Find news on RT about US politicians and military figures, including James Mattis, who is the current US Secretary of Defense. Get the news and stories on the background and career of James Mattis. He used to be a US Marine Corps general under the Obama administration. James Mattis was head of US Central Command during the Obama presidency. During the Iraq War, James Mattis commanded the US Marine Forces. Check out RT.com for the news on James Mattis’ involvement in the Iraq War. Follow RT for news and articles on the statements and activities of James Mattis, as well as his political and social positions, including on Russia, bilateral relations with the UK, Turkey, war in Syria, China, and so on. Mattis is an opponent of military cooperation with Russia, and accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of seeking to break “NATO apart.” Mattis sees Iran as a major threat to Middle East stability. Follow RT for news on the meetings of Mattis with his counterparts from other countries and his visits to other states, for example, with current British Secretary of Defence Gavin Williamson and his European partners. In July 2018, James Mattis also mentioned the possibility of holding talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.