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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 27th and current 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'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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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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Trump Angers South Korea [Video]Trump Angers South Korea

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper went to South Korea to discuss new threats from “enraged” North Korea. According to CNN, he would also try and ease strain caused by President Donald Trump. The..

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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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U.S. to boost troop presence near Syria oil fields [Video]U.S. to boost troop presence near Syria oil fields

The United States will strengthen its military presence in Syria with "mechanized forces" to prevent Islamic State fighters from seizing oil fields and revenue, the U.S. Defense Secretary said on..

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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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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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US believes attack on Saudi Arabia came from SW Iran [Video]US believes attack on Saudi Arabia came from SW Iran

The United States believes Saturday's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities originated in southwestern Iran, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. Nathan Frandino has more.

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Esper: Iran 'continues to violate' international norms [Video]Esper: Iran 'continues to violate' international norms

During a news conference with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday at the Pentagon said 'as you can see from recent events, Iran continues to..

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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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American forces continue withdrawal from northern Syria

American forces continued their withdrawal from northern Syria. Defense secretary Mark Esper says they’re headed for Iraq — not home, as President Trump promised. Left behind are America's ally:..
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U.S. could leave 200 troops inside Syria with Kurds

U.S. troops that President Trump said were coming home from Syria are instead moving into Iraq. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the soldiers will continue fighting ISIS. He also said that some of..
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Vindman should not fear retaliation over Ukraine testimony: Pentagon's Esper

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman should not fear retaliation over his testimony to the U.S. Congress in its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper..
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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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Trump Turnover

The Trump administration has seen a high rate of turnover. With Mark Esper's confirmation as Secretary of Defense this week, what roles remain open in the president's cabinet? Margaret Brennan breaks..
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U.S. "preparing to evacuate" remaining troops from northern Syria, defense secretary says

"We have American forces likely caught between two opposing advancing armies," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told "Face the Nation."
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Top Pentagon officials on al-Baghdadi raid, Syria security

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley briefed reporters Monday after the Special Forces operation resulting in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr..
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Pentagon briefs on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi operation

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley will brief the media after U.S. commandos in northwestern Syria killed the ISIS leader over the weekend
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Secret U.S. raid sought to capture Baghdadi: U.S. defense secretary

The U.S. special operations raid into northwest Syria sought to capture Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi if possible, but kill him if necessary, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on..
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US may send troops, vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Pentagon chief Mark Esper says the United States is considering sending American troops and armored vehicles to help protect oil fields in northeastern Syria controlled by U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds...
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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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Russian troops moving into areas once controlled by U.S.-backed Kurds

Iraq's defense minister said U.S. troops that were pulled out of Syria will leave Iraq in four weeks. That seems to contradict Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has said those U.S. forces will continue..
CBS News - 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.
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Iraq says U.S. troops leaving Syria can't stay in Iraq

Mark Esper will meet with Iraqi leaders on Wednesday, hours after the ceasefire ends in northern Syria
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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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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..
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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..
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Trump accidentally refers to defense secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal

President Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" on Sunday. But the man he put in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto.
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Pentagon Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper arrived as the U.S. considers reviving peace talks with the Taliban.
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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..
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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..
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U.S. ground troops will not enforce Syria safe zone: defense secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that no U.S. troops will take part in enforcing the so-called safe zone in northern Syria and the United States "is continuing our deliberate withdrawal..
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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.
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Full transcript of "Face the Nation" on October 13, 2019

This week on "Face the Nation," Margaret Brennan talks to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. She interviews Representatives Adam Schiff, Adam Kinzinger and Senator Ted Cruz. She also speaks with CBS..
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10/13: Mark Esper, Adam Kinzinger, Adam Schiff

This week on "Face the Nation," Margaret Brennan breaks down the latest on President Trump’s new Syria policy with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. She discusses the latest on the impeachment inquiry..
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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..
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Open: This is "Face the Nation," October 13

This week on "Face the Nation," Margaret Brennan breaks down the latest on President Trump’s new Syria policy with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. She discusses the latest on the impeachment inquiry..
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he will cooperate with House Democrats' subpoena

“We will do everything we can to comply," Esper said in a television interview, though he did not commit to meeting the Oct. 15 deadline.
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Defense secretary says Pentagon will comply with Ukraine subpoena

"We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Mark Esper told "Face the Nation" Sunday
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Transcript: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of an interview with Defense Secretary Mark Esper that aired Sunday, October 13, 2019, on "Face the Nation."
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This week on "Face the Nation": Esper, Schiff, Kinzinger, Cruz

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Sen. Ted Cruz will appear on "Face the Nation" this Sunday
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Secretary of Defense Esper blames Turkey for attacks on Kurds, says U.S. has not abandoned them

Top Pentagon officials blamed Turkey for fighting Kurds in Syria and said they had not abandoned the Kurds, a key ally in the fight against ISIS.
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Pentagon urges Turkey to halt Syria incursion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it was an "impulsive" decision by Turkish President Erdogan to invade northern Syria and it will further destabilize the region and put America's Syrian Kurdish..
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