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{FD} US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is making his second trip this year to Vietnam, and it’s a sign of how much the Trump administration is trying to counter China’s military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis dismissive of news reports of tension with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is dismissing recent news reports of growing tensions between him and President Donald Trump, calling it a manufactured rumor that should not be taken seriously and that will soon go away. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon decides not to release $300M in aid to Pakistan

The Pentagon says it’s taken final steps to cancel $300 million in planned aid to Pakistan. Continue reading

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{FD} US to continue backing Saudi coalition in Yemen war

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. hasn’t seen any “callous disregard” for innocent lives by the Saudi Arabia-led fight in Yemen, despite a new U.N. report outlining possible war crimes, rape and torture by the American-supported coalition. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} US Defense Secretary Mattis pitches closer US-Brazil ties

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a pitch on Tuesday to Brazil for building a closer defense partnership with the United States, including in space research. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon’s approach to space. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. Continue reading

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{FD} Remains from North Korea ‘consistent with being Americans’

A U.S. government scientist who has seen the contents of 55 boxes of remains turned over by North Korea says the remains are “consistent with being Americans.” Continue reading

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{FD} Nuclear arms race is an expected topic for Trump-Putin talks

President Donald Trump seems of two minds on nuclear weapons. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future

President Donald Trump’s repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump’s commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been a pillar of U.S. se… Continue reading

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{FD} If North Korea disarms, will US missile defense lose favor?

President Donald Trump says the Singapore summit put North Korea on a path to eliminating its nuclear weapons. Continue reading

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{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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