The United States announced the deployment of additional American military forces to Saudi Arabia on Friday to bolster the kingdom’s defences after the Sept.14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran.
The No.1 cloud computing company had indicated last week that it would file this motion, which asks the Pentagon and Microsoft to hold off beyond any initial activities related to the "JEDI" contract.
US President Joe Biden hailed the demise of Daesh leader Abu Ibrahim Al Qurayshi during a US commando raid in Syria’s north-western Idlib province as a major victory in the campaign against the global movement. To escape arrest, Biden claimed, Qurayshi
Derek Chauvin, who was dismissed from the police department with three fellow officers the day after the fatal encounter, was arrested on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges for his role in Monday's death of 46-year-old George Floyd.
The split between the president and his Pentagon chief came amid heightened tensions with Tehran following a US drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Trump had twice warned that he would hit Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliates against the US.
The meeting in Riyadh, where Esper arrived late on Monday after an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, also took in defence issues and the current situation in the region.
Esper said that the numbers could fluctuate, particularly if European allies strengthen their presence in the country. Trump's abrupt announcement last month that he had ordered a full troop withdrawal drew angry rebukes at home and abroad.
The 10 men, both Democrats and Republicans, signed on to an opinion article published in The Washington Post that implicitly questioned Trump’s willingness to follow his Constitutional duty to peacefully relinquish power on Jan.20.
The Pentagon on Friday offered a different assessment. It issued a statement saying there was a “mutually-agreed upon holiday pause,” which begins on Saturday.