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Politics Jan 12With Trump’s nominee in limbo, envoy post in UAE stays empty
When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him.
Politics Jan 12US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria
The withdrawal began with shipments of military equipment, U.S. defense officials said. But in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart even as the White House says it will keep pressure on the Islamic State…
Politics Jan 02New Pentagon leader Pat Shanahan says he is focusing on China
On his first day as acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan is emphasizing that China should be the Pentagon's main focus.
Politics Dec 31Outgoing defense secretary Mattis urges employees to ‘hold fast’
Jim Mattis, who resigned over a series of policy disagreements with Trump said he's confident Pentagon employees will remain "undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life."…
World Dec 20Pentagon scrambles to devise Syria exit amid outrage about abrupt pullout
The Pentagon, roiled first by the surprise withdrawal order from Trump and then the abrupt resignation of Mattis, offered no information about how the withdrawal will happen or how long it will take, apparently because they don't know.
Politics Dec 20Trump pulling out of Syria. Might Afghanistan be next?
Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind?…
World Dec 19Trump pulling all U.S. troops from Syria, declaring ISIS defeated
The move contradicts President Trump's own experts' assessments and is sparking surprise and outrage from his party's lawmakers who called his action rash and dangerous.
World Nov 21U.S. and South Korea reduce scope of springtime military exercise
In Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's words, the exercise next spring will be scaled back to a level that will "not be harmful to diplomacy."…
Politics Nov 19Trump lashing out at retired Navy admiral draws rebuke
President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner.
World Oct 31Pompeo and Mattis call for Yemen cease-fire, political talks
The renewed push for a political solution in Yemen comes amid growing criticism of U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's Yemen air campaign in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.