Military leadership

A man wounded in Turkish shelling is brought to Tal Tamr hospital in north Syria, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria on Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region begin to shift or crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 15, 2019 - 1:22 pm
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Russia's defense minister has had a phone call with his U.S. counterpart to discuss the developments in Syria. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has spoken to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to...
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President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, speaks to media during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 11, 2019 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about...
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September 26, 2019 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending one Patriot missile battery and four ground-based radar systems to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Thursday, in what officials describe as the first steps to help the kingdom protect itself against Iranian attacks. Two more Patriot batteries and a THAAD missile...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. Esper on Wednesday, Sept. 4, began briefing allied officials in Europe on an emerging peace deal with the Taliban, but he cautioned that no final deal has been sealed to end the longest war in American history. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 06, 2019 - 4:11 am
LONDON (AP) — The new American secretary of defense, Mark Esper, is cautioning European allies to be wary of China's growing global influence. In a speech to a British think tank on Friday, Esper said countries that grow too dependent on Chinese investment and trade become susceptible to coercion...
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The lounger in which Virginia Mosvold was rescued from her home in Ol' Freetown Farm, flooded by the waters of Hurricane Dorian, lays abandoned on the side of the road on the outskirts of Freeport, Bahamas, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The 84-year-old Mosvold was taken to a hospital in Freeport. Rescue crews in the Bahamas fanned out across a blasted landscape of smashed and flooded homes trying to reach drenched and stunned victims of Hurricane Dorian and take the full measure of the disaster. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
September 04, 2019 - 6:34 pm
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Dorian (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Nathan May evacuated his Carolina Beach, North Carolina, home for Hurricane Florence last year. After it didn't flood and only a few branches were knocked down, he decided he would ride out Hurricane Dorian as it...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks beside President Donald Trump, during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 30, 2019 - 4:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path. Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military...
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President Donald Trump watches with Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the flag for U.S. space Command is unfurled as Trump announces the establishment of the U.S. Space Command in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 29, 2019 - 4:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command to preserve American dominance on "the ultimate high ground." "This is a landmark day," Trump said in a Rose Garden ceremony, "one that recognizes...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 28, 2019 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning that bitter political divisions threaten American society, saying he views "tribalism" as a greater risk to the nation's future than foreign adversaries. The retired Marine general, who resigned in December 2018 in a policy dispute...
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August 15, 2019 - 9:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister has hosted his Venezuelan counterpart to discuss military ties between the two countries. During Thursday's meeting, Sergei Shoigu hailed Venezuela for "resisting attempts by the United States to overthrow the legitimate government," noting that the...
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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper poses with a horse presented as a gift at the Defense Ministry in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Esper's stop in Ulaanbaatar — the third U.S. engagement with Mongolia in recent weeks, underscored its key role in America's new defense strategy that lists China and Russia as priority competitors. (AP Photo/Chimgee Tuvdendagva)
August 08, 2019 - 5:55 am
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — With one hand resting on the mane of a sturdy Mongolian horse, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper invoked the name of one of America's great soldiers as he sought to strengthen the military bonds between the U.S. and this landlocked democracy sandwiched between Russia...
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