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Tropical Depression Usman enters PAR | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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Order signed for U.S. military's controversial Syria exit

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

US President Donald Trump and Turkey President Recept Tayyip Erdogan agreed to ensure coordination to prevent a power vacuum in the war-torn country

STRIKES. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Trump speeds up James Mattis exit to January 1

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The US President was reportedly upset over media coverage of the stinging resignation letter submitted by the defense secretary

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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Dec 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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U.S. defense chief James Mattis quits

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:02 AM

The resignation of of the US defense secretary comes as President Donald Trump weathers backlash over his sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria

JIM MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Return of Balangiga Bells: 'Time of solemn remembrance'

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:33 AM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis formally announces that the US is returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

BALANGIGA BELLS. The United States is soon returning the historic Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Photo by Gunther Sales/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Defense chiefs of Philippines, U.S. tackle ISIS in Pentagon meet

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The two defense chiefs – Delfin Lorenzana of the Philippines and James Mattis of the United States – discuss 'combating ISIS and other violent extremist networks'

DEFENSE CHIEFS. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meets with US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon on September 18, 2018. Photo by Lia Macadangdang/Philippine embassy in Washington DC

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Donald Trump's about-face comes after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain

TRIBUTE TO MCCAIN. The US flag above the White House flies at half-staff in the evening in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mattis vows 'strong defensive stance' on North Korea

Jun 29, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Japanese minister Itsunori Onodera acknowledges that the decision to suspend the drills between the US and South Korea is 'important in that it supports diplomatic efforts' to denuclearize the Korean peninsula

ALLIES. Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (R) and US Defense Secretary James Mattis attend a news conference after their meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on June 29, 2018. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:18 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, tells Xi Jinping he wants to keep the bilateral military relationship on an even keel and find areas to cooperate

MIGHTY CHINA. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

U.S., Chinese defense chiefs talk cooperation despite tensions

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to meet President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, June 27, after talks with other senior officials. His 4-day trip to Asia will include visits to regional allies Seoul and Tokyo.

FIRST VISIT. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives at a hotel in Beijing on June 26, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to 'take measure' of China's strategic ambitions after it positioned weaponry on disputed islets in the South China Sea and is seeking to project its military power deep into the Pacific

JAMES MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINION] U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy: What's in it for Philippines?

Jun 03, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The perception that the Philippines has become China's 'new puppet' while being an ally of the US is problematic in the implementation of Trump administration's Indo-Pacific strategy

Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis also says the US military continues to support diplomats pushing for the 'complete, verifiable and irreversible' denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S. apologizes to Japan over repeated military accidents

Jan 09, 2018 - 10:43 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis apologizes to Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera after a string of accidents involving American troops and facilities

This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017.  The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will arrive in the Sea of Japan in days, US Vice President Mike Pence said in Australia on April 22, 2017, amid high tensions with North Korea.  / AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Ryan Harper / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

North Korea claims nuclear statehood with U.S. in missile strike range

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM

(UPDATED) The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snaps a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump

IN THE NEWS. A man walks past a television screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Duterte thanks 4 countries for help during Marawi terror war

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites China and Russia for providing firearms, and the US and Australia for sharing intelligence information and military expertise

THANKFUL. President Rodrigo Duterte during a recent visit to a visiting Australian warship.  Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Mattis to discuss North Korea threat on Asia trip

Oct 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Mattis, on his way to the Philippines for security talks with Southeast Asian defense ministers, says he will discuss the 'regional security crisis caused by reckless... North Korea'

In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

U.S. defense chief Mattis praises PH for success in Marawi

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Mattis: 'It was a very tough fight as you know in southern Mindanao. And I think the Philippine military sends a very strong message to the terrorists.'

PENTAGON CHIEF. In this file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives on Capitol Hill, October 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump meets advisers to discuss North Korea options – statement

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It comes days after Trump said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that 'only one thing will work'

In this file photo, coverage of an ICBM missile test is displayed on a screen in a public square in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Pentagon chief says U.S. admin backs Tillerson's North Korea effort

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis tries to clear up doubts about the US administration's North Korea strategy, backing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stand-off

In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis(L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conduct a press conference on June 21, 2017, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Paul J Richards/APF

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis, NATO chief Stoltenberg in Kabul

Sep 27, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The unannounced high-level visit comes as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the Taliban which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014

MATTIS AND STOLTENBERG. US Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis (L) speaks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg prior to a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

Pentagon chief lets transgender troops remain in service

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says transgender troops will continue to serve in the military while he studies an order by President Donald Trump banning them from US forces

In this file photo, US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Mattis in Baghdad as Iraq presses assault on ISIS bastion

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis shows US support for Iraqi forces as they pressed an assault on Tal Afar the Islamic State ISIS group s last major bastion in the country s north

TO THE MIDEAST. US Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to reporters on board a flight to Jordan for the start of a regional tour on August 20, 2017. Paul Handley/AFP

Pentagon delays plan for transgender recruits

Jul 01, 2017 - 1:37 PM

The 5 armed service branches can now delay accepting transgender recruits until January 1

