Author Archives: ROBERT BURNS

{FD} Trump’s halt of ‘war games’ could weaken defenses in Korea

President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend major U.S. military exercises in South Korea could weaken allied defenses, depending on the length and scope of the hiatus. Continue reading

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{FD} US says it will intensify counter-IS fight in Afghanistan

The top American commander in Afghanistan says the Kabul government’s unilateral halt to attacks on the Taliban gives U.S. combat forces an opportunity to intensify attacks against an Islamic State-affiliated extremist group in eastern Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: Trade dispute with Europe won’t damage security ties

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he does not expect the dispute with European allies over U.S. import tariffs to damage military and security relations. Continue reading

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{FD} Frank Carlucci dies at 87; was diplomat and Pentagon chief

Frank C. Carlucci, a former diplomat and businessman who served as defense secretary during the final 14 months of President Ronald Reagan’s second term, has died at age 87. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon probing allegations against White House physician

The office of the Pentagon’s inspector general has begun an investigation of White House doctor Ronny Jackson. Continue reading

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{FD} US general says some Taliban interested in peace

The top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan says some Taliban fighters and leaders are talking to the Afghan government about peace prospects. Continue reading

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{FD} US: At least 50 killed in strike on Taliban leaders

A U.S. rocket artillery strike last week on a gathering of Taliban leaders in southern Afghanistan killed at least 50 of them, a U.S. military official said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} US disinvites China from multinational military exercise

The Pentagon says it has disinvited China from a multinational military exercise to be held this summer in the Pacific. Continue reading

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{FD} Officials: Special ops vet to be US commander in Afghanistan

U.S. officials say a career special operations soldier has been chosen as the next commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon report: Nukes are central to North Korea strategy

A Pentagon report to Congress says North Korea sees nuclear weapons as central to its security, an assessment that would seem to complicate President Donald Trump’s effort to persuade the North’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, to give them up. Continue reading

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{FD} Watchdog report questions US claim on Afghan war progress

A government watchdog is taking issue with Pentagon assertions that momentum in the fight against the Taliban has shifted to Afghan government forces. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis foresees ‘re-energized’ fight against IS in Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is forecasting a “re-energized” fight against the Islamic State militants’ remaining strongholds in eastern Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says Iran nuclear deal includes ‘robust’ verification

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the administration is still considering whether the Iran nuclear deal can be improved enough to persuade President Donald Trump to remain in it. Continue reading

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{FD} After Syria missile strikes, US stuck in holding pattern

The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. Continue reading

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{FD} US air accidents lead to cancellation of exercise

The U.S. military has cancelled the remainder of a training exercise in the Horn of Africa, and the government of Djibouti has halted U.S. military air operations there, following two U.S. Marine aircraft crashes this week in Djibouti. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis predicts partnership with Bolton despite differences

Of the issues that divide Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser, John Bolton, one stands out: North Korea. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says Saudis Arabia ‘part of the solution’ in Yemen

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is applauding Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis accuses Iran of ‘mucking around’ in Iraq’s elections

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is accusing Iran of “mucking around” in Iraq’s elections. Continue reading

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{FD} US military official: Iran naval forces halt ‘provocations’

A U.S. military official says Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months. Continue reading

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{FD} Top US commander sees peace possibilities in Afghanistan

The top American commander in Afghanistan is talking up prospects for peace talks with the Taliban. Continue reading

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{FD} 16 years on, US military presence in Afghanistan growing

The U.S. is bolstering its military presence in Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the war started. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and says the Trump administration has made it clear that it would be “very unwise to use gas” in attacks. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid little scrutiny, US military ramps up in Afghanistan

The U.S. is bolstering its military presence in Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the war started. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Operations against IS in eastern Syria ‘paused’

The Pentagon says offensive operations against Islamic State fighters in eastern Syria have been paused because U.S.-backed Kurdish soldiers have shifted to a separate fight against Turkish forces. Continue reading

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{FD} US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

The top U.S. general in the Middle East is criticizing Russia for being both “arsonist and fireman” in Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan war progress

A Pentagon watchdog agency is raising fresh doubts about progress in the 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} As IS shrinks, end game for US in Syria gets murky

The closer the U.S. gets to its original goal in Syria of defeating the Islamic State group, the murkier its end game. Continue reading

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{FD} For US in Syria, end game gets murkier as IS shrinks

The closer the U.S. gets to its original goal in Syria of defeating the Islamic State group, the murkier its end game becomes. Continue reading

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{FD} US adding air power, intelligence gathering in Afghanistan

The U.S. is shifting combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft to Afghanistan as part of an intensified focus on the Taliban, now that the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is winding down, the commander of coalition air force… Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon says Trump ordered Washington military parade

The White House says President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to stage a military parade. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: Proposed nuke missile is a bargaining chip

There’s a place for arms control in the Trump administration’s new nuclear strategy. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump taking tougher stance on Russia nuclear threat

The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump nuclear doctrine takes tougher stance on Russia

The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia. Continue reading

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{FD} US has no evidence of Syrian use of sarin gas, Mattis says

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. has no evidence that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens despite reports from aid groups and others in the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Missile defense test failed to intercept target

A U.S. official says a missile interceptor failed to hit its target in a test conducted in Hawaii on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Grim reminders of a war in Vietnam, a generation later

It’s been over for 40-plus years, the war that Americans simply call Vietnam but the Vietnamese refer to as their Resistance War Against America. Continue reading

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{FD} 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. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis thanks Vietnam for supporting sanctions on N. Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised Vietnam on Wednesday for supporting U.N. sanctions against North Korea and expressed hope that Washington and Hanoi can build closer defense ties despite being former enemies. Continue reading

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{FD} Indonesian troops show off snake-handling skills for Mattis

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got an up-close look at Indonesian commandos — including soldiers walking on fire and breaking bricks with their heads. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey’s ground and air offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria is distracting from international efforts to ensure the defeat of the Islamic State group. Continue reading

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{FD} US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration wants to help Indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading

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{FD} Administration plan sees deterrence in new nuclear firepower

With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s nuclear strategy seeks new weapons to counter Russia

With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Trump agrees to delay US-South Korean exercises

The Trump administration has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month, the Pentagon said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: ‘Storm clouds gathering’ over Korean Peninsula

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says “storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: North Korea short of posing imminent missile threat

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea’s most recent test of a long-range missile did not demonstrate an imminent threat to the United States. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: ‘Troubling’ lapses in giving criminal data to FBI

The Pentagon’s watchdog agency says it found a “troubling” number of failures this year by the military services to alert the FBI to criminal history information. Continue reading

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{FD} US putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

The Pentagon is putting off indefinitely a planned 2019 ban on using certain cluster bombs, which release explosive sub-munitions, or bomblets, that can kill indiscriminately and pose hazards to civilians. Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force: Several dozen criminal histories not given to FBI

The Air Force says its failure to report the criminal history of the former airman who killed 26 people at a Texas church in early November was part of a pattern of such lapses. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Retweet of call for Trump to resign was accidental

The Pentagon says an authorized operator of its Twitter page accidentally retweeted a tweet urging President Donald Trump to resign. Continue reading

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