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Military Minute - July 11th

ISIS Defeat, Marine Tragedy, and a High Schooler Interviews Mattis

Military Minute - July 11th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes a key victory over ISIS, tragedy in the U.S. Marine Corps, and a local high school student who lucked his way into an exclusive interview with Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

ISIS Is Out of Mosul

"Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Monday evening over the Islamic State in Mosul after nearly nine months of grueling combat to drive the militants out of Iraq's second-largest city. 

'We announce the total victory for Iraq and all Iraqis,' al-Abadi said, speaking from a small base in western Mosul on the edge of the Old City, where the last pockets of resistance had been holding out." 

Deadly Marine Crash 

"A Marine KC-130 aircraft that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, crashed Monday afternoon in Mississippi, killing 16 service members, a Marine Corps spokesman said on Tuesday." 

High Schooler Interviews Mattis

After the Washington Post accidently leaked Sec. of Defense James Mattis’ personal phone number, a Mercer Island High Schooler decided to give him a ring. One thing led to another, and the student actually got to conduct an interview with Mattis. Mattis gives Teddy Fischer his views on repairing the political divide in America, the importance of studying world history, plans for revitalizing the Middle East and more in a great, thorough interview. You can read the entire transcription below. 

MWR Hosting Low Country Boil

Missing the tastes of home? MWR is hosting this Low Country Boil Friday, July 28th. Featured food includes sausage, shrimp, corn on the cob, and new potatoes. You gotta call to register for this bad boy, the phone number is 253-982-5581. Whether or not you grew up eating this stuff, that sounds delicious.