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.
“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.
(Reuters) - A former National Security Agency contractor was sentenced in Maryland to nine years in prison on Friday for stealing huge amounts of classified material from U.S. intelligence agencies over two decades though officials never found proof he shared it with anyone.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official declined to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker.
Britain has called Iran's capture of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday a "hostile act".
(U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center via Associated Press)
Step through the Cinder Lake Crater Field roughly 12 miles outside Flagstaff, Ariz., and you might encounter a white crystal-filled rock that has absolutely no business being there.
The chunks of anorthosite weren't deposited there by nature — they were trucked in from the mountains around Pasadena, Calif. And the craters were carved not by meteors, but by fertilizer and dynamite.
Before the first man landed on the moon, NASA dispatched the Apollo astronauts to this volcanic field to search for these and other faux moon rocks.
A soldier who died in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident on July 18 was identified by the Pentagon as Sgt. William Friese, a West Virginia Army National Guard soldier assigned to the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade.