Trump sent 80 US troops to Gabon over possible violence in DR Congo

Citing the possibility of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, US president Donald Trump has deployed 80 troops with “appropriate equipment” and aircraft to the nearby Gabon, he informed Congress in a letter. The first members of this US contingent arrived in Libreville, Gabon on January 2, Trump said in a letter sent […]

Lindsey Graham suggests Trump may have changed his mind on pulling troops out of Syria: ‘I think the president’s going to finish the job when it comes to ISIS’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Senator Lindsey Graham may have changed President Trump’s mind about pulling troops out of Syria.  “I think the president’s going to finish the job when it comes to ISIS,” Graham told reporters after meeting with President Trump Sunday. Trump’s decision earlier this month to order his staff to execute the “full” and […]

US troops withdraw from first base in Syria – report

Turkish media says the US Army troops have abandoned a base in north-eastern Syria, in the first reported case of the Donald Trump-announced general pullout going ahead. Some 50 US soldiers left in Hummer armored vehicles and military trucks, leaving behind an empty 400-square-meter warehouse in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the Anadolu news agency said Saturday. […]

‘Embarrassing’ and ‘entirely inappropriate’: One of the most highly decorated former US Army generals blasts Trump’s visit with US troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq to visit US troops fell short among some political commentators, including one of the most highly decorated officers in the US Army. Former US Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was awarded three Purple Heart medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars, described Trump’s visit as “embarrassing” […]

Syrians celebrate Christmas & hope for lasting peace as US troops pullout (VIDEOS)

Syria, which saw large parts of its territory liberated from Islamists this year, is celebrating Christmas with pre-war fervor, hoping that the war is nearing its end as militant control dwindles and foreign actors leave. The bloodshed in Syria has affected everyone in the country, yet its religious minorities have undoubtedly seen the worst, having […]

France to stay in Syria after Trump orders US troops home – minister

France will maintain its participation in the coalition fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) forces in Syria, a government minister said on Thursday. European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau made the statement on CNews television after President Donald Trump surprised Washington’s allies by ordering US troops home. “For now of course we remain in Syria,” […]

Kurdish militia made a swap with ISIS to get back 7 US troops – sources

Kurdish militia made a swap with Islamic state terrorists to get back seven US soldiers captured in September, Turkish media has said. The Kurds had to withdraw from some oil wells under the swap terms. The American troops were detained during a confrontation between Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Kurdish YPG/ PKK militias in […]

1,000s of troops & ‘beautiful’ razor wire: US border reinforced ahead of caravan approach (VIDEOS)

Sharp barbed wire fences are being erected along the US-Mexico border as thousands of US troops, supported by drones and choppers, prepare to repel what the country’s commander-in-chief called a looming migrant “invasion.” The first coils of the razor-sharp fence were unwound in the vicinity of McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge crossing in Texas on Friday, after […]

‘5,239 is not the top line’: Pentagon promises to send even more troops to seal Mexico border

The need to allocate more troops to secure the US southern border against caravans of illegal aliens will likely stretch beyond the announced deployment figure, the Pentagon said, as the first 1,000 troops arrived at the frontier. While the Pentagon still has little clue about the composition of the so-called migrant caravans heading to the […]