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Less than two hours after the United States defense secretary James Mattis landed in Kabul, about forty rockets and rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the airport. Mattis was not injured. This is Mattis’ first trip to Afghanistan since President Donald Trump  announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, recommitting to the country and declaring
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Monday that he’s going to look into the possibility that the military’s “can do” attitude may be responsible for the recent spate of deadly training accidents. Almost 100 service members have been killed in training accidents since June, which reflects a definite spike in
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The Trump administration: now digitally McMastered. “Instead of naming the enemy, Trump seemingly went out of his way to use other descriptors in his speech, including ‘terrorists who attacked us,’ ‘barbaric forces of evil and destruction,’ ‘horrible, horrible enemies,’ ‘enemies of all civilized people,’ and ‘enemies like we’ve never seen
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More than 50 Democrats have written a letter urging Secretary of Defense James Mattis to ignore President Donald Trump’s announcement banning transgenders from the military. The Democratic House members called the announcement “unconstitutional” and further argued Friday that transgenders do not harm combat readiness. “As Members of Congress with an
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After complaints from Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster fired Middle East adviser Derek Harvey, who apparently has close ties to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. McMaster officially removed Harvey from the National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday morning, The Weekly Standard reports. Harvey, who served as senior director
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis has apparently promised Turkey that the Pentagon will take back arms provided to the Kurds once the Kurds are finished beating the Islamic State. Turkish officials told the Associated Press that Mattis pledged to take back weapons given to the Kurds for the purpose of driving
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The Pentagon is working on a policy allowing transgenders to join the military, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis has until July 1 to accept or reject the policy. Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter put into place a transgender implementation policy in 2016 that sets a date of July
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Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a supporter of Mark Green for the position of Army secretary, appears to have had no idea of Green’s socially conservative views on the LGBT community. Two Pentagon officials told The Washington Examiner on condition of anonymity that Mattis left the vetting process to the White
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Military service academy athletes are no longer allowed to head directly into professional sports after graduation. In a memo carrying the signature of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, the Pentagon announced Monday that it’s walking back a policy from 2016 that allowed athletes to skirt the 24-month mandatory active-duty stint. The policy
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California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter has nominated deceased Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta for the Medal of Honor, the fourth time Peralta has received the nomination, but this time around might be different because of new Secretary of Defense James Mattis. While three previous secretaries of defense opted not to approve
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