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Mattis Describes Middle East Trip as Successful In Building Unity

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said his recently concluded Middle East trip was successful, adding that collaboration, the spirit of shared understanding and unity were what he took away from his official meetings with heads of state and military and diplomatic leaders.

SOP newswire3UN: Gaza Requires Changed Political Reality to Avoid Total Collapse - The lack of a political process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the single largest impediment to Palestinian development, and an escalation in hostilities could completely break down service delivery in Gaza, a United Nations report said Friday.
SOP newswire3Mattis Describes Middle East Trip as Successful In Building Unity - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said his recently concluded Middle East trip was successful, adding that collaboration, the spirit of shared understanding and unity were what he took away from his official meetings with heads of state and military and diplomatic leaders.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets With Bahraini Leaders - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa March 14 at Al-Safriya Palace in Manama, Bahrain.
SOP newswire3Defense Official Says Russia Complicit in Syrian Deaths - Russia has not lived up to its promises on Syria, a senior Pentagon official said here today.
SOP newswire3U.S. Aircraft Crashes in Western Iraq - Yesterday at about 6:45 p.m. GMT, a U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The crash does not appear to be a result of enemy activity. This incident is under investigation.
SOP newswire3Thousands of Venezuelans Fleeing Crisis-torn Country - As deepening economic woes force thousands of Venezuelans to flee the crisis-gripped country, the United Nations on Tuesday issued guidance on treating the population as refugees, while the head of the UN World Food Programme warned that the outflow into neighboring countries such as Colombia constitutes a humanitarian disaster.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Armed Groups to Sign Accord for Peace in Darfur - While the security situation in Darfur remained stable, the causes of the conflict - and their related consequences - have been largely unaddressed.
SOP newswire3Syria Conflict Enters Eighth Year - Two United Nations relief agencies on Wednesday joined a chorus of international organizations and partners in the quest to end seven years of conflict in Syria, urging warring parties to allow humanitarian access for the delivery of life-saving assistance to those desperately in need.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Afghan Leaders Meet in Kabul - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah yesterday at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout today.
SOP newswire3Defeat of ISIS Within Our Grasp, Centcom Commander Says - The United States and its partners have made significant progress in Iraq and Syria, but investments are needed to ensure the gains endure, the commander of U.S. Central Command said today.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Omani Officials Discuss Defense Relationship in Muscat - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said yesterday at Bait al Barka Palace in Muscat, Oman, to explore ways to further strengthen the two nations defense relationship, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.
SOP newswire3UN Envoy on Conflict-related Sexual Violence Reports on Visits to Iraq and Sudan - A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.
SOP newswire3UN Veterinarians New Vanguard Against Deadly Disease Outbreaks - More than 4,700 veterinary health professionals who have just completed a United Nations training to tackle disease outbreaks are the new front line of defence protecting farm animals against deadly illnesses in 25 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
SOP newswire3Mattis Sees No Change in Russian Military Capability in Light of Putin's Speech - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he sees no change in Russias military capability in light of Russian President Vladimir Putins recent speech in which he said Russia has nuclear weapons capable of attacking the United States.
SOP newswire3Mattis Begins Overseas Trip to Strengthen Partnerships - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is in Oman capital of Muscat on the first leg of an overseas trip designed to strengthen partnerships.
SOP newswire3Nigerian Women Artists Unite at UN to Change Perceptions of Women and Africa - Three Nigerian women will spotlight themes such as human trafficking, suicide bombing, and sexism and sexual harassment at the United Nations, showing the strength of women as agents of change in African societies often dominated by men.
SOP newswire3Syria: UN Aid Convoy Returns to Eastern Ghouta - The United Nations and partners on Friday reached the Syrian city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta to complete distribution of food aid after intense shelling cut short deliveries to the war-torn enclave earlier this week.
SOP newswire3Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between March 2 and March 8, conducting 20 strikes consisting of 30 engagements in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Airmen, Soldiers Partner to Conduct Afghanistan Rescue Missions - Its dark. The air is heavy, filled with Afghanistan smoke and dust. On the flight line at Bagram Airfield, an Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter waits, beating thunder with its blades.
SOP newswire3Spike in Displaced Population in Congo - The United Nations migration agency is hoping that the upcoming donor pledging conference for the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will generate more financial support to cope with a spike in the number of people displaced by violence.
SOP newswire3Fighting Prevents UN From Returning to Syria's War-battered Wast Ghouta - Continuing fighting forced the postponement on Thursday of a United Nations inter-agency relief convoy to Douma, a neighborhood in Syrias war-ravaged Eastern Ghouta, a UN spokesman reported.
SOP newswire3UN Seeks $80 Million to Support Refugees in Ethiopia - Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of those in Africa.
SOP newswire3UN Marks International Women's Day - This year, International Womens Day comes at a pivotal moment, and with a wave womens activism - from the MeToo movement to TimesUp and beyond - exposing the structures that have allowed womens oppression to flourish, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the remaining barriers to gender equality and empowerment.
SOP newswire3U.S., Australian NCOs Share Leadership Philosophy - Warrant Officer Class One Craig Egan of the Australian Defense Force deals easily with American noncommissioned officers -- they speak the same language, they go through many of the same schools, and they belong to militaries that have the same philosophy on the use of NCOs.
SOP newswire3Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Makes Vietnam Port Call - The USS Carl Vinson arrived in Danang, Vietnam, today, becoming the first aircraft carrier to dock in the country since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.
SOP newswire3One in Five Children Worldwide Out of School - Updated data reveals that some 263 million - one-in-five - children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school, a figure that has barely changed over the past five years, according to a new United Nations cultural agency report.
SOP newswire3United Nations Condemns Burkina Faso Terrorist Attacks - The two deadly terrorist attacks in Burkina Fasos capital, Ougadougou, on Friday have been strongly condemned by the United Nations.
SOP newswire3Officials Report Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 23-March 1, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Zero Discrimination Day' - To mark Zero Discrimination Day, the United Nations agency coordinating the global effort to tackle HIV/AIDS is challenging people to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and take action to stop it by asking themselves simple questions: What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy tomatoes from him?
SOP newswire3UN Will Not Give Up on Push for Ceasefire, Says Syria Envoy - The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict on Thursday said the world body has not given up on the implementation of a recent Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the war-ravaged country.
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