DEFENSE2015-05-13T11:03:56+00:00

US-backed force says it’s in control of IS Syria encampment

A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says his fighters are in control of an encampment in the village of Baghouz where IS militants have been besieged for months.

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U.S. Military Now Preparing to Leave as Many as 1,000 Troops in Syria

The U.S. military is crafting plans that would keep nearly 1,000 forces in Syria, U.S. officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Trump ordered a complete withdrawal and is far more than the White House originally intended.

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Russian military, modernizing quickly, plans to sell missile system to Turkey: U.S. commander

A top U.S. commander has warned that Russia’s military is modernizing quickly, and that a possible weapons deal with Turkey could put the United States in danger.

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President Trump said the Islamic State’s caliphate is over. That was news to troops on the ground.

President Trump’s surprise announcement Thursday that “we just took over” the last Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria came as news to U.S.-backed forces leading the fight on the ground, spokesmen said.

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Despite Putin’s swagger, Russia struggles to modernize its navy

President Vladimir Putin calls improving the Russian navy’s combat capabilities a priority.

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Putin: We’ll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

Russia will respond to any deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where those missiles are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

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