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Many U.S. Troops Serving Overseas During the Holidays - Thousands of U.S. service members and Defense Department civilians are serving around the world during the holidays to protect America, its interests and its allies.

Ash Carter Thanks Italy for Contributions in Fight Against ISIL - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti by phone today about Italy`s contributions to the effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon press secretary said.

Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Face of Defense: Soldier Spreads Joy Through Love for Piano - Among Army Spc. Anne Lee's earliest memories, she said, is being a young girl staring at the pianist during Sunday church services and wondering what it took to make that kind of music.

Ash Carter Expresses Regret for Loss of 6 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Ash Carter has expressed his deep regret over the loss of six U.S. service members killed in a vehicle bomb attack outside Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, yesterday.

Coalition, Local Forces Making Gains Against ISIL - Coalition and local forces have inflicted a "recent string of defeats" on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said today in Baghdad.

UN Adjourns Yemen Peace Talks - In the face of numerous violations of the cessation of hostilities in Yemen, the Special United Nations Envoy today decided to adjourn peace talks in Switzerland for a month.

Lebanon: UN Reports Rocket Fire From South Towards Israel and Israeli Mortar Retaliation - Three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel today, and Israel retaliated with some eight rounds of 120mm mortar.

UN Condemns Murder of Syrian Journalist - The United Nations agency responsible for defending the freedom of the media today denounced the murder of a Syrian journalist.

Ash Carter: Afghanistan Mission Remains a Top Priority - Work over the past year has put Afghanistan on a better path forward, and the mission there remains a top priority, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Iraq, Syria - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Ash Carter Visits French Aircraft Carrier Charles De Gaulle - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian yesterday before visiting the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, now stationed in the Persian Gulf and launching strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

UN Urges End to Harassment of Human Rights Defenders in Occupied Palestinian Territory - Gravely concerning at reports that human rights defenders in the Palestinian Territory, are being subjected to physical attacks, United Nations experts denounced such harassment as unacceptable.

UN Condemns Sexual Violence As Weapon Of War - Welcoming the Security Council's unanimous adoption of a blueprint for peace in Syria, a senior United Nations official has called on all sides to immediately stop using sexual violence as a tactic in the fighting tearing the country apart.

Face of Defense: Drill Sergeant Incorporates Skills Learned in Civilian Career - How do you picture a drill sergeant? As a stern, totalitarian figure; barking out orders with an unintelligible loud snarl, ready to pounce on your every misstep?

Peshmerga Training Effort Moves Into High Gear - Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are rotating through coalition training in northern Iraq at the rate of 800 personnel every 25 days, enabling them to continue their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with minimal interruption, the commander of the Kurdistan Training Coordination Center said yesterday.

Coalition Forces Continue to Battle ISIL in Syria, Iraq - U.S.-led coalition forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists in Iraq and Syria across the breadth and depth of the battlefield.

UN: We Must Take Action to Avert Civil War in Burundi - The top United Nations human rights official today urged the international community to take action to avert a civil war in Burundi.

Security Council Moves to Cut Off all Funding Sources for ISIL - The United Nations Security Council today stepped up its efforts to cut off all sources of funding for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

UN Marks 'International Day of Migrants' - Global candlelight vigils marked the International Day of Migrants today to remember that the more than 5,000 women, men and children who lost their lives in arduous journeys in search of protection and a better life.


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