Gulf Times - Mark-Esper
US defence chief warns of Huawei 'threat' to NATO

US defence chief warns of Huawei 'threat' to NATO

Top US officials fired a fresh broadside at Huawei on Saturday, warning the Chinese tech giant posed a threat to NATO if allies allowed it to build new 5G communications networks.

'US expecting Iranian retaliation'

'US expecting Iranian retaliation'

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the Pentagon fully expects that Iran will retaliate for the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani

US top official denies decision to leave Iraq

US top official denies decision to leave Iraq

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper denied on Monday that US forces would pull out of Iraq, after a US general's letter told the Iraqi government that troops were preparing to depart "in due deference to the sovereignty" of the country.

US defense secretary securing military bases after Florida shooting

US defense secretary securing military bases after Florida shooting

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he has instructed the armed forces to review both security at military bases and screening for foreign soldiers who come to the United States for training after a shooting in Florida.

US vows more support for Philippines amid tensions in South China Sea

US vows more support for Philippines amid tensions in South China Sea

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday vowed more support for the Philippines in efforts to modernize the country's military and improve maritime security as tensions build over the disputed South China Sea.

China calls on US to 'stop flexing muscles' in South China Sea

China calls on US to 'stop flexing muscles' in South China Sea

China on Monday called on the US military to stop flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and to avoid adding "new uncertainties" over Taiwan

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

Afghans should not misconstrue America's sudden, contentious and near-total withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday.

US troops from Syria expected to go to Iraq- Pentagon chief

US troops from Syria expected to go to Iraq- Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq

Pentagon chief says US working towards 'good deal' with Taliban

Pentagon chief says US working towards 'good deal' with Taliban

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence ...

US Defence Secretary says he favours placing intermediate-range missiles in Asia

US Defence Secretary says he favours placing intermediate-range missiles in Asia

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon