Tag: US Military

Tillerson: U.S. Will Have An Open-Ended Military Presence In Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that 2,000 U.S. troops will remain in Syria, as there are “strategic threats” to the United States beyond the Islamic State. “Iran has dramatically strengthened its presence in Syria […] through its position in Syria, Iran is in a stronger position to extend its track record of attacking…

Trump Bans Transgender People From U.S. Military

President Trump abruptly announced Wednesday on Twitter that the federal government “will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity.” Trump said he made the decision “after consultation with my generals and military experts.” “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical…

Russia To Shoot Down U.S. Aircraft Of The River Euphrates In Syria

Russia’s defense ministry appears to have threatened to shoot down U.S. aircraft in Syria. “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets,” the ministry said Monday. The declaration comes one day…

U.S. To Send 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

The U.S. is planning to send almost 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official. Defense Secretary James Mattis could announce the deployment—the largest so far under President Donald Trump—as early as next week. The military’s top commander in Afghanistan has said he needs more forces to fight a reinvigorated Taliban insurgency…

Dozens of Afghans Missing From U.S. Military Training

At least 44 Afghan troops who were in the U.S. for military training have gone missing in the last two years, Pentagon officials said. About 2,200 Afghans have come to America to work with the military since 2007. A Pentagon official told Reuters that the number, while small, was “out of the ordinary” and “concerning.”…

Clinton: Many Trump Supporters in ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton spoke on Friday Night at a fundraiser event in New York about Trump’s supporters. “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables,’” she said. “Unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” Describing some of Trump’s supporters…

Trump Stands by Military Sexual Assault Tweet During Forum [VIDEO]

Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that he was doing a better job than President Obama during NBC’s forum featuring questions from veterans. “The man has very strong control over a country,” he said. “Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that…

Obama To Send 250 More Troops To Syria [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama is expected Monday to announce plans to send an additional 250 troops to Syria to support local forces in the battle against ISIS. The deployment will boost the number of U.S. forces in Syria to about 300, with most coming from special-operations forces, the AP reports. The group will also include medical…

N. Korea Threatens Nukes on U.S., South Over Military Drills [VIDEO]

North Korea threatened “indis-criminate” nuclear strikes on the United States and South Korea on Monday as the two countries commenced their annual joint military drills. Pyongyang’s threats are not uncommon during the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises. South Korea said the drills would be the largest ever after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in…

DAESH Says it Hacked 100’s of Military Personnel Files & Posted Online

The ISIS “Hacking Department” posted a record of addresses, names and photographs of around 100 military staff which it said it’d got by hacking the Pentagon. The Pentagon denies this and says this is publicly available information. He also encouraged staff to “assess their on-line accounts” ensuring privacy settings are high to restrict the number…

Obama Extends Troops in Afghanistan [VIDEO]

The Obama administration has conceded to some military leaders, abandoning plans to remove almost half of the U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan by the end of the year. It is likely many of the 9,800 combat troops, as well as some 2,000 counterterrorism troops, will remain until next year in order to “continue pursuing the…

Obama expands mission in Afghanistan

President Obama has approved the expansion of the U.S. military’s role in Afghanistan next year, according to media reports. Under a classified order signed in recent weeks by the president, U.S. forces will be able to carry out missions against militant groups, such as the Taliban, that are threatening troops or the Afghan government, according…

U.S. Leads New ISIS Bombardment

ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria were battered by airstrikes on Sunday and Monday. The United States and partner countries hit 11 targets—four in Syria, and seven in Iraq. According to the U.S. Central Command, the strikes destroyed a number of vehicles, ISIS-occupied buildings, and a small unit of Islamic State fighters.

275 U.S. Troops Deployed To Iraq – ISIS Moving in on Baghdad [VIDEO]

On Monday, the White House told Congress that 275 troops will be deployed to Iraq to protect the American Embassy and other interests in the embattled country. In addition, officials in the White House say U.S. special forces may go there to assist the Iraqi government with “non-operational training” as Baghdad fights terrorist group, the…

Obama Asks Congress for $1 Billion Effort to Boost Military Presence In Europe

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the United States plans to boost its military presence in Europe as tensions simmer in the region over Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Standing next to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. would rotate more American troops into the region and called on Congress to provide up to…

US may cut force in Afghanistan to less than 10,000 troops

The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 – the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces – as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say. Since Afghanistan’s general election on April 5, White House, State Department and Pentagon…

Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted…

US Military Bans American Flags Made in China

A new law has just banned the most ironic yet modern practice of our times: starting this year, Chinese-made American flags will no longer be allowed in the US military. The law was written into the 2014 omnibus bill by Californian congressman Mike Thompson, and specifically states that all flags flown by American armed forces…