Monthly Archives: November 2017

U.S. troops, DoD civilians in Mid East

  The Pentagon’s quarterly reports on personnel, published November 17, show the number of U.S. troops and Department of Defense civilians in each Middle Eastern country: Egypt, 455; Israel, 41; Lebanon, 110; Syria, 1,723; Turkey, 2,265; Jordan, 2,730; Iraq, 9,122; … Continue reading

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Halmand: B-52 multiple 2,000 lb bombs “obliterating” facility

This screenshot of a video provided by US Forces-Afghanistan shows an airstrike on a Taliban drug-producing facility in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In this strike, a B-52 dropped multiple 2,000-pound bombs “obliterating” the facility, USFOR-A Commander Gen. John Nicholson said The … Continue reading

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Islamic State: Trump to declare victory and go home?

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated his forces on retaking Rawah. Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on November 17 the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years … Continue reading

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SDF in Raqqah release 86 former ISIS fighters

On November 8, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it released 86 former ISIS fighters who were captured or surrendered during the battle for Raqqa. The SDF said that the former ISIS fighters who were released went through … Continue reading

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Saudi regime strengthened by sweeping anti-corruption purge

The sweeping anti-corruption purge would not affect businesses, including those with ties to arrested suspects, as authorities appeared to widen the crackdown, the Saudi information ministry repeated. [August 7 2015 Saudi SWAT team hit by IS suicide bomb ] A suicide … Continue reading

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