Mark Esper

Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 troops in Washington DC, official says

Trump's bid to militarize the US response to the protests has triggered a rare outpouring of condemnation from former US military officials, including Trump's first defense secretary, Jim Mattis.

By REUTERS
07/06/2020
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks to reporters at the Pentagon on March 5
Conference of Presidents urge Trump not to withdraw from Sinai

Twelve lawmakers representing key Senate and House of Representatives committees called for continued U.S. support of the international peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (front) leaves after peace talks with Afghan sen
Mark Esper: Taliban not living up to their commitments

Esper said the Afghan government and the Taliban "both need to come together and make progress on the terms that (are) laid out."

By REUTERS
05/05/2020
Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of US, Taliban deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also landed in Qatar's capital city, Doha on Saturday to witness the signing ceremony.

By REUTERS
29/02/2020
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem January 2
Naftali Bennett to meet with counterpart Mark Esper in Washington

The two are expected to discuss Iran, Trump's peace plan.

Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket toward Islamic State militants in Baiji, north of Baghdad, 2015
US suspects Iran behind rocket attacks on Iraqi bases hosting US forces

According to one official, the rockets used in the attacks have become increasingly sophisticated with rockets with longer ranges and higher explosive power.

10/12/2019
Intensity of U.S. military visits shows urgency of Iran threat - analysis

So what is happening that is causing this parade of top US military officers to Israel? Seemingly, it is like McKenzie warned – Iran is up to something.

Pentagon chief visits Iraq amid U.S. pullout from Syria

The Iraq military said on Tuesday that U.S. forces crossing into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit.

By REUTERS
23/10/2019
Defense Sec. Mark Esper: U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to Iraq

“The quickest way to get them out of danger was to get them into Iraq,” Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday.

21/10/2019
Top Saudi officials hold talks with U.S. state, defense secretaries

Vice Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of Prince Mohammed, said in Twitter posts that he met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

By REUTERS
10/10/2019
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