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"The war America isn’t fighting"

Former secretary of defense Ash Carter talks about where US went wrong on the Russia hacking response and North Korea's nuclear capability.

"The war America isn’t fighting"

Carter: Fight for Raqa won't be easy

U.S. Defense Secretary warns the fight to wrest control of ISIS capital in Syria "will not be easy."

Carter: Fight for Raqa won't be easy

Pentagon chief urges operation for ISIS 'capital'

U.S. defense chief Ashton Carter says an operation to isolate ISIS in Syria's Raqa should begin in conjunction with assault on Mosul.

Pentagon chief urges operation for ISIS 'capital'

U.S., Turkey to increase cooperation against ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promises to ramp up joint efforts with Turkey to deal ISIS a "lasting defeat".

U.S., Turkey to increase cooperation against ISIS

Pentagon chief threatens response to N. Korea nuke

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter threatens an "overwhelming" response if North Korea uses a nuclear weapon.

Pentagon chief threatens response if North Korea uses nukes

Pentagon welcomes transgender troops

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces that transgender people will be allowed to openly serve in US military.

Pentagon welcomes transgender troops in US military

Liberman makes low-key visit to Pentagon

Pentagon says Liberman and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter 'had a good conversation,' but offers no further details.

Liberman makes low-key visit to Pentagon

Will Liberman appease the Obama administration?

Israeli defense minister in the United States for first official visit since taking office - and he's got his work cut out for him.

Will Liberman appease the Obama administration?

US slams Russia striking US-backed Syrian rebels

Ashton Carter says accident is no excuse for hitting anti-ISIS forces.

Pentagon slams Russia for striking US-backed Syrian rebels

US wins resources from anti-ISIS coalition

Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria to receive boost after coalition meeting.

US wins pledge of more resources from anti-ISIS coalition

Confirmed: ISIS second-in-command killed

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirms ISIS second-in-command Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli killed this week.

Confirmed: ISIS second-in-command killed

US says NATO may join anti-ISIS coalition

Carter announces NATO is 'exploring the possibility' of joining the coalition as an active member, significantly raising coordination.

US says NATO may join anti-ISIS coalition

US slams coalition partners for doing 'nothing'

Defense Secretary Carter condemns 'so-called' coalition fighting ISIS, saying there are 'free riders' among the 65 members.

US slams coalition partners for doing 'nothing at all'

Carter: Error caused sailors to enter Iran

Defense Secretary says 10 sailors briefly detained by Iran entered Iranian waters because of navigational error.

Carter: Error caused sailors to enter Iranian waters

International coalition focusing on Raqa and Mosul

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter says ISIS strongholds of Raqa and Mosul are next on the international coalition's radar.

International coalition focusing on Raqa and Mosul

Iraq urges Turkey to 'immediately' withdraw troops

Baghdad insists Turkey withdraw 'illegally' deployed troops in Kurdish area of Iraq.

Iraq urges Turkey to 'immediately' withdraw troops

Carter: Turkey should do more against ISIS

American defense secretary urges Turkey to become more active in the air war against Islamic State.

Carter: Turkey should do more against ISIS

'Specialized' US troops to fight ISIS in Iraq

US Defense Sec. Ashton Carter tells House Armed Services Committee allies need to 'step up' efforts to avoid 'another attack like Paris.'

Boots on the ground: Elite US troops to fight ISIS in Iraq

Carter: We want stable relations with Israel

American defense secretary says following Ya'alon's visit it's important for the two countries to find what they have in common.

Carter: We want stable defense relations with Israel

Ya'alon: Iran deal is done

In meeting with American counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hints Israel is no longer protesting the Iran nuclear deal.

Ya'alon: Iran deal is done, we have to look to the future

Yaalon in US: Much of our power is based on US aid

Defense Minister held working meeting with Ashton Carter, as Israel and US 'make up' after Iran fight.

Yaalon in US: Much of our power is based on US aid

US: Over 3,000 Iranian troops in Syria, Iraq

Top US military officer says Iran has 2,000 soldiers in Syria, 1,000 in Iraq; Defense Sec. hints at 'direct US action on the ground.'

