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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.
Politics Oct 29WATCH: Pentagon says 5,200 troops will be sent to U.S. border
The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants…
World Oct 26Mattis approves request for military help at southern border
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order sending the troops to the border, bolstering National Guard forces already there, a U.S. official said Thursday.
World Oct 14Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China
By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American…
Politics Aug 28WATCH: Mattis says U.S. still backs Saudi coalition to limit Yemen deaths
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the U.S. intends to continue backing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen despite civilian casualties and questions about the Saudis' commitment to avoiding killing innocents.