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No Worse Place on Earth Than Raqqa - A senior United Nations aid official today urged the international community to do whatever is needed to allow citizens to flee from Raqqa, saying that right now, there is no worse place on earth than the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Mattis: U.S., Ukraine Continue to Build Lasting Strategic Partnership - Standing with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko this morning on that nations independence day, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States stands with Ukraine in all things.

UN Criticizes US Failure to Unequivocally Reject Racist Violent Events - The United Nations body monitoring implementation of the global convention on prohibiting racial discrimination has called on high-level politicians and public officials of the United States to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.

Mattis Meets With Senior Turkish Leaders in Ankara - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today met with Turkish President and Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli in Ankara, Turkeys capital city, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

U.S., South Korean Military Leaders Reinforce Alliance - Top U.S. and South Korean military leaders spoke to reporters yesterday at Osan Air Base near the South Korean capital of Seoul to reinforce the alliance between the two countries and their combined resolve to deter North Korean threats.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 36 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Mattis: U.S., Coalition Steadfast With Iraq for ISIS Defeat - The United States and its coalition partners remain unwavering in their commitment to Iraq in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today in Baghdad.

Mattis Praises Defeat-ISIS Efforts in Meetings With Iraqi Leaders - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Iraq and praised the Iraqis efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in separate meetings with three top Iraqi officials yesterday, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

No Sign of Positive Evolution in Burundi - Ahead of next month' presentation to the United Nations Human Rights Council, an independent panel today said that the human rights situation in Burundi has not improved.

UN Fights Cholera in Sierra Leone - The United Nations health agency is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last weeks mudslides and flooding in the country's capital, Freetown.

President Trump Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy - President Donald J. Trump unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.

UN Marks World Humanitarian Day - As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on peoples lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.

UN Condmens Terrorist Attack in Finland - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres today condemned the terrorist attack in south-western Finland which killed at least two people.

Thousands Flee as Iraqi Forces Advance on ISIL-held Tal Afar - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.

Iraqi Forces Begin Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar - Iraqi security forces have begun their offensive to liberate the city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said today.

Exercise to Strengthen Efforts in Defense of South Korea, Mattis Says - A joint U.S.-South Korean computer-simulated defensive exercise set to kick off tomorrow is meant to strengthen joint efforts for the defense of South Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today.

Mattis Arrives in Jordan to Discuss Security Issues - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Jordan today as part of a trip to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to strategic partnerships in the Middle East and Europe.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS 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 38 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Defense Secretary to Visit Middle East and Europe - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will begin a five-day trip to the Middle East and Europe tomorrow, defense officials announced today. The trip is intended to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to strategic partnerships, the officials said.

Military Relationships, North Korea Dominate Dunford Pacific Trip - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has wrapped up a trip to South Korea, China and Japan that had been planned months ago, but it could not have happened at a better time.


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