White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday that the Pentagon "made the call" that ISIS had lost all of its former territory in Syria, according to a White House press pool report.
"When we asked if the caliphate was 100 percent eliminated, Sanders repeatedly said, 'Yes,'" the pool report says.
Sanders referred further questions to the Pentagon, which went radio silent when reporters started asking if Syrian Democratic Forces had cleared the last ISIS holdouts in Syria.
A spokesman for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed that Shanahan was on Air Force One with President Donald Trump on Friday, but he declined to say whether Shanahan told the president ISIS physical caliphate had finally been wiped out.
Other military officials referred questions to the Syrian Democratic Forces, which has yet to declare that the battle to crush ISIS' last enclave around Baghouz, Syria, has been won.
After Sanders declared ISIS' caliphate liberated, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted on Friday that the battle is still going on: "eavy fighting continues around mount #Baghouz right now to finish off whatever remains of ISIS."
CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman tweeted on Friday that he could see machine gun fire and coalition air strikes in the eastern end of Baghouz.
"I guess not everyone heard the White House statement re 100 percent elimination of #ISIS territory," Wedeman tweeted.
"We will see low level attacks," Votel said. "We'll see assassinations. We'll see IED attacks. We'll see ambush-type things as they begin to emerge from this. Therefore, what our focus has to be is working with our partners on the ground as we're doing fairly effectively in Iraq right now. We are going to have to keep pressure on this."
The wait is over: the Marine Corps's brand new sniper is officially ready for action.
The Mk13 Mod 7 sniper rifle reached full operational capacity earlier this year after extensive testing, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday. Now, the new rifle is finally available in both scout snipers and recon Marine arsenals.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sentenced some of them to death, deepening a crisis between the Islamic Republic and the West.
Iranian state television published images that it said showed the CIA officers who had been in touch with the suspected spies.
In a statement read on state television, the Ministry of Intelligence said 17 spies had been arrested in the 12 months to March 2019. Some have been sentenced to death, according to another report.
"Cosmonaut diversity was key for the Soviet message to the rest of the globe: Under socialism, a person of even the humblest origins could make it all the way up," wrote Sophie Pinkham just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
(U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz)
Herman "Herk" Streitburger was on his final bombing mission and due to go home when his plane was hit by German fighters over Hungary in 1944. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war, enduring starvation, forced marches and a harrowing escape.
Streitburger just turned 100 years old. That makes him a national treasure as well as a Granite State hero.
Streitburger, who lives in Bedford, gets around using a cane and remains active in POW groups and events. It was he who donated his family Bible to a POW "missing man" display at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, which prompted a federal First Amendment lawsuit.
And every year, he tells his World War II story to Manchester schoolchildren. It's a story worth retelling.
Marine Corps anti-drone system that attaches to all-terrain vehicles and can scan the skies for enemy aircraft from aboard Navy ships was responsible for destroying an Iranian drone, Military.com has learned.