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US Defence Secretary James Mattis calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

US Defence Secretary James Mattis calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Mattis met PM Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying.
 

United States ends role of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

A senior State Department official told AFP that acting special representative Laurel Miller left the post without a replacement being named.

Taliban chief warns US that troop surge in Afghanistan will be a 'mistake'

Taliban chief warns US that troop surge in Afghanistan will be a 'mistake'

President Donald Trump recently authorized his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, to add several thousand more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, primarily tasked to train and advise Afghan forces.

North Korea accuses US of 'smear campaign' over Warmbier death

President Donald Trump has slammed the treatment of 22-year-old American Otto Warmbier, who spent more than a year in detention in the secretive state, as "a total disgrace". 

 

United States tells Turkey it will take back weapons from Kurdish militia: Turkish sources

United States tells Turkey it will take back weapons from Kurdish militia: Turkish sources

In a letter to Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik, Mattis said the United States had informed Turkey about the weapons it had given the YPG and that it would provide monthly lists of the arms supplied, the sources said in a statement.

Funeral to be held for US student imprisoned by North Korea

Warmbier`s funeral will be held at Wyoming High School -- located in the city of Wyoming, a suburb of Cincinnati -- from which he graduated in 2013. He will then be buried in Cincinnati`s Oak Hill Cemetery.

US and China officials meet under North Korea cloud

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are to meet top Beijing diplomat State Councilor Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui.

US moves to reassure Qatar with arms sale, joint exercise

Last week, US President Donald Trump expressed support for the Saudi-led allegations against Qatar, charging it had "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".
 

US military dismisses chance of massive troop surge in Afghanistan

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday dismissed chances of a return to the major US troop deployments to Afghanistan.

Pentagon gets authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump has given Defence Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, media reports said on Wednesday, paving the way for sending more American forces to the war-torn country.

North Korea 'most urgent' threat to security: US Defense Secretary

North Korea 'most urgent' threat to security: US Defense Secretary

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that North Korea`s advancing missile and nuclear programs were the "most urgent" threat to national security.

Jim Mattis reassures allies as US turns to China on North Korea

Jim Mattis reassures allies as US turns to China on North Korea

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis moved to reassure Asian allies Saturday that the United States can work with China on reining in North Korea`s nuclear weapons programme without compromising its opposition to Beijing`s continued "militarisation" of the South China Sea.

Jim Mattis praises China's efforts on North Korea, dials up pressure on South China Sea

Jim Mattis praises China's efforts on North Korea, dials up pressure on South China Sea

The United States is encouraged by China`s efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing`s militarisation of islands in the South China Sea, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.

Jim Mattis says US committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

Jim Mattis says US committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he arrived in Singapore for the region`s premier defense and security forum. 

Taliban attack on Afghan army base kills 10 soldiers

The assault in Shah Wali Kot district late Monday came just a day after 20 Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their outposts in the neighbouring province of Zabul.

Islamic State in Syria 'executes' 19 civilians: Monitor

Islamic State in Syria 'executes' 19 civilians: Monitor

Members of the Islamic State group have 'executed' 19 civilians including two children in a village held by anti-jihadists in eastern Syria.

US vows to force North Korea back to nuclear talks

US vows to force North Korea back to nuclear talks

 The United States on Wednesday said it was not looking to bring Kim Jong-Un`s regime to its knees.

Donald Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist US-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group.

Official: Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern province

An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province.

Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan after deadly Taliban attack

Pentagon chief visits Afghanistan after deadly Taliban attack

Mattis, making his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, was due to meet top officials including President Ashraf Ghani.