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U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis addresses a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mattis Says U.S., Turkey Find ‘Common Ground’ in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was optimistic on Thursday about finding “common ground” with Turkey in Syria, where Turkish troops and their local allies may be positioning for a strike against territory occupied by American troops.

Army General Joseph Votel (R), commander of the US Special Operations Command, waits for a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Senate Armed Services Committee hears testimony from the head of the US military effort against the Islamic State group in …

CENTCOM Head Visits Syrian Rebel Allies, Concerning Turkey

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) General Joseph Votel made an unannounced visit to Syria last week to meet with the heads of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia fighting the Islamic State largely composed of Kurdish fighters.