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Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander

15 Nov 2018

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas The number of U.S. troops at the border with Mexico may have peaked at about 5,800, the U.S. commander of the mission told Reuters, noting he would start looking next week at whether to begin sending forces home or perhaps shifting some to new border positions. | Video

Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

15 Nov 2018

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he travelled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was "absolutely legal" and justified, and that it was improving military readiness. | Video

U.S. returns 'Bells of Balangiga' to Philippines a century after clash

15 Nov 2018

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday formally returned church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies over a century ago following gruesome clashes, seeking to close a contentious chapter in the two allies' shared history.

U.S. ends refuelling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

10 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON/CAIRO Saudi Arabia and the United States have agreed to end U.S. refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi insurgents in Yemen, halting a divisive aspect of U.S. support to a war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. | Video

U.S. ends refuelling support in Yemen war as pressure builds on Saudi Arabia

10 Nov 2018

* Lawmakers threatened action in Congress next week on refuelling

U.S. halting refuelling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft in Yemen's war

10 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON The United States is halting refuelling of aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen, the United States and Saudi Arabia said on Friday, ending one of the most divisive aspects of U.S. assistance to the Saudi war effort.

RPT-INSIGHT-How Mattis is trying to keep U.S.-China tensions from boiling over

09 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 When the United States imposed sanctions on China's military this fall, China retaliated by canceling Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' plans to meet his counterpart in Beijing. But just days later, a Chinese general visited the Pentagon with a reassuring message: Beijing valued the importance of military ties between the two countries.

How Mattis is trying to keep U.S.-China tensions from boiling over

09 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON When the United States imposed sanctions on China's military this fall, China retaliated by cancelling Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' plans to meet his counterpart in Beijing. But just days later, a Chinese general visited the Pentagon with a reassuring message: Beijing valued the importance of military ties between the two countries.

Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities - officials

07 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON The Trump administration discussed using the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped after the Pentagon expressed doubts about it, U.S. officials said.

U.S.-North Korea talks could affect U.S. military posture in Korea -Dunford

06 Nov 2018

WASHINGTON The top U.S. military officer said on Monday that the United States would have to start making changes to its military posture on the Korean peninsula over time if talks with North Korea advance.

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