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World Jul 21U.S. still debating ‘big ideas’ on Afghan plan, says Mattis
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. Mattis was asked what is holding up the administration's strategy review at an impromptu…
World Jun 27Pentagon says it detected ‘active preparations’ by Syria for chemical attack
The Pentagon said it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out such an attack.
World Jun 25War and waste: Cautionary tales as U.S. ponders Afghan boost
These tales help explain why some in Congress question the wisdom of investing even more resources in Afghanistan, nearly 16 years after the United States invaded the Taliban-ruled country.
Nation Jun 14Mattis: Trump has delegated decisions on Afghan troop levels
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he can now set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan after receiving the authority from President Donald Trump. It's a break from past practice that Mattis said will enable him to more effectively…
Politics Jun 03Pentagon chief turns up heat on North Korea and China
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a "clear and present danger."…
Nation May 30U.S. shoots down mock warhead over Pacific, but questions remain
Despite the success, the $244 million test didn't confirm that under wartime conditions the U.S. could intercept an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea…
Politics May 26U.S. plans first test of ICBM intercept, with North Korea on mind
Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week.
World May 19Why the U.S. wants to manage a complex Syria battlefield with Russia
In Syria's main oil-producing region, U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic extremists are in conflict with Russian-backed Syrian forces.
Politics May 16Chelsea Manning to stay on active duty when released from prison tomorrow
The Army says that when transgender soldier Chelsea Manning is released from military prison on Wednesday she will remain on active duty in a special status, pending her final appellate review.
World May 09Trump administration will arm Syrian Kurds ‘as necessary,’ despite Turkish objections
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria's Kurdish fighters "as necessary" to recapture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists.