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Neither Kremlin nor Pentagon confirm reports of alleged Russian losses to US strike in Syria

The Kremlin and the Pentagon do not have any information on the alleged deaths of Russians during a US attack in Syria, respective officials have told journalists. Reports of the supposed fatalities have emerged on social media. The reports attribute the alleged casualties to a recent US airstrike and put the figures between 100 and over 600. “We urge not ...

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Pentagon chief brushes off thaw between Koreas

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has brushed off speculation that North Korea is using the 2018 Winter Olympics to “drive a wedge” between the US and South Korea, its traditional ally in the Asia-Pacific. High-level talks between Pyongyang and Seoul, the first in decades, took place on the sidelines of the PyeongChang Olympics. DPRK leader Kim Jong-un’s sister and ...

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Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks

Russia has reminded the US that its presence in Syria is illegal after the coalition struck pro-government militias. Washington however reserved the right for “defensive” attacks to achieve peace “from a position of strength.” The US presence in Syria is “actually illegal,” the Russian Ambassador to the UN reminded his Western counterparts on Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the ...

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Trump orders Pentagon to draw up plans for military parade in Washington

Inspired by French military pomp on Bastille Day, Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to begin drawing up plans for a possible military parade of its own in Washington. The plan for the parade was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday. Read more “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk ...

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Pentagon logistics agency lost track of $800 million – report

In the latest instance of negligent bookkeeping at the Pentagon, its Defense Logistics Agency has failed to account for more than $ 800mn intended for construction projects, Politico has revealed citing an audit by Ernst & Young. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) does not have the proper paperwork to account for at least $ 465 million it allegedly spent on ...

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No anti-aircraft weapons sent to 'our' Syrian rebels – Pentagon after downing of Russian jet

The US military has said no anti-aircraft weapons have been shipped to the militias it backs in Syria amid speculations that the Russian Su-25 jet downed in Idlib in north-west Syria might have been shot down by a US-made missile. “The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian ...

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Half of US military bases affected by climate change – Pentagon report

Climate change in the form of flooding, storm surges, wildfires or droughts is affecting 50 percent of 1,684 US military sites worldwide, according to a Pentagon study. “Changes in climate can potentially shape the environment in which we operate and the missions we are required to do,” said the US Department of Defense in a report accompanying the survey. The ...

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Half of F-35 fleet grounded by tech problems – Pentagon report

The most expensive weapons program in the world will not meet its testing schedule and of the Joint Strike Fighters already delivered only half can actually fly, according to a scathing new Pentagon report. “The operational suitability of the F-35 fleet remains at a level below service expectations and is dependent on workarounds that would not be acceptable in combat ...

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Pentagon knew Afghan forces committed child abuse, but kept funding them – declassified report

The Pentagon funded Afghan military and security forces despite knowing that some of them were involved in numerous human rights abuses, including sexual assaults on children, a government watchdog says. Read more The stunning revelation came in the form of a declassified report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a US government agency tasked with delivering independent ...

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Mattis says Turkey warned Pentagon before attacking US-backed Kurds

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Turkey gave advance notice that it was planning to launch an attack on US-allied Kurdish militias in Syria, but he did not specify if Washington tried to dissuade Ankara. ”Turkey was candid,” Mattis told reporters aboard a plane traveling to Asia from the US. ”They warned us before they launched the aircraft they were ...

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