Monthly Archives: April 2018

Drones to Greece?

      American Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, are expected to start operating at the Larissa Air Force base within the month of May, after nearly five years of diplomatic and military discussions.   [April 16 Not used in … Continue reading

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Syria: French troops at Deir Ezzor

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, April 26, that French special operations forces arrived in Syria over the past two weeks to help boost US-led efforts against the Islamic State group. “You’ll see increased operations on the Iraqi side … Continue reading

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Ambush in Niger: report won’t recommend punishment

Poor training, complacency and a culture of excessive risk contributed to the deaths of four U.S. soldiers during an operation in Niger in October, according to a classified Pentagon report. The officials who described the report said it wouldn’t recommend … Continue reading

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Mohammad Haydar Zammar, 9/11 recruiter released by CIA to Syria, captured by SDF

    U.S. Col. Ryan Dillon says the Syrian Democratic Forces captured Mohammed Haydar Zammar in northeast Syria roughly four weeks ago. Zammar, a Syrian-born German, was a key member of a Hamburg jihadist cell that included three of the … Continue reading

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U.S. troops, DoD civilians in Mid East

The Pentagon is employing 5,508 contractors in Iraq and Syria — 2,869 of whom are U.S. citizens, 760 of whom are locals and 109 are third country nationals — according to a quarterly report released in April.   In January, there … Continue reading

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Cordesman: attack Assad and elite

“There is no reason that the response should be limited to Assad airfields. It is interesting that no one has yet suggested targeting the areas occupied by the extended Assad family and his closest supporters, the Presidential palace in Damascus, … Continue reading

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