Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jim Mattis

In this June 6, 2017, file photo, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., asks a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

BY RICHARD LARDNER WASHINGTON (AP) — A British company hired to train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for high-end cars, including Porsches and an Aston Martin, and paid the “significant others” of the firm’s top executives six-figure salaries ...
In this June 28, 2017, photo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is giving the military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect the “readiness or ...
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens during a National Security session at the 2017 Somalia Conference in London, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists’ two main ...
Map locates the four Russian-proposed safe zones across Syria.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. owes it to the people of Syria to take a close look at the Russian proposal to create several “safe zones” in Syria. But Mattis ...
An Israeli military honor guard waits to welcome U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

BY ROBERT BURNS TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also ...
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives to visit British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

BY ROBERT BURNS RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea’s latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation. Mattis commented on the weekend missile launch in an interview with reporters traveling with him ...
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives to visit British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, March 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

BY ROBERT BURNS LONDON (AP) — North Korea must be stopped on its path toward being able to threaten the United States with nuclear attack, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday in a stark expression of America’s top national ...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman as he arrives at Baghdad International Airport on an unannounced trip Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq’s leaders. Mattis’ ...
U.S. Defense Minister Jim Mattis speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether ...
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. NATO defense ministers will begin a two-day ministerial beginning on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR BRUSSELS (AP) — For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the next few days will be a reassurance tour with a twist. As much he’ll tell allies the U.S. is committed to NATO, he also is expected to ...
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