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Joint Syria raid killed ISIS oil official who financed sleeper cells

The ISIS official known by the pseudonym Abu al-Ward al-Iraqi was killed along with another militant who officials have not yet identified during the raid in Deir al-Zour province on Jan. 14, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said.

Islamic State’s ‘very own Jabba the Hutt’ captured in Mosul

The arrest of ISIS mufti Abu Abdul Bari, also known as Shifa al-Nima, was announced by the Iraqi government’s security media cell in a statement Thursday.


Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles arrive at Saudi Arabian base amid Iran tensions

The 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s jets arrived just hours after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general in early January.


Green Beret killed in free-fall incident was a veteran of more than 17 years, eight deployments

Army Green Beret Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman died Tuesday during military freefall training in Arizona, officials said. The incident occurred during routine training near Eloy, Ariz., U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a statement.


Ukrainian troops to serve with NATO training mission in Iraq

Ukraine plans to send 20 troops to Iraq to support the NATO training mission once the alliance resumes the work it put on hold as tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in recent weeks.


Iraq's Q-West base was eyed for US drawdown before conflict with Iran escalated

U.S. officials had been discussing pulling out of some Iraqi bases to consolidate the American and allied troop presence in the country, but conflict with Iran and calls from Baghdad for foreign troops to withdraw have left those plans in limbo.


2020 VISION

New details on commandant’s plans for Marine Corps modernization expected this year

Marines will likely get greater clarity in the coming months on the commandant’s bold new vision for a leaner and meaner force to fight near-peers like China and Russia in contested waters and on coastlines.


Army Green Berets earn over 50 combat awards — including three Silver Stars — in Afghanistan

In addition to the trio of Silver Stars — the military’s third-highest personal award for combat bravery — officials also presented seven Bronze Stars for valor and 17 Army Commendation medals.


After Iranian missile scare, Irbil balances fear and hope for de-escalation

The streets of Irbil, an Iraqi city of more than 1 million people, were noticeably empty throughout the day after the Iranian missiles struck. Residents were staying home out of fear of additional strikes, said a traffic officer in the suburb of Ankawa.


Trump renews threat to Iran after rockets land in Baghdad's Green Zone

President Donald Trump again threatened to strike Iran in response to any attack on American targets for the second night in a row Sunday as rockets again fell on an area of Baghdad near where the U.S. Embassy is located.


Trump warns Iran not to retaliate for general’s death as rockets fall near US troops

On Twitter, President Donald Trump said 52 Iranian sites 'will be hit very hard and very fast' if the country strikes American personnel or assets in response to the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed Friday by a U.S. airstrike.


US suspends training mission in Iraq, heightens security at bases

The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has suspended training with government security forces and bolstered security at bases in the wake of a deadly strike that killed Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders, a military official said Saturday.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier dies after car crash in Virginia

Pfc. Patrick Giannone, 19, from Spotsylvania, Va., was an information technology specialist assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


‘This is why we exist’: Army paratroopers speed to Middle East in rapid response to increased Iran threat

The rapid deployment, which adds to the nearly 14,000 troops that have deployed to the region to deter Iranian threats since this summer, comes after mobs waving militia flags stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.


US strikes five facilities used by Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria

The U.S. military struck five facilities used by an Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria blamed for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor.


American defense contractor killed, troops wounded in rocket attack on base in Kirkuk

U.S. troops have curtailed some operations in Iraq in recent months over concerns of a heightened threat of attack from Iranian proxy groups who operate in the country.


Soldiers in Iraq recognized for role in fighting ISIS and ‘everyday badassery’

Col. Matthew W. Brown, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division wished troops in Nineveh province happy holidays on Wednesday and Thursday and presented them with awards, handed out coins and gathered feedback.


‘A cornucopia of goodwill’: Troops in Syria get stockings stuffed with goodies delivered by helicopter

Donning Santa hats and riding in Chinooks instead of sleighs, a combined military mission delivered holiday cheer to U.S. troops at several austere camps on what one general called the “outside edge” of America’s military footprint in eastern Syria.


US will stop sending explosive-detection dogs to Jordan, Egypt after several more canine deaths

The U.S. is temporarily halting a program under which bomb-sniffing dogs were sent to countries in the Middle East after a report released Friday found at least five more of the specially trained dogs had died in Jordan and Egypt following poor care, mistreatment or negligence.


