Deployed for the holidays. In the frame, you see his rifle, binoculars, and thermal scope resting atop the sandbags at his position, adjacent to an uneaten plate of holiday dinner. The photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day in in the northwest corner of Paktika province, but when flattened into a shareable image for social-media prayers and hectoring, it might as well be a Christmas dinner, too. I know the facts behind this image because I was in that same unit and on that same deployment nearly 10 years ago.
Video: Syrian And US Troops Meet Face To Face Near Manbij
Letters of Note: Our government doesn't give a fuck about our troops
Military chiefs have repeatedly said they believe local forces on the ground, combined with US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria, can degrade and ultimately defeat the militant group. Carter told told a House armed services committee hearing that Isis could still be defeated, despite the series of military setbacks experienced by the Iraqi army. He acknowledged a failure to recruit local security forces, particularly Sunnis who have so far proved reluctant to join the fight, and said pressure was being placed on the Iraq government to ramp up effort to recruit paid fighters. Last week President Barack Obama approved sending extra troops to bolster the Iraqi army in Anbar province. As with other deployments, the White House insists these are non-combat personnel.
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Back when I was a long-haired hippy freak with a hand-scrawled peace symbol on his jacket holding signs up in protest of Gulf War I, the Orlando peace activist organizer types would always enjoin us in preparing for rallies, protests or other events thus:. The idea had a certain strategic logic to it. And we gingerly protested in our carefully cordoned-off free speech zones or under city permit permission, got ourselves in the papers and all cried together and lit candles as the radio reports started coming in of the missiles and bombs striking Baghdad. And, of course, none of it made a damned bit of difference. Sure, it was a smart strategic play, but in stark conflict to the rest of what we thought we were doing.
The video below showins a first face to face meeting between Syrian troops and US service members near the town of Manbij in northern Syria. However, the town itself remained under control of the SDF and US troops still carry out patrols in the area. According to pro-government sources, a US patrol appraoched Syrian Army positions and demanded the soldiers to take down the Syrian flag. However, US troops got a strong negative answer and were forced to leave the area. Chances are, the Syrians will retake Idlib province.