DELAY. US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Tillerson urges China to put more pressure on North Korea

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:07 AM

UPDATED The extent to which Beijing can influence Pyongyang is a key issue in trying to defuse the North Korea crisis

SHOW OF FORCE. This April 15, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017 shows Korean People's ballistic missiles being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. KCNA via KNS/Handout/AFP

Mattis 'shocked' by U.S. military readiness, warns on North Korea

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED The US defense secretary also warns of a return to Great Power competition where countries like Russia and China are gaining military assertiveness and placing long held global security protocol at risk

SHOW OF FORCE. In this file photo, Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. Ed Jones/AFP

China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry accuses certain countries outside the region of making erroneous remarks driven by ulterior motives

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session at the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), ShangriLa Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S., Australia, Japan slam 'coercive' China at key security summit

Jun 03, 2017 - 5:48 PM

We oppose countries militarizing artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims unsupported by maritime law We cannot and will not accept unilateral coercive changes in the status quo says US Defense Secretary James Mattis

Experts, ministers: Marawi proves ISIS a threat to Southeast Asia

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says this terror threat targeting the Asia Pacific is the top security threat in the region today – even more than North Korea

ISIS? A police car carry suspected Maute group members following their arrest on June 2, 2017 while swimming the Agus River in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. says it stands with PH in 'heartbreaking' fight in Marawi

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The United States reiterates its commitment to its longtime ally in its fight against terrorists despite President Rodrigo Duterte s anti American pronouncements

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

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Apr 20, 2017 - 12:39 PM

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U.S. top diplomat to push NATO pay up in first talks

Mar 31, 2017 - 11:26 AM

US officials say US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will push the allies to do more to reach the goal of boosting defense spending to 2 of gross domestic product by 2024 which they set during a summit in Wales in 2014

NO-SHOW. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson draws flak for not personally releasing his department's global human rights report for 2016. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington s military alliances – including NATO – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. 'not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil' – Mattis

Feb 20, 2017 - 3:59 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis tries to soothe Iraqi partners rattled by remarks by President Donald Trump

US Defence Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China warns U.S. after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty

Feb 04, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The Senkaku islands known in China as the Diaoyus are at the center of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing

ON US-JAPAN TREATY. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) speaks to Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (R) at the start of their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo on February 4, 2017. Photo by Franck Robichon/AFP

U.S. stands '100%, shoulder-to-shoulder' with Japan – Mattis

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:52 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis: I wanted to make certain that Article Five of our mutual defense treaty is understood to be as real to us today as it was a year ago 5 years ago and it will be a year and 10 years from now

North Korea nuclear attack would trigger 'overwhelming' response – Mattis

Feb 03, 2017 - 11:32 AM

UPDATED US Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Seoul to underscore America s priority commitment to our bilateral alliance and make clear the administration s full commitment to defending South Korea s democracy

ALLIANCE. US Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo (R) prior to their meeting at the headquarters of the defense ministry in Seoul on February 3, 2017. Photo by Kim Min-Hee/AFP

Pentagon chief Mattis arrives in South Korea amid Trump uncertainty

Feb 02, 2017 - 4:11 PM

It is the first overseas tour by a senior official in the Trump administration as concerns rise about the direction of American policy in the region under the protectionist and fiery US leader

South Korean christians supporting US President Donald Trump hold placards during a rally to welcome the visit of the US Defense Secretary James Mattis in Seoul on February 2, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

U.S. and Saudi defense chiefs reject Iran 'interventions'

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Pentagon chief James Mattis and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman express their full rejection of the suspicious activities and interventions by the Iranian regime and its agents

JAMES MATTIS. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) participates in an enhanced honor cordon with (R) King Abdullah of Jordan January 30, 2017 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images/ AFP

Trump's cabinet picks contradict his foreign policy

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:41 AM

On many strategic issues Rex Tillerson the former head of ExxonMobil chosen for secretary of state and James Mattis the retired Marine Corps general pick for defense secretary have contradicted Donald Trump

CONTRADICTIONS. Cabinet picks Rex Tillerson and James Mattis have contradicted Donald Trump on many strategic issues. Tillerson file photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP; Trump file photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP; Mattis file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Trump s naming of at least 3 retired generals to top posts raises questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet level jobs

This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Trump taps 'Mad Dog' Mattis for defense secretary

Dec 02, 2016 - 12:36 PM

UPDATED He s our best They say he s the closest thing to World War II general George Patton that we have US President elect Donald Trump says

NEW DEFENSE SECRETARY. This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trumps picks women, including a critic, for cabinet

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED Donald Trump begins to broaden the base of his future cabinet nominating two conservative women including a critic after his earlier picks rewarded campaign loyalists

NIKKI HALEY. This file photo taken on November 18, 2016 shows South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley during the 2016 National Lawyers Convention sponsored by the Federalist Society in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

Trump wraps up weekend cabinet search, no new picks

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:35 AM

UPDATED The president elect is clearly seeking to sound out people from a wide range of backgrounds from party stalwarts to business moguls to former rivals

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the media from the steps at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Don Emmert/AFP