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    American troops stationed in Syria were targeted by a “deliberate and coordinated” drone attack Thursday at the al-Tanf Garrison, Fox News reported. U.S. Central Command Spokesman Capt. Bill Urban confirmed that the al-Tanf Garrison area was subjected to an attack but that there were no confirmed injuries to U.S. personnel, according to Fox. The attack is still under investigation, and military officials did not assign blame for the event. Rocket attack hits American base in Syria at al-Tanf. The base is used to block Syria’s main trade route to Iraq; no US soldiers were injuredhttps://t.co/edxsK9qmZr — Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) October 21, 2021 “Based on initial reports, the attack utilized both unmanned aerial systems and indirect fire,” Urban said. “All U.S. personnel have been accounted for, and we are not aware of any injuries to U.S. personnel at this time.” American forces are stationed at al-Tanf alongside coalition allies to provide training to Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants. The base is located along a road connecting Iranian-supported forces from Tehran to southern Israel and Lebanon. (RELATED: Two Bombs Explode...
    A US fighter jet shot down an Iranian drone in Syria because it allegedly posed a threat to 900 troops stationed nearby. Officials said that the drone was deemed a threat and measures taken using an F-15 fighter jet were in self-defense. 2The drone was shot down using a fighter jetCredit: Getty 2Officials considered the drone a threat, according to reportsCredit: VIA REUTERS "Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air to air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village," US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto told Reuters. This comes after the Pentagon said last month that it was concerned about attacks on US troops in Syria and Iraq. Two service members were wounded in July after 14 rockets hit an Iraqi base holding US forces. CHAOS IN AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES The decision to take down the drone comes as chaos continues to unfold as the US pulls troops out of Afghanistan amid a Taliban takeover. Joe Biden's administration has been heavily criticized as they plan to continue leaving the country, even as the Taliban has...
    U.S. troops stationed in eastern Syria reportedly came under indirect fire Saturday, but no casualties were reported, according to Reuters. An unnamed U.S. defense official told Reuters that the attack was in Conoco, Syria. Initial reports did not indicate any injuries. #BREAKING: a U.S. defense official confirms to Reuters an indirect fire attack on U.S. forces in #Syria tonight. https://t.co/W7A2BpqQ31 — Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) July 10, 2021 U.S. personnel have experienced a series of attacks in Iraq and Syria recently. Troops were targeted in three drone and rocket attacks Wednesday alone. At least 14 rockets hit an Iraqi air base where U.S. troops were housed. Two American troops were wounded in the attack, according to Reuters. During another attack in March, at least 10 rockets hit a military base hosting U.S. troops. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, analysts think they were part of an effort by militias backed by Iran, according to Reuters. Iraqi militias vowed to retaliate after the U.S. attacked the Iraqi-Syrian border, killing four of their men in June, Reuters reported. However,...
    A drone struck in the "vicinity" of the Erbil air base where U.S. troops are housed in the northern region of Iraq Tuesday, but no injuries or structural damage have been reported, according to Pentagon officials. "We are aware of reporting of a UAS [unmanned aircraft system] incident in the vicinity of Erbil, Iraq," Pentagon Spokesperson Commander Jessica McNulty told Fox News. "At this time, initial reports indicate no structural damage, injuries or casualties."  ROCKET ATTACK ON US TROOPS IN SYRIA YIELDS NO INJURIES; RESPONSE WOUNDS AT LEAST 1 MILITANT The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. troops are currently housed in Erbil but did not answer questions as to how many are located there. There are approximately 2,500 troops dispersed across "several Iraqi Security Forces facilities," McNulty confirmed.  Previous reporting of rockets fired on the air base in coordination with drones was flagged as false by military officials Tuesday evening.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP A spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the operational name for the military intervention against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, took to Twitter to say a drone...
    National Guardsmen stationed at the Capitol building should instead be sent to address the “humanitarian crisis” at the southern border, a Republican congressman said Tuesday. The Guard Our Border Act would reassign 95% of the National Guardsmen stationed at the Capitol building to the southern border since the U.S. Capitol Police said Monday that there are “no known, credible threats” to the complex, North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy said in a statement. “Our National Guard were formed to respond to states of national crisis in this country. The Capitol Police have acknowledged that there is presently no credible threat to our nation’s Capitol Building. Yet, because of this administration’s new policies, there is a national security and public health threat at our southern border,” Murphy said in the statement. Yet the Biden Administration refuses to acknowledge the crisis at the border. https://t.co/JUwfHZvc3a — Greg Murphy (@RepGregMurphy) March 13, 2021 Around 2,300 National Guard troops are scheduled to remain in Washington, D.C. through May 23 despite that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is struggling to manage the increasing number...
    The National Guard soldier who was found dead while off duty in Washington, D.C. earlier this week has been identified as Specialist Justin Grennell. Grennell, 26, from Marcellus, New York, was found unresponsive in his Washington, D.C. hotel room Thursday by his roommate who tried to revive him before calling 911, reported a local Syracuse news outlet. NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER STATIONED IN DC DIES AFTER MEDICAL EMERGENCY Metropolitan Police are still investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected reported a spokesperson in New York National Guard. "Joint Task Force District of Columbia is sad to confirm the death of a National Guard member serving with the U.S. Capitol security mission due to an apparent medical emergency. The individual was not on duty at the time, and the incident is under investigation," the National Guard said in a statement. Grennell was a part of the massive security effort assigned as the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack. PENTAGON CONSIDERS INVOLUNTARY ACTIVATION OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FOR US CAPITOL SECURITY Earlier this week the Pentagon order that 2,000 troops...
