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: US should stay in Afghanistan

2011-03-07 18:32

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says both the US and Afghan governments agree the US military should remain involved in Afghanistan after the end of combat operations.

Gates to visit China's nuclear weapons HQ

2011-01-12 11:33

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is set to get a rare glimpse of China's nuclear weapons headquarters.

Gates visit won't heal China, US ties

2011-01-11 12:42

A visit by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates to China cannot itself solve deep military distrust between the two powers, says Chinese state media.

US believes Karzai still a partner

2010-11-16 20:20

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai remains a partner of the United States, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said after Karzai harshly criticised the US.

US troops may stay in Iraq beyond 2011

2010-11-09 17:06

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says Washington is open to keeping troops in Iraq beyond the 2011 deadline.

US fears new WikiLeaks release

2010-10-22 20:13

The WikiLeaks website appears close to releasing what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret US documents in history.

Gay court order: Pentagon in limbo

2010-10-14 11:52

The Pentagon says it has not issued a written guidance on a ruling that stops the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.

US wants renewed China military talks

2010-09-27 21:33

A Pentagon official is holding talks in Beijing in an effort to revive US military relations with China and reduce tensions in the region, a defence spokesperson says.

Obama admin might call Jones

2010-09-09 21:38

The US administration is weighing a possible direct appeal to a Florida pastor to ask him to call off plans to burn hundreds of Qu'rans, the Pentagon says.

Gates in Iraq to meet US troops

2010-09-01 10:14

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has arrived in Iraq to meet with US troops as they formally close down their combat mission in the country.

US officials differ on Afghan exit

2010-08-16 14:25

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the July 2011 withdrawal date of US troops from Afghanistan is set in stone, putting him at odds with his top Afghan general.

Taliban don't have stingers: Gates

2010-08-01 21:09

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has dismissed reports that Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan use anti-aircraft stinger missiles.

War files leak draws outrage

2010-07-27 10:12

The leak of 90 000 secret military files has triggered an outcry from nations fighting in Afghanistan as the Pentagon scrambled to uncover the source of the security breach.

Clinton: New N Korea sanctions

2010-07-21 20:06

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has announced new sanctions against North Korea that will target arms sales and purchases and seek to prevent nuclear proliferation.

Hezbollah slams Gates' remarks

2010-04-28 19:02

Hezbollah has slammed the comments made by US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, accusing the militant group of having more weapons than most governments in the world.


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.

Defence cuts could be tragic - Gates

2011-02-16 20:45

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned Congress against pursuing even deeper spending cuts than those already proposed.

N Korea nuclear threat to US soon: Gates

2011-01-11 18:35

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned that North Korea could have long-range ballistic missiles within five years that would pose a direct threat to the United States.

Defiant WikiLeaks reveals sensitive US cables

2010-11-28 22:40

US state department documents released by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks have provided sensitive information on terrorism, the New York Times reports.

Hillary Clinton for defence chief job?

2010-11-09 19:00

Speculation is rife that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may swap cabinet hats to become the next defence secretary after Robert Gates leaves.

Remarks on gays surprise top US officer

2010-11-08 19:04

The US military's top officer says he is "surprised" at public remarks by the head of the Marine Corps who questioned the repeal of a ban on gays serving openly in the army.

UK to reveal security strategy

2010-10-18 13:19

Terrorism and cyberattacks are expected to take precedence over nuclear proliferation when the British government reveals its strategy for national security.

US gay policy not up to court - Gates

2010-10-13 21:06

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says abruptly ending the US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays would have "enormous consequences" for the troops.

US Senate told to OK arms treaty

2010-09-10 16:05

Two former US secretaries of state have urged the Senate to promptly approve an arms control treaty with Russia.

US marks final phase of Iraq war

2010-09-01 14:33

The US has marked the final phase of the Iraq war, shifting the focus of the remaining 50 000 American troops from combat operation to preparing Iraqi soldiers for security.

Gates to retire if withdrawal OK

2010-08-16 21:30

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has confirmed plans to leave office next year, after making sure the start of the withdrawal from Afghanistan is on track.

US: Wikileaks morally guilty

2010-08-02 06:45

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has pronounced the Wikileaks website "guilty" on moral grounds for releasing secret US documents on the Afghan war, saying the move is reckless.

US looks to plug war secrets leak

2010-07-30 18:03

The White House has implored the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents.

US, South Korea start war games

2010-07-25 20:26

The United States and South Korea launched a major naval exercise involving a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan despite North Korea's threats of nuclear retaliation.

Gates tightens interview rules

2010-07-03 09:14

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has ordered military officials to clear interviews and other contacts with the news media with the Pentagon.

Nuclear Iran can be stopped

2010-04-20 19:04

If diplomacy should fail and Iran were to get a nuclear bomb, the US still would have ways to discourage Tehran from using the weapons.

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