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Trump's defense chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

BAGHDAD The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. | Video

Feb 19 2017

Trump's defense chief says has no problems with media

ABU DHABI U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press. | Video

Feb 19 2017

U.S. defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather

ABU DHABI U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday but added that he was reviewing the next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top U.S. commander.

Feb 18 2017

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe

MUNICH, Germany Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray". | Video

Feb 17 2017

Trump's defense chief sees no military collaboration with Russia

BRUSSELS U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary on Thursday said he did not see possible military collaboration with Russia now, in a blow to Moscow's hopes to mend ties with Washington after Trump's election.

Feb 16 2017

Libya sends new request for military training to NATO

BRUSSELS NATO said on Thursday it had received a new and detailed request from Libya's U.N.-backed government to train and develop its military, depleted by years of conflict and facing an Islamist militant threat as well as division among Libyan militias.

Feb 15 2017

U.S. warns NATO - increase spending or we might 'moderate' support

BRUSSELS U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned NATO allies on Wednesday that they must honor military spending pledges to ensure the United States does not "moderate" support for the alliance. | Video

Feb 15 2017

U.S. defense chief - White House shakeup will not affect Europe debut

BRUSSELS U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday played down any impact that White House national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation might have on Mattis' debut trip this week to Europe to meet NATO allies.

Feb 14 2017

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump's defence chief

BRUSSELS European allies will tell the United States' new defence secretary on Wednesday that NATO is not the weak alliance U.S. President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.

Feb 14 2017

U.S. defence chief - White House shakeup will not affect Europe debut

BRUSSELS U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday played down any impact that White House national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation might have on Mattis' debut trip this week to Europe to meet NATO allies.

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