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April 2017
Travels with Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to the Middle East and Africa to reaffirm key U.S. military alliances, engage strategic partners and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations.


Mattis: U.S. Stands by Afghan People After Taliban’s Heinous Acts

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Army Gen. John Nicholson.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had stern words for the recent Taliban attack on an Afghan military base and mosque, in which more than 100 people were killed. Story

U.S.-Djiboutian Relationship Strong and Strengthening, Mattis Says

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with troops stationed at Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti.

The meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh went to the heart of the U.S. relationship with the African nation, the secretary said, describing it as strong and strengthening. Story

Mattis Reinforces U.S.-Qatari Strategic Partnership

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah in Doha, Qatar. Story

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Map of Carter travel locations: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti.

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Secretary Jim Mattis ABOUT THE SECRETARY

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.