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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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{FD} US says it shot down Iranian-made drone in Syria

The U.S. military says it shot down what it called an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon: US shoots down Syrian aircraft for first time

The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. Continue reading

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{FD} F-35 flights halted at 1 base after hypoxia-like incidents

The Air Force says it has temporarily stopped flying F-35 fighter jets at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in response to a series of incidents in which pilots reported symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. Continue reading

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{FD} US reassures Australia of continued close ties

In their first joint appearance abroad, America’s top diplomat and its Pentagon chief offered public reassurances to a longstanding ally at odds with President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading

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{FD} US official downplays effect of Gulf rift on extremist fight

The top U.S. diplomat says he does not expect a growing rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors to degrade unity in the fight against Islamic extremists. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: US and allies ‘don’t scare’ in face of IS attacks

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and its allies are not intimidated by Islamic State violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon chief turns up heat on North Korea and China

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present danger,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Mattis: North Korea a ‘clear and present danger’ to world

North Korea is accelerating its push to acquire a nuclear-armed missile capable of threatening the United States and other nations, and the U.S. regards this as a “clear and present danger,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Defense chief Mattis seeks continuity in policy toward Asia

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration’s defense policy toward Asia will look a lot like that of its predecessors. Continue reading

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{FD} US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

The Pentagon is planning its first test of a system for shooting down an intercontinental-range missile. Continue reading

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{FD} US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

With North Korea’s nuclear missile threat in mind, the Pentagon is planning a missile defense test next week that for the first time will target an intercontinental-range missile. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid Raqqa, Mosul fights, US prepares for IS endgame effort

The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists’ two main strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

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{FD} Convicted soldier Chelsea Manning will stay on active duty

The Army says that when transgender solider Chelsea Manning is released from military prison on Wednesday she will remain on active duty in a special status, pending her final appellate review. Continue reading

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