Mattis gives US troops a pep talk at Guantanamo

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis poses for a photo with U.S. Marine Corps troops at a rifle range at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday. The unannounced visit was the first by a defense secretary since Donald Rumsfeld visited in January 2002 shortly after the first prisoners arrived from Afghanistan.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — On a rare visit to the home of the U.S. military’s prison for terror suspects, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered a pep talk Thursday to American troops — and urged them to always be ready for war.