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No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan – Pentagon chief

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:33 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper also hints that some sort of residual US force might remain in Syria to protect oil fields, but stresses no decision has been taken

MARK ESPER. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

In bombshell, Trump calls off secret summit, talks with Taliban

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The US President hits the Taliban for claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Kabul amid ongoing peace negotiations

PEACE DEAL NO MORE? US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the press while departing the White House in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2019, for the G7 Summit in France. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

In first press brief, Pentagon chief aims to keep Trump happy

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Mark Esper makes clear he will not rock the boat, even given the president's unorthodox policymaking and sharp turns in longstanding US defense principles

MARK ESPER. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon August 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Pentagon chief confirms death of Qaeda's Hamza bin Laden

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:31 AM

'That's my understanding,' US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says when asked if Hamza bin Laden is dead

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits; Iran targets CIA network

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Middle East with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict

QUITS. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump (right) is briefed by senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2019, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP