U.S. & Taliban reach peace deal, troop withdrawal from Afghanistan expected to start
UPDATE: 8:54 a.m. According to the New York Times, the U.S. and Taliban have signed a peace deal that will see U.S. troops return to America as long as certain safety markers are met. The deal could still fall apart if the Taliban does not hold up its obligations,... Read more
U.S. monitoring Kurdish-Turkey ceasefire with drones, not soldiers
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes American troops will not physically monitor the temporary ceasefire in northeastern Syria between NATO ally Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated militia that the United States has backed in recent years to fight the Islamic State in that country, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper... Read more
Marine Corps makes $1.9 million arms deal with Brunei
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Marine Corps Forces Pacific has sold Brunei $1.9 million in small-arms ammunition, the first such sale the service has ever made to the tiny Southeast Asian nation nestled on the northern coast of Borneo. The 5.6- and 9-mm ammo was delivered on two Air... Read more
BREAKING: Vice President Pence makes ceasefire deal with Turkish President
UPDATE 10/17/19 1:45 p.m. EST U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that a ceasefire has been reached between Turkey and the U.S. According to CNBC, Pence and Secreatary of State Mike Pompeo were in Turkey to negotiate with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. It’s been nearly a week since Turkey... Read more
“Not our border” President Trump defends decision to pull troops our of Syria
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Syrian Kurds “no angels” as he defended his recent decision to remove American troops from the war-torn country, leaving the U.S. ally to fight off an invading Turkish force. “We’ve been a police force. It’s time to... Read more
Possible M4 replacement is causing gun enthusiasts to call bullpup
Eugene Stoner purists are no doubt crying in private after General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems showcased their take on the Next Generation Squad Weapon program at the 2019 AUSA conference, feeling the sting of seeing a bullpup rifle being considered as a replacement for the M4 carbine. Generally... Read more
Erdogan to Kurds: Put down your weapons and leave the border area and I’ll stop the military operation
By Anindita Ramaswamy and Ergin Hava dpa President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey’s military operation in Syria will end only if Syrian Kurdish fighters lay down their weapons and leave the border area. The offensive can only cease if “all terrorists drop their weapons … and leave the... Read more
Kurds make deal with Syrian army to fight together, attempting to push back Turkish troops
By Anindita Ramaswamy and Weedah Hamzah dpa Syrian government forces were deployed on Monday to Kurdish strongholds in northeastern Syria following an agreement between the Kurds and Damascus to confront a Turkish incursion, a war monitor and state media said. The move means Syrian troops are about 4 miles... Read more
Nearly 3,000 more U.S. troops and weapons heading to Saudi Arabia & they’re paying for it
Steve DeVane The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. The Department of Defense announced Friday that more troops and equipment will be going to Saudi Arabia. Fort Bragg officials did not know if any troops from the post would be involved in the latest deployment, but some soldiers already were scheduled to... Read more
Turkey loses it’s first soldier in Syrian clash with Kurdish fighters
dpa, Hamburg, Germany A Turkish soldier was killed in the cross-border offensive in north-eastern Syria, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Friday. This is Turkey’s first reported military fatality in Operation Peace Spring that started on Wednesday. The ministry said three soldiers were wounded in clashes with the Syrian-Kurdish... Read more
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