For Marines like Jeremy Parker, the loss of key towns like Musa Qala to the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province is disheartening news. Parker served with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, when his unit pushed into Musa Qala in March 2010.
“I just think it’s a huge let down, to all the guys who fought and suffered through taking and holding it, and especially to all those who were injured or [Killed in Action],” said Parker, whose battalion lost 13 Marines taking during the push to take portions of the town. “Kind of make you feel like it was all for nothing.”
On Aug. 27, Afghan National Security Forces and the Taliban began fighting for control of Musa Qala. Earlier this month, the Taliban took the town of Now Zad, a mountainous cluster of villages west of Musa Qala.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.
Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.
In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.