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Mattis: Risk of North Korean Nuclear Attack Accelerating

Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of 'outlaw' behavior

(Newser) - The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday, accusing the North of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs and pledging to repel any strike, the AP reports. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at... More »

2 Lawmakers Try to Curb Trump's Ability to Start a War

Democrats worried about his rhetoric against North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un have not traded public threats of late, but it's still been a busy week in terms of North Korean developments. Defense chief James Mattis visited the DMZ, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sees a potential ally in India, and two Democratic lawmakers aim... More »

Did Tillerson's Statement Just Make Things Worse?

Gist of coverage is that his ties with Trump remain irreparably damaged

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson made the unusual move Wednesday of calling a news conference to refute reports that he's on the outs with President Trump and came close to resigning his post as secretary of state. So it's safe to say Tillerson is in DC for a while? Don't... More »

Mattis' Off-the-Cuff Talk to Troops Caught on Video

He asks them to 'hold the line' until US gets back to 'respecting each other'

(Newser) - A video of defense chief James Mattis giving an off-the-cuff pep talk to US troops is gaining traction online. In the clip—see it here —Mattis asks the troops to "hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it,"... More »

North Korea Fires 'Highly Problematic' Missile

That would be 3rd in 3 weeks, and it landed in Japanese waters

(Newser) - North Korea carried out its third missile test in as many weeks Monday, firing what is believed to have been a short-range Scud-type missile into waters Japan considers to be part of its exclusive economic maritime zone. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says Tokyo has protested the "intolerable" action... More »

Mattis Breaks From Trump on Key Iraq Issue

Defense secretary assures Iraq we want to help beat ISIS, not take its oil

(Newser) - President Trump has noted more than once he thinks we should've taken Iraq's oil when we had the chance (and suggests that option may still be on the table), but his secretary of defense is pushing a different message—what the New York Times characterizes as comments that... More »

Trump Pick Gets Rare Senate Exception to Lead Pentagon

James Mattis expected to be easily confirmed

(Newser) - Retired Gen. James Mattis on Thursday cruised toward likely confirmation as Donald Trump's defense secretary, overwhelmingly prevailing in a Senate vote granting him an exemption to run the Pentagon as a recently retired officer, the AP reports. At his confirmation hearing, he called Russia the nation's No. 1... More »

Two Marines to Be Tried on Haditha Charges

Judge rejects motion to dismiss case, orders court martial

(Newser) - Two US marines will face court martial on charges stemming from the November, 2005, killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. One of them, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, is the most senior US serviceman to face court martial for actions in combat since Vietnam. Chessani is charged with dereliction of... More »

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