Egypt-U.S. war games to go on as scheduled

CAIRO, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Egyptian military officials said a joint training exercise with U.S. troops will proceed despite Egypt's ongoing political strife.

'Human error': Plane lands wrong airport

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The head of U.S. Central Command, who was aboard a military plane that landed at a small civilian airport near Tampa, Fla., blamed human error for the foul-up.

Iran doubts U.S. abilities in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN, July 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. military can't do much in the area of demining activity in the Persian Gulf as it works to protect the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian commander said.

U.S. sends more assets to Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy is said to have deployed unmanned underwater vehicles to the Persian Gulf to search for mines in nearby oil-shipping lanes.

U.S. sends mine hunters to Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy is sending unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf, for use in hunting and destroying mines, officials said.

U.S. plans high-level talks with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 4 (UPI) -- A full range of issues is on the agenda when senior U.S. diplomat Thomas Nides meets with Pakistan's foreign minister in Islamabad, the State Department said.
U.S., Pakistani military leaders to meet

U.S., Pakistani military leaders to meet

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 28 (UPI) -- Top U.S. military officials were in Pakistan to meet with their counterparts in the first high-level talks since NATO airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Iran sending aid to Syria

Iran sending aid to Syria

TEHRAN, March 15 (UPI) -- Forty tons of medical aid has arrived in Damascus, Syria, the first of four plane loads Iran said it is sending its "regional ally."
Assad regime attacks border areas, 35 dead

Assad regime attacks border areas, 35 dead

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 6 (UPI) -- Syrian opposition groups said at least 35 people were killed Tuesday by government forces attacking an escape route to Lebanon.

AFPAK border a trust issue, U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Peace and stability along the Afghan-Pakistan border is based on trust, U.S. military officials said after releasing a report on a deadly November raid.

Kayani: No plans to take over Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Pakistan's top general said the military is committed to democracy even as the prime minister said the military acts like a "state within a state."
New CentCom headquarters dedicated

New CentCom headquarters dedicated

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The head of U.S. Central Command said he is grateful to taxpayers and Congress for CentCom's new $75 million headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Pakistan responds to U.S. pressure

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Pakistan reacted on various domestic fronts amid mounting U.S. pressure it go after the Haqqani terror network suspected of enjoying safe haven there.

Pakistani, U.S. generals discuss chill

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A senior U.S. general met with his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad Saturday to discuss growing animosity in joint military counter-terrorism efforts.
The four musketeers

The four musketeers

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- The episode that led to the resignation of U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has created an opportunity for constructing the foundation for a more stable region.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
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James Mattis
President George W. Bush meets the Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 29, 2008. Left to Right: General James Mattis, General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joshua Bolten,White House Chief of Staff,Vice President Dick Cheney, President Bush, Gordon England,Deputy Secretary of Defense. In foreground General James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps. and Admiral Michael G. Mullen Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/Pool)

James N. Mattis is a United States Marine Corps general and the current commander of United States Central Command. Having replaced David Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command and served concurrently as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.

Mattis was born in Pullman, Washington, attended Central Washington University and was commissioned a second lieutenant January 1, 1972. As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3rd Marine Division. As a captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade, then Recruiting Station Portland as a major. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper's assault battalions in the Gulf War. As a colonel, he commanded 7th Marine Regiment, then 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Task Force 58 during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan as a brigadier general. As the commander of TF-58, he became the first Marine to command a Naval Task Force in combat. As a major general, he commanded the 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent stability operations in during the Iraq War. Mattis played a key role in the April 2004 battle of Fallujah, Operation Vigilant Resolve, by negotiating with the insurgent command inside of the city, as well as playing an important part in planning the subsequent Operation Phantom Fury in November.

After being promoted to lieutenant general, Mattis took command of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. On February 1, 2005, speaking ad libitum at a forum in San Diego, he said "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling." Mattis's remarks sparked controversy and General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a statement suggesting that Mattis should have chosen his words more carefully, but would not be disciplined. Following a Pentagon survey that showed only 55% of soldiers and 40% of Marines would report a colleague for abusing civilians, Mattis told his Marines in May 2007, “Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it's a victory for Al Qaeda and other insurgents.” Reflecting an understanding of the need for restraint in war as key to defeating an insurgency, he added that, "Every time you wave at an Iraqi civilian, Al Qaeda rolls over in its grave."

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