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Politics Apr 23Pentagon chief visits Djibouti, home to key U.S. base
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces.
World Apr 21Mattis says Syria still has chemical weapons
Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.
Politics Apr 18Mattis says North Korea ‘recklessly tried to provoke’ with latest failed missile test
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' language was stronger than in an initial written statement he issued shortly after the launch, in which he simply said he was aware of the failure.
World Apr 13U.S. drops largest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS target in Afghanistan
The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan.
Politics Apr 11Mattis: Defeating Islamic State still top U.S. priority
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base does not signal a change in the Pentagon's military campaign there, which is focused on defeating the Islamic State group and al-Qaida remnants.
Nation Mar 19While Trump talks tough, U.S. quietly cutting nuclear force
The Air Force is shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia.
Politics Mar 08Russia has deployed banned missile, U.S. general says
A senior U.S. general on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of "the spirit and intent" of a nuclear arms treaty.
World Feb 23Dunford: Counter-Islamic State plan will have global scope
WASHINGTON — A Pentagon-led review of strategy to defeat the Islamic State group will present President Donald Trump with options not just to speed up action against IS but also to counter al-Qaida and other extremist groups beyond Iraq and…
Politics Feb 01As Mattis departs for first trip to Asia, U.S. stance on North Korea unclear
There are growing concerns about North Korea's weapons programs. It's not clear how President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis plan to stop threats.
Nation Feb 01New Pentagon chief seeks to reassure Asian allies
Mattis is seeking to reinforce key alliances after President Donald Trump's campaign-trail complaints that defense treaties disadvantaged the U.S.