Mattis eyes moving away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

By Idrees Ali ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Dec 2 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters. Speaking with reporters on a military plane en […]

Mattis visits Seoul for defence talks as tensions climb

By Phil Stewart SEOUL, Oct 27 : U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew into Seoul on Friday for annual defence talks as tensions with North Korea climb ahead of a visit to the region next month by President Donald Trump. Mattis has emphasized diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis during his […]

Mattis says will try to work with Pakistan “one more time”

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 4 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations between the two countries have been […]

US Defense Secretary Mattis suggests sticking with Iran nuclear deal

By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 4 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal unless it were proven that Tehran was not abiding by the agreement or that it was not in the US national interest to do so. Although […]

Mattis says US committed to Asia-Pacific as allies seek clear policy

By Idrees Ali SINGAPORE, Jun 2 : US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said today the United States remains committed to its Asia-Pacific allies, as he headed to the region’s premier defense and security forum. Mattis said that in a speech on Saturday to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore he would talk about the “international […]

Mattis to focus on NKorea at Asian forum as allies seek clear US policy

By Idrees Ali and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 31 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to press for greater cooperation to contain North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat at a regional security forum in Singapore later this week, where for years Washington has sought to spotlight China’s expansion in the strategic South China […]