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Mattis, German Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship in Pentagon Meeting

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon yesterday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

SOP newswire3Dunford Arrives in China - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Beijing today, the chairmans office said in a statement. This is Dunfords first visit to China as the chairman.
SOP newswire3UN Urges Restraint in Security Operation in Myanmar Rakhine State - A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine state in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region.
SOP newswire3Drought-stricken Herders in Ethiopia Face Massive Livestock Losses - Drought has devastated herders livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources, the United Nations agriculture agency said today, stressing that supporting them to get back on their feet and prevent further livestock losses are crucial in the Horn of Africa country, where hunger has been on the rise this year.
SOP newswire3After Four Years of Conflict, Uncertainty Lingers for Displaced Ukrainians - As the conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced people are struggling to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Congratulates Kenyan People on Peaceful Elections - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres congratulated today the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections.
SOP newswire32 U.S. Service Members Killed, 5 Injured in Northern Iraq - Two U.S. service members were killed and five others were injured conducting combat operations in northern Iraq.
SOP newswire3Dunford to Visit China, South Korea - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is traveling to Asia to reassure allies and improve military-to-military ties during a complicated time in the region.
SOP newswire3UN: Youth can Play Critical Role In Creating a Peaceful World - In the lead up to International Youth Day, marked annually on 12 August, the United Nations kicked off a commemorative event at its New York Headquarters with a message from Secretary-General Guterres, who underscored his commitment to young people.
SOP newswire3UN Concerned About Deteriorating Humanitarian Conditions in Gaza - The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclaves power supply.
SOP newswire3Over 500,000 Children in Libya Need Aid - Ongoing conflict and the breakdown of the economy have left more than a half million children in need of humanitarian aid in Libya, according to the United Nations childrens agency.
SOP newswire3Smugglers Throw Hundreds of African Migrants off Boats Headed to Yemen - A total of 300 migrants have reportedly been forced from boats over the past two days by smugglers off the coast of Yemen - many feared dead or missing, the United Nations migration agency has reported.
SOP newswire3No Safe Havens Left for ISIS in Syria or Iraq - With 50 percent of Raqqa, Syria, now under the control of Syrian Defense Forces and holding forces in place in Mosul, Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has no safe haven left in either country, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
Robert Paul ReyesIn a Sane World Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un Would Settle Things in a Death Match - But I never dreamed that a nuclear holocaust would be unleashed because the President of the United States and the dictator of North Korea engaged in a pissing contest, exchanging apocalyptic broadsides culminating in a nuclear winter.
SOP newswire3South Dakota Airmen Team Up With South Korean, Japanese Counterparts - Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers under the command of Pacific Air Forces joined their counterparts from the South Korean and Japanese air forces Aug. 7 in sequenced bilateral missions.
SOP newswire3North Korea Must Join International Community, End Pursuit of Nukes - The United States and its allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend themselves from an attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today in a statement.
SOP newswire3Iranian Drone Interferes With USS Nimitz Flight Operations - While operating in international airspace in the central Persian Gulf, an F/A-18E Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron 147, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, had an unsafe and unprofessional interaction with an Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle today, U.S. Central Command officials said.
SOP newswire3Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 31 strikes consisting of 41 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Readout of Secretary Mattis Meeting With Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Lich - Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich to discuss the growing U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship and regional security challenges.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Urges Venezuelans to Ease Tensions and Engage in Negotiations - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres is closely following recent developments in Venezuela, his Spokesperson told reporters today.
SOP newswire3MV-22 Osprey Goes Down Off Australian Coast, 3 Personnel Missing - An MV-22 Osprey aircraft went down Aug. 5 in water off the eastern coast of Australia with 26 personnel aboard, Pentagon Defense Press Operations director Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.
SOP newswire3On Third Anniversary of ISIS Fight, 5 Million are Free from Terrorist Army - Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the U.S.-led coalition air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, during which millions of people have been freed from ISIS control, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.
SOP newswire3New UN Human Rights Office to Open in Liberia in Early 2018 - Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation.
SOP newswire3UN Security Council Toughens Sanctions on North Korea - In response to the launches of ballistic missiles of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea the United Nations Security Council today moved to strengthen sanctions on the Northeast Asian countrys exports.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Calls for Intensified Effort on Nuclear Disarmament - With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres today urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.
SOP newswire3 UN Reports Rise in Migrant Deaths at US-Mexico Border - Even as the flow appears to have thinned, migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border are dying at a faster rate in 2017 than in past years, according to a new United Nations agency study.
SOP newswire3Pentagon Provides Updates on Support for Operations in Yemen, Somalia - Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis updated the press here today on U.S. operations with local partners in Yemen against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and in Somalia against al-Shabab.
SOP newswire3ISIS Genocide Against Yazidis is Ongoing - Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked the Yazidis in Syria, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.
SOP newswire3Coalition Removes ISIS Terrorists From Battlefield - Coalition airstrikes continue to target and kill Islamic State of Iraq and Syria leaders and foreign fighters in Syria.
SOP newswire3Coalition-Backed Syrian Forces Close in on Raqqa Despite ISIS Tactics - Syrian Democratic Forces continue to progress every day in their fight to retake Raqqa, Syria, from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria control despite the enemys fierce and suicidal tactics, the spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3Afghanistan: UN Condemns Killing of Civilians in Herat Mosque Attack - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last nights attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.
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