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U.S., South Korean Defense Leaders Meet in Wake of Most Recent North Korean Missile Launch - U.S. and South Korean defense leaders are today discussing ways to make the alliance stronger in face of continued outrageous acts by North Korea.

Texas Guardsmen, Partners, Neighbors Rescue 1,000 From Floods - The Texas Army National Guard 386th Engineer Battalion teamed up with Texas Task Force 1 and the Cypress Creek Fire Department yesterday to bring 1,000 Cypress Creek residents to safety from high-rising waters as heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey continued to fall.

30,000 More Guardsmen Ready to Respond in Hurricane Relief Effort - The National Guard response to Hurricane Harvey will be a long-term, sustained effort, a senior National Guard official said today, adding that up 30,000 Guard members stand ready to assist with those efforts if needed.

Iraqi Government Announces Liberation of Tal Afar - The global coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria congratulates Prime Minister Al-Abadi and all Iraqi forces on their stunning victory today in Tal Afar and northern Ninewah province, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said today.

Guard Units From Other States Join Harvey Response in Texas - One day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called up the entire 12,000-member Texas National Guard to assist civilian authorities with the epic flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey, several other state Guard units are in the hard-hit areas to offer manpower, equipment and support.

DoD, Guard Will Provide All Texas Asks for in Struggle Against Harvey Floods - The Defense Department will provide whatever capabilities the people of Texas need to survive and recover from Hurricane Harvey, Air Force Maj. Gen. James C. Witham said here today.

Mattis Announces Panel Will Review President's Transgender Guidance - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday in a statement that the Defense Department has received President Donald J. Trumps memorandum addressing the military service of transgender persons.

President Trump Approves Emergency Declaration for Louisiana - President Donald J. Trump today declared that an emergency exists in the state of Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on Aug. 27, 2017, and continuing, according to a White House news release.

Iraqi Forces Reach Center of Tal Afar; Syrian Democratic Forces Push on in Raqqa - Iraqi security forces reached the center of Tal Afar and liberated another 60 square kilometers in and around the former Islamic State of Iraq and Syria stronghold, a Defense Department official said here today.

DoD Moves Troops, Search-Rescue Units, Aircraft, Vehicles to Texas - The Defense Department is prepositioning troops, search and rescue units, aircraft, vehicles, equipment and supplies to staging areas near the worst of the flooding in southeastern Texas in anticipation of a possible request for assistance, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 35 strikes consisting of 42 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Trade in Pacific Rim Economies - With global warming expected to significantly impact future yields in countries located closer to the equator, the United Nations agriculture agency is calling on Asia-Pacific economies to take a leading role in adaptation and mitigation.

More Texas Guardsmen Deploy as Harvey Causes Catastrophic Flooding - Weather forecasters are saying the remnants of Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Southeastern Texas.

Guterres Shocked by Guatemala's Decision to Expel UN Anti-corruption Official - Secretary-General Guterres is shocked to learn that the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, has issued a statement declaring persona non grata the head of a United Nations-backed independent anti-corruption commission, according to the UN Spokesman.

UN Condemns Deadly Attack on Shia Mosque in Kabul - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has condemned the attack during Friday prayer at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians - including seven women and one child - and injured more than 30 others.

In Kuwait, UN Chief Guterres Lauds Country's Humanitarian Leadership, - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, on an official visit to Kuwait, expressed gratitude to not only the Gulf countrys leadership in humanitarian action, but the promotion of understanding Kuwait has shown in relation to all conflicts in the region.

Air Force Hurricane Hunters Track Harvey - Hurricane Harvey began as a scattered collection of clouds drifting across the Atlantic Ocean and in just over a week it has developed into a Category 3 storm.

Dunford Attends Scottish Tattoo, Discusses Defense Topics With U.K. Leaders - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford used his invite to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland to visit British bases in the area and speak with senior United Kingdom defense leaders on a wide range of defense topics.

Texas Guard Mobilizes Ahead of Hurricane Harvey's Landfall - At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott through the Texas Division of Emergency Management, about 900 members of the Texas Army National Guard and Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Department have been activated and are pre-positioning throughout the state ahead of Hurricane Harvey.

UN: Flow of Refugees, Migrants to Europe Slows - Fewer refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in the first half of this year, but the likelihood of dying among people seeking to reach Europe is still alarmingly high,"the United Nations refugee agency today reported, calling for renewed commitments to protect people.

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