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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.
World Apr 24In Afghanistan trip, U.S. general suggests Russia is arming the Taliban
Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan, wouldn't provide specifics about Russia's role in Afghanistan.
World Apr 24U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops.
World Apr 23U.S. officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia
Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.
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.