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Airman 1st Class Matthew, 15th Attack Squadron MQ-1 Predator sensor operator follows a moving target alongside an MQ-1 pilot during a training mission on Dec. 5, 2016, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. U.S. drone pilots now routinely launch missiles at what the Pentagon calls "danger-close" distances to proxy ground forces fighting Islamic State in densely populated cities. But the danger-close missions require approval from Syrian militia commanders because the missile blasts may put their ground troops at risk.<br>Christian Clausen/U.S. Air Force photo

US leans on risky drone strikes in urban Syrian fight

U.S. drone pilots now routinely launch missiles at what the Pentagon calls “danger-close” distances to proxy ground forces fighting Islamic State in densely populated cities.

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Aabadi says the operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group has begun.

Trump's Afghanistan huddle ends without decisions announced

President Trump on Saturday indicated his administration has settled on a course of action to move forward in the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

'Shocking' conditions await civilians fleeing ISIS in Syria

Fleeing terror in the Islamic State's last Syrian strongholds, tens of thousands of civilians have become stranded in harrowing conditions across barely functional displacement camps.

Taliban kill 5 police in southern Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province, killing five Afghan police, provincial police officials said Saturday.

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

Lebanon's U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country's border with Syria.

US drone crashes in southern Turkey after leaving Incirlik Air Base

An MQ-1 Predator crashed late Thursday in southern Turkey after taking off from Incirlik Air Base, the military said Friday.

ISIS's propaganda machine is thriving as the physical caliphate fades

Although the Islamic State has lost more than half of its former sanctuary in Iraq and Syria, its Internet presence remains strikingly robust. Many of the recent postings have explicitly urged followers to turn trucks and vans into weapons of terror.

US says Iraqi forces ready for next battle against ISIS militants

Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul.

Syrian army, Hezbollah allies attack ISIS near Lebanon border

Syrian government forces and allied Lebanese militant Hezbollah fighters have captured several Islamic State positions on strategic hilltops along the Syrian-Lebanese border, a military outlet said Friday.

Family identifies US soldier killed in booby-trapped building in eastern Afghanistan

Aaron Butler's father said his son was "absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless." He died in a blast while clearing a building in eastern Afghanistan with a 12-soldier team that was on patrol with Afghan troops.

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