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Iraqi, Kurdish Troops Clear ISIS Safe Haven Iraqi forces, including peshmerga troops, cleared an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria safe haven near the Makhmour Mountains in Iraq as they continue removing ISIS elements from the country, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced. Story | Special Report

Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Jette undergoes a body composition measurement test at the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas June 28, 2018. Jette is a special operations recruiter based in Fresno, Calif. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
Faster, Stronger, More Resilient: Air Force Prepares Next-Gen Special Operators A new Air Force course seeks to prepare the next generation of aspiring special operators and create fitter, stronger, more resilient warfighters by introducing them to the rigors of their chosen career fields. Story | Special Report

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 Norway’s commitment to peace and stability is commendable and displays the values NATO represents, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during meetings with Norwegian leaders in Oslo. Story | Transcript | European Security 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 More than 130,000 veterans may be eligible for refunds for taxes paid on disability severance payments, a Defense Department tax expert said. Story | Special Report

Two Air Force F-15 Eagles deploy flares after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission supporting Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq, May 5, 2018. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Keith James
Coalition Strikes Destroy 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

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 Enduring Commitment to European Peace, Prosperity Defense Secretary James N. Mattis reinforced America’s commitment to the security and stability of southeast Europe and pledged to strengthen regional alliances and partnerships during the U.S.-Adriatic Charter meeting in Croatia. Story | Transcript | European Security 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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