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The Pentagon: The United States Department of Defense's office building in Virginia
The Pentagon is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense. As a symbol of the U.S. military, the phrase The Pentagon is also often used as a metonym for the Department of Defense and its leadership.

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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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U.S. releases Baghdadi raid video, warns of likely retribution attack

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may..
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Amazon challenges Pentagon's cloud award to Microsoft [Video]Amazon challenges Pentagon's cloud award to Microsoft

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday rejected any suggestion of bias in a Pentagon decision to award Microsoft an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract, after Amazon announced plans to..

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Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid [Video]Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid

The Pentagon has released new details on the raid in which IS leader al-Baghdadi was killed. General Frank McKenzie said: "You can see the way it looked before. And you can see the way it looks, the..

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U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid [Video]U.S. releases new images of Baghdadi raid

The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend's commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Roger Fortuna reports.

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Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials [Video]Syria situation still complex despite Baghdadi's death -U.S. officials

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley briefed reporters at the Pentagon after President Trump announced that a U.S. military..

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Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 bln cloud computing contract [Video]Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 bln cloud computing contract

Microsoft has won the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract, the Defense Department said on Friday, beating out favorite Amazon. Mia Womersley reports

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Pentagon chief visits Iraq as troops withdraw from Syria [Video]Pentagon chief visits Iraq as 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. Rough Cut (no..

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Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria [Video]Pentagon chief mulls keeping some troops in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces to ensure that the oil did not fall into the..

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Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks [Video]Esper in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to..

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Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria [Video]Trump tells Pentagon to start pulling troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation..

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Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria [Video]Pentagon chief: "Despite our opposition," Turkey advanced into Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News that Turkey decided to send ground troops into northern Syria despite Washington urging Ankara to reconsider, and that the fighting put U.S. forces in an..

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Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary [Video]Reported executions by Turkish forces in Syria may be 'war crimes': U.S. Defense Secretary

Gruesome images showing what may be Turkish-backed fighters executing captured Syrian Kurds would be war crimes if the accounts are true, said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday. Rough cut (no..

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US troops are pulling out of Northern Syria [Video]US troops are pulling out of Northern Syria

The Pentagon has announced up to one-thousand US troops withdraw from the Northern Syria as the Turkish offensive in Kurdish-controlled areas escalates.

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Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds [Video]Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

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Pentagon chief says Turkey's incursion threaten relations [Video]Pentagon chief says Turkey's incursion threaten relations

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish..

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Democrats Subpoena Pentagon In Impeachment Probe [Video]Democrats Subpoena Pentagon In Impeachment Probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office on Monday as part of their impeachment inquiry, seeking documents related to U.S...

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U.S. troops will be sent to Saudi Arabia -Pentagon [Video]U.S. troops will be sent to Saudi Arabia -Pentagon

U.S. President Donald Trump has approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia's air defenses after Saturday's attacks on the kingdom's oil facilities, which Washington has blamed on Iran,..

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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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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".
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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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U.S. mulls leaving some troops in Syria to guard oil: Pentagon

The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussion

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure the oil did not fall into the..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief in Afghanistan as U.S. looks to kickstart Taliban talks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States seeks to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations..
Reuters - Published

All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief Esper says will press NATO allies to take measures against Turkey

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday he will meet with NATO allies next week to press them to take "diplomatic and economic measures" in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria.
Reuters - Published

Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria

The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation..
Reuters - Published

U.S. troops in Syria came under fire from Turkish positions: Pentagon

U.S. troops in northern Syria came under artillery fire from Turkish positions on Friday but none were wounded, the Pentagon said, an incident that highlights the risks to U.S. troops as Turkey wages..
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U.S. military says not abandoning Kurds, condemns Turkish offensive

The Pentagon strongly denied on Friday accusations that it had abandoned its Syrian Kurdish allies to a Turkish military onslaught, which he said was destabilizing the region and doing "dramatic harm"..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds

The Pentagon said on Friday that Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish partners.
Reuters - Published

U.S. defense chief says Turkey's incursion threaten relations

The Pentagon on Friday said Ankara's military incursion into northeastern Syria was damaging U.S.-Turkey relations, adding that the United States was not abandoning its Kurdish partners.
Reuters - Published

Pentagon confirms large deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia

The Pentagon said on Friday it was planning to send a large number of additional forces and equipment to Saudi Arabia, including air defenses and fighter aircraft.
Reuters - Published

Need to de-escalate situation in northeast Syria before it's 'irreparable': Pentagon

In some of the most critical U.S. comments about Turkey's advance into northeastern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told his Turkish counterpart they should deescalate the situation before it..
Reuters - Published

Trump consulted with Pentagon ahead of northeast Syria troop withdrawal

U.S. President Donald Trump consulted with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley "over the last several days" about a possible Turkish strike in Syria, a..
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North Korea test was of short- to medium-range ballistic missile: Pentagon

