James Mattis

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Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, demonstration over the death of George Floyd: “We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” says Gen James Mattis. Photograph: Timothy A Clary

President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the US military to quell protests across America has been strongly criticised by leading military figures as(...)

Demonstrators march in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, while protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Photograph:  Jason Connolly/AFP

Hundreds of people were arrested in New York last night after demonstrators defied an 8pm curfew and continued to protest against the killing of Afric(...)

Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration for the post of Pentagon chief, making him the latest person to leave a (...)

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un first met  in Singapore last June. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet for a second time on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam, the president announce(...)

FBI director Christopher Wray, CIA director Gina Haspel and director of national intelligence Dan Coats testify at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on “worldwide threats” last Tuesday in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In the early stages of the Trump presidency, as US allies struggled to adjust to the new froideur, cool heads in Washington offered reassurance by say(...)

A convoy of US army troops and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia patrol Syria in 2017. Photograph: Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA

The US-led coalition battling Islamic State added to confusion surrounding the US withdrawal from Syria on Friday by declaring that it had started the(...)

A line of US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij last month. Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement on Twitter that the US would withdraw its 2,000 troops from Syria was a recklessly short-sighted move. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

With the Republican Party having lost control of the domestic agenda in Congress, it’s likely that President Donald Trump will pivot more to foreign a(...)

US president Donald Trump addresses military personnel in a hangar at the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday made an unannounced visit to Iraq, during which he defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, sayi(...)

Image from September 2017 of the US envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, Brett McGurk. File photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The US envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State has resigned over president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. Bre(...)

Donald Trump at an event  in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty

US President Donald Trump has discussed firing Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell as his frustration with the central bank chief intensified follo(...)

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