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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets members of the Colombian military during his visit to Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 17, 2018.
Mattis Reflects on Colombian Progress, Crisis in Venezuela Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he came away from Colombia impressed by the progress he witnessed there during his recent trip to South America, but is concerned about the unrest in neighboring Venezuela. Story | Transcript

Military Aircraft Crash in Iraq Highlights Dangers Troops Face A military aircraft crash in Iraq, in which an American service member died and several others were injured, highlights the dangers troops face every day, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning III told reporters. Story

U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment prepare a gun drill demo for partner forces at a remote location near the Iraqi-Syrian border where artillery fire missions are conducted alongside Iraqi partners as they continue Operation Roundup, June 25, 2018.  Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas
Operation Roundup Continues to Target ISIS Remnants U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria through offensive operations and precision airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero stand at attention during the secretary's visit to Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 17, 2018. U.S. Embassy photo
Mattis, Colombian Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked the Colombian defense minister for their country’s regional leadership role as a security exporter during a meeting in the capital city of Bogota, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said. Story

U.S., Chile Continue to Build Partnership, Mattis Says The United States and Chile continue to build a resilient and transparent partnership based on democracy, respect for human rights and economic opportunity for all, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during a news conference with his counterpart in Santiago, Chile. Video | DoD News Now

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Argentinian Defense Minister Oscar Aguad during his visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 15, 2018. U.S. Embassy photo
U.S., Argentina Agree to Strengthen Military Relationship The United States and Argentina are in agreement about the security situation in South America, and the countries are looking to increase military-to-military ties, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters. Story | Related Story

California Air National Guardsmen conduct a preflight check on the wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle before a mission at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Aug. 1, 2018. Air National Guard  photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle Ulber
Guardsmen Bring Combat Skills to Firefighting Representatives from the California Army and Air National Guard discussed the National Guard's role during the California wildfires and described how combat skills are enhancing firefighting efforts during an update to reporters at the Pentagon. Story | Full Event | Special Report
Iraqi Forces Make Strong Start in Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar Video | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
U.S., Coalition 'Steadfast' With Iraq for ISIS Defeat, Secretary Says Story | Full Event Video | Transcript | Flickr | Special Report | Travels

An Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Aug. 3, 2017. The JSTARS is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform, with a primary mission to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles
Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Prince Faisal of Jordan to a bilateral meeting in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis, Jordanian Leaders Discuss ISIS Fight, Security Story | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report | Travels

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks about a new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy During Address Story | Full Event Video | Speech | Secretary's Statement | Flickr Album
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali during a visit to Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis Praises Defeat-ISIS Efforts in Meetings With Iraqi Leaders Story | Flickr Album | Special Report | Travels

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