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Acting Pentagon chief not decided yet on funding border wall

17 Feb 2019

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used. | Video

U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift

16 Feb 2019

WASHINGTON/MUNICH The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border.

U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift

15 Feb 2019

WASHINGTON/MUNICH, Feb 15 The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border.

Acting Pentagon chief says committed to defeating IS, but allies sceptical

15 Feb 2019

MUNICH, Germany Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday the United States was committed to defeating Islamic State in the Middle East and beyond, but officials said European allies were sceptical of Washington's pledges.

U.S. vows to coordinate with allies on any Afghanistan pullout

14 Feb 2019

BRUSSELS Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan sought to reassure nervous NATO allies on Thursday that any potential U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be done in a coordinated fashion, which could calm European concern about a precipitous drawdown.

Acting Pentagon chief backs NATO, despite Trump's past criticism

14 Feb 2019

BRUSSELS Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday that he backed a strong NATO, a move likely to calm allies nervous about Washington's commitment to the alliance after his predecessor resigned over differences with President Donald Trump. | Video

U.S. allies look for clues on acting Pentagon chief in European debut

13 Feb 2019

BRUSSELS U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan's first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defence secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defence officials and experts said.

Acting Pentagon chief reassures Iraqis after anger over Trump remarks

12 Feb 2019

BAGHDAD Acting U.S. defence chief Patrick Shanahan told Iraqi leaders that Washington understood its forces were in Iraq at Baghdad's invitation, aiming to steady relations after President Donald Trump said U.S. troops were needed to keep an eye on Iran. | Video

Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks

11 Feb 2019

KABUL Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday it was important for the Afghan government to be included in talks to end the country's 17-year war, an involvement that the Taliban has so far rejected.

Exclusive: Long a spoiler, Pakistan starts behind-scenes aid to U.S.-Taliban talks

08 Feb 2019

WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, U.S. officials and Taliban sources told Reuters. | Video

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