James Mattis

White House Considers Afghan Troop Withdrawal

Amid consistent signaling that the administration will deploy several thousand additional soldiers to the Afghan war zone, inability to agree on a strategy has brought about discussion of a troop withdrawal, an option long thought to be beyond the pale for Washington policymakers. “It’s a macro question as to whether the U.S., this administration, and…

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Will Trump Hold Off Sending More Troops to Afghanistan?

During a visit to the Pentagon last week, President Trump said he may not send additional soldiers to Afghanistan, in spite of consistent reports to the contrary. Asked whether or not he would make the deployment, Trump answered “We’ll see. And we’re doing very well against ISIS. ISIS is falling fast,” according to the Washington…

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Iran to America: Stop Worrying About Us, Your Government Is About to Collapse

Iranian officials have struck back at the Trump administration’s verbal attacks on Iran, suggesting the U.S. should worry about its own domestic problems before turning a critical eye towards them. According to al-Monitor, an arguably pro-Tehran media site: “Iranian officials have condemned US Secretary of Defense James Mattis for calling for regime change in Iran. During an interview with a high school newspaper,…

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Threats Fly After North Korean Missile Test, Russia and China Urge De-escalation

The North Korean government carried out a successful ballistic missile test on Tuesday that could prompt an American military response, according to recent warnings from U.S. officials. The test, which triggered an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, was seen as a major step forward in North Korea’s missile program, as some…

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Russia, Syria Respond to White House Chemical Attack Allegation, Threaten Retaliation

The Syrian and Russian governments have responded to allegations by White House officials made earlier this week that the Syrian regime was planning to carry out a chemical weapons attack, with the Russians threatening retaliation to any “preemptive” American strike. “We will react with dignity, in proportion to the real situation that may take place,”…

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4,000 Additional Troops to be Deployed to Afghanistan

In an attempt to turn around the war the Secretary of Defense says America is losing, the Pentagon will deploy 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday. While the deployment isn’t yet official, Secretary of Defense James Mattis—who received new, unilateral authorities over troop deployments to the war-torn country on Tuesday—is expected…

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U.S. Authorizes $12 Billion Arms Deal with Qatar

Just days after condemning the Gulf monarchy for its ties to terrorism, the Trump administration on Wednesday inked a deal with Qatar for three dozen American fighter jets, valued at $12 billion. “We are pleased to announce today the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of the F-15QA fighter jets,…

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Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan in Congressional testimony on Tuesday, vowing to offer a new strategy to lawmakers this summer that will call for the deployment thousands of additional troops to the country. “We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. And we will…

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Talks with Turkey Highlight America’s Two-Faced Foreign Policy

Just two days after announcing it would begin direct arms transfers to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighting in Syria, in talks in London the Trump administration today told Turkish officials it would support them in their fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The move to arm YPG fighters had Ankara apoplectic, as…

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