Photo via DoD

A U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian Armed Forces aircraft that reportedly deployed munitions against coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on June 18, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

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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.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Syrian Democratic Forces via AP

When U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces wanted ISIS fighters to leave a strategically significant city on the road to the Islamic State’s capital, they employed an unexpected tactic: They asked.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Woodward

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike meant to target Islamic State fighters in Tabqa, Syria, actually hit friendly Syrian forces on April 11, killing 18, according to a statement issued by the military this morning. The strike was called in by the coalition’s “partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS position,” the statement said, but “the target was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position.”

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Army photo by Spc. Ian Ryan

The American military’s war on the Islamic State is about to dramatically escalate with a siege of Raqqa, the Syrian city that serves as the de facto capital and chief stronghold of ISIS, according to a U.S. military spokesperson.

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