The US military is opening its third investigation into civilian casualties in less than a month as reports of deaths by coalition bombs in the fight against ISIS continue to rise.
Though observers say as many as 350 civilians may have died in Iraq and Syria, the US military doesn’t know whether they’re at fault as the bombing campaign ramps up.
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced that US forces had aided local troops in a bid to retake an ISIS-controlled dam, including providing air and artillery support.
Still, the United States has yet to increase the threat level.
The Pentagon is investigating a US air strike that reportedly left dozens of civilians dead in or near a mosque, which is raising new questions about whether the US has lowered its commitment to avoiding civilian casualties.
The renewed focus on Iran’s role in Yemen’s ongoing civil war leaves the door open to losing ground against al-Qaeda.
“I’ll be honest. It makes me nervous,” one defense official told BuzzFeed News.
But despite the last administration’s insistence that capturing Raqqa, the Syrian city that is ISIS’s HQ, would be game over, that’s seeming less and less likely.
The US military struck at al-Qaeda militants and camps in Yemen, signaling the US will continue the fight in the war-torn country despite the fallout from a botched Navy SEAL mission.
Current military officers used the word “distasteful” to describe President Donald Trump’s mention of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen, during his speech to Congress.
The military says Trump signed off on the raid, Trump says it was “the generals’” idea, and everyone is left asking: Who is making the calls on major military decisions under the new administration?
President Donald Trump’s options for defeating the militants in Iraq and Syria may ramp up airstrikes but otherwise look pretty similar to what the US-led coalition is already doing.
H.R. McMaster was due to retire from the Army this summer. Now he holds what could become one of the most powerful positions in Washington.
He also announced Monday that Keith Kellogg will be National Security Council chief of staff.
Officials from the CIA to the Treasury Department are reading the tea leaves surrounding the top choices to replace ousted National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Another retired general has been lined up to replace the recently exited Michael Flynn, but the job could go to yet another former military man: David Petraeus.
Gen. John Nicholson believes he needs that boost — which will come from US forces, NATO forces, or both — to help train more Afghan security forces.
Military officials tell BuzzFeed News that they may never know just what happened in the first Navy SEAL raid of the Trump administration, including whether an 8-year-old girl was killed in the firefight.
The video was initially heralded as proof that the raid in Yemen, in which a US military operator was killed along with several civilians, was a success.