Some countries buying Russian gear deserve sanctions waivers – Mattis

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday (Saturday in Manila) spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia. The move comes amid concerns that imposing sanctions, particularly in the case of India and other Asian allies, could threaten friendly relationships that the US has been […]

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Pentagon salutes US-India ties with command name change

Pentagon salutes US-India ties with command name change

In a bow to America’s growing connection to India and its expanding security role in the region, the Pentagon is changing the name of the U.S. military’s Pacific headquarters to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

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Trump: US, allied strikes in Syria bring heated response

Syria airstrikes

The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, but also stirred up angry responses from Syria’s allies and ignited a debate over whether the attacks were justified.

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North Korea says it’s a nuclear state that can hit all the US

North Korea says it’s a nuclear state that can hit all the US

North Korea said Wednesday it had achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state after successfully testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile that put the “whole mainland of the US” within its range. 

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Mattis says US ‘not rushing to war’ with N. Korea

Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea

Washington is seeking a “peaceful resolution” with North Korea, United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear threats. In recent months, North Korea has staged its sixth nuclear test and fired a flurry of missiles, sparking a fiery war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. But Mattis, who arrived in Thailand on Thursday after a meeting with his ASEAN counterparts in the Philippines, said Washington was “not rushing to war” and looking for a diplomatic resolution.

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Trump’s jibe deepens feud with Tillerson; he was joking?

Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump - 11 August 2017

President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “compare IQ tests,” delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking.

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