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Trump hints could make first visit to Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump hinted on Thursday he may visit Afghanistan, scene of one of America’s longest wars but a country he has yet to visit almost two years into his presidency. Delivering a Thanksgiving holiday message by teleconference to troops in Afghanistan, Trump told a US Air Force general he would see him back in the United States, before adding: “Or maybe I’ll even see you over there. You never know what’s going to happen.” Recent US commanders-in-chief have routinely visited troops in active war zones. Trump…

Saudi Arabia vows ‘complete’ probe of Khashoggi murder: Mattis

Manama: Saudi Arabia has promised a "full" investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday following talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Bahrain. "We discussed it... the need of transparency, full and complete investigation. Full agreement from FM Jubeir, no reservations at all," Mattis told reporters following the talks.  "No reservations at all. He (Jubeir) said we need to know what happened and it was very collaborative, in…

India, US to hold large military exercises in 2019

NEW DELHI: The US and Indian militaries will carry out large-scale joint exercises off India next year, top officials said Thursday. The drills would be a first of sorts -- the two countries' forces have not previously trained simultaneously in the air, on the land and at sea. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement at the end of a summit with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. "We have decided to carry out for the first…

Mattis should protect world from Trump: Pentagon Papers whistleblower

WASHINGTON: Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg called Friday on the Pentagon chief to "protect us" from President Donald Trump by resisting orders to launch military actions or use nuclear weapons. "The situation is closer to the possible use of nuclear weapons since any time I would say in 50 years," Ellsberg, a former high-level military analyst and nuclear war planner turned world-famous whistleblower, told a French wire service in a telephone interview. "It is very dangerous time," he said, pointing out…

Artificial intelligence poses questions for nature of war: Mattis

WASHINGTON: Artificial intelligence and its impact on weapons of the future has made US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis doubt his own theories on warfare. A question on the subject prompted the retired Marine general to give an impromptu seminar on his theory of war Saturday to reporters returning with him from a week-long tour of Europe. Recalling his own writings, he differentiated between the essential nature of war, which is unchanging because it is human, and war's character, which is changing. "The fundamental…

US military puts ‘great power competition’ at heart of strategy: Mattis

WASHINGTON: The US military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. In presenting the new strategy, which will set priorities for the Pentagon for years to come, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called China and Russia “revisionist powers” that “seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.” The “National Defense…

There are several ways to hold Pakistan accountable in anti-terror fight: US defence secretary

WASHINGTON: While underlining the probability of United States’ rewarding Pakistan in fight against terrorism, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says, however, there are also several ways for the US-led NATO member countries to hold Pakistan accountable for the same. "But our principle, going into this, is that we are going to work with Pakistan and make this work, so that there's no longer a threat coming across the border there," he told reporters at the NATO headquarters in Brussels as quoted by the Times of India.…

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. Pyongyang in recent months has sparked global alarm by conducting a sixth nuclear test and test-launching missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, while Trump and the North's young ruler Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults. Mattis, on a trip to Seoul for annual defence talks,…

Mattis says US goal is ‘not war’ over North 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. Tension has flared on the Korean peninsula as US President Donald Trump and the North's ruler Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults that sparked global alarm. But Mattis, who visited the tense Demilitarised Zone during a trip to South Korea, said the US was committed to a "diplomatic…

Trump weighs ‘decertifying’ Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has railed against a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, but officials say that far from scrapping it, he is considering kicking the decision to Congress. Ahead of an October 15 deadline, several officials familiar with White House deliberations told AFP Trump has made it clear he does not want to certify Iran's compliance with the accord. The 2015-era Obama agreement offered Tehran relief from punitive economic sanctions, in return for limits to uranium enrichment and intrusive…