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June 20, 2018

Afghanistan May Be on ‘Edge of Opportunity’ for Peace

The ceasefire during Eid al-Fitr and the burgeoning peace movement in Afghanistan lead NATO officials in the country to believe the country is on the brink of an opportunity for peace, the deputy commander for the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said.

June 13, 2018

Assistance Brigade Adds ‘Extensive Tactical Depth’ in Afghanistan, Commander Says

As it nears the 100th day of its deployment in Afghanistan, the highly trained and specialized 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade for the NATO Resolute Support mission is seeing results, the brigade’s commander said.

June 13, 2018

Army Paratroopers Participate in Baltic Region Exercise

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division tested global response capabilities by landing on drop zones in Lithuania and Latvia and securing key areas from a simulated enemy during Exercise Swift Response 18, the operation's commander said.

June 12, 2018

Commander Describes Exercise Trident Juncture Effort, Planning

More than 40,000 personnel from 30 NATO and partner countries will demonstrate their ability to defend an ally in the event of an attack during Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, the commander of the exercise said.

June 8, 2018

Groups Such As ISIS Cannot Be Allowed To Exist, Mattis Says

While Iraq has liberated all of its territory once captured and held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led military campaign against the rogue organization continues in Syria, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at a meeting of the defeat-ISIS coalition at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

June 8, 2018

Mattis Stresses Unity in Meeting Collective Security Threats

Threats to collective security have not waned, whether from terrorism or Russia’s aggression and hybrid threats, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

June 8, 2018

Afghanistan Making Progress Toward Peace, Mission Commander Says

Afghan security forces are providing the power, NATO is providing support and training, and the Afghan people are providing the will in the fight against the Taliban and other extremist groups, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson said during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

June 8, 2018

Defense Relationship Highlights Mattis Meeting With German Counterpart

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany.

June 8, 2018

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues in Brussels

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels to discuss defense-related issues of mutual concern, Defense Department chief spokesperson Dana W. White said.

June 7, 2018

NATO Defense Ministers Approve Joint Force Commands, Discuss Burden Sharing

NATO defense ministers approved the creation of two new joint force commands -- one based in Norfolk, Va., and one in Ulm, Germany -- and discussed burden-sharing during their meeting in Brussels, which Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is attending.

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