Civilian deaths a 'fact of life' in war on IS: Pentagon head

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"Right now, we're dealing with Russian Federation, attempting to deal with Russian Federation, under President Trump's direction, in a diplomatic manner", Mattis said. "At the same time while willing to engage diplomatically, we are going to have to confront Russian Federation when it comes to areas where they attack us, whether it be with cyber, or they try to change borders using armed force".

Mattis gave the interview as President Trump returned from his first trip overseas.

A US-led worldwide coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the IS group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks are claiming ever more civilian lives. "And once surrounded, then we'll go in and clean them out". We've had success on the battlefield.

"This is going to be a long fight", Mattis said. "We've freed millions of people from being under their control, and not one inch of that ground that ISIS has lost has ISIS regained".

"Manchester's tragic loss underscores the goal of your years of study and training at this elite school", Mattis said on Saturday. "The problems that we confront are going to lead to an era of frequent skirmishing". We will do it by, with, and through other nations. "And we will - we will fight against that every way we can possibly bring our intelligence and our tactics to bear".

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His remarks came a day after he cited the suicide bombing in Manchester, which has been claimed by Isis, in a speech to graduating cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Pictures from the scene were published in The New York Times and the name of the suspected attacker, Salman Abedi, was also released to the media. "I think it's darn close to treason", U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told NBC's Meet The Press. "If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all", Mattis told Iraqi leaders during the 2003 invasion. "He was curious about why others were in the position they were in - his counterparts in other nations - and I'm quite certain the president is wide open on this issue as he takes in the pros and cons of that accord".

Only five countries - Estonia, Greece, Poland, the United States and the United Kingdom - now meet the standard of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obligatory financial contribution.

The sharing of intelligence related to the case between British counter-terrorism police and USA officials was briefly paused due to the leak.

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