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27th United States secretary of defense

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Mark Esper: 27th United States secretary of defense
Mark Thomas Esper is the current and 27th United States Secretary of Defense. He previously served as acting Secretary of Defense and was the 23rd United States Secretary of the Army from 2017 to 2019.

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Pentagon chief says no specific evidence Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said he did not see specific evidence from intelligence officials that Iran was planning to attack four U.S. embassies, an assertion made by President Donald..
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Pompeo, Esper arrive at White House after Iran attack on Iraqi base

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived at the White House late on Tuesday after Iran fired missiles on at least two Iraqi air bases hosting U.S.-led coalition..
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Esper: 'I didn't see' specific Iranian threat to U.S. embassies [Video]Esper: 'I didn't see' specific Iranian threat to U.S. embassies

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said he did not see a specific Iranian plot to attack American embassies in Baghdad or elsewhere before the administration decided to kill an Iranian..

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper Admits To Not Seeing Specific Evidence Regarding Qassem Soleimani [Video]Defense Secretary Mark Esper Admits To Not Seeing Specific Evidence Regarding Qassem Soleimani

President Donald Trump claimed there was a threat on multiple embassies. He reacted to that threat by ordering the killing of former Iraninan Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. According to Business Insider,..

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Trump administration is 'misleading us on Iran': Sanders [Video]Trump administration is 'misleading us on Iran': Sanders

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday said that the Trump administration has not provided evidence to 'justify' the killing of the top Iranian commander and urged Congress to pass a bill that..

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U.S. lawmakers unconvinced by Trump Iran argument, set war powers vote [Video]U.S. lawmakers unconvinced by Trump Iran argument, set war powers vote

Trump administration officials failed to convince many U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that an imminent threat had justified the killing of a top Iranian military commander, and congressional Democrats..

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Sen. Lee slams Trump administration briefing on Iran crisis [Video]Sen. Lee slams Trump administration briefing on Iran crisis

Republican Senator Mike Lee said on Wednesday that a briefing from Trump administration officials on the killing of an Iranian commander in Iraq was “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least..

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Iran Attacks Iraqi Base Housing U.S. Troops [Video]Iran Attacks Iraqi Base Housing U.S. Troops

In what is described as a “hard” retaliation, Iran’s government has fired a series of ballistic missiles. These missiles are aimed at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops. This retaliation..

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White House defends rationale for killing Soleimani [Video]White House defends rationale for killing Soleimani

President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper came out Tuesday to rationalize the administration's decision to authorize a strike that killed top..

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There are 'hurdles' to overcome before U.S. troops pull out of Iraq - Esper [Video]There are 'hurdles' to overcome before U.S. troops pull out of Iraq - Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday that 'procedural hurdles' would have to be overcome by the Iraqi government before U.S. troops would pull out of Iraq, should Iraq request a U.S...

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Iranian commander was planning attack within days -Esper [Video]Iranian commander was planning attack within days -Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was "more than fair to say" the attack that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was said to be planning was to be executed in days rather..

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Mixed signals from Pentagon on future of U.S. troops in Iraq [Video]Mixed signals from Pentagon on future of U.S. troops in Iraq

After reports of a letter from the U.S. military telling Iraq it plans to pull American troops out of the country, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday denied the U.S. was withdrawing troops, saying..

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Top Trump Administration Officials To Meet Over Iran-Iraq [Video]Top Trump Administration Officials To Meet Over Iran-Iraq

Top Trump administration officials will brief the full U.S. Senate on Wednesday. This includes the secretaries of state and defense, according to Reuters.com. The developments in Iraq and Iran after an..

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U.S. deploying 750 paratroopers after protestors breach U.S. embassy in Iraq: Pentagon chief [Video]U.S. deploying 750 paratroopers after protestors breach U.S. embassy in Iraq: Pentagon chief

The U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division is deploying paratroopers to Kuwait, after Iran-affiliated rioters swarmed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

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Protesters burn security post at U.S. Embassy in Iraq in new foreign policy test for Trump [Video]Protesters burn security post at U.S. Embassy in Iraq in new foreign policy test for Trump

The United States is deploying about 750 soldiers to the Middle East in response to the violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday. Chris Dignam has..

