Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters recently conducted strikes in conjunction with other aircraft against ISIS militants. The Apaches were part of a detachment sent to Baghdad this past July. The AH-64 is a capable weapons platform, but unlike fixed-wing jets that have conducted strikes against ISIS, the Apache is more vulnerable to ISIS’ anti-air systems.
The day before the Apaches conducted their operations, an Iraqi Army Mi-35 gunship was downed by ISIS ground fire; any American helicopters operating close to the ground will face similar threats. As the debate about whether to commit U.S. ground forces to combat ISIS directly continues, the troops already in-country face the possibility of fighting to rescue a downed helicopter crew.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.