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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Europe to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO and to the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. He participated in a multilateral forum of 12 countries, attended a NATO defense ministers conference and hosted a meeting with the coalition to defeat ISIS. Mattis wrapped up his trip with a visit to London to meet with his new British counterpart.
Mattis Holds News Conference at NATO Headquarters
Mattis, Coalition Counterparts Meet in Brussels
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in separate statements. Story
The dedication of the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is evident by its progress, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a defense ministerial at NATO headquarters in Brussels. 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.