New Iran sanctions would be a mistake - Gates

2014-01-17 11:05

Proposals by lawmakers to impose new sanctions against Iran would be a mistake that would sabotage a diplomatic deal with Tehran, former Pentagon chief Robert Gates has warned.

US prevented S Korea strike on North - Gates

2014-01-15 14:14

South Korea has declined to comment on revelations that the United States talked it down from launching a retaliatory air strike on North Korea in 2010.

White House defends Obama on Gates book

2014-01-09 11:31

Rushing to curb political fallout, the White House has pushed back against harsh criticism in a new book by former Defence Secretary Robert Gates that questions Obama's war leadership.

Gates OK with drone oversight

2013-02-10 22:18

Ex-Pentagon chief Gates finds 'merit' in the idea of creating a special court to OK drone strikes.

Gates warns on Afghanistan pullback

2011-06-06 22:37

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has wrapped up an emotional farewell visit to military posts in Afghanistan warning against pulling troops out too quickly.

Afghan withdrawal will be gradual - Gates

2011-06-06 07:21

Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is not about to pull up stakes in Afghanistan and a gradual withdrawal of combat troops would be done slowly and responsibly.

US to use force to respond to cyber-attacks

2011-06-04 10:06

US defence systems are constantly under attack in cyberspace, says Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

US gives $25m in aid to Libyan rebels

2011-04-27 11:06

US President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of up to $25m in surplus government goods to support Libyan opposition groups.

Gates arrives in Moscow amid Kremlin rift

2011-03-22 17:15

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Moscow for talks on Libya in the middle of the first major public spat between Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev and Primier Putin.

US general jokes with Gates over Libya

2011-03-08 08:48

Television microphones have picked up the US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, joking with Defence Secretary Robert Gates about possible military intervention in Libya.


Gates: UK cuts limit military partnership with US

2014-01-16 22:00

Britain's military cuts mean it will no longer be a full partner alongside United States forces, former US defence secretary Robert Gates has said.

Obama defends Afghan strategy after Gates criticism

2014-01-14 12:25

Barack Obama insists he had faith in the Afghan war mission after former Pentagon chief Robert Gates charged the president lacked passion for military action.

Obama criticised on handling of Afghan war

2014-01-08 10:47

Former defence secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan in a revealing new memoir.

Payments to Taliban: US confronted Italy

2011-08-12 22:26

Diplomatic cables have shown that the United States confronted Italy about claims that it paid Taliban not to attack its troops in Afghanistan, say reports.

Gates claims Gaddafi support crumbling

2011-06-06 07:23

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says Muammar Gaddafi's aides will inevitably abandon the Libyan strongman.

Gates in Afghanistan on farewell visit

2011-06-04 17:30

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is in Afghanistan for a farewell visit after more than four and a half years at the Pentagon.

US could negotiate with Taliban

2011-06-04 08:23

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says there could be political talks with the Afghan Taliban by the end of this year.

Iran, Qaeda will exploit Arab unrest - US

2011-04-07 18:39

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says Iran and extremist groups such as al-Qaeda will try to exploit the unrest sweeping the Arab world.

Gates rejects targeting Gaddafi

2011-03-21 10:00

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says it will be "unwise" to have coalition forces try to kill Muammar Gaddafi in military strikes in Libya.

US sorry over Afghan child deaths

2011-03-07 22:51

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has offered a personal apology to President Hamid Karzai for the deaths of nine Afghan children in a Nato air strike which drew fury in Kabul.

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