The Pentagon said on Thursday that a recent North Korean missile test was a short- to medium-range ballistic missile that was fired from a sea-based platform.
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Pentagon to send radar, Patriot missiles to bolster Saudi defenses

The Pentagon said on Thursday it plans to send four radar systems, a battery of Patriot missiles and about two hundred support personnel to bolster Saudi Arabia's defenses after the largest-ever attack..
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Pentagon chief says emphasized anti-corruption in call with Ukraine counterpart

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he had told his Ukrainian counterpart in a recent phone call that it was important for Kiev to deal with corruption, but declined to comment on a..
Reuters - Published

U.S. lawmakers ask Pentagon for list of Chinese companies to curb 'economic espionage'

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers asked the Pentagon on Thursday to name companies owned by the Chinese military operating in the United States in an attempt to curb Beijing's effort to "steal"..
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U.S. should side with Hong Kong protesters, says ex-Pentagon chief Mattis

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday anti-government protests in Hong Kong were "not an internal" Chinese matter and that the United States should offer at least moral support to the..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says U.S. working toward 'good deal' with Taliban

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal, as a wave of violence has cast a shadow..
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Pentagon chief urges Chinese restraint over Hong Kong protests

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urged the Chinese government to exercise restraint over protests in Hong-Kong.
Reuters - Published

Iran 'inching' toward place where talks could be held: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that it appeared Iran was inching toward a place where talks could be held, days after U.S. President Donald Trump left the door open to a possible..
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Pentagon chief suggests European allies replace funds diverted to border wall

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that European nations should consider funding projects in their countries after the Pentagon diverted money to pay for a border wall with Mexico.
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Pentagon chief says he currently has no plan to seize Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he currently had no plan on his desk to seize the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, which is at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western..
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As U.S. outlines draft Taliban deal, Pentagon chief provides few details

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he would limit his comments on talks between the United States and Taliban because negotiations were still ongoing "in some ways," even as details of..
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Pentagon accuses China of 'bullying tactics' in waters off Vietnam

China is carrying out "coercive interference" in oil and gas activities in waters claimed by Vietnam, the Pentagon said on Monday, accusing Beijing of using "bullying tactics."
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China's 'bullying tactics' won't win respect of international community: Pentagon

China is carrying out "coercive interference" in oil and gas activities in waters claimed by Vietnam, the Pentagon said on Monday, accusing Beijing of using bullying tactics.
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With an eye on Russia, China and a horse, Pentagon chief visits Mongolia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met senior Mongolian leaders on Thursday in a rare visit to the strategically important nation as the Pentagon seeks to implement its strategy of focusing on..
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Any Turkish incursion into Syria 'unacceptable,' will prevent it: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between..
Reuters - Published

Pentagon chief says U.S. will not 'overreact' to North Korea missile launches

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to a series of missiles launches by North Korea in recent weeks and would keep the door open to talks with..
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U.S. says China destabilizing Indo-Pacific: Pentagon chief

The United States says China is destabilizing the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, charging Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and "weaponizing..
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United States opposes 'destabilizing' behavior by China in Indo-Pacific: Pentagon chief

The United States opposes destabilizing behavior by China in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday.
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Pentagon chief says in favor of placing missiles in Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a..
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U.S. authorizes deployment of troops, resources to Saudi Arabia

The acting U.S. defense secretary has authorized the deployment of U.S. military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Friday, adding the move would provide "an additional..
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Lockheed awarded $1.48 billion Saudi missile defense contract: Pentagon

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.48 billion contract to build the THAAD missile defense system for Saudi Arabia, bringing the total value of the deal to $5.36 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday.
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U.S. military says it took defensive action against drone in Strait of Hormuz

The Pentagon said on Thursday that the USS Boxer took defensive action against a drone after it came within a "threatening range" in the Strait of Hormuz.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.S. Gulf maritime proposal not military coalition against Iran - Pentagon official

The United States is not aiming to set up a military coalition against Iran with its new security initiative in the Gulf, but simply "shining a flashlight" in the region to deter attacks on commercial..
Reuters - Published

Donald Trump refuses to criticise Ankara's acquisition of Russian missile system, cites 'good relationship' with Turkish counterpart

Donald Trump declined to criticise Turkey's acquisition of a Russian missile system assailed by the Pentagon and NATO, making no mention of sanctions Washington had threatened over the purchase.
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Pentagon postpones press briefing on Russian missile system delivery to Turkey

The Pentagon said on Friday it had indefinitely postponed a press briefing on Turkey accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system.
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Pentagon chief to speak with Turkish counterpart, position on F-35 unchanged

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that the United States had not changed its position on Turkey's role in the F-35 program if they accepted a Russian missile defense system and he..
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Will increase 'interoperability, information-sharing' with Indian military: top US General

The Pentagon will prioritise increasing the interoperability and information-sharing capabilities with India's military and bolster continuity of the defence ties with New Delhi, a top American General..
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