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Trump claims he 'essentially fired' Mattis

Washington - US President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he had "essentially" fired Jim Mattis, even though the former Pentagon chief had pointedly quit his post over multiple disagreements.

'Alert the Daycare Staff' leads Twitter feed as Trump melts down

In the vicious back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and retiring Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), Twitter users were thrown a delicious bone — the hashtag “Alert The Daycare Staff” that Corker flagged for Trump.

Mattis faces criticism after comments in Khashoggi case

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has enjoyed a level of bipartisan support rarely seen in Washington, is facing mounting public criticism amid the fallout from the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US defence chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Ho Chi Minh - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast doubt over the Pentagon chief's fate.

US defence chief Mattis says Trump is '100 percent' with him

Ho Chi Minh - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast doubt over the Pentagon chief's fate.

US defense chief Mattis says he is on Trump's 'team'

Hanoi - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted on Tuesday that he is on Donald Trump's team, after the US president said in an interview that he could be leaving.

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Kabul - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis landed in Kabul on Friday for an unannounced visit to war-torn Afghanistan, where he will meet President Ashraf Ghani and the new US commander for American and NATO forces.

US defense chief hears shots during visit to Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got some alarmingly direct insight into Rio de Janeiro's violent crime wave when gunfire burst out close to his hotel during an official visit to the Brazilian city.

US defense chief woos Brazil as Chinese influence grows

Rio De Janeiro - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged closer strategic ties with Brazil on Tuesday in what appeared to be part of a concerted pushback against growing Chinese influence in Latin America.

No N. Korea relief until verifiable denuclearisation steps: Mattis

Fpo - North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated "irreversible" steps to denuclearisation, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday.

Pentagon 'ready' to provide military options for Syria: Mattis

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday the Pentagon is ready to provide options for a Syria strike in response to a suspected chemical attack, but noted the US and its allies are still gathering information.

US vows investigation into Syria attack involving Russians

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault.

US urges Turkey to refocus its Syria fight against IS

Brussels - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has appealed to Turkey to concentrate its fight in Syria against the Islamic State group as tensions mount between the two NATO allies over Ankara's operation against a Kurdish militia, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Turkey gave US heads-up on Syria operation: Mattis

Turkey gave Washington advance warning before launching an operation against US-allied Syrian Kurdish forces, and Ankara has "legitimate" security concerns in the area, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday."Turkey was candid.

US won't walk away from Syria war until talks progress: Mattis

Washington - A US-led coalition will forge ahead in its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq until a UN peace process makes further headway, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria

Helsinki - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation.

Mattis warns 'massive' response to North Korea nuclear weapon use

Seoul - US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Saturday warned North Korea of a "massive military response" to any use of nuclear weapons as tensions remain sky-high ahead of Donald Trump's visit to South Korea.

Mattis says US goal is 'not war' over N. Korea

Seoul - Washington's goal "is not war" as it seeks to ease high military tension with Pyongyang, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday, standing at the heavily-fortified border between the two Koreas.

Mattis says US goal is 'not war' over N. Korea

Seoul - Washington's goal "is not war" as it seeks to ease high military tension with Pyongyang, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday, standing at the heavily-fortified border between the two Koreas.

Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea

Bangkok - Washington is seeking a "peaceful resolution" with North Korea, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear threats.

N.Korea an 'unprecedented threat' says Mattis and Pacific allies

Clark - North Korea's weapons programmes pose "an unprecedented and grave threat" to the United States, South Korea and Japan, defence ministers from the three countries warned Tuesday.

Mattis meets McCain amid tension over deadly Niger ambush

Washington - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Congress on Friday to assure Senator John McCain that lines of communication were open, amid demands the Pentagon reveal more about a Niger ambush that killed four US servicemen.

Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated.

Mattis backs Iran deal, as US hawks pressure Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump's respected defense secretary Jim Mattis added his heavyweight support to retaining the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, as more hawkish voices pushed for tougher action against Tehran.

US wants diplomatic end to North Korea crisis: Mattis

New Delhi - The United States wants a diplomatic solution to the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, toning down the shrill rhetoric between the two countries.

Fighter jets, drones on table as Mattis visits key ally India

New Delhi - Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week.

Fighter jets, drones on table as Mattis visits key ally India

New Delhi - Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security challenges look set to dominate the agenda when US Defence Secretary James Mattis visits India this week.

Mattis: Still room for diplomatic solution with N.Korea

Washington - US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday that there was still room for diplomacy in dealing with North Korea's provocative ballistic missile launches, after President Donald Trump said negotiations were "not the answer.

Pentagon chief in Baghdad as Iraqi forces press Tal Afar assault

Baghdad - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault on Tal Afar, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in the country's north.
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