It's really not clear why but some operators made it known they were ready to fucking operate alongside President Donald Trump at Iraq's Al Asad air base on Wednesday.
The president posted a short video on Twitter of his surprise visit with the troops there, and the first part of the 90-second video features a bunch of dudes wearing chest rigs, helmets, and night vision goggles inside the very well-lit chow hall at the place most service members refer to as "Camp Cupcake."
They're even wearing kneepads, so you could say things are getting pretty serious.
Were they preparing for the mother of all food fights, as my former colleague Dave Smith asked on Twitter? One possibility is that they put on a dog & pony demonstration for the president before or after the photo.
Obviously when the president comes to visit it's going to be a big photo op for both the White House and the troops taking selfies and such. But I'm dying to know whether them being all kitted out was their idea or Trump's.
Here's the video:
Trump made the surprise visit to Iraq one day after Christmas along with First Lady Melania Trump.
This was the first time Trump has visited troops in an overseas war zone during his presidency.
Trump stayed in Iraq for about three hours before taking off at 10:53 p.m. local time. The White House pool report said the president had one more “scheduled stop” before he heads back to D.C., though where that was not specified.
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."
The seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the latest example of how tensions between the U.S. and Iran have spilled into one of the world's most strategic and vital waterways for oil. Since May, Iran has been accused of harassing and attacking oil tankers in the strait.
As the British government continues to investigate Friday's seizure, experts worry that it raises the potential of a military clash. However, they also say it offers a lens into Iran's strategy toward the U.S.
Here is a look at what's been happening and why the Strait of Hormuz matters.