‘Not the best judgment’: A private first class once tried to woo a woman with email from Jim Mattis

A young Marine once “hacked” then-Maj. Gen. Jim Mattis’s computer and sent an email from the two-star’s account to a female Marine that the private first class had a crush on, the former defense secretary told a crowd at a luncheon Wednesday near his hometown.


Truck, Purple Heart stolen from Army Ranger blown up in Afghanistan are recovered

Initially given a 30% chance of survival after being injured in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ryan Davis has battled through blood clots, infections and amputations. The theft of his family's truck and other belongings threatened to make an already bad year worse — until police recovered everything.


IED threat in Bahrain has grown significantly since 2013, report finds

Militants in Bahrain have obtained sophisticated bomb components like those Iran has allegedly been supplying to Houthi rebels in Yemen, researchers have found.


Troxell: Future warriors must mesh high-tech skills, 'beat 'em to death with an entrenching tool' attitude

America’s future enlisted leaders will need to couple the ability to bring violence to bear on the country’s enemies with a range of new skills, such as diplomacy and countering disinformation campaigns, the Pentagon’s outgoing top enlisted advisor said.


US offers multi-million dollar bounty for info on Iranian planner of deadly 2007 attack

The United States is offering a $15 million reward for information on Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Iranian commander who allegedly planned attacks against U.S. and allied forces, including a 2007 raid in Iraq that killed five American soldiers.


Corps reminds Marines they can 'like' politicians, but should be careful what they 'share'

With political campaigns ramping up and presidential impeachment efforts underway, the Marine Corps issued a reminder about what political activities its members can engage in legally, including what’s acceptable to tweet, “gram” and otherwise share on social media.


What’s it like when a parent goes to war? 9-year-old boy tells all

Titled “Brave for My Family,” the book tells the story of the Christmas six years ago that young Davidson Whetstone spent with his father, Dave, who was recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., after being wounded in a rocket-propelled grenade blast in Afghanistan.


Soldier severed his own leg to help wounded tank crew after accident in Slovakia

Spc. Ezra Maes spent four months in intensive care undergoing near daily surgeries and battling an infection. He’s now assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion and undergoing physical and occupational therapy.


Army mechanics deployed to Jordan trick out an ATV

The operation, led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Frank Cocciolillo, was a team-building opportunity for the unit, which supports the Jordan Armed Forces Joint Training Center in Amman.


Teenager who disarmed Colorado school shooter is now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, 18, who helped tackle and disarm a gunman during a school shooting earlier this year, has graduated Marine Corps boot camp, where he distinguished himself as platoon honor man.


‘A blistering series of operations’: Special operations task force earns nearly 50 combat awards in one deployment

The soldiers of Special Operations Task Force 102 received five Silver Star medals, seven Bronze Star medals with Valor devices, 15 Army Commendation medals with Valor devices and 21 Purple Hearts in one deployment.


Army tests airdrops of US-produced freeze-dried plasma near battlefields

Soldiers from the Fort Bragg, N.C.-based 432nd Blood Support Detachment jumped out of a CH-47 Chinook with rehydrated, freeze-dried plasma packed in their ruck sacks.


‘Outstanding’ airman on way to collect award performs one more good deed, saving a child’s life

Tech. Sgt. Ken O’Brien has been called "Superman" by some and a hero by others — and, while en-route to receive one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards, O'Brien lived up to his reputation when he saved a child's life.


Edwards AFB drop zones will honor parachutist who died in training jump

Drop zones at Edwards to be named after parachutist who died in training jump


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Intergalactic visitors land at Ramstein for Exchange ‘Comic Con’ event

Kids high-fived Wookiees, hugged Jawas and posed for photos with Spider-Man at the main exchange on Ramstein Air Base over the weekend, as the mall celebrated its 10th anniversary.


Throwback tiger stripes could get more use among Green Berets

“These uniforms were nonstandard in nature, which demonstrates the uniqueness of U.S. Army Special Forces and their mission,” said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman.


Air Force identifies civilian intelligence analyst who died in noncombat incident in Qatar

A U.S. Air Force civilian who died this week in a noncombat incident at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar was identified Friday as 32-year-old intelligence analyst Jason P. Zaki.


Army activates new units in Europe to support Poland

The 510th Regional Support Group and six subordinate units were activated at Sembach Kaserne.


US servicemember is killed in action in Afghanistan

The name of the servicemember was being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification, per standard procedure, according to a statement released Monday by the U.S.-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul.


Servicemembers are warned to lay off vaping amid reports of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes

Even without the risk of lung disease, vaping may be harmful to soldiers’ health, Army public health officials said. It has been associated with anxiety, increased blood pressure and seizures.


