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Heavy 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.

DoD 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.

Trump Honors Fallen Navy Chief, Details Emerge From Yemen Raid - President Donald J. Trump paid tribute to Navy Chief Petty Officer William Owens, who was killed in a Jan. 29 raid in Yemen that U.S. officials say yielded valuable intelligence.

UN: US Should Lift Measure Suspending Refugee Resettlement - The international community outraged by Trump's executive action.

Iraqi 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.

Centcom: 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.

Coalition 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.

Defense Secretary Talks With Saudi Defense Minister - Mattis wasting no time getting to know foreign leaders.

Secretary 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.

Mattis 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.

No Change to Chairmans Status as Senior Military Adviser, Officials Say - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will continue to present the National Security Council with his best military advice, DoD officials said today.

Mattis Meets With King of Jordan - The defense secretary welcomed Jordan King Abdullah II to the Pentagon.

South Sudan: UN Calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities - The United Nations, the African Union and regional partners today reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan.

New Drought Hits Ethiopia - World community must help Ethiopia.

U.S. Forces Kill 14 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula Terrorists in Yemen - An estimated 14 al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists were killed yesterday during a raid by U.S. forces in Yemen.

2.2 Million Afghans on the Move - The United Nations migration agency has launched a new displacement tracking system to better understand population movements and needs in the crisis-struck country.

UN Expresses Hope US Will Continue to Protect Those Fleeing Conflict - The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues today expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.

UN Providing Trauma Care to People in Mosul - As the conflict in Mosul intensifies and greater numbers of civilians are caught in the crossfire, the United Nations health agency and its partners have increased trauma care services to ensure that patients requiring medical care for injuries have a greater chance of survival.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday.

Trump Swears in Mattis, Signs Executive Actions at Pentagon Ceremony - President Donald J. Trump signed two executive actions and watched as Vice President Mike Pence ceremonially swore in Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes here today.


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