On a military base in the Mideast, the location of which is a secret, there is a giant room with more than 70 seats facing a two-story bank of television screens.It looks like something out of “Dr. Strangelove,” but this room is the very real, everyday office of the 74-nation coalition that came together from around the world to defeat ISIS.During battles and offensives, a representative from each country in the coalition — from Iraq to Panama, Cameroon to Croatia, Fiji to France — would take their seat in this space to monitor progress and exchange views.Three years after the coalition was formed to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq, 99 percent of the territory once occupied by the “caliphate” had been liberated and 7.7 million people have been freed. Defense secretary in action: More of the ‘warrior monk’ than ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Vince Bzdek Undeniably, the multiethnic support of 74 nations in Operation Inherent Resolve helped. “The world spoke out on this,” one official told me when I tagged along with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on a trip to Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan a year ago. To the retired Marine general, the room was a tangible expression of the value of… Read full this story
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