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Pentagon scrubs Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria troop numbers from latest report

The Pentagon’s quarterly report on the number of American troops serving overseas was released this week. Curiously, troop numbers for Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were omitted from the report. Read more The report, released by the Defense Manpower Data Center, lists the number of armed-forces personnel in each state, and in each country overseas. The quarterly reports are usually released ...

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War without end: German defense minister says no timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Germany’s defense minister told troops stationed in Afghanistan that they will remain in the war-torn country indefinitely. The statement follows Berlin’s decision to ramp up troop numbers. Read more “It is not a question of a time frame that must be stubbornly stuck to,” Ursula von der Leyen told German troops during her visit to the Bundeswehr military base in ...

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German army plans Iraqi troop training despite own ‘dramatically bad’ state – reports

Despite being overstretched by shortages of reliable equipment and thousands of vacant positions, the German military is reportedly planning to deploy troops to Iraq as part of a new mission to train security forces there. German advisers are expected to mentor Iraqi soldiers, training them in explosive ordnance disposal, military logistics as well as field medicine, according to a 15-page ...

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US troop presence abroad may spark internal conflicts ‘short of war’ – study

The US military presence abroad is linked to “state repression” and may often stir up domestic conflicts and wars between nations, bringing greater regional instability, a report by RAND corporation found. The report, titled ‘US presence and the incidence of conflict’, describes the impact of Washington’s military policy on other countries, be it allies or adversaries. While it habitually hails ...

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Scout of order: Troop leader sacked for comparing niqab-wearing Muslim colleague to Darth Vader

A scoutmaster has been sacked after comparing a Muslim woman wearing the niqab face veil to Star Wars villain Darth Vader. He added her appearance is enough to “frighten children and animals.” Brian Walker, 63, made a complaint to Scouting magazine after it ran an article stating the Muslim woman had taken children canoeing whilst wearing her veil. Read more ...

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‘Russian troop withdrawal from Syria signals mission accomplished’

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 16:12 President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on withdrawing “a significant part” of the Russian troops stationed in Syria sends a clear message to the region that the mission has come to an end and others should follow suit, analysts say. “It assures the region, people back home in Russia and also the troops that the mission ...

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Pentagon quadruples troop levels in Syria to ‘stabilize’ liberated areas

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 07:39 Edited time: 7 Dec, 2017 07:58 The US military has increased the number of troops in Syria from 500 to 2,000, the Pentagon says, adding that the “conditions-based” military presence is justified by the need to “stabilize” liberated areas. The Pentagon has officially announced that there are now 2,000 troops in Syria – a ...

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‘Pentagon may mask real troop number in Syria, Iraq to avoid outcry from war-weary public’

The American public is exhausted by wars. However, the US has a lot of generals who would be more prone to pursuing military solutions or having a military build-up in the foreign countries, says Middle East analyst Ali Rizk. The US could have more forces in Syria and Iraq than it has previously admitted, according to data provided by the ...

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Court blocks Trump’s transgender troop ban citing tweet

A federal judge blasted President Donald Trump for officially announcing via Twitter a ban on transgender people in the military in her decision to block the administration from enforcing parts of the policy. On Monday, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration from kicking active-duty transgender service members out of the military or ...

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US State Dept cautions Iraqi govt against troop advances in Kurdish territory

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 23:28 Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 23:29 The US State Department is advising Iraq’s federal authority to limit its military activity in the country’s Kurdish northern region, as it also calls for “all parties to cease all violence” in the wake of violence in the town of Altun Kupri. On Friday, State Department spokeswoman Heather ...

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