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US working to defuse Baghdad-Kurdish tensions in Iraq: Mattis

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that Washington is working to reduce tensions between Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces, urging them to remain focused on the war against jihadists. Iraqi forces on Friday retook positions in...Show More Summary

Mattis urging Iraqi, Kurdish forces to avoid conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday urged Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to focus on defeating the Islamic State group and not fight each other, as tensions spiked in the disputed region around Kirkuk.

Mattis urging Iraqi, Kurdish forces to avoid conflict

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to stay focused on defeating the Islamic State group and not turn on each other as tensions spike in … Click to Continue »

Mattis says U.S. working to ensure situation around Kirkuk does not escalate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that tensions between Kurdish and Iraqi authorities around Kirkuk had the full attention of the United States and was working to ensure it does not escalate.

Trump reportedly 'threw a fit' when Mattis and Tillerson told him to keep the US in the Iran deal

President Donald Trump was infuriated when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and top national security aides pressured him to recertify the landmark 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran in July, The Washington Post reported. "He threw a fit," an unnamed source familiar with the discussion told the Post. Show More Summary

Trump’s Anger Forced Aides Into Alternative on Iran

Washington Post: “He was incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits. He did not want to certify to Congress [...]

US military probes possible changes after Niger attack: Mattis

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the military is looking at possible adaptations following last week's deadly ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol. The October 4 attack near the Mali border, thought to have been carried...Show More Summary

Mattis looking to see if changes need to be made after Niger ambush

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the military was looking into what changes, if any, should be made after an ambush in Niger killed four U.S. soldiers last week.

Militants that attacked US troops in Niger were new to area

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Islamic extremists that ambushed and killed U.S. Army commandoes in Niger last week hadn't operated in that area before. Mattis is rejecting suggestions that … Click to Continue »

Mattis calls report Trump wanted to expand US nuclear arsenal 'absolutely false'

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denied reports President Donald Trump wanted to increase the US nuclear-weapons stockpile tenfold. "Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the US nuclear arsenal are absolutely false," Mattis said in a statement. Show More Summary

Mattis Tells Generals to Talk to Media

On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the media more freely, Defense One has learned.... Mattis, along with most of the military's top leaders, has been asking Congress to pass a regular spending...Show More Summary

Mattis warned the military to 'be ready' for what Trump decides to do about North Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the annual convention of the Association of the US Army on Monday that they should "be ready" with military options should diplomacy fail with North Korea. When asked what the US military could do to...Show More Summary

Mattis Warns Army: 'Stand Ready'

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis urged the Army Monday to be prepared in case diplomatic relations with North Korea breaks down.

Mattis encourages military to talk to media more

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is giving commanders permission to speak — within reason.

Mattis Encourages Generals to Speak Out

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the media more freely, Defense One reports. “The secretary is hoping to end a misperception among some senior leaders that they should keep quiet, in part because he wants them [...]

SECDEF MATTIS ON NORTH KOREA: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke to the Association of the U.S. A…

SECDEF MATTIS ON NORTH KOREA: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke to the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting today. When asked about North Korea Mattis said: “Now what does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there’s one thing the U.S. Army can do. And that is you’ve got to […]

North Korea Remains a Diplomatic Effort Amid Rising Tensions: Mattis

Dealings between the United States and North Korea remain fully in the sphere of diplomacy, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said.

Report: Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis, Steve Mnuchin form 'suicide pact’ 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly formed a so-called “suicide pact” with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Read more...

SitRep: Iran Deal Drama From The Pentagon To The White House

By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley Iran deal movement. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a Senate panel Tuesday that the United States should stay in the deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. “If we can confirm that Iran is living by the agreement, if we can determine that...

Mattis: Sticking With Iran Deal Is in America's Interest

The deal with Iran that President Trump calls a "disaster" serves the interests of American national security and is "something that the president should consider staying with," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says. Mattis contradicted Trump's position on the deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program after being pressed on the issue...

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