Amid growing concern over stalled efforts to degrade and destroy the Islamic State, senior national security officials and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter have recommended that President Barack Obama move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria. The decision could place special operations forces on the ground in Syria and put American troops closer to firefights in Iraq, representing an escalation in the military’s role in Iraq and Syria, reports The Washington Post.
The recommendations, which came at the president’s request, would not put U.S. forces in a direct combat role. The call for a new plan in Iraq and Syria comes after the president decided to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2016, and after an Oct. 22 hostage rescue resulted in the first American casualty in Iraq since troops pulled out in 2011. Recommendations for no-fly or buffer zones, which would be costly and would require a large commitment of ground troops to support, did not receive the support of senior security officials.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.