to stifle immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and send a message …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

The Trump administration is planning to dispatch 800 more troops to the border at the direction of a president who has declared illegal immigration a “national emergency” and has been …


Trump touts good relations with ‘sort of a Democrat’ Mattis

President Donald Trump says he has a “very good relationship” with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is “sort of a Democrat.”


Packages with suspected ricin sent to Pentagon, Navy chiefs

Authorities at a Pentagon mail screening facility found two envelopes suspected of containing ricin, a poison made from castor beans, and turned them over to the FBI for further analysis, …


No decisions made about suspending future exercises with S.Korea, Pentagon says

The Defense Department moved Wednesday to clarify comments Secretary Jim Mattis made a day earlier about joint military exercises with South Korea in an effort to avoid any misinterpretation that …


Mattis says U.S. will keep current troop levels in South Korea

Carrying a clear message of reassurance to South Korea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated flatly Thursday that the U.S. will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean …


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

US says it will intensify fight against IS in Afghanistan

The U.S. will intensify combat against the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan during the Kabul government’s temporary halt to attacks on the Taliban, senior U.S. officials said Friday.


Mattis slams China on South China Sea island weaponization

China’s placement of weapons systems on manmade islands in the South China Sea is designed to intimidate and coerce others in the region, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, laying …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Trump says U.S. has many options in pondering military strike in Syria

President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond “forcefully” to Saturday’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Mattis praises Saudis, $1B arms sale to be approved

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday said Saudi Arabia was “part of the solution” in Yemen, where the Saudis are leading a U.S.-supported military campaign against Houthi rebels that is …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and said the Trump administration has made it clear that …


Mattis: Allies must take responsibility for Syria detainees

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged reluctant allied nations to address a growing crisis by taking responsibility for their citizens who have been detained as foreign fighters for the Islamic …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 12:57 p.m.

A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

The newly agreed $700 billion Pentagon budget is the biggest the military has ever seen.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Mattis: Proposed nuke missile is a bargaining chip

The Trump administration’s proposal to add a sea-launched cruise missile to the U.S. nuclear arsenal, criticized by some as overkill, is meant to provide new negotiating leverage to U.S. diplomats …


Secretary of Defense Mattis fires Guantanamo war court overseer

In a surprise move, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Monday fired the top official overseeing the trials of the five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks and other …


U.S. has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says

The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis …


Mattis cozying up to Vietnam amid China’s assertiveness

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is cozying up to senior Vietnamese officials, hoping to strengthen an Asian partnership in the face of China’s more aggressive military stance.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

Thousands on run, hiding as Turkey keeps up Syria offensive

France’s top diplomat and the U.S. defense secretary Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its battle against a Syrian Kurdish militia as the Turkish military pressed its operations in …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Mattis: U.S. determined to reduce civilian casualties in Yemen

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday the U.S. is determined to reduce the number of civilian casualties in the Saudi-led campaign against rebels in Yemen and will press ahead with …


Mattis nixes holiday tradition of seeing troops in war zones

For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:09 p.m.

Mattis seeks more cooperation with Pakistan on terror fight

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will meet with leaders of Pakistan Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

U.S. defense secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met Saturday with Egyptian officials to discuss cooperation between the two countries, the first stop on a trip that will also take him to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 3:36 p.m.

Tillerson, Mattis tell senators new war authority not needed

Senior U.S. national security officials told Congress on Monday a new war authorization is “not legally required” to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups and warned lawmakers that prematurely repealing …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Pentagon chief says North Korea engages in ‘outlaw’ behavior

The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’

On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Mattis praises Philippines progress against militants

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, paving the way for a visit next month by President Donald Trump, congratulated the Philippine army for its successes against militants in the southern city …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Pentagon says Trump’s Afghan troop boost to cost $1 billion

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress Tuesday that the Afghanistan security forces are fully engaged in combat operations for the first time during the 16-year-old war and are suffering fewer …