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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 newswire3UN Chief Guterres Visits China - During an official visit, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres on Sunday met in Beijing with Xi Jinping, President of China, where he congratulated the President on his recent re-election.
SOP newswire3Security Council Debates Salisbury Chemical Attack - During a heated debate in the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Russia again rejected allegations levelled by the United Kingdom that Moscow was behind a deadly nerve-agent attack in the English city of Salisbury on 4 March.
SOP newswire3Nearly 800 Venezuelans Arriving in Brazil Each Day - The United Nations refugee agency is scaling up its assistance to the rapidly growing number of Venezuelans arriving in Brazil, with daily arrivals averaging 800 in recent days amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in their country.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attack in Mali - Late Friday night the United Nations Security Council condemned an attack earlier in the day on a vehicle of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali that killed a Nigerien peacekeeper in Gao.
SOP newswire3Mattis Meets Slovenian Defense Minister - During his meeting with Slovenian Defense Minister Andreja Katic at the Pentagon today, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked the minister for her countrys friendship and security partnership with the United States and NATO.
SOP newswire3ISIS Caliphate Defeat is Near - The defeat of the caliphate that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed in Syria is near, top Defense Department officials said at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3UN Eyes Transition of Haiti Role From Peacekeeping to Development - The United Nations has already started to prepare for a post-peacekeeping presence in Haiti, a senior UN official said Tuesday, stressing there are many reasons to be optimistic that the countrys progress towards stability is now irreversible.
SOP newswire3Centcom Commander Discusses Stabilization Posture in Iraq, Syria - Administration officials, military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts discussed views on Iraq and Syria at the U.S. Institute of Peace here today.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attack on Civilians in Nigeria - Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigerias restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians.
SOP newswire3American, Jordanian Forces to Support Eager Lion 2018 - About 3,600 U.S. service members will partner with Jordanian military forces in Jordan April 15-26 during Exercise Eager Lion 18, one of U.S. Central Commands premier exercises, Centcom officials announced today.
SOP newswire3Special Operators Conduct Winter Training in Sweden - Theres cold, and then theres the cold that comes from being above the Arctic Circle -- so cold, in fact, that frostbite can occur within minutes on exposed skin
SOP newswire3Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Afghan Mission - Afghan security forces need maintenance and logistics training to ensure they are ready for the long haul against the Taliban and other terror groups, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said during a recent Pentagon interview.
SOP newswire3UN Peacekeepers Depart a Stable and Grateful Liberia - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia will formally cease operations on Friday after aiding the West African nations transition from ravaging civil war to a hopeful era of peace.
SOP newswire3UN Calls for Probe into Deadly Clashes Along Israel-Gaza Border - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for an independent and transparent investigation into clashes at the Gaza fence on Friday between Palestinians participating in the Great Return March and Israeli security forces which resulted in at least 15 deaths and a large number of injured.
SOP newswire3Strikes Continue 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 March 23-29, conducting 11 strikes consisting of 12 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3UN Receives $1 Billion From Saudi Arabia and UAE for Humanitarian Response to Yemen crisis - Ahead of the upcoming international fundraising conference for Yemen, the United Nations has received nearly $1 billion contributions from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and urged other donors to follow suit and help tackle the worlds worst humanitarian crisis there.
SOP newswire3David Beckham Sets Sights on New Goal: Ending Bullying in Indonesia's Schools - To help the United Nations Childrens Fund tackle bullying in Indonesia - where one in five children have been physically attacked in school - David Beckham has visited the country to meet youth who have faced peer violence.
SOP newswire3UN Forum Examines Role Partnerships Play in Tackling Global Migration Challenge - Partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels are crucial to ensuring global migration is better managed, the United Nations migration agency chief said Monday in New York.
SOP newswire3UN Middle East Peace Envoy Reports on Israels Settlement Expansion - Reporting that over the past three months, Israel has advanced 22 plans for some 1,200 housing units for one area of the West Bank, a United Nations envoy warned Monday that such ongoing settlement expansion is eroding the prospect of a two-state solution to the long-standing Middle East conflict.
SOP newswire3Sailors Employ Preventive Medicine to Save Lives in Honduras - The ability to shower in a remote campground, or shave every morning in a plastic storage container or walk on dry sand because of proper drainage are all luxuries made possible by the Continuing Promise 2018 Forward-Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit 2.
SOP newswire3UN Chief Denounces Terrorist Attack in Southern France - Strongly condemning the terrorist attack in France, the United Nations Secretary-General has reiterated his support to the Government in its fight against violent extremism.
SOP newswire3UN Marks 'Earth Hour' - The United Nations this evening turned off the lights at its iconic Headquarters in New York as well as at other facilities around the world in observance of Earth Hour - a global event highlighting the need for climate action and sustainable energy consumption.
SOP newswire3OIR Officials 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 March 16-22, conducting 14 strikes consisting of 19 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
SOP newswire3Pacific Partnership 2018 Begins in Micronesia - Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission, began today aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick in Yap, Micronesia.
SOP newswire3UN Condemns Attack That Kills Dozens Near Shrine in Kabul - The United Nations strongly condemned the deadly attack earlier Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Kabul, near a major religious shrine where people had gathered to celebrate Nowruz - the traditional New Year and the arrival of spring.
SOP newswire3Chairman Expresses Enthusiasm About Military Dimension in Afghanistan - The hard work of Afghan and coalition personnel in the train, advise, assist strategy is already paying off, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is encouraged by the progress.
SOP newswire3Joint U.S.-Israel Exercise Juniper Cobra 2018 Concludes - Exercise Juniper Cobra 2018, a joint U.S.-Israel ballistic missile defense exercise, formally concluded March 15 after several weeks of robust training between U.S. and Israeli military personnel on shared capabilities and interoperability via computer simulations and live scenarios.
SOP newswire3U.S., South Korean Defense Chiefs Agree to Resume Combined Exercises - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo have agreed to resume their annual combined exercises, including Foal Eagle and Key Resolve, which were deconflicted with the schedule of the Olympic Games.
SOP newswire3Task Force Lion Continues Partnership with Iraqi Forces Against ISIS - A U.S.-led coalition task force named Task Force Lion, part of Operation Inherent Resolve, is continuing its efforts to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the remnant forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the task force commander told reporters at the Pentagon today via satellite from Iraq.
SOP newswire3Officials Note Progress in Afghanistan, Difficulty for Taliban - Noting progress the Afghan government and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have made, a senior officer in the Resolute Support mission said there is never going to be a better time for the Taliban to start talking with the Afghan government about peace.
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