Esper: “We were never discussing” sending 14,000 troops to the Middle East
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will not send 14,000 new U.S. troops to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday, a day after a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers that more military forces could deploy to the region to counter Iran. “As the Department... Read more
North Korea says it performed a nuclear test at plant that was supposed to be dismantled
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea said Sunday that it successfully conducted a “very important test” at a long-range rocket launch site, which had previously been partially dismantled as part of nuclear talks with the United States. The brief statement, which provided few details, came a day after... Read more
NATO has sent its first drone to Italy, will perform missions over Africa & the Middle East
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes NATO’s first unmanned aircraft has arrived at an alliance base in southern Italy, where reconnaissance missions are expected to begin next year. The first of five Alliance Ground Surveillance drones arrived at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily on Thursday, after completing a 22-hour... Read more
Report: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed during U.S. strike in Syria
dpa, Hamburg, Germany The US military targeted ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in north-western Syria on Saturday, broadcaster CNN reported, citing a senior US defense official. The CIA assisted in locating the ISIS leader, the official said, according to the report. Newsweek also reported on the... Read more
Some National Guardsmen not getting federal benefits while patrolling U.S.-Mexico border
Steve Beynon Stars and Stripes Some National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border are not being compensated with GI Bill benefits, despite conducting homeland security missions directed by President Donald Trump, according to advocates and lawmakers. “Thousands of National Guard service members are fulfilling their duty and responding... 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
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