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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Dr. Mark E. Green of Tennessee to become the next Secretary of the Army.

Continue on for information concerning the conference and updates on Libya, Somalia and ISIS in Africa.

The enemy is being degraded by every measure and is on a trajectory to lasting defeat, a defense official told reporters on background today.

Countering the threats posed by Russia, China, Iran and North Korea - and countering violent extremism - is still the correct way to benchmark what the Defense Department must do.

Beginning with the counter-ISIS fight in Syria, British Army Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones said the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Arab Coalition continue to pressure and isolate Raqqa.

"The enemy is completely surrounded in West Mosul, and those who do not surrender to the Iraqi security forces will be killed there."