Trump accuses Pentagon leaders of wanting to ‘fight wars’ to make defense companies rich

President Donald Trump blasted the Pentagon’s leadership on Monday for allegedly caring about the defense industry more than U.S. service members. “I’m not saying the military’s in love with me – the soldiers are,” the president said at a White House news conference. “The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to […]

US expected to reduce troops in Iraq by a third to about 3,500, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to reduce its troops presence in Iraq by about a third in the coming months, a U.S. official said on Friday, a move that had been expected after President Donald Trump’s administration committed to a reduction recently. The United States has around 5,200 troops that were deployed […]

Pentagon belatedly acknowledges collision between US and Russian vehicles in Syria

The Pentagon has finally broken its silence about an Aug. 25 collision between U.S. and Russian vehicles in Syria more than a day videos of the encounter taken from the Russians’ perspective flooded social media. “On Tuesday, Russian forces breached our de-confliction arrangement in Syria and injured U.S. service members with their deliberately provocative and […]

Nearly two years after ISIS’s defeat, more than 10,000 fighters are still active in Iraq and Syria

It’s been nearly two years since President Donald Trump first declared victory over ISIS, but there are still more than 10,000 of its fighters currently active in Iraq and Syria, according to a UN official. Under Secretary General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov told the UN Security Council on Monday that thousands of ISIS fighters are moving […]

Trump says the US will draw down to around 4,000 troops in Afghanistan by the November election

Despite continued violence in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump has said the U.S. military will draw down to between 4,000 and 5,000 troops in the country by November. “We’ll be down now in a very short period of time to 8,000; then we’re going to be down to 4,000,” Trump told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan in […]

Senior Islamic State militant reportedly killed by Afghan special forces

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Afghanistan’s intelligence service announced late on August 1 that Afghan special forces had killed a senior intelligence leader for the militant group Islamic State (IS). The Afghan National Directorate of Security said Assadullah Orakzai — who was suspected of involvement in numerous deadly attacks […]

General downplays Russian ‘harassment’ of US troops in Syria after troubling incidents

A top commander in the fight against ISIS attempted to play down encounters between Russian and U.S. troops in Syria amid videos that purportedly show tense exchanges between both sides. Brett McGurk, the former U.S. envoy to the international coalition that is fighting ISIS, recently tweeted video that appeared to show Russian vehicles blocking a […]

A new video shows Russian military vehicles harassing a US convoy in Syria. It isn’t the first time

U.S. and Russian military vehicles in northeastern Syria appear to be skirmishing in an undeclared road war that has largely escaped the rest of the world’s attention. “The encounters happen a few times each month and, thus far, have been resolved without escalation,” said Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the U.S. military-led coalition […]

‘ISIS Files’ launch: Thousands of documents reveal the terror group’s inner workings

The long-awaited “ISIS Files” have launched online at the George Washington University, offering researchers and others a window into the inner workings of the terror group that called itself “The Islamic State.” The New York Times and GWU announced a partnership in 2018 to digitize, translate, and analyze more than 15,000 pages of internal ISIS […]

Watch an F-15 take out an ISIS ‘summer camp’ in rural Iraq

We have some bad news for would-be ISIS fighters in Iraq: School’s out forever. U.S.-led coalition aircraft successfully destroyed three ISIS training camps in a rural area of the country’s Kirkuk province, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve announced on Saturday. One camp was characterized as a “summer camp” for Iraq’s remaining pockets of ISIS […]