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"Mattis unveiled the strategy Friday morning at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies."

“Counterterrorism mission initiated after Duterte government requested aid during battle to oust insurgents from Marawi; improving ties.”

“The use of low-cost fighter planes would allow deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities.”

"Syria now looks like just the latest chapter in a war on terror that has already lasted nearly 17 years — starting in Afghanistan, then to Iraq, Pakistan and many other countries."

“The U.S. has escalated its presence in the country, and has signaled no timetable for when it will end.”

"The preparatory exercises all focus on the same basic theme: Step back and insist that partners do the front-line combat."

"Americans are less connected to the military than ever before and Defense Department leaders - facing a recruitment crisis in coming years - have started to take note."

Turkish officials assert that their expected military operation is to pursue a Kurdish armed force known as the People's Protection Units.

"The Trump administration is backtracking on its description of a planned new security force in northeastern Syria."

"The Trump administration wants to be engaged in Syria as the threat from Iran rises and Islamic State recedes, the Secretary of State said."

"Turkey is massing troops on the border with Syria and has said it would launch full-scale attacks on the Kurdish force there."

“I think the situation in Iraq is a lot different than it was three or four years ago when ISIS came rolling out of the desert."

"A former CIA officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested."

"Pockets of ISIS fighters remain in Iraq, but the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq says those remaining fighters have been cornered and unable to coordinate attacks."

"A regional power’s rejection of the central government has long been seen as a likely test for the heavily centralized but potentially fragile Afghan state set up after 2001."

"The province has been the site of some of the heaviest fighting, where many Marines gave their lives in the 16-year war."

Afghan forces are planning to hand over the security responsibilities to the local forces of the rural communities, they have recently captured from Taliban and IS militants.

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argues that no Afghan peace settlement could proceed without the Taliban’s participation.”

"Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come."

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State says it is working to create a 30,000-strong border-security force in Syria.

"Less than two years after flying its first combat mission, the Afghan Air Force’s A-29 Super Tucano aircraft are playing a key role in supporting Afghan soldiers on the ground."

U.S. Africa Command has developed a new tool designed to measure progress in advancing women, peace and security as part of its security cooperation effort.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said the false missile alert that panicked islanders on Saturday morning was “totally unacceptable” and said the warning was caused by human error.

“A two-year investigation identifies one of the very few Americans in the Islamic State’s upper ranks—and sheds light on the dynamics of radicalization.”

The Defense Department has partnered with National Geographic Channel on a new eight-part documentary series called “Chain of Command.”

"Insurgents posing as friendly militia members lured a U.S. and Afghan team to a meeting in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike."

A new conflict would prolong decades of struggles between Muslim separatists and the Philippine government.

"The world has declared the defeat of the self-proclaimed caliphate, which has been reduced from controlling large, populous swathes of Iraq and Syria to a small enclave in the desert."

"The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade will make its maiden deployment to Afghanistan in the spring, according to a Thursday release from the Army."

"The breakdown of a cease-fire with a left-wing rebel group is threatening President Santos’s goal of delivering peace and an end to Latin America’s longest-running war."