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Esper: U.S. troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields

The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary …


US to ask NATO to pay more to protect Saudi Arabia from Iran

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that he will urge allies later this week to contribute more to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Iraq: American troops leaving Syria cannot stay in Iraq

U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, Iraq’s military said Tuesday as American forces continued to pull out of …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Esper criticizes “impulsive” Turk decision to invade Syria

An “impulsive” decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria will further destabilize a region already caught up in civil war, but a pullback of U.S. troops from the border does …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019

Senate confirms Army veteran Mark Esper secretary of defense

It took seven months, but President Donald Trump finally has a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation Tuesday by …


Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year

After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a successor to Jim Mattis as secretary of defense on Monday.


Senate committee sets Tuesday hearing on Pentagon leadership

The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on Mark Esper’s expected nomination as defense secretary. The committee says it’s “pre-nomination paperwork” from the White House regarding the …


A perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon

It’s a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon. President Donald Trump’s brinkmanship with Iran is on the boil, the U.S. is undertaking an unusual troop deployment to the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing ‘painful’ past

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is stepping down before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate