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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Belgium, Germany, United Arab Emirates and Iraq to meet with counterparts, leaders and service members in a trip that underscored U.S. commitment to NATO and defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Mattis Delivers Remarks at Munich Security Conference
Mattis Delivers Remarks at NATO Counter-ISIS Meeting
During his first trip to Baghdad as defense secretary, Jim Mattis praised the Iraqi army and noted those forces are now focused on liberating west Mosul. Story
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he will soon have an assessment to give President Donald J. Trump about the way ahead in Afghanistan. Story
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with leaders from three U.S. allies in the Middle East on his first trans-Atlantic trip in his current post, according to a news release issued by the Defense Department. Story
Jim Mattis became the 26th defense secretary Jan. 20, 2017. During more than four decades in uniform, he commanded Marines at all levels, including in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a joint force commander, he commanded U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation and U.S. Central Command.