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Marines Are Training For War In Syria Because Twentynine Palms Doesn’t Suck Enough
The Marines recently completed a live-fire exercise in Syria – the one place more hostile to human life than Twentynine-Palms – during which they trained with Syrian rebels backed by the U.S. government, according to U.S. Central Command.
- Operation Apex Tuefelhunden was conducted from Sept. 7-11 near the At Tanf garrison in eastern Syria, according to pictures released by the Marine Corps on Friday. The company-sized element from 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment was attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command.
- “Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces, and conduct a rapid exfiltration anywhere in the OIR combined joint operations area,” CENTCOM spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Urban said in a Sept. 7 news release.
- Marines partnered with the Syrian opposition group Maghawir Al-Thawra – or “Commandos of the Revolution” – which has partnered with the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS in Syria. The exercise took place in the 55-kilometer de-confliction zone around At Tanf, which separates U.S. troops and Syrian partner groups from Syrian regime forces and their Russian allies.
- Russia reportedly threatened to attack the de-confliction zone prior to the exercise, claiming that it was a haven for ISIS fighters.
“The U.S. does not require any assistance in our efforts to destroy [Islamic State] in the At Tanf de-confliction zone, and we advised the Russians to remain clear,” CENTCOM spokesman Lt. Col. Earl Brown told the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 7.
The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Three U.S. diplomats have been removed from a train and briefly questioned by Russian authorities in the sensitive Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, near the site of a mysterious explosion in August that killed five nuclear workers.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported on October 16 that the diplomats were taken off the train that runs between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa around 6 p.m. on October 14.
The U.S. Coast Guard had ordered the owner of an illegal 45-foot charter boat, named "Sea You Twerk," to stop operating.
He didn't, the Coast Guard said.
Now, Dallas Lad, 38, will serve 30 days in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. When he is released, Ladd of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty, will not be able to own or go on a boat for three years.