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
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
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