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US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields

Even as Pentagon officials have sought to emphasize their claims of ISIS being “on the run,” ever more US ground troops are being deployed into Iraq to try to cope with ISIS offensives, with the battle of Makhmur leading to the introduction of US Marines in front-line combat roles.

Pentagon Set to Renew Training of Syrian Rebels

The Obama administration has reportedly approved the Pentagon's request to once again arm and train Syrian rebels, albeit on a smaller scale than a...

Pentagon: Drone Strike in Somalia Kills Over 150 Militants

US drones launched a massive attack against an al-Shabaab training camp 120 miles north of the Somali capital city of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon.

Pentagon: Number of ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Syria Declining

Desperate to claim some “progress” in the ongoing ISIS war, US defense officials are claiming that their assessment on the size of the ISIS force between Iraq and Syria has declined, and that the best estimates are now between 19,000 and 25,000 fighters.

Pentagon Seeks ‘Hundreds More’ US Troops in Iraq and Syria

Last week, Pentagon officials were talking up a few hundred additional “trainers” for the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria. This appears to have just been the start, as reports now suggest that over the last several weeks, the Pentagon has sought another 800 US troops for the war.
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Senators: Demoting General Petraeus Is ‘Unreasonable And Unfair’

Two prominent senators are coming to Gen. David Petraeus’s defense, urging the Pentagon not to retroactively punish the retired military official.

Pentagon: New Mosul Strike Destroyed More Cash, Killed ‘Acceptable’ Number of...

by Jason Ditz Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren has confirmed that on Monday, the US launched its second attack on an ISIS “cash collection point”...

Pentagon Desperate to Avoid Calling Afghan Fight ‘Combat’

by Jason Ditz On Tuesday, US special forces accompanying Afghan troops engaged in a protracted firefight with Taliban forces in the Helmand Province. One of...

Russian Defense Ministry Accuses The U.S. of Fighting ISIS ‘In Word...

The Russian Defense Ministry accused the U.S. of fighting ISIS "in word only, instead of taking real action" after the Pentagon refused to give...

Pentagon Seeks ‘New Narrative’ on ISIS War

by Jason Ditz According to Pentagon officials, they are feverishly at work on a “new narrative” for public discussion about the ongoing war against ISIS,...

Officials: Pentagon Reduces Oversight on Drones

by Jason Ditz For years, US drone strikes were the exclusive purview of the CIA, putting them in the realm of extrajudicial assassinations, and the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pentagon: Syrian Kurds Didn’t Recover Any Airdropped Arms

By Jason Ditz Adding to the confusion about who exactly this week’s US airdrops of weapons into Syria’s Hasakeh Province actually targeted, the Pentagon today...

Confusion as Pentagon Arms Syrian ‘Arab Groups’

by Jason Ditz After ditching the $500 million “train-and-equip” program, the Obama Administration rapidly started making high-profile pronouncements about new arms shipments to assorted rebel...

War Crimes Probe Urged After US Airstrikes Kill 22 Civilians in...

by Jason Ditz Doctors Without Borders are demanding a full, independent inquiry into Saturday’s incident on the outskirts of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz,...

Report: Pentagon Suspends Syrian Rebel Training Program

by Jason Ditz Though an official announcement on the matter has not been made yet, reports are emerging that the Pentagon has suspended the “train...

US Has ‘Four or Five’ Syrians Left Fighting Against ISIS

by Jason Ditz Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Gen. Lloyd Austin, the head of Centcom, admitted that the pro-US Syrian rebel faction,...

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