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Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

24 minutes agoNews : The Cutline

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

Can Mattis Push Trump Towards the Conventional?

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “appears to be at odds with President Donald Trump on Russia and other key issues, setting up potential discord but also helping to nudge the White House toward more conventional policy stances,” the Wall Street Journal [...]

US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations.

McMaster will be a good teammate as national security adviser

In December I attended a foreign policy conference on the Middle East sponsored by the Hoover Institution. The dinner speaker had to back out... because he had just been nominated to be secretary of defense. In place of Jim Mattis (who was at Hoover prior to being named secretary), Lt. Gen. H.R. […]

Trump names H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, as his new national security advisor

Defense Secretary Mattis: We're not in Iraq to take oil Feb. 20, 2017, noon A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Mattis clarifies that he doesn't share Trump's advocation for taking Iraq's oil Pence's first public reaction to Flynn lying to him: I'm 'disappointed'...

Defense Secretary Mattis Has No ‘Issues With The Press’

13 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

The Pentagon chief broke with the president’s comments that the media is the “enemy of the American people.”

Pence 'disappointed' by Flynn but supports Trump's handling of ouster

Defense Secretary Mattis: We're not in Iraq to take oil Feb. 20, 2017, 9:27 a.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Mattis clarifies that he doesn't share Trump's advocation for taking Iraq's oil Pence's first public reaction to Flynn lying to him: I'm 'disappointed'...

Cleaning Up After Trump

From the Wall Street Journal: Jim Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as defense secretary, said he plans to assess the fight against Islamic State in the country and that the U.S. isn’t there to take its oil. “I think all of us here in...Show More Summary

Defense Secretary James Mattis: 'We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil'

15 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

In an unannounced visit Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with faith in U.S. allies at a low.

Defense Secretary Mattis forced to reassure Iraq that we're not going to seize their oil

15 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

In one of those "can you believe someone is actually having to say this" moments, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis—the "Mad Dog" who wants to attack Iran—is providing some sanity on Iraq. No, he says, despite popular vote loser Donald Trump's...Show More Summary

Iraqi helpers will be exempt from travel ban; Mattis

16 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Iraqis who aided the American military on the battlefield will be exempt in President Donald Trump’s revised immigration executive order, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. Trump has vowed to issue a new executive order this week after his initial order banning travel from seven majority...

America’s Misnamed Mad Dog

The defense secretary, Jim Mattis, flew to Iraq. And he talked with reporters about the idea of seizing Iraq’s oil. President Trump, the day after he was sworn in, said this at the CIA: “We don’t win anymore. The old expression ‘To the victor belong the spoils’ — you remember. Show More Summary

Cleaning Up After Trump, Mattis Says U.S. Won’t Steal Iraqi Oil

The Defense Secretary arrives in Baghdad as a part of his world tour of walking back Trump statements.

Mattis Tells Iraq We Are Not Here To "Seize" Your Oil

In the latest distancing by Trump administration advisors from recent statements by the President, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit on Monday to discuss the war effort against ISIS, and said that...Show More Summary

Defense secretary Jim Mattis: Not in Iraq to seize oil

17 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

US defence secretary Jim Mattis on an unannounced visit to Iraq said 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’ arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday as the battle to oust the...

Mattis Breaks From Trump on Key Iraq Issue

President Trump has noted more than once he thinks we should've taken Iraq's oil when we had the chance (and suggests that option may still be on the table), but his secretary of defense is pushing a different message—what the New York Times characterizes as comments that would previously...

Defense Secretary Mattis tells worried Iraq: No U.S. plan to seize your oil

17 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

Mattis visited Iraq as the battle to oust the Islamic State from Mosul intensified.        

Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the U.S. is not there to take oil

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq’s capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants. Ahead of the trip, however, Mattis made clear he...

Mattis Says There’s No Plan to Take Iraq’s Oil

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Trump that has rattled Iraq’s leaders, Politico reports. “Mattis arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as [...]

Mattis on Trump comments: No US plan to seize Iraqi oil

19 hours agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

BAGHDAD — 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 arrived on an unannouncedShow More Summary

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