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Easing tensions, U.S., China to hold top-level security talks

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US. Pool/AFP

Saudi Arabia vows 'complete' probe of Khashoggi murder – Mattis

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:51 PM

United States Defense Secretary Jm Mattis says Saudi Arabia foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has promised a full investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

MISSING. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading 'Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2' during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border

Oct 26, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The move comes as thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico toward the United States in a slow-moving caravan.

CARAVAN. Honduran migrants take part in a new caravan heading to the US with Honduran and Guatemalan national flags in Quezaltepeque, Chiquimula, Guatemala on October 22, 2018. Photo by ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP

U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

China, ASEAN to hold maritime drill to ease tensions

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The navies of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations are set to hold their first joint drills, which will take place in the South China Sea

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

US defense chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The US defense secretary Jim Mattis says President Trump assured him of full support

JAMES MATTIS. US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to 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

Man arrested for sending suspicious packages to Pentagon

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Pentagon's mail screening facility intercepts at least two packages – addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Navy chief Admiral John Richardson – that authorities suspect to have contained ricin

HAZMAT. US Defense Department personnel, wearing protective suits, screen mail as it arrives at a facility near the Pentagon in Washington, DC on October 2, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war

JAMES MATTIS. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Officials rush to assure Trump they didn't pen op-ed criticizing him

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Amid frenzied speculation about who is hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, Vice President Mike Pence is the first to assert that he did not pen the New York Times piece

ASSURANCE. Senior officials rush to assure US President Donald Trump they didn't write the New York Times 'resistance' op-ed published on Wednesday, September 5. AFP file photo

No military cooperation with Russia in Syria for now – Mattis

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

For the moment, the only coordination between the US-led coalition with Russia in Syria is through a special hotline to make sure there are no mishaps involving the two sides' ground forces or planes

SYRIA. 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. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

No North Korea relief until verifiable denuclearization steps – Mattis

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization,' says US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

DEFENSE CHIEF. 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

China general slams 'irresponsible comments' on South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Lieutenant General He Lei's statement comes after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused China of 'intimidation and coercion' in the disputed waters at a security summit in Singapore

SECURITY SUMMIT. Lieutenant General He Lei (L), vice president of the People's Liberation Army's Academy of Military Science, and Hajit Sajjan (R), Canadian National Defense Minister, attend the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

U.S. troop presence in South Korea not 'on table' at Trump-Kim summit – Mattis

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Trump says he will meet Kim for the historic summit as originally scheduled after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang

JAMES MATTIS. US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to 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

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. to keep confronting Beijing in South China Sea – Mattis

May 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'We are going out of our way to cooperate with Pacific nations, that's the way we do business in the world, but we are also going to confront what we believe is out of step with international law,' US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says

JIM MATTIS. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters as he shows the plane's route to Hawaii aboard a US military plane on May 29, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S. Navy reactivates its Atlantic 2nd Fleet

May 06, 2018 - 12:30 AM

'Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex,' says Admiral John Richardson, chief of US Naval Operations

US BASE. This file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (left) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise east of the Korean peninsula. Photo by Ryan Harper / US NAVY / AFP

Mattis wants to keep pressure on North Korea

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:58 AM

'Diplomacy should repose reason on Kim's reckless rhetoric and dangerous provocations,' says Pentagon chief Jim Mattis

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

New Pentagon strategy looks to counter China, Russia

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The administration of President Donald Trump worries that America's vast military is feeling the effects of years of budget shortfalls and atrophy, and needs a full reboot to restore it to an idealized strength

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

Ryamizard ajak dialog Dubes AS lebih dulu soal publikasi dokumen G30S

Oct 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Ryamizard akan bersikap berhati-hati agar tidak terkesan menuduh Amerika Serikat

KETERANGAN KEPADA MEDIA. Menhan Ryamizard Ryacudu (kedua kanan) bersama Menhan Malaysia Dato Seri Hishammuddin Bin Tun Hussein (kanan) serta Menhan Filipina Delfin N. Lorenza (kiri) memberikan keterangan kepada wartawan pada peluncuran Satgas Trilateral Maritim Patrol (TMP) Indomalphi di atas geladak utama KRI dr. Soeharso-990, Perairan Tarakan, Tarakan, Kalimantan Utara, Senin, 19 Juni. Foto oleh Zabur Karuru/ANTARA

North Korea leader holds off on Guam missile plan

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:55 AM

UPDATED Some analysts suggest Kim Jong Un s comments opens a possible path to de escalating a growing crisis fueled by a bellicose war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership

ELATED. This file photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows people walking past a television screen at a railway station in Seoul, showing a broadcast of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) celebrating his country's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Anti-ISIS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

May 09, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Though officials warn that military action will continue for some time they are generally upbeat about the progress and quickening momentum of the fight

ON THE DEFENSIVE. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (ISIS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 km east of Mosul on September 9, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

U.S. vows to force North Korea back to nuclear talks

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:32 AM

We are engaging responsible members of the international community to increase pressure on North Korea in order to convince the regime to de escalate and return to the path of dialogue

U.S. defense secretary visits key ally Qatar

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:33 PM

The visit to Doha is part of a regional tour that has included stops in Saudi Arabia Egypt and Israel

DEFENSE CHIEF. US Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

US defense chief in Israel for talks on Iran, Syria

Apr 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin

ISRAEL ARRIVAL. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Israel on April 20. Photo by Matty Stern/US Embassy

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U.S. wants 'strong' Saudi Arabia – Mattis

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also hints US President Donald Trump could visit the kingdom

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

U.S. pledges 'unwavering' commitment, Europe lukewarm

Feb 19, 2017 - 8:34 AM

US Vice President Mike Pence leads a chorus of reassurance for allies rattled by Donald Trump s policy stance but European leaders give the pledges a lukewarm welcome

US Vice President Michael Richard Pence delivers a speech on the 2nd day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP