US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen will reduce civilian casualties, Mattis tells Senate

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has defended US military support to the Saudi-led coalition that is waging war in Yemen. He argued it helps to limit the civilian death toll and bring the conflict to a “negotiated” end. “We need to get this [war in Yemen] to a negotiated settlement, and we believe our policy […]

How Jim Mattis defused a White House confrontation that left Reince Priebus saying ‘WTF’

How Jim Mattis defused a White House confrontation that left Reince Priebus saying ‘WTF’ NOW WATCH: Here’s what we know about Trump’s pick for Defense Secretary: Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis See Also: How Jim Mattis defused a White House confrontation that left Reince Priebus saying ‘WTF’ The Trump administration is exploring options for a […]

Commandos decapitate snakes, drink their blood in front of Mattis on Asia tour (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was treated to a bizarre and brutal display of military and martial arts skill by Indonesia’s special forces in which live snakes were decapitated and their blood consumed. The press corps traveling with Mattis was expecting a standard hostage rescue drill and were totally unprepared for the fire walks, helicopter […]

Mattis says Turkey warned Pentagon before attacking US-backed Kurds

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey gave advance notice that it was planning to launch an attack on US-allied Kurdish militias in Syria, but he did not specify if Washington tried to dissuade Ankara. ”Turkey was candid,” Mattis told reporters aboard a plane traveling to Asia from the US. ”They warned us before they […]

War will go on despite US govt shutdown, Pence & Mattis reassure troops

Vice President Mike Pence has encouraged US troops to focus on their missions as the federal government shut shop after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. The soldiers won’t be paid, though, until lawmakers sort it out. “We’ll get this thing figured out in Washington,” Pence said early Saturday as he greeted […]

Lost in reverie: Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria […]

MATTIS: Militants that killed US special forces troops in Niger were new to area

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Islamic extremists that ambushed and killed U.S. Army commandoes in Niger last week hadn’t operated in that area before, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, referring to what officials believe was a relatively new offshoot of the Islamic State group there. Speaking to reporters traveling with […]

N. Korean missile put millions of Japanese into ‘duck and cover’ – Mattis

Published time: 15 Sep, 2017 00:48 Edited time: 15 Sep, 2017 00:54 North Korea’s missile launch over Japan “put millions of Japanese into duck and cover” mode, said US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The launch triggered an alert in Japan as it flew through the country’s airspace before landing in the Pacific Ocean. Following the […]