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Mattis, Finnish Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto today at the Pentagon to discuss a range of security issues, including Russian aggression.

SOP newswire3Mattis to Attend NATO Meeting, Munich Conference - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will embark next week on his second trip as secretary to attend a NATO Defense Ministerial and the Munich Security Conference, according to a DoD news release issued today.
SOP newswire3South Sudan is Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis - With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis.
SOP newswire3Counter-ISIL Forces Prepare to Drive Terrorists From Raqqa - There is no set date to retake the city.
SOP newswire3Central African Republic: UN Condemns Forceful Entry into Hospital - Denouncing forceful entry by armed individuals into a hospital in the Central African Republic's restive PK5 neighbourhood with the intention to kill some of the patients, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has emphasized that such incidents are in violation of the international humanitarian law.
SOP newswire3Mattis Discusses Defense Relationship in Call With Senior Pakistani General - Mattis recognized the significant sacrifices the Pakistan military has made in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
SOP newswire3More Troops Needed to Break Afghan Stalemate - A few thousand more troops for the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan would help to break what is now a stalemate with the Taliban.
SOP newswire3U.S.-Russian Officials Conduct Video Conference on Syrian Airspace Safety - Senior Defense Department and Russian officials held a video conference today to discuss flight safety to mitigate possible incidents in the skies over Syria.
SOP newswire3U.S. Airstrikes Kill 11 al-Qaida Terrorists in Syria - U.S. forces have struck multiple meeting locations, an established basic training camp and four leaders since the beginning of the year.
SOP newswire3Cooperation Highlights Mattis Conversation With Indian Counterpart - In his first phone conversation with Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis committed to build upon the tremendous progress in bilateral defense cooperation made in recent years.
SOP newswire3$2 Billion Needed to Stave Off Famin in Yemen - Without international support, they may face the threat of famine in the course of 2017.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Mexican Military Leaders Discuss Bilateral Relationship - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke by phone with Mexican military leaders yesterday.
SOP newswire3ISIL in West Mosul Faces Choice: Surrender or Die - As Iraqi security forces prepare to liberate West Mosul, coalition strikes are pounding ISIL targets.
SOP newswire3Russia, Turkey, Iran and UN Hash Out Details of Monitoring Regime for Syria Ceasefire - The delegations of Russia, Turkey and Iran as well as United Nations representatives held their first meeting yesterday to discuss the establishment of a ceasefire implementation regime in Syria.
SOP newswire3U.S., Japan Intercept Ballistic Missile in Test - Based on preliminary data the test met its primary objective.
SOP newswire3Mattis and Canadian Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Canada Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan at the Pentagon today
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Israel's Illegal Settlements in West Bank - Continued settlement activity poses a grave threat to Palestinians right to self-determination.
SOP newswire3UN Fights to End Female Genital Mutilation - Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering.
SOP newswire3UN: Refugees Fleeing Danger Aren't Dangerous - The head of the United Nations refugee agency today warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution.
SOP newswire3America Will Overwhelmingly Respond to Any Nuclear Weapons Use - Mattis puts our enemies on notice.
SOP newswire3Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday.
SOP newswire3Heavy Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Extracting Heavy Civilian Toll - Briefing the Security Council on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the top United Nations political and humanitarian officials underlined today that continuing fighting in the region, with only short periods of respite, have exasperated human suffering.
SOP newswire3DoD Welcomes U.S. Decision to Allow Iraqis on Special Visas to Enter Country - Defense Department officials have welcomed a decision from the U.S. government to allow Iraqi translators and interpreters with special documentation to travel to the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
SOP newswire3UN: US Should Lift Measure Suspending Refugee Resettlement - The international community outraged by Trump's executive action.
SOP newswire3Iraqi Forces Liberate 60 Percent of Mosul From ISIL Fighters - The U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has liberated about 60 percent of ISIL held territory in Mosul, Iraqs second-largest city, the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Centcom: Civilians Likely Killed in Yemen Firefight - A team designated by the operational task force commander has concluded that civilian noncombatants likely were killed in the midst of a firefight during a Jan. 29 raid in Yemen, and that casualties may include children, U.S. Central Command officials said last night.
SOP newswire3Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Defense Secretary Talks With Saudi Defense Minister - Mattis wasting no time getting to know foreign leaders.
SOP newswire3Secretary Mattis Travels to the Asia-Pacific Region to Meet with Key Allies - Secretary of Defense James Mattis will embark on his first trip as secretary Feb. 1-4 to meet with his counterparts from two critical allies, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The four day trip will include stops in Seoul and Tokyo.
SOP newswire3Mattis Offers Condolences to Family of Navy Chief Lost in Yemen Raid - A Navy special warfare operator who was killed during a Jan. 28 raid in Yemen targeting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists gave his full measure for the nation, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets With King of Jordan - The defense secretary welcomed Jordan King Abdullah II to the Pentagon.
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