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Dunford: Counter-ISIS Coalition Would Benefit From NATO Membership - NATO chiefs of defense agreed there is merit in examining the possibility of the alliance becoming an official part of the counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria coalition, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him yesterday.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 29 strikes consisting of 87 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House - In a meeting at the White House today, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isık firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

NATO Military Chiefs Discuss Issues Confronting Alliance - NATO chiefs of defense are discussing issues from Afghanistan to Russia to the southern flank during the 177th Military Committee meeting here today.

UN Chief Condemns North Korea Ballistic Missile Launch - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres today urged Pyongyang to return to the path of denuclearization saying the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is a threat to peace and security in the region.

SecDef Meets With UAE Crown Prince - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met today at the White House with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan to discuss the U.S.-UAE defense partnership, the Pentagons chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, said in a statement about the meeting.

Dunford Arrives in Brussels for NATO Military Committee Meeting - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford arrived here today to discuss Afghanistan, countering terrorism and other missions during NATOs Military Committee chiefs of defense meeting.

Iraq: UN Refugee Agency Opens Twelfth Camp - Less than four weeks after opening its last camp, the United Nations refugee agency welcomed families fleeing the fighting in western Mosul this week with its twelfth camp set up deal with the ongoing emergency in and around the Iraqi city.

Dunford Discusses Leadership at Saint Michaels College Commencement - America needs leaders of consequence and conscience, said Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, who today urged the new graduates of his alma mater -- Saint Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont, -- to be those leaders.

Military Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 36 strikes consisting of 70 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

UN Chief Speaks in China - Speaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres today drew comparisons between China's One Belt, One Road initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development.

UN Condemns Attacks Against Civilians in CAR - Strongly condemning the latest attacks against civilians and the United Nations in Central African Republic, Secretary-General Guterres today urged authorities to investigate and bring those responsible to justice.

Ebola Outbreak in Congo - An Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed at least one person, the United Nations World health Organization announced earlier today.

President, First Lady Welcome Military Moms to White House - In honor of Mothers Day, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed active-duty troops, their spouses and mothers to the White House, today.

Tabqa City Liberated, Key Development for Raqqa - Partnered forces in Syria have liberated the Syrian city of Tabqa, a key development in the eventual defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Raqqa, Syria, the Pentagons director of press operations said today.

Mattis Heartened After Attending Somalia Meeting in London - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis came away from yesterdays British-sponsored conference on Somalia in London with renewed hope for the peace process in the African nation.

UN Praises Peace Process in Colombia - The opposition in Colombia has begun to lay down arms, a move welcomed today by the United Nations Security Council which recently visited the country to see the peace efforts first-hand.

Cycle of Revenge in South Sudan Will Hurt Everyone - Deteriorating security in parts of South Sudan coupled with increased displacement could worsen the humanitarian suffering in the country through outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and even cholera, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned.

Attack on Yemeni City Could Overwhelm Humanitarian Capacity - Warning of the disastrous impact of an imminent attack on a western city and port and Yemen, the United Nations migration agency has called on all actors to use dialogue and talks rather than military force, which will put more civilians in danger.

Mattis Meets With Lithuanian President, Baltic Defense Ministers - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis yesterday reassured U.S. allies in the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia of American solidarity with them and of U.S. determination to defend Baltic and other NATO territory against any aggression.


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