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Exit of trusted Mattis sparks concern among US allies

BRUSSELS: Key allies of Washington expressed concern on Friday about the resignation of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the policies of President Donald Trump that prompted it, praising Mattis as a committed partner. Mattis said on Thursday he would quit after falling out with Trump over the latter’s foreign policies, including the surprise decision to pull troops out of Syria and plans for a drawdown in Afghanistan. “Secretary Mattis has made a key contribution to keeping NATO strong and ready to deal with the…