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Pentagon Chief Reaffirms US Commitment to Allies

The United States is working to strengthen its international alliances and partnerships, the country’s top defense official said, describing the effort as critical to U.S. military strategy. “Americans have no God-given right to victory on the battlefield,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a conference just outside of Washington Wednesday, saying no nation can flourish on its own. “History is compelling on this point, that nations with allies thrive and those without allies decline. It’s that simple,” he said. The comments come a day after President Donald Trump told the United…

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