U.S.-SAUDI MILITARY RELATIONS

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Arrives in Saudi Arabia; First Top Trump Administration Official to Visit Kingdom

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U.S defense Jim Mattis arrived in Saudi Arabia today, his first stop on a tour through the Middle East that will “focus on the fight against Islamic State and articulating President Donald Trump's policy toward Syria,” Reuters reports.

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