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US defence secy resigns as Trump orders withdrawal of troops from Syria

Jim Mattis was seen as a moderating force on Donald Trump

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US Defense Secretary makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. His trip comes a little more than a year after President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that…

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Artificial intelligence poses questions for nature of war: Mattis

Artificial intelligence and its impact on weapons of the future has made US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis doubt his own theories on warfare. A question on the subject prompted the retired Marine general to give an impromptu seminar on his theory of war Saturday to reporters returning with him from a week-long tour of Europe….

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U.S. defense chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

ISLAMABAD: U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Islamabad on Monday to ask Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership to do more to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, reported Reuters. More than 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy,…

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If Pakistan does not destroy safe havens, US will do ‘everything we can’: CIA

WASHINGTON: If Pakistan does not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the United States will do “everything we can” to destroy them, warned CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The comment came two days ahead of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrival in Islamabad. He arrived today (Monday) to persuade Pakistan to support the new US…

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U.S. to fight Islamic State in Syria ‘as long as they want to fight’: Mattis

WASHINGTON: The U.S. military will fight Islamic State in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, describing a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after the insurgents lose all of the territory they control, reported Reuters. As U.S.-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets…

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Mattis, in Seoul, says U.S. can’t accept nuclear North Korea

SEOUL: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that he could not imagine United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, warning that its rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs would undermine, not strengthen, its security. Mattis has been at pains during his week-long trip to Asia to stress that diplomacy is America’s preferred…

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N. Korea nuclear weapon use would meet ‘massive military response’: Mattis

WASHINGTON D.C.: US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned Saturday that North Korea would face a “massive military response” if Pyongyang ever used its nuclear weapons. “Make no mistake — any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated,” he said at a press conference on his trip to Seoul. “Any use…

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High level US officials to visit Pakistan this month

ISLAMABAD: Top United States diplomatic and military advisers are expected to arrive in Pakistan in the coming weeks. According to a foreign news website, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late this month. He will be followed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, according to US and Pakistani sources. Trump came…

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Mattis says US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups, reported Reuters. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade. While officials…

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Pentagon ‘fully’ backs Tillerson on North Korea: Mattis

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Tuesday his department “supports fully” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s effort to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear stand-off. Defense Secretary Mattis was speaking two days after President Donald Trump appeared to undermine his top diplomat by saying he was “wasting his time” by talking to Kim…

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Trump: “fire and fury” warning to North Korea maybe not enough

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday hardened his warning that North Korea would face “fire and fury” if it kept threatening the US, saying maybe that tough talk “wasn’t tough enough.”

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North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

PYONGYANG: North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles),…

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Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after decision to arm Kurds

SYRIA: Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Thursday he had “no doubt” that Turkey and the United States would work out any differences arising from the US decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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US strike destroyed 20 percent of Syria’s working jets: Mattis

WASHINGTON: Last week’s US strike on a Syrian air base destroyed a fifth of President Bashar al-Assad’s working warplanes, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Monday.

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