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U.S. calls strikes in Iraq, Syria 'successful' [Video]U.S. calls strikes in Iraq, Syria 'successful'

U.S. officials said on Sunday that air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iran-backed militia group were successful, but warned that "additional actions" may still be taken in the region to defend..

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North Korea warns the U.S. over human rights comments [Video]North Korea warns the U.S. over human rights comments

North Korea criticized the United States for taking issue with its human rights record on Saturday, saying Washington's "verbal abuse" would only aggravate the already tense situation on the Korean..

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U.S. defense secretary hopeful for diplomacy with North Korea [Video]U.S. defense secretary hopeful for diplomacy with North Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he remains hopeful the United States can restart diplomatic relations with North Korea, as the clock ticks down to North Korea's declared year-end deadline to..

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China, Russia propose lifting N Korea sanctions [Video]China, Russia propose lifting N Korea sanctions

Statues, seafood and textiles were proposed exports to be taken off the North Korea sanctions lift on Monday. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Trump hits the locker room at Army-Navy game [Video]Trump hits the locker room at Army-Navy game

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper received a warm welcome from the football players in the Army locker room ahead of the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on..

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U.S. should expect Iran to retaliate, defense secretary says

The United States should expect Iran to retaliate over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday, as a top Tehran general vowed a..
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U.S. should expect some form of Iranian retaliation: Pentagon

The United States should expect that Iran will retaliate over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday.
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No Iraqi request to withdraw U.S. forces, Pentagon says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hadn't received a request from Iraq to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and noted that an Iraqi parliamentary resolution requesting a pullout..
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Iranian commander was planning attack within days: Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was "more than fair to say" the attack that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning was to be executed in days rather than..
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U.S. ready to finish any war started with Iran: Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday the United States wants to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but the country is ready to finish any war that could be started.
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Saudi deputy defense minister met Esper, discussed ongoing military cooperation: tweet

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, said in a tweet on Tuesday he met U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper and discussed mutual challenges faced by both countries.
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Pentagon chief denies U.S. is leaving Iraq; slain commander mourned by Tehran throngs

The United States has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, following reports by Reuters and other media of an American military letter informing Iraqi..
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Pentagon says will not break law of war, despite Trump threat

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper strongly suggested on Monday that the U.S. military would not violate the laws of armed conflict by striking Iranian cultural sites, a move threatened by President..
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Pentagon chief denies U.S. leaving Iraq; Tehran crowds mourn commander

The United States has no plans to pull American troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, following reports by Reuters and other media of a U.S. military letter informing Iraq..
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Bahrain Crown Prince speaks with U.S. Defense Secretary: BNA

Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa discussed by phone on Monday with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper the importance of maintaining regional security and stability, state news agency..
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U.S. defense secretary cancels vacation amid Iran crisis

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has canceled plans to take personal leave later in January amid rising tension with Iran, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.
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U.S. sees signs Iran or proxies may be planning more attacks: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday there were indications Iran or forces it backs may be planning additional attacks, warning that the "game has changed" and it was possible the United..
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Indications Iran, forces it backs may be planning attacks: Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that there were indications that Iran or the forces that it backs may be planning additional attacks.
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U.S. defense secretary urges North Korea to negotiate on denuclearization

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday said the United States still sees a political agreement on denuclearization as the best path forward on North Korea, but that American forces remained..
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U.S. deploying 750 soldiers after protest at U.S. Embassy in Iraq: Pentagon chief

The United States is immediately deploying about 750 soldiers to the Middle East in response to the violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday.
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Additional forces being sent to U.S. embassy in Baghdad: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States was sending additional forces to its embassy in Baghdad, and called on the Iraqi government to help protect American personnel.
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Pentagon chief hopeful for restarting diplomacy with North Korea, but stands ready

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that he remains hopeful the United States can restart diplomacy with North Korea, as the clock ticks down to North Korea's declared year-end deadline..
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Pentagon chief: Need to speak with Turkish counterpart to understand Erdogan base comments

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that he needed to speak with his Turkish counterpart to understand how serious President Tayyip Erdogan was when he said he could shut down the Incirlik..
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North Korea tests likely if they 'don't feel satisfied': Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday North Korea would likely carry out unspecified tests if they “don’t feel satisfied,” amid fears the two countries could return to the collision..
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Pentagon chief urges Iraq to stop attacks on bases housing U.S. forces

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Monday urged Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to take steps to prevent bases housing U.S. troops from being shelled, a statement from the premier's office..
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U.S. military has enough capability in Middle East for now: Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday he believed the U.S. military had sufficient capability in the Middle East for now to deter conflict, dismissing a media report that a major troop..
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Exclusive: U.S. military completes pullback from northeast Syria, Esper says

The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces,..
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Exclusive: U.S. defense chief calls on Turkey to stop holding up NATO readiness plan

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland, as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against..
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Exclusive: U.S. troop drawdowns in Afghanistan 'not necessarily' tied to Taliban deal - Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that any future troop drawdowns in Afghanistan were "not necessarily" linked to a deal with Taliban insurgents, suggesting some lowering of force levels..
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U.S. Navy chief fired over handling of SEAL saga involving Trump

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired the Navy's top civilian on Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL who was convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq and later won the support of..
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U.S. defense secretary fires Navy chief over handling of SEAL saga

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired the Navy's top civilian after losing confidence in him over his handling of the high-profile case of a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq, the..
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Pentagon chief says unaware of any threat to pull U.S. troops from South Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he was unaware of any plans to withdraw 4,000 U.S. troops from South Korea if talks on cost-sharing fail.
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U.S. says South Korea can do more on costs after talks break down

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he believed South Korea "can and should" contribute more on cost-sharing for hosting the U.S. military, after Seoul broke off the talks earlier in the..
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Pentagon's Esper says military justice ready to hold troops to account

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army..
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Pentagon's Esper says it is crucial South Korea pays more for U.S. troops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian..
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Pentagon's Esper sees Syria pullback taking another 'week or so'

The U.S. military pullback from the Kobani area in northeastern Syria near Turkey's border should take "another week or so" to complete, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday, as the U.S...
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Pentagon's Esper wants Turkey 'back in the fold'

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday it was important to bring Turkey "back in the fold" as he renewed warnings that Ankara appeared to be drifting away from NATO with this year's arms..
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Pentagon chief open to military adjustments to support North Korea diplomacy

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he was open to new alterations in U.S. military activity on the Korean peninsula if it helped enable diplomats, who are trying to jump-start stalled..
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China defense minister discusses Hong Kong, Taiwan with U.S.: state media

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed Hong Kong, Taiwan, the South China Sea and Xinjiang with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday during a telephone call, state media said.
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U.S. to strengthen troop presence near Syria oil fields: Pentagon chief

The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria to prevent Islamic State fighters from accessing oil fields and revenue, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Friday, the latest..
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Pentagon chief to focus on Turkey, Syria at NATO, but short on options

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to focus on Turkey's offensive into Syria and the fight against Islamic State when he meets NATO partners in Brussels this week, but he has limited options..
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Pentagon chief says U.S. forces enter, leave Iraq with government permission: Iraqi PM

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday the United States respects Iraq's sovereignty and that U.S. forces enter and leave Iraq with Baghdad's..
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Iraq rejects long-term presence of U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria

Iraq rejected on Wednesday the long-term presence of U.S. troops that have crossed its border during a retreat from northern Syria, an apparent snub to visiting Defence Secretary Mark Esper who had..
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Pentagon chief visits Iraq as U.S. troops withdraw from Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday, where he is likely to face questions about how long U.S. troops withdrawing from northeast Syria will stay in Iraq.
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U.S aim is for troops pulling out of Syria to leave Iraq eventually: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that Washington aimed to bring U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States, and not for them to stay in Iraq "interminably".
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U.S. Defense Secretary Esper affirms 'longstanding commitment' to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that while the United States did not have a commitment to defend Syrian Kurdish fighters against Turkey, it does have a “longstanding commitment” to..
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Pentagon chief visits Saudi Arabia as tensions simmer with Iran

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, with tensions simmering between the United States and Iran, and Russia seeking to increase its regional influence.
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Pentagon chief arrives in Riyadh as Iran tensions simmer and Russia makes moves

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, his first trip to the key Middle East ally since taking the job this summer, as tensions simmer between Washington and Tehran, and..
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Some U.S. troops may stay in Syria: Pentagon chief

The United States is considering keeping some troops in northeastern Syria to stop oil falling into the hands of Islamic State or others but no decision has yet been made, Defense Secretary Mark Esper..
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