Jim Mattis

2018: The Year the U.S. Admitted There Will Be No Military Victory in Afghanistan

The United States this year admitted Afghanistan’s troops would not see a military victory against the Taliban, stressing that the primary goal of American President Donald Trump’s strategy to end the more than 17-year-old war is to achieve a “political reconciliation” between the jihadi group and Kabul.

Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Mattis Spends Christmas at the Pentagon, Sends Final Holiday Letter to the Troops

Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly spent Christmas Day working at the Pentagon, with only a week to go before Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan takes over on January 1, as ordered by President Donald Trump. The Defense Department published the final holiday message to the troops from Mattis on Christmas Eve.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced his resignation last week. File Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI