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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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{FD} Could anyone stop Trump from launching nukes? The answer: No

Here’s a question rarely raised before Donald Trump ran for the White House: If the president ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could anyone stop him? Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force: Texas shooter’s history should have been reported

The top U.S. Air Force official is publicly acknowledging for the first time that the domestic abuse charges for which the Texas church shooter was court martialed in 2012 should have been reported to the FBI. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Probe of Niger killings likely to come in January

The Pentagon has told family members of the four U.S. soldiers killed last month in Niger that its investigation won’t be finished until at least January. Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force failed to submit Texas shooter’s criminal history

Trump administration officials say the Air Force didn’t submit the accused Texas church shooter’s criminal history to the FBI, as required by Pentagon rules. Continue reading

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{FD} 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 pledging to repel any strike. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says threat of nuclear attack by NKorea accelerating

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday the threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

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 the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear crisis with the North, not war. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon chief in South Korea amid North Korea nuke threats

The American defense secretary has arrived in South Korea to consult with his counterpart and U.S. military commanders on countering North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Continue reading

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{FD} Questions loom as Mattis visits SKorea: Can diplomacy work?

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Continue reading

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{FD} US diplomat says US played key role in Marawi success

The top U.S. diplomat in the Philippines says the U.S. detected no credible reports of human rights violations by the Philippine armed forces and police during their five-month campaign to oust Islamist militants from the southern city of Marawi. Continue reading

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{FD} Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea

Japan’s defense minister is sounding an alarm on North Korea, saying its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to what he called an “unprecedented, critical and imminent” level. Continue reading

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{FD} Report: 152 Afghan trainees have gone AWOL in US since 2005

At least 152 Afghans sent to the United States for military training during the course of the war against the Taliban have gone AWOL, and the problem, which worsened last year, is unlikely to improve soon, U.S. inspectors said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. Continue reading

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{FD} After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon has no plans to boost size of nuclear arsenal

The Pentagon has no current plans to increase the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says US nuke force must be in ‘tiptop shape’

President Donald Trump says he wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal in “tiptop shape” but has not asked that it be greatly expanded. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump misfired on tweet about Iranian missile launch

When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had “just test-fired” a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: No need yet to shoot down NKorean missiles

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. has not attempted to shoot down any of North Korea’s missiles — including two that have recently overflown Japan — because they have not posed a direct threat. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid US-Mexico tension, defense chief aims to be calm voice

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping into politically fraught U.S. relations during a visit to Mexico, seeking to add a calming voice on defense ties. Continue reading

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{FD} US nuke commander ‘assumes’ North Koreans tested H-bomb

The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces says he assumes the Sept. 3 nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis’ message: US is not intimidated by North Korea

He inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead, but there was no Kim Jong Un-like posing for photographs. Continue reading

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{FD} Defense chief says US must keep all 3 parts of nuclear force

As North Korea flaunts its new nuclear muscle, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America’s doomsday arsenal. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis disputes reports of being at odds with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is disputing reports that he is distancing himself from President Donald Trump on issues like North Korea and domestic social tensions. Continue reading

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{FD} US commander: IS leader al-Baghdadi probably still alive

The U.S. commander of forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria believes the militants’ top leader is still alive. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he has signed orders to begin deploying additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Military response in Texas could soon expand

A Pentagon official says the military’s contribution to Harvey rescue and recovery efforts could soon increase by tenfold or more. Continue reading

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{FD} Fate of transgender already in military unclear under order

President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military, but he appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some already in uniform to remain. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tells Mattis to indefinitely ban transgender recruits

Officials say the Pentagon expects soon to ban transgender individuals from joining the military and to consider circumstances in which some currently serving transgender troops could remain in uniform. Continue reading

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{FD} In Kiev, Mattis says Moscow wants to redraw borders by force

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is accusing Russia of trying to redraw international borders by force. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are ‘on the run’

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Islamic State militants are caught in a military vise that will squeeze them from both ends of the Euphrates River valley that bisects Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis tight-lipped on new Afghanistan war strategy

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

The Trump administration is closer to a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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{FD} Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

The Navy says the commanding officer of a warship that lost seven sailors in a collision off the coast of Japan will be relieved of command, and nearly a dozen other sailors face punishment. Continue reading

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{FD} Before Camp David talks, Mattis says Afghan strategy is near

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump is gathering his national security team to attempt again to settle on a new Afghanistan policy. Continue reading

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{FD} Military leaders speak out against racism, extremism

Leaders of the four major U.S. military services have spoken out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: US would ‘take out’ any NKorean missile aimed at US

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. will “take out” any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including the Pacific island of Guam. Continue reading

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{FD} US: NKorea launch was an intercontinental ballistic missile

A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. believes the missile launched by North Korea was an intercontinental ballistic missile. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says US still debating ‘big ideas’ on Afghan plan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration is still trying to get right what he calls “the big ideas” for a new Afghanistan war strategy. Continue reading

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{FD} US missile strike on NKorea an unlikely option, for now

A pre-emptive military strike may be among the “pretty severe things” President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it’s a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest options. Continue reading

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{FD} Of ‘severe things,’ US military strike on NKorea is unlikely

A pre-emptive military strike may be among the “pretty severe things” President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it’s a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest options. Continue reading

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{FD} US defenses get pressured by North Korean missile advances

North Korea’s newly demonstrated missile muscle puts Alaska within range of potential attack and stresses the Pentagon’s missile defenses like never before. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korean missile advances put new stress on US defenses

North Korea’s newly demonstrated missile muscle puts Alaska within range of potential attack and stresses the Pentagon’s missile defenses like never before. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Exclusive: US tightens security on nuclear inspections

The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of the safety and security of its nuclear weapons operations, a part of the military with a history of periodic inspection failures and bouts of low morale. Continue reading

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{FD} AP Exclusive: US nuclear inspection results now concealed

The Pentagon has thrown a cloak of secrecy over assessments of how safely and securely its nuclear weapons are operated, maintained and guarded. Continue reading

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{FD} Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia

Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia, a fear that is feeding rising tension and military competition between the former Cold War foes, the Pentagon’s intelligence arm has assessed. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: ‘active preparations’ by Syria for chemical attack

The Trump administration said Tuesday it has detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical attack and threatened to retaliate — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants. Continue reading

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{FD} War and waste: cautionary tales as US ponders Afghan boost

One shirt, one pair of pants. Continue reading

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{FD} US would welcome effective Syrian effort to defeat IS

A U.S. military official says Washington would welcome a concerted effort by the Syrian government or its Iranian-backed partner forces to defeat the Islamic State group in its remaining strongholds in Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: Afghanistan developing new plan vs. Taliban

The Pentagon says the Afghan government is in the early stages of developing a new “road map” for breaking a battlefield stalemate with the Taliban. Continue reading

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