US reveals: Over 3,000 Iranian troops in Syria, Iraq

American, Russian Militaries to Discuss Syria

Military commanders from Russia and the United States to discuss how to stay out of each other's way in Syria, says Defense Secretary.

American, Russian Militaries to Discuss Syria

Obama to Change Syrian Rebel Training Program

Faulty Pentagon-led training for 'moderate' rebels to be redirected after multiple problems, Ashton Carter reveals.

Obama to Change Syrian Rebel Training Program

US Defense Chief Warns: Russians Will Die

Ashton Carter warns that due to its Syria attacks, Russia will in coming days 'begin to suffer casualties,' indicating domestic attacks.

US Defense Chief Warns: Russians Will Die

Carter: Russia 'Pouring Gasoline on the Fire'

American Defense Secretary accuses Russia of inflaming Syria's civil war following its airstrikes on targets in Homs.

Carter: Russia 'Pouring Gasoline on the Fire'

Ya'alon to US for Iran Deal 'Compensation' Talks

US Secretary of Defense makes official invite for late October - just ahead of Netanyahu's visit - as part of covert talks to increase aid.

Ya'alon to Visit US for Iran Deal 'Compensation' Talks

Carter: Deal Makes Military Option More Effective

American Defense Secretary argues the Iran nuclear deal will leave Washington with a more effective military option if necessary.

Carter: Iran Deal Makes Military Option 'More Effective'

Saudi Arabia as Skeptical as Israel over Iran Deal

King Salman expresses many of the same concerns Israel has had over Iran deal in meeting with US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Saudi Arabia as Skeptical as Israel over Iran Deal

Carter: ISIS 'Barbarians' Will be Defeated

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visits colleagues of Jordanian pilot burned alive, addresses US troops stationed in Jordan.

Carter: ISIS 'Barbarians' Will be Defeated by Civilized World

US Sec-Def Meets with Netanyahu Amid Iran Tensions

Ashton Carter, Netanyahu meet for two hours, but release no statement on Iran deal; details of meeting still unknown.

Amid Iran Tensions, US Defense Secretary Meets with Netanyahuplayer

Carter Seeks to Smooth Tensions Over Iran

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon hold press conference amid tensions over nuclear deal.

Carter: Israel 'Bedrock of American Strategy in the Middle East'

Carter: Iran Deal Doesn't Prevent Military Option

American Defense Secretary says nuclear deal does not mean military action is off the table to stop Iran from obtaining the bomb.

Carter: Iran Deal Doesn't Prevent Military Option

US Denies Carter Visit Is Connected to Iran Deal

Senior US officials say that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's visit has nothing to do with Iran, despite rumors of compensation package.

Washington Denies Carter Visit Is Connected to Iran Deal

US to Buy Israeli Iran Deal Compliance with Arms?

Senior official confirms Moshe Ya'alon, US counterpart Ashton Carter are very close - meaning compensation package for deal possible.

Will US Buy Israeli Iran Deal Compliance with Arms?

US: Only 60 Syrians Being Trained to Fight ISIS

Defense Secretary admits to piddling number of 'moderate' recruits far below expected turnout, as McCain charges Obama is 'losing to ISIS.'

US Admits Only 60 Syrians Being Trained to Fight ISIS

Senator McCain: US is Losing Against ISIS

'When you are not winning, you are losing," McCain says, blasting Obama's 'delusional' lack of strategy, weak response to ISIS.

Senator McCain: 'Delusional' Obama Losing against ISIS

Iraq Condemns Pentagon Chief Carter's Criticism

After US defense chief says Iraq lacks will to defeat ISIS, Iraqi leaders and generals note surprise, say he was 'fed wrong information.'

Iraq Condemns US Defense Secretary Carter's Criticism

Carter: Syria Safe Zone Means 'Combat Mission'

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says creating a safe zone in Syria would cause American troops to fight jihadists.

Carter: Syria Safe Zone Would Require 'Combat Mission'

Defense Secretary: Russians Hacked Pentagon

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reveals that Russian hackers accessed an unclassified Pentagon network earlier this year.

Russians Hacked Pentagon Network, Reveals Defense Secretary