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  • ** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Military alone can't stop Iran's nuke program, Gen. James Mattis says

    Iran's nuclear program cannot be stopped by military means, by either the U.S. or by Israel, the recently retired chief of U.S. Central Command said over the weekend.

  • Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Marine Gen. Mattis recommends 13,600 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014

    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East region is recommending that the Obama administration leave 13,600 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when most international combat forces are slated to leave the country.

  • Marine Gen. James Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Gen. James Mattis confident in Middle East presence despite sequesters

    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Iran and other nations Tuesday that the United States' military is still formidable despite budget cuts that have reduced the number of its aircraft carriers in the region.

  • **FILE** Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies July 10, 2010, on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services Committee. (Associated Press)

    General warns of Syrian bioweapons, Iran threat

    The top U.S. commander in the Middle East will warn Congress on Tuesday against efforts to scale back the Navy's presence in the embattled region, saying threats from Iran and elsewhere will require more ships and maritime missile defense capabilities.

  • Protesters condemn the weekend NATO strikes on Pakistani border posts as they demonstrate in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

    U.S. suspects NATO was lured into raid

    NATO forces may have been lured into attacking friendly Pakistani border posts in a calculated maneuver by the Taliban, according to preliminary U.S. military reports on the deadliest friendly-fire incident with Pakistan since the Afghanistan war began.

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Clinton says Libya risks 'protracted civil war'

    Libya is at risk of collapsing into a "protracted civil war" amid increasingly violent clashes between government forces and those opposed to leader Moammar Gadhafi, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Tuesday. She told Congress that the U.S. must lead an international response to the crisis.

  • Marine Gen. James Mattis, named to head U.S. Central Command, arrives Tuesday on Capitol Hill to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

    Central Command pick backs Afghan strategy

    President Obama's nominee to head U.S. Central Command professed broad agreement with the administration's objectives and strategy in Afghanistan — and beyond — during his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  •  In this March 9, 2010, file photo, Gen. James N. Mattis testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants Gen. Mattis to take over U.S. Central Command, replacing Gen. David Petraeus. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Marine Gen. Mattis to take over Central Command

    Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis has been picked to take over U.S. Central Command, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

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