Cornyn: Not a bad idea to get U.S. troops out of the way if Turkey planned to ‘ethnically cleanse the Kurds’
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. John Cornyn defended the president’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, arguing Wednesday that with Turkey intent on ethnic cleansing of the Kurds — longtime U.S. allies in the fight against the radical Islamic State — the move had merit. “If Turkey was... Read more
Putin touts strengthening Russian military ties with Africa
Moscow (dpa) – Russian President Vladimir Putin touted strengthening military ties with Africa on Thursday at a Russian-hosted summit that he said brought together representatives from every African country. Russia has signed military cooperation agreements with the majority of Africa’s countries – more than 30 of 54, Putin said... Read more
Seven suspected Islamist militants killed in firefight in Philippines
Manila — Seven suspected Islamic militants have been killed in a shoot-out with security forces in the southern Philippines, military and police officials said Thursday. The firefight erupted on Wednesday when a joint team of soldiers and police officers swooped down on a house of Mama Macalimbol, a suspected... Read more
Trump declares ‘big success’ in Syria, lifts sanctions on Turkey
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared a “big success” in Syria on Wednesday and lifted sanctions on Turkey he imposed after Turkey’s military assault on Syria’s Kurdish forces, a key American ally. Trump’s move came even as the president’s top envoy to Syria said the U.S. believed Turkey had... Read more
Russia: Syrian Kurds to be ‘crushed’ by Turkish military
Moscow  – Russia threatened on Wednesday that any Kurdish militants remaining in a zone in north-east Syria to be controlled by Russian and Turkish military forces would be “crushed.” The warning followed a deal struck the previous day between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip... Read more
Army special operators look to counter disinformation, cyberwarfare in new strategy
Army Green Berets and Rangers will “get brilliant at the basics” to prepare for future battlefields where adversaries like Russia and China could knock out the secured combat outposts relied upon in more recent conflicts, according to a new U.S. Army Special Operations Command Strategy. “We will shift from... Read more
Iraq says US troops leaving Syria are not allowed to stay in country

The Iraqi military said Tuesday that US troops withdrawing from Syria amid a Turkish offensive are not permitted to stay in Iraq and will move outside the country.

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Chinese-born US Navy officer with TS clearance arrested smuggling US weapons to China
A US Navy officer of Chinese origin has been busted for multiple federal charges, ranging from firearms law infractions to attempting to smuggle military-grade boats to Chinese government interests. Lieutenant Fan Yang, a Chinese-born US Navy Sailor who held a top secret clearance and worked with an Anti-Submarine Warfare... Read more
‘How long can we live like this?’: Kurds in growing refugee camp plead for help, end to losses, suffering
As Turkish artillery battered her neighborhood, Haifa Ahmad gathered up her kids and fled last week from Qamishli, a mostly Kurdish city on Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Now, she and her four children — along with her sister and her two young ones — are residents of white... Read more
U.S. troops in Syria heading to Iraq, not home as Trump claims
KABUL, Afghanistan — While President Donald Trump insists he’s bringing home Americans from “endless wars” in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren’t coming home and... Read more
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