Strap in, folks: Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is getting back on the highway to the danger zone — and it's gonna be a wild ride.
Ubiquitous leading man and cinematic Napoleon Tom Cruise on Thursday confirmed rumors that he's currently working on a sequel to "Top Gun," the beloved 1986 romp through the wild and crazy world of Navy fighter pilots.
Rumors have surrounded the sequel — which will presumably see Cruise return as the "Goose"-less Mitchell — since January 2016, when "Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise and a cryptic message: “Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend Tom Cruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2.”
At this juncture, it's unclear who from the original cast will return (fingers crossed for a Kelly McGillis reprisal), but it's likely the sequel will see Maverick reunite with Val Kilmer as Tom "Iceman" Kazanski. When asked if he would join the then-theoretical project during an April Q&A; on Reddit, Kilmer enthusiastically replied: “Hell yes, and what a hoot it will be.”
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."
Airmen with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pump water from a flooded common living area to an area with less impact on the local population, Dec. 13, 2009, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Sharon Singer)
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.