U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch
The brunt of the coalition-led air campaign against the Islamic State is being borne by the United States, with American allies only carrying out 139 of the 2,658 strikes, or just 5%, in Syria since December 2014, reports Vocativ. When the U.S. began launching attacks against Islamic State targets in September 2014, it was joined by a host of Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. Since then, the U.S. has recruited Turkey, Australia, France, and Canada — which announced it will withdraw from the campaign Oct. 20 — to fight against the islamic state. However, these coalition allies are playing a very small role in the fight.
“It’s a stunning indictment of the so-called coalition in Syria,” Chris Woods told Vocativ. Woods is the director of Airwars, a monitoring group that tracks coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State and civilian casualties caused by collateral damage.
Unlike the air war taking place over Iraq, the one in Syria involves a host of players beyond the Islamic State, and allied powers may be hesitant to strike Islamic State targets for fear of empowering one group over the other. According to Vocativ, the fighting in Yemen has also taken the focus of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf allies away from the Syrian air campaign.
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.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.
R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.