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US Special Ops Kicked Out of Libya

by Jason Ditz A US military ground operation began and ended without much fanfare earlier this week in Libya, the Pentagon admitted today, in a...

Saudi Airstrikes Pound Yemen as Ceasefire Falters

by Jason Ditz Saudi warplanes tend to kill a few dozen people in Yemen on any given day, and despite the newly minted ceasefire today...

Pentagon: ISIS ‘Operationally Active’ in Afghanistan

by Jason Ditz Delivering its bi-annual assessment of Afghanistan to Congress, the Pentagon today warned that the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan has progressed beyond its...

Kerry: US Not Seeking Regime Change in Syria

by Jason Ditz During his visit to Moscow, Secretary of State John Kerry talked at length with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and came out of...

60 Civilians Killed, Scores Wounded as ISIS Bombs NE Syrian Town

by Jason Ditz On Thursday evening, ISIS vehicle bombs were detonated in three neighborhoods in the Kurdish-held town of Tel Tamer, in the northeastern Hasakeh...

Rebels, Civilians Withdraw From Last District as Syrian Govt Retakes Homs

272 Syrian rebel fighters and 447 civilians were evacuated from the al-Waer District of the city of Homs today, the last district which was out of the control of the Syrian government.

Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria More Than Doubled in 16 Months

Roughly spanning the period since the US launched its war against ISIS, the number of foreign Islamist fighters who’ve flocked to Iraq and Syria has far more than doubled from June 2014, providing a huge influx of new fighters for ISIS and other groups.

US Air Strikes Kill 36 Civilians in Syrian Village

US warplanes attacked the Syrian village of al-Khan today, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 36 people, all of them civilians.

Iraq PM: Foreign Troop Deployments Would Be ‘Act of Aggression’

by Jason Ditz Despite the Pentagon announcing their latest deployment of combat troops into Iraq in the context of an “invitation” by the Iraqi government,...

NATO Unveils Expansion Plans, Invites Montenegro

by Jason Ditz Far from the Atlantic and not particularly northerly, the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro has formally been invited today to join NATO,...

At Least 10 Children Killed in Russian, Syrian Airstrikes Against ISIS...

by Jason Ditz Backed by Syrian warplanes, Russia is escalating its own airstrikes against ISIS territory, with a flurry of attacks on Deir Ezzor on...

Senate Passes Revised Military Spending Bill, Obama Will Sign

by Jason Ditz In a 91-3 vote, the Senate has approved the revised military spending bill for 2016 that was also passed by the House...

ISIS Video Credits Sinai Affiliate for Downing of Russian Plane

by Jason Ditz, November 08, 2015 ISIS’ parent organization, based out of Syria, has issued a new video today celebrating last weekend’s downing of a...

Pentagon’s Syria Rebel Training Cost $2 Million Per Rebel

by Jason Ditz When Congress approved $500 million to train a brand new force of “pro-US” Syrian rebels, they were promised the moon, with the...

Pentagon Vows More Weapons Drops to Syrian Rebels

by Jason Ditz Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren today announced that the US intends to carry out more weapons airdrops in the Hasakeh Province of...

Intel Points to ISIS Bomb on Russian Plane

by Jason Ditz Saturday’s crash of a Russian airliner, killing 224 people on board, is being called a probable bombing by several nations, citing intelligence...

Saudi Warplanes Destroy MSF Hospital in Yemen

by Jason Ditz Adding to concerns about Saudi attacks on civilians in Yemen, an overnight air raid against the capital city of Sanaa pounded a...

NATO Launches Massive Exercise to Prep for War With ‘Not Russia’

by Jason Ditz NATO today launched its biggest single military exercise in more than 13 years, involving some 36,000 troops in the Mediterranean Sea, simulating...

US Officials: Iran Complying Too Fast With Nuclear Deal

by Jason Ditz While everyone expected Iran to move quickly on implementing the P5+1 nuclear deal, US officials are alarmed at the alacrity of their...

Syria Launches Offensive Against Rebel Areas Around Aleppo

by Jason Ditz While their offensive against the area around the border between the Hama and Idlib Provinces continues backed by Russian airstrikes, Syria has...

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