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Mattis, Dunford, McGurk Cite Coalition Progress to Annihilate ISIS - The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will continue to build on the progress made to date to accelerate the campaign to annihilate the vicious group wherever it tries to form, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said during a Pentagon briefing today.

DoD Lab Day Features Innovation Underlying U.S. Military Superiority - Basic research and science performed in the Defense Department laboratory enterprise sustains the U.S. military technological advantage and maintains long-term superiority in all warfighting domains, defense officials said here today.

U.S., Jordan Work to Prevent Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation - Fancy bikes. Professional golf clubs. Fertilizer. On the surface, these items seem relatively harmless. However, they all contain dual-use material such as carbon fiber or explosive chemicals that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction.

NATO Chiefs Discuss Afghan Manning Ahead of Heads of State Meeting - No one is satisfied with a stalemate in Afghanistan and NATO defense chiefs in Brussels examined proposals that would increase the number of NATO and partner troops in the country, and to change the way those troops are employed.

NATO Military Chiefs Prepare Recommendations for Heads of Governments - NATOs chiefs of defense met here today to assess the alliances current and future work and to form advice and recommendations for their nations political leaders, who will convene here next week.

Trump Salutes Coast Guard Mission in Academy Commencement Address - President Donald J. Trump expressed pride in the Coast Guards mission today in his address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 136th commencement in New London, Connecticut.

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.


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