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MUNICH, Germany | US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a “bigger and stronger” American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Pat Shanahan, on his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense, made his comment after meeting in Munich with representatives … Continue reading MUNICH, Germany | US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

BAGHDAD | Top Pentagon official in Iraq to discuss US troop presence

BAGHDAD (AP) — The top Pentagon official arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to consult with American military commanders and Iraqi government leaders on the future U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary defense, said before his unannounced trip that he wanted to hear first-hand about the state of Iraq’s fight against remnants … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Top Pentagon official in Iraq to discuss US troop presence

KABUL, Afghanistan | Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Pentagon’s top official has arrived in Afghanistan to meet with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. The unannounced visit is the first for the acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan. He previously was the No. 2 official under Jim Mattis, who resigned as … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace