President Trump surprises U.S. troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving lunch
President Trump was on a secret mission on Wednesday night, Nov. 27, as he flew across the globe in Air Force One for a special rendezvous. It was a surprise visit as he quietly left his new official residence at Mar-a-Largo, Florida, to visit the U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field ...
US armored reinforcements will protect Syrian oil fields, Mark Esper says
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Friday, Oct. 25, that the United States will be sending out armored reinforcements into eastern Syria to protect oil fields from potential ISIS terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting that it is necessary that a small number of U.S. ...
Pentagon warns Turkey of ‘serious consequences’; Trump calls invasion a ‘bad idea’
The Pentagon on Friday, Oct. 11, has called on Turkey to cease military action from targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, warning of “serious consequences” should it not comply. President Donald Trump openly called the Syrian operation a “bad idea” and said that “The United States does not endorse this attack.” Trump announced earlier ...
Pentagon mulls sending more troops to Gulf, officials say
Request for additional troops has come from U.S. Central Command and will be presented to the White House on Thursday, but it's not known how White House will respond
Afghanistan’s grand council ends with call for peace talks
An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as Loya Jirga — ...
Pentagon sending 300 more troops to southern border
Troops will provide administrative support, helping transport migrants, distributing meals and 'monitoring' their welfare
Prison repairs underway to hold thousands of IS fighters
US officials say work is underway to make sure coalition-backed forces can safely detain Islamic State prisoners
Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?
The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many questions remain unanswered. The Taliban are negotiating from a position of strength: They effectively control half the country, and President Donald ...
S. Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military
South Korea and the United States on Friday signed a deal that would increase Seoul's financial contribution for the deployment of U.S. troops in the Asian country. After rounds of failed negotiations, chief delegates from the two countries last month agreed on Seoul paying about 1.04 trillion won ($924 million) in ...
US general: Troops cuts don’t impact Somalia, Libya missions
Planned troop cuts on the African continent will have no impact on counterterror operations in Libya and Somalia, where American airstrikes target insurgents, the top U.S. commander for Africa told Congress Thursday. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, said about 300 troops will be cut by June 2020, ...
Will US military complete planned troop cuts in Africa?
Top US Commander in Africa unsure about troop reductions
US general calls for firepower, focus to counter Russia
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the US European Command, tells lawmakers he needs more troops, ships, and drones to push back against ever more aggressive Kremlin
US-led allies finishing off ‘caliphate’
Islamic State militants have been as vicious at the end as they were four years ago when they rolled out their caliphate
‘We are not winning’ counterterror war in Sahel, US military leader in Africa says
Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, head of US Special Operations Command Africa, says he ‘would not recommend more drones or more advisers’ at this time, but he wouldn’t advise reducing US troop numbers in region, either
Last defenders of Islamic State’s caliphate surrounded
Commander of US-backed forces leading the final assault says the end of IS is coming 'in a very short time,' while fighting slows due to civilians, booby-traps and tunnels
NATO weighs future of Afghan mission, seeks to support talks
NATO defense ministers are discussing the future of the alliance's operation in Afghanistan and how best to use its military presence to support political talks aimed at ending the conflict. Frustrated with America's longest war, U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to pull out troops, raising doubts about NATO's training ...
Syrians, foreigners flee as US-backed forces move on IS
Displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate
Top US general ‘not consulted’ about Syria troop withdrawal
General Joseph Votel says US troops will come home as the coalition finds other ways to keep pressure on the Islamic State terror group
US-led coalition denies confrontation with Iran-backed militia in Iraq
Shiite militia in Iraq alleged its fighters Friday prevented American troops within anti-IS coalition from conducting field operation inside city of Mosul
Senate breaks with Trump on Afghanistan, Syria withdrawal
The Senate voted Monday to oppose the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan, breaking with President Donald Trump as he calls for a military drawdown in those countries. Senators voted 70-26 for the amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The measure says the Islamic State group and ...
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