US Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Tel Aviv, Friday, to discuss regional security issues.

Mattis stated that the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) poses a threat "not only to Syria and Iraq but to Israel and other countries in this region, to Europe and ultimately to the US homeland," and that therefore US has "accelerated and intensified that campaign to surround and isolate the enemy so we methodically remove its physical caliphate."

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