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5 Major ISIS Officials Captured In Three-Month Cross-Border Sting Op
American and Iraqi intelligence operatives recently captured five top-level ISIS officials during a three-month sting operation Iraqi officials told the New York Times on May 9, an operation that reportedly involved a senior aide to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, "persuaded" by the American and Iraqi intelligence officials, calling up his fellow ISIS goons and "lure[ing] them across the border" from Syria into Iraq, where they were promptly arrested.
- Big fish: The captured ISIS officials were reportedly responsible for "governing the [ISIS] territory around Deir al-Zour, Syria, directing internal security and running the administrative body that oversees religious rulings," per the New York Times.
- Meet Abu Zeid al-Iraqi: Described as chief of ISIS's 'mandatory committee' that supervised the administrative and security operations in Iraq and Syria and a "top aide" to al-Baghdadi, al-Iraqi was reportedly first captured earlier this year after several airstrikes neutralized several of the ISIS chief's top deputies. In fact, according to the Times, it was Turkish security forces who arrested and extradited him back to Iraq in February.
- Saddam al-Jammel: The Times described the Syrian citizen as the head of ISIS territory around the strategically-important eastern Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor. His capture bodes well for the U.S.-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) currently gearing up to fuck some skulls in and stamp ISIS out of one of its final footholds in the country.
- And ... others? The New York Times reports that Abu Abdel al-Haq, "an Iraqi who had been the head of internal security for the group," was the third captive, along with two unnamed Iraqis. But Reuters, citing Iraqi state TV, identified the other three captives as Mohamed al-Qadeer, Omar al-Karbouli, and Essam al-Zawba. We'll likely see some clarification in the coming weeks.
The Times claims the whole operations "underscores the strengthening relationship between Washington and Baghdad," but the real takeaway is that ISIS leaders are backstabbing goons. Good times!
The Marine lieutenant colonel who was removed from command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May is accused of lying to investigators looking into allegations of misconduct, according to a copy of his charge sheet provided to Task & Purpose on Monday.
President Donald Trump just can't stop telling stories about former Defense Secretary James Mattis. This time, the president claims Mattis said U.S. troops were so perilously low on ammunition that it would be better to hold off launching a military operation.
"You know, when I came here, three years ago almost, Gen. Mattis told me, 'Sir, we're very low on ammunition,'" Trump recalled on Monday at the White House. "I said, 'That's a horrible thing to say.' I'm not blaming him. I'm not blaming anybody. But that's what he told me because we were in a position with a certain country, I won't say which one; we may have had conflict. And he said to me: 'Sir, if you could, delay it because we're very low on ammunition.'
"And I said: You know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general," Trump continued. "No president should ever, ever hear that statement: 'We're low on ammunition.'"
This 400-pound feral hog is one of more than 1,200 that have invaded a Texas Air Force base since 2016
At least one Air Force base is waging a slow battle against feral hogs — and way, way more than 30-50 of them.
A Texas trapper announced on Monday that his company had removed roughly 1,200 feral hogs from Joint Base San Antonio property at the behest of the service since 2016.
In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."
A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
In the letter, Kim expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. leader for another summit — a stance that echoed Trump's own remarks just days earlier.
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.