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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, left, meets with Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jense in Oslo, Norway, July 14, 2018. Mattis commended Norway for its commitment to global peace and security and hailed the strong U.S.-Norwegian relationship that is built on shared values and ideals. State Department photo
Mattis Commends Norway’s Commitment to Global Peace, Security Shared values and a mutual desire for trans-Atlantic unity reinforce the strong bond between the United States and Norway, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in the capital city of Oslo during meetings with the Norwegian foreign affairs and defense ministers. Story | Transcript | European Security Special Report

An airman operates a boom to provide fuel to Air Force F-22 Raptors during an aerial refueling mission over Iraq, July 6, 2018, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The boom operator is assigned to the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James
Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners accelerated offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, task force officials reported. Story | Special Report

Veterans who are eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment can submit a 1040X Amended U.S. Individual Tax Return for their reimbursement. Army Lt. Col. David Dulaney, the executive director for the Armed Forces Tax Council, said the Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for the refund. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
Eligible Veterans Can Seek Refund for Taxes on Disability Severance Payment The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on disability severance payments. Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the U.S.-Adriatic Charter defense ministers meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, July 13, 2018. Mattis underscored U.S. support for a free, prosperous and secure Europe during the meeting of the regional bloc. State Department photo
Secretary Reaffirms ‘Unbreakable’ Bond, Enduring Commitment to Europe Defense Secretary James N. Mattis reaffirmed the “unbreakable trans-Atlantic bond” between the United States and Europe during the U.S.-Adriatic Charter defense ministers meeting in Zagreb, Croatia. Story | Transcript | European Security Special Report

A Multiple Launch Rocket System with an improved armored cab fires a training rocket during a test. Long-range precision fires is the Army's No. 1 modernization priority and falls under a cross-functional team that is part of U.S. Army Futures Command. Army photo by John Andrew Hamilton
Army Chooses Austin as Site for Futures Command Headquarters Austin, Texas, will be the location for the headquarters of the new U.S. Army Futures Command, which will shepherd development of the service's six modernization priorities, Army officials announced at a Pentagon news conference. Story | Full Event

Secretary Travels to Norway, Describes Croatia Meetings Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he had a successful and productive meeting with the Croatian president in Zagreb, during a flight from Croatia to Oslo, Norway, the next stop on a trip to reinforce U.S. support to southeast Europe. Video | Transcript | European Security Special Report

The USS Porter and the USS Mount Whitney sail in formation in the Black Sea during exercise Sea Breeze 2018, July 13 2018. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Stumberg
Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine The 18th iteration of Sea Breeze, an exercise designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security, kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine. Story | Special Report

Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD graphic
Coalition Partner Captures 11 ISIS Fighters in Southern Syria The Maghawir al-Thowra, an Operation Inherent Resolve partner force in Syria, detained 11 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters inside the deconfliction zone in southern Syria. Story | 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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