Airman who died in parachuting accident ‘loved his country and his job,’ family says

Staff Sgt. Adam K. Erickson, 29, was killed in California during a training accident on a routine military proficiency jump.


Lt. Gen. Pat White takes reins of Operation Inherent Resolve

Lt. Gen. Pat White, leader of the Army's III Armored Corps, assumed command of Operation Inherent Resolve from Lt. Gen. Paul LaCamera, head of the service’s XVIII Airborne Corps, in a ceremony in Baghdad on Saturday.


Marine seen tackling two fist-fighting students has been counseled on 'appropriate level of involvement'

Pfc. Josue Valdez Sarmiento is now under investigation following his actions at a California school, where he attempted to break up a fight by tackling two students.


IG report: US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan, then they died from poor care

The U.S. government continued to provide dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs to the Kingdom of Jordan, even as the animals were dying of serious health problems and others were so poorly treated that they had “lost the will to work,” a government evaluation found.


95-year-old Navy vet receives medals he earned as a teen on WWII combat missions

Bernard Bartusiak of Chicago earned more than one Distinguished Flying Cross and several Air Medals during the war, but, “for reasons unknown,” didn’t receive them, a Navy spokesman said.


US bombs ISIS island in Iraq’s Tigris River

Coalition and Iraqi forces carried out airstrikes Tuesday against an island south of Mosul in the Tigris River believed to be a safe haven for the Islamic State group in Iraq.


A soldier died of natural causes in Kosovo. He was a dedicated staff sergeant, loving father — and Ray Charles’ grandson

Staff Sgt. Conrad Robinson followed one of his grandfathers into the Army, but what he shared with few colleagues before he died was that his other one was “the Genius" of soul music, Ray Charles.


Purple Hearts awarded 101 years after Coast Guard cutter torpedoed by Germans

Officials have been looking for surviving relatives of the 111 Coast Guard and four Navy crewmembers who perished aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa for the past two decades. They’ve found nearly half of them.


The Navy has fattest members of the military — but obesity rates are up across all services

A recent Defense Department report found more than 17% of military personnel are considered obese, up from less than 16% four years earlier.


Ranger School graduates include first woman in Air Force to earn tab, 7-foot former NBA player

First Lt. Chelsey Hibsch, an Air Force security forces officer, and Second Lt. Marshall Plumlee, a member of Duke University’s 2015 NCAA Championship basketball team and former New York Knicks player, were among the graduates of the Army's most recent Ranger School class.


Green Beret killed in combat in Afghanistan leaves behind daughter, pregnant wife

Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Ard, 31, of Idaho Falls, became the 15th U.S. combat casualty in that country this year.


Wounded pararescueman who kept fighting Taliban for hours awarded Bronze Star

Staff Sgt. Aaron Metzger was wounded while he treated two severely injured Afghan commandos during a nighttime raid against the Taliban in April 2018.


Casual eatery Storchenturm makes a welcome reappearance in Kaiserslautern

The Kaiserslautern cafe/bistro/bar Storchenturm has done an on-again, off-again routine both baffling and familiar to me after more than three years living in this town.


Moran’s private emails to disciplined officer violated Pentagon policy, IG says

Retired Adm. Bill Moran showed poor judgment and broke Pentagon rules by using his personal email account to conduct official communications with a former officer who had been disciplined for sexual misconduct, an investigation has found.


Defense language school pays tribute to Shannon Kent, Navy linguist killed in Syria

Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, who was killed in Syria earlier this year, trained at the Defense Language Institute and was a 2005 graduate of the language school’s Arabic course.


African militaries are working to bolster their 'backbone,' the NCOs

High-ranking enlisted troops in Africa aren’t always proud of their rank, one senior noncommissioned officer confessed to a roomful of his peers from nearly 30 African countries and the U.S.


‘LaDavid fought like a hero:’ Family of soldier killed in Niger attack receives posthumous medal

The family of a U.S. soldier killed during an October 2017 ambush in West Africa was presented the country’s third-highest valor award Friday in Florida, the fourth posthumous medal for valor in that incident presented in the past week.


AMRDEC file transfer site is shuttered as Pentagon launches DOD-wide solution

Users will be unable to download material from a popular military file exchange service after Thursday, as the Defense Department transitions to a new site with larger capacity and better security.


Families receive posthumous awards on behalf of soldiers killed in 2017 Niger ambush

Showing “total disregard for his personal safety or life,” Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright crossed open terrain under intense enemy fire to protect and recover two fallen comrades, his medal citation says. The medal was one of three posthumous awards presented in recent days to families of those slain in the attack.


