During a press conference on Oct. 2, President Barack Obama announced that he had approved decisions to directly provide ammunition and possibly weaponry to Syrian opposition forces on the ground for the first time and to ramp up the American air campaign from an air base in Turkey.
The New York Times reports that this is part of a larger plan to put pressure on the Islamic State’s operations in Syria and would target Islamic State strongholds like the group’s de-facto capital in Raqqa, Syria. These measures are intended to empower 3,000 to 5,000 Arab fighters whose commanders have been screened by American forces to operate alongside more than 20,000 battle-tested Kurdish fighters in a combined offensive backed by coalition warplanes.
“The top-line message that I want everybody to understand is, we are going to continue to go after ISIL,” said president Obama. “We are going to continue to reach out to a moderate opposition.”
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.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.