A former Marine infantry officer recounts a frantic and bloody scene after a group of Afghan security forces were attacked. Nearing the end of the war, the graphic account is juxtaposed with the Marines’ banal day-to-day. Power point presentations bleed in and out of focus as the author puts pressure on wounds or literally helps keep a man’s intestines in place.
Though wrapped in gory detail the story cuts deeply for a different reason. The war is nearly over and people are still dying. Criticism of the Afghan military and police force are placed alongside the author’s account of their bravery and suffering. The Afghan soldiers and police will continue fighting, but there is a sense of powerlessness as the remaining Americans are forced to sit inside the wire reading emails instead of patrolling.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.