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Nation Jan 14National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down
U.S. officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington by Inauguration Day has grown to 26,000. Some will be armed.
Politics Oct 25Esper says U.S. troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields
The U.S. will send armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to bolster defenses against a potential move by Islamic State militants on oil fields controlled by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday.
World Oct 24U.S. defense secretary calls Turkey’s offensive in Syria ‘unwarranted’
Mark Esper said the invasion of northeastern Syria jeopardizes gains made in in recent years as the U.S.-led coalition and allied Syrian Kurdish forces battled the Islamic State group.
World Oct 23Defense secretary in Baghdad to discuss U.S. troops leaving Syria
Mark Esper has said that under the current plan, all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the military would continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State.
World Oct 21U.S. may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields
The Pentagon chief said the plan was still in the discussion phase and had not yet been presented to Trump, who has repeatedly said the Islamic State has been defeated.
Politics Oct 20U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war
Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.
Nation Oct 20Pentagon chief says US troops leaving Syria for western Iraq
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.
World Oct 11WATCH: Esper criticizes Turkish decision to invade Syria as ‘impulsive’
Washington is "greatly disappointed" by the Turkish incursion, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told a Pentagon news conference.
World Oct 11U.S. bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles
Esper announced the deployment of several dozen fighter jets along with other aircraft and additional air defenses hours after Iran said two missiles struck one of its oil tankers traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
Nation Oct 10U.S. moves 2 British ISIS members from Syria
The two men killed a number of people including journalist James Foley and fellow Americans Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig.