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Politics Jan 11Putin trying to ‘break’ NATO, says James Mattis, Trump’s Pentagon pick
As confirmation hearings start winding down for the week, next up to face a Senate committee is retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of defense.
World Jan 09U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy destroyer fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats as they sped toward the destroyer at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, two U.S. defense officials said.
World Dec 30Timeline: Three decades of diplomatic spats between U.S. and Moscow
U.S. relations with Moscow during and after the Cold War have been marred by diplomatic dustups ranging from espionage scandals to an Olympics boycott.
Politics Dec 14In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some experts see nuclear risk
The collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama's national security legacy.
World Dec 10Adding 200 more troops to Syria, U.S. deepens involvement
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.
World Dec 09Defense secretary assures Afghan leaders of U.S. commitment
In a joint appearance In Kabul with Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. cannot afford to give up on Afghanistan after more than 15 years of U.S. involvement, the deaths of more than 2,200 U.S.
World Dec 05Carter’s Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head
TOKYO — Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues to be inherited by his successor, from concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection to…
World Oct 26U.S. general: Mosul battle is hard, but Raqqa will be harder
Iraq's battle to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State group is progressing despite "stiff" resistance from resilient and creative fighters, but a coming offensive to oust them from their main Syria stronghold at Raqqa poses tougher political challenges, the U.S.
World Oct 17Mission to take Mosul will test Obama’s controversial plan to fight ISIS
Mosul may answer the question: If the Islamic State loses a crown jewel of its so-called caliphate, will that be a decisive and sustainable victory for Iraq? Or will Baghdad once again falter, allowing sectarian and political divisions to destabilize…
Politics Sep 29Trump’s stance on nuclear restraint is ambiguous
Donald Trump's ambiguous answer to a debate question on nuclear restraint raised doubts about his understanding of the issue.