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These were guys linked to plots right here in Europe..for example, the Paris attacks.
I can confirm today we took out three of ISIL's key leaders in the last couple of weeks by one strike.
The seizure of these two cities is necessary to...put ISIL on an irreversible path to a lasting defeat.
Everything is going according to the plan of a year ago.
This is a complex mission that will take time to accomplish, but I am confident that ISIL's days in Mosul are numbered.
You ignore them at your peril.
The UAE not only acquires effective capabilities, it puts skin in the game.
But then it did neither of those things, and instead has only inflamed the civil war and prolonged suffering of the Syrian people.
By combining our capabilities with those of our local partners, we've been squeezing ISIL by applying simultaneous pressure from all sides and across domains, through a series of deliberate actions to continue to build momentum.
These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organizing, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to ISIL.
I would ask you to imagine what U.S. military and defense leaders think when they have to listen to complaints sometimes that we should do more, when it's plain to see that all too often, the ones complaining aren't doing enough themselves.
They need to get in the game.
Throughout his life, Senator John Glenn embodied the right stuff. Our military in particular benefited from his courage and dedication. ... But just as important as what John Glenn accomplished is how he accomplished it: with a combination of fierce determination and profound humility, and always with integrity.
The interests we are pursuing here are clear and enduring.
To have a stable security partner that is eager and willing to work with the United States is an asset for the future for us.
America is and will remain committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan.
But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated. We'll need to continue to counter foreign fighters trying to escape and ISIL's attempts to relocate or reinvent itself. To do so, not only the United States but our coalition must endure and remain engaged militarily.
I've worked with Jim for many years, he's a friend, and I hold him in the highest regard.
As secretary of defense, I've often benefited from his counsel, his encouragement, and his friendship.
For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.
Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will investigate this tragedy to determine any steps we can take to improve it. For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple. We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.
The effort to isolate, and ultimately liberate, Raqqa marks the next step in our coalition campaign plan.
Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm.
We continue to regard them as an ally. Obviously we're having conversations with the government of the Philippines about the future of that. That has been good for the Philippines, it is good for the United States.
We intend to go there soon with the force that is capable of doing that and enveloping the city of Raqqa... the final seizure of Raqqa, we continue to talk to Turkey about that and a possible role for Turkey in that further down the road.
We'll continue to talk with Turkey about its role in the eventual seizure of Raqqa, but we're proceeding now with the operation according to our plan.
I think it will be within weeks. Not many weeks.
This process has dragged on too long, for too many service members. Too many cases have languished without action. That's unfair to service members and to taxpayers.
While some soldiers knew or should have known they were ineligible for benefits they were claiming, many others did not.
It starts in the next few weeks. That has long been our plan and we will be capable of resourcing both.
We need do justice. And we need to do it fast.
The objective will be to complete the decision-making process on all cases as soon as possible - and no later than July 1.
The collapse and destruction of ISIL in Iraq and Syria will destroy both the fact and the idea that there can be a caliphate based upon this ideology. However, there will continue to be, and there are now, those there or elsewhere who aspire to either coordinate or inspire attacks on our homeland.
In fact we have already begun laying the ground work to commence the isolation in Raqqa. They are working to generate the local forces.
We have put our joint special operations command in the lead of counter ISILs external operations. We shared best practices and ideas on how each of our countries can improve.
The most dangerous job in Iraq right now is to be the military emir of Mosul. The taking of Mosul will have a major effect on (ISIS) in terms of resources....management and leadership.
Protecting our homelands in another critical campaign objective.
They fight extremely well. But because they're fighting hard, they suffer ... casualties.
I am confident that we can plan a constructive role there.
These are two close friends of ours. In the case of Turkey, it's a NATO ally. And we want to keep everybody focused on the objective here, which is to defeat ISIL, because that is a threat to all three of us.
I can't clarify that now.
Of course we'll talk about that. And yes, of course there are sensitivities there. We conduct ourselves, and the coalition does, respecting Iraqi sovereignty. That's an important principle of ours.
With respect to Turkey, our partnership is very strong in the counter-ISIL campaign.
The U.S. commitment to provide "extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. defense capabilities" was "unwavering.
The recent dramatic increase in North Korean nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches remind us of the grave threat it poses to our collective security. In light of these provocative acts, our combined defense posture must be robust and our deterrence must be credible.
This is a decisive moment in the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat.
He was in a firefight and he died in combat.
As it has been for decades, our alliance with the Philippines is ironclad.
Across the Atlantic, we're refreshing NATO's nuclear playbook â to better integrate conventional and nuclear deterrence, to ensure we plan and train like we'd fight, and to deter Russia from thinking it can benefit from nuclear use in a conflict with NATO.
We do not know what ISIL's plans will be for the defense of Mosul, nor whether they will be able to carry out whatever plans they have - whether their fighters will stick with them ... and so we're prepared for whatever happens there.
These forces will be primarily to enable Iraqi security forces and also (Kurdish) Peshmerga in the operations to isolate and collapse ISIL's control over Mosul, but also to protect and expand Iraqi security forces' gains elsewhere in Iraq.
