Saudi King absolves troops of any future accountability for their conduct in Yemen war

A royal decree by Saudi King Salman has ‘pre-exonerated’ all troops fighting in Yemen from any accountability issues they may face over their conduct in the war, in which thousands of civilians have been killed and wounded. A statement announcing the early pardon, released by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA, said the pardon extends […]

Germans favor withdrawal of US troops, not paying more for US ‘protection’ – poll

Almost every second German favors the withdrawal of US forces based there, according to a poll taken prior to the NATO summit, at which Donald Trump accused Berlin of relying on Washington’s protection and not contributing enough. Some 42 percent of Germans are ready to see 35,000 US troops return home, a new YouGov poll, […]

American troops unlikely to leave Germany, US NATO envoy says

Not much is likely to change for the 35,000 American soldiers stationed in Germany, as the US ambassador to NATO says there are no plans for their withdrawal, despite speculations that Trump may be considering a troop pullout. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Trump administration’s envoy to NATO, told reporters on Thursday that there is “nothing […]

Army orgy: British troops 'smuggle prostitute into barracks & film sordid sex romp'

British Army soldiers are under investigation after being accused of smuggling a woman into their army barracks and filming themselves having sex with her. Video purporting to show the tryst has since been shared online. READ MORE: US Army accused of domestic violence cover-up Four soldiers from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based at Leuchars […]

Trump was reportedly surprised by the number of US troops stationed in Germany and expressed interest in pulling some of them out

The US Defense Department is reportedly analyzing the cost-to-benefit ratio of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of US troops in Germany. Trump, who has had a tenuous relationship with the German chancellor Angela Merkel, was said to have been surprised by the number of US troops stationed there. Some US officials were said to have […]

US psy-ops vision: Leaflets that cry ‘surrender now!’ as they rain down on enemy troops

The US may soon add talking leaflets to their psychological warfare arsenal. The devices would play pre-recorded 30-second messages to whoever picks them up and may even soon listen back to the response they get. A prototype of a weaponized version of a musical greeting card has been developed by the US Special Operations Forces […]

US warns against attacking its troops after Assad says they’ll leave Syria ‘one way or another'

US troops are not leaving Syria and any attempt to remove them by force will be met with an armed response, a top Pentagon official said, reacting to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s RT interview. “Any interested party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or our coalition partners will be a bad policy,” Director […]

Suspected Israeli airstrike reportedly kills dozens of Iranian troops in Syria

Danny Makki via Twitter The Syrian army said on Sunday that rockets had struck several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside in what it said was new “aggression” by its enemies. Israel has previously hit Iranian-backed militia outposts in Syria, mainly targeting arms convoys of the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah. The Syrian Observatory […]

Trump wants to pull troops from Syria 'as quickly as possible,' but it won't be very quick

US President Donald Trump wants to bring troops back from Syria as soon as possible, the White House said, but not before their goals are fulfilled. Earlier, the French president said he had convinced Trump the troops had to stay. “The US mission has not changed – the president has been clear that he wants […]

McCain: Trump ’emboldened’ Assad days before suspected chemical attack by saying he wanted to withdraw US troops from Syria

Jason Reed/Reuters A suspected chemical attack caused at least 40 people to suffocate to death, and injured hundreds more, in Syria on Saturday. On Sunday, US Senator John McCain criticized President Donald Trump for recently saying he is in favor of pulling US troops out of Syria.  McCain said the president’s words “emboldened” Syrian leader Bashar […]