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Exit of trusted Mattis sparks concern among US allies

Exit of trusted Mattis sparks concern among US allies

Key allies of Washington expressed concern on Friday about the resignation of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the policies of President Donald Trump that prompted it, praising Mattis as a committed partner.

US shifts on Yemen as toll mounts and Saudi alliance falters

US shifts on Yemen as toll mounts and Saudi alliance falters

The surprise US call for a ceasefire in Yemen marks a growing sense that Saudi Arabia's campaign has proven disastrous, but experts say more action is needed to end the devastating war.

Mattis calls for transparent investigation in Khashoggi killing

Mattis calls for transparent investigation in Khashoggi killing

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday that he had met Saudi Arabia's foreign minister and called for a transparent investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US, South Korea suspend additional military exercise: Pentagon

US, South Korea suspend additional military exercise: Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo have canceled the "Vigilant Ace" military exercise that was slated for December, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Friday.

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills –Pentagon

Mattis not surprised by Trump halting South Korea drills –Pentagon

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was not caught off guard by President Donald Trump's announcement that he was suspending military exercises with South Korea, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding he was consulted ahead of time.

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

Mattis accuses China of S. China Sea 'intimidation and coercion'

China's military build-up in the South China Sea and its deployment of high-end weapons systems in the disputed waterway is designed to intimidate and coerce neighbours, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.

Turkey advised US before Syria strikes; contacts ongoing -Mattis

Turkey advised US before Syria strikes; contacts ongoing -Mattis

Turkey advised the United States ahead of its air strikes in Syria against US-backed Kurdish militia, and Washington is in contact with Ankara about the way forward, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday during a flight to Asia.

Erdogan tells visiting US defence chief 'uneasy' over arming Kurds

Erdogan tells visiting US defence chief 'uneasy' over arming Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told visiting Pentagon chief Jim Mattis of Turkey's uneasiness over Washington arming a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as a terror group by Ankara, a policy which has strained ties between the NATO allies.

US cannot prove IS chief is dead -defense secretary

US cannot prove IS chief is dead -defense secretary

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the United States could not prove that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead.

Mattis rebukes Putin for international 'mischief'

Mattis rebukes Putin for international 'mischief'

US defence Secretary Jim Mattis accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday of making international "mischief" and said America's commitment to NATO remains unwavering.

US wants to steer clear of Syrian civil war: Mattis

US wants to steer clear of Syrian civil war: Mattis

The United States will not be drawn into Syria's civil war, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said, despite an increasingly complicated battle space that has seen US warplanes down pro-regime aircraft.