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U.S. Ambassador Bill Roebuck, the special envoy for the anti-ISIS campaign in Syria, sent a scathing memo to the Trump administration, criticizing it for not doing enough stop the Turkish-backed military assault into the Syrian border.
The 3,200 word memo, which was obtained by The New York Times, was dated October 31 and delivered to representatives in the State Department, the White House, and Defense Department. Titled "Standing By as Turks Cleanse Kurds in Northern Syria and De-Stabilize our [Defeat ISIS] Platform in the Northeast," Roebuck questioned the U.S/'s efforts to dissuade Turkey from sending militants to the border and said it was a "tough call" in determining whether it would have prevented Turkey's offensive earlier in October.
"But we won't know because we didn't try," Roebuck reportedly said in the memo.
Trump's obsession with buying Greenland may have complicated the release of military aid to Ukraine, US ambassador says
Acting U.S. ambassador Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, testified that senior U.S. officials could not advise President Donald Trump to release military aid to Ukraine because it was too difficult to schedule.
According to a transcript of a closed-door testimony with House investigators for their impeachment inquiry, Taylor was asked why the security assistance for U.S.-backed Ukraine was on hold. The immediate release of a $400 million military package, Taylor explained, was agreed upon unanimously "of every level of interagency discussion."
Taylor went on to tell House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff of California that a meeting to advise the president was "hard to schedule" because they were "on different trips at different times."
US troops tasked with guarding Syria's oil fields are reportedly still waiting for guidance on their mission
US troops reportedly flattened Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound with an air strike to prevent it from becoming a shrine
U.S. special operations forces who are believed to have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued an airstrike on his compound to prevent the location from becoming a shrine, according to Newsweek.
The Pentagon is reportedly drawing up plans for a quick Afghanistan withdrawal just in case Trump abruptly orders one
The Defense Department is exploring its options to completely withdraw all U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan, in the event President Donald Trump abruptly makes the decision, according to NBC News.
The ongoing planning, which was not explicitly directed by the White House, includes procedures for a completely withdrawal of U.S. forces within weeks, current and former officials reportedly said.
Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven, a Navy SEAL who oversaw the raid that took out Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, gave a bleak assessment of President Donald Trump and alleged the commander-in-chief was gutting the country of the "nation's principles."
In his fiercest condemnation against the president yet, McRaven recounted in a New York Times opinion column a military ceremony he recently attended at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he reflected upon the thousands of U.S. service members who marched on the parade field before him.
"For everyone who ever served in uniform, or in the intelligence community, for those diplomats who voice the nation's principles, for the first responders, for the tellers of truth and the millions of American citizens who were raised believing in American values — you would have seen your reflection in the faces of those we honored last week," McRaven wrote.
But "beneath the outward sense of hope and duty," McRaven writes that "there was an underlying current of frustration, humiliation, anger and fear."