We're in a support role, but I need to make clear once again: American forces combatting ISIL in Iraq are in harm's way. No one should be in any doubt about that.
Disclosure could put the United States in the difficult position of choosing between disclosing classified or otherwise sensitive information or suffering adverse rulings and potentially large damage awards for our refusal to do so.
I created DIUx last year because one of my core goals as Secretary of Defense has been to build, and in some cases rebuild, the bridges between our national security endeavors at the Pentagon and America's wonderfully innovative and open technology community.
We in the Defense Department will play whatever role we have (in the process) with our accustomed excellence.
China has and shares an important responsibility for this development and has an important responsibility to reverse it.
Today's news out of Syria is not encouraging. The choice is Russia's to make and the consequences will be its responsibility.
Unfortunately so far, Russia, with its support for the Assad regime, has made the situation in Syria more dangerous, more prolonged and more violent. That has contributed to what President Obama this weekend called the 'gaps of trust' that exist between our two countries.
We're a long way from getting there.
Despite the progress that we made together in the aftermath of the Cold War, Russia's actions in recent years – with its violations of Ukrainian and Georgian territorial integrity, its unprofessional behavior in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, as well as its nuclear saber rattling - all have demonstrated that Russia has clear ambition to erode the principled international order.
Russia appears driven by misguided ambition and misplaced fear.
But make no mistake, we will defend our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords all of us.
It's not a basing agreement of any kind.
Adapting to new functions will include changes in how we manage ourselves in cyberspace.
This contingent will help the Iraqis establish logistical springboard for their offensive in Mosul… At every step in this campaign, we have generated and seized additional opportunities to hasten ISIL's lasting defeat. With this additional US forces I'm describing today, we'll bring unique capabilities to the campaign and provide critical support to Iraqi forces at a key moment in the fight.
The point of seizing that (Qayara) airfield is to be able to establish a logistics and air hub in the immediate vicinity of Mosul. So, there will be U.S. logistics support.
These are ones we weren't aware of, and now we have the opportunity to fix them. And again, it's a lot better than either hiring somebody to do that for you, or finding out the hard way.
Up-or-out' isn't broken - in fact, it's an essential and highly successful system - but it's also not perfect. The problem, however, is that DoD can't take a one-size-fits-all approach.
Such rigidity can be constraining to the military services and service chiefs in their effort to attract and retain the best force possible. Sometimes this system has led us to lose good people.
The implementation will be a series of decisions that we take together and it's for our own protection against North Korea. Everybody should understand that.
She was instrumental in operationalizing our rebalance to the Pacific and in strengthening ties with the air forces of some of our closest allies.
Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best America has to offer. This includes women.
Joint U.S.-Philippine naval patrols "promote the militarization of the region. The Chinese army will monitor this trend closely, and will resolutely safeguard China's territorial sovereignty as well as maritime rights and interests.
With each Balikatan and each cruise by the Stennis, with each new multilateral exercise and each new defense agreement, we add a stitch to the fabric of the region's security network. This is the network - peaceful, principled, and inclusive - America continues to stand for, and stand with.
Indeed, the US military killed several key ISIL terrorists this week including, we believe, Haji Imam, who was an ISIL leader – a senior leader serving as a finance minister and who also is responsible for some external affairs.
The only way we're going to have data security of the kind that we all need, and that the Department of Defense very, very much needs, is in cooperation together. I'm trying to build bridges between Washington and Silicon Valley.
He's willing to spend his time helping us do what we're charged to do.
We don't desire conflict with either country. But we also cannot blind ourselves to their apparent goals and actions.
There is no question that there are consequences for these actions. We have plans in all three of these categories. You'll see them unfolding.
Our focus here is going to be on counter-ISIL and that campaign will go on because ISIL must be defeated, will be defeated, whatever happens with the Syrian civil war.
I am grateful for Minister Hennis-Plasschaert's immediate action following last week's meeting, and for the continuing commitment from the Dutch people to this fight.
As I will emphasise in Paris next week, we must all do more.
The specialized expeditionary targeting force I announced in December is now in place and is preparing to work with the Iraqis to begin going after ISIL's fighters and commanders.
These operators have helped focus the efforts of the local, capable forces against key ISIL vulnerabilities, including their lines of communication.
To succeed in our mission, our national defence, we cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half of the country's talents and skills. We have to take full advantage of every individual who can meet our standards.
One of the reasons why this deal is a good one is that it does nothing to prevent the military option.
The operation represents another significant blow to ISIL, and it is a reminder that the United States will never waver in denying safe haven to terrorists who threaten our citizens, and those of our friends and allies.
By taking military action in Syria against moderate groups targets, Russia has escalated the civil war.
We will, as we always do, watch carefully if there's a launch, track the launch, (and) have our missile defence assets positioned and ready. We plan a lot about it. We and our close allies – the Japanese and the South Koreans – are ready for it.
These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders. Baghdad says no.