Marine Corps Exchanges to end DVD, Blu-ray disc sales

Marine Corps Exchanges are selling off their stocks of DVDs and Blu-ray discs and will end sales of the media in the next few months, an official said.


2018 blast in Syria that killed US, UK soldiers accidental detonation, not enemy action

U.S. Special Operations Command on Monday confirmed that a 2018 blast in Syria that killed two special operations soldiers from the U.S. and the U.K. was caused by coalition explosives, not a roadside bomb.


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‘Without trust, there’s no partnership’: Civil affairs soldiers strengthen US ties to Djibouti

Civil affairs soldiers serve as cultural and governance experts who form a key part of the U.S. mission as it competes with other world powers making inroads in East Africa.


USS Boxer pulls into Bahrain a week after Iranian drone incident

The USS Boxer pulled into Bahrain’s Khalifa bin Salman Port on Thursday for a visit, days after the amphibious assault ship made headlines for downing at least one Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.


Navy SEAL platoon ordered out of Iraq for drinking alcohol while deployed, report says

The apparent breakdown in discipline among the elite Navy team comes at a time of increased scrutiny of the special operations communities that have borne the strain of a high operational tempo over more than 17 years of war in the Middle East.


Navy identifies missing sailor who went overboard from carrier in Arabian Sea

The search for Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana was called off Friday after “extensive attempts to locate the sailor” involving three ships and aircraft from two patrol squadrons, 5th Fleet said.


Navy halts search for sailor missing in Arabian Sea

A sailor who was reported overboard from a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea earlier this week remains missing after the Navy ended its search-and-rescue efforts, officials said Saturday.


Pentagon IDs soldier who died in noncombat incident in Kuwait

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic in the West Virginia Army National Guard, died Thursday at Camp Buehring, the military said. Details of the incident were not released, and a Pentagon statement said it remained under investigation.


Tehran denies USS Boxer destroyed Iranian drone after US says it threatened ship’s safety

Senior Iranian officials said that none of the country’s drones in the region had been destroyed, although a top military spokesman in the country suggested that one had approached the USS Boxer.


Navy ship shoots down Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz, Pentagon says

The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, was in international waters traveling into the Strait of Hormuz when a drone “closed within a threatening range," U.S. officials said. Iran denied that it had lost a drone.


More US troops to head to Mideast amid rising tensions with Iran, reports say

About 500 servicemembers are expected to be sent to Prince Sultan Air Base in the desert east of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, unnamed Defense Department officials said Wednesday.


Wahlburgers, Arby’s and more: These new restaurants are opening at military exchanges in Europe

Wahlburgers, a fast-casual burger chain founded by a trio of brothers from Boston, is among the eateries slated to open at military exchanges in Europe in the coming months, along with pizza, barbecue and chicken stands.


No, the Pentagon isn’t planning a war on pizza

Word that the Pentagon was set to mandate a low-carbohydrate, high-fat ketogenic diet for servicemembers spread like spilled avocado oil across the internet last week, with some respected outlets repeating the claim. These reports, sources said, were not true.


Army wraps up Mosul Dam mission, the 'construction project that never ends'

Last week, Iraqi, U.S. and Italian officials celebrated the completion of a $530-million project to shore-up Iraq's largest dam. But while the work has stabilized the dam, construction flaws that have posed a threat since its completion in 1984 have yet to be permanently fixed, a research paper says.


Iran attack marks first known successful strike on high-flying Global Hawk drone

The RQ-4A Global Hawk maritime surveillance drone was flying in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was downed by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, U.S. Central Command said in a statement, though Tehran has claimed it was flying in Iranian airspace.


CENTCOM confirms Yemen rebels shot down US drone

The CENTCOM statement confirmed earlier reports of the incident, which took place earlier this month, and comes as the U.S. has accused Iran of attacking merchant ships in the region amid rising tensions in a standoff between Washington and Tehran.


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Quiet professional remembered: Bill Dean had lasting impact on ISIS fight

A memorial Monday at an Alaska National Guard armory will celebrate a Special Forces veteran whose role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria was relatively unknown before he died in a climbing accident last month.


New commander takes over Horn of Africa mission ahead of proposed US shift

Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello assumed command of U.S. military efforts in East Africa, where a proposal may shift the mission focus from multinational training and counterterrorism to a permanent presence that seeks to strengthen American influence on the continent.