North Korea tested another missile, a record 23rd test of the year
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea conducted the second test in a week at a long-range rocket site, state-run media said Saturday, despite U.S. warnings that such activity threatens to close the door on nuclear talks. The announcement occurred days after the United States led a U.N. Security... Read more
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
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
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