    More On: national guard National Guard member stationed in DC dies after medical emergency Pentagon extends National Guard protection at US Capitol, reduces number of troops An intel ‘bombshell’ that wasn’t and other commentary New York National Guard member takes a photo with all US Senators Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin extended the deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to the US Capitol over the objections of the Guard’s head, a report said Thursday. In a memo obtained by Fox News, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, argued against maintaining the presence any longer, pointing out the troops’ need elsewhere and a lack of willingness on the part of states. “Over the past 12 months, States have experienced unprecedented demand for National Guard utilization related to COVID-19, Civil Disturbance, wildfire, hurricane and flood response, all while meeting every combatant command deployment requirement,” wrote Hokanson in the memo, which, according to Fox, circulated within the White House National Security Council within the past week. Capitol Police requested last week that the approximately 5,000 National Guard...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday approved an extension until May 23 of nearly 2,300 troops to support Capitol Hill police.  The United States Capitol police formally sent a request to the Department of Defense last week.  The request asked to keep over 2,000 National Guard service members for 60 days. The current mission was set to end March 12.  The National Guard has been stationed at the Capitol since the events of the January 6 riot. Currently, there are about 5,100 service members, down from the peak of 26,000 stationed there for Inauguration Day on January 20.  The Pentagon in a press release said officials will work with the U.S. Capitol police to incrementally reduce the National Guard footprint as conditions allow.  Capitol Police said in a statement Tuesday night that they are "extremely grateful" to the Defense Department for their "continued commitment to support our critical mission to protect Congress. The National Guard has played a critical role to the Department's enhanced security posture." Nikole Killion contributed to this report. 
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Tuesday approved an extension until May 23 of nearly 2,300 troops to support Capitol Hill police.  The United States Capitol police formally sent a request to the Department of Defense last week.  The request asked to keep over 2,000 National Guard service members for 60 days. The current mission was set to end March 12.  The National Guard has been stationed at the Capitol since the events of the January 6 riot. Currently, there are about 5,100 service members, down from the peak of 26,000 stationed there for Inauguration Day on January 20.  The Pentagon in a press release said officials will work with the U.S. Capitol Police to incrementally reduce the National Guard footprint as conditions allow. 
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III said Wednesday he values Germany as a station for U.S. troops, leading to speculation he may reverse a decision by the Trump administration to pull troops out of the country.   Austin made the comments in an introductory call to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. A summary of the call posted to the Defense Department website said Austin “expressed his gratitude to Germany for continuing to serve as a great host for U.S. forces, and expressed his desire for a continued dialogue on U.S. force posture in Germany. “     Last year, then-President Donald Trump ordered the reduction of the U.S. military contingent stationed in Germany by more than 25%, and the Pentagon had been studying how that could be done.   The Associated Press reports that in the German Defense Ministry’s readout of the call, Austin “emphasized that Germany is highly valued as a station and that American soldiers feel very comfortable here.” He added that “the U.S. continues to consider its presence in Germany as an important part of joint...
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) penned an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday that called for the removal of National Guard troops from Washington, DC, following the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Cotton opened the piece by detailing his calls for National Guard troops to be sent into cities last summer as “left-wing mobs rioted in the streets.” “My position was grounded in federal law, based on many historical precedents, and supported by a majority of Americans,” Cotton wrote. “But this argument outraged many on the left, so much so that the editor of the New York Times opinion page lost his job for publishing it.” “But when a different mob chanting different slogans threatened our Capitol, many of my critics sang a different tune,” Cotton added. “I’m ruefully gratified that so many of them have rallied to my side. Perhaps they’ll show more gratitude for law enforcement the next time a mob threatens public safety and order, no matter what cause the perpetrators claim to support.” Cotton praised the troops that have been stationed in D.C. for some time now, offering gratitude...
    Sen. Tim Cotton (R-AR) penned an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday, which called for the removal of National Guard troops from Washington, DC, following the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Cotton opened the piece by detailing his calls for National Guard troops to be sent into cities last summer as “left-wing mobs rioted in the streets.” “My position was grounded in federal law, based on many historical precedents, and supported by a majority of Americans,” Cotton wrote. “But this argument outraged many on the left, so much so that the editor of the New York Times opinion page lost his job for publishing it.” “But when a different mob chanting different slogans threatened our Capitol, many of my critics sang a different tune,” Cotton added. “I’m ruefully gratified that so many of them have rallied to my side. Perhaps they’ll show more gratitude for law enforcement the next time a mob threatens public safety and order, no matter what cause the perpetrators claim to support.” Cotton praised the troops that have been stationed in D.C. for some time now, offering gratitude...
    Two members of Congress showed their appreciation for the National Guard members stationed in the U.S. Capitol by making a massive pizza order — one that has sparked the generosity of some other area restaurants. As the Today show reported, Representatives Michael Waltz and Vicky Hartzler made a call to We the Pizza on Tuesday ordering 150 pizzas for the men and women called up to protect the Capitol following the attack last week. Viral pictures and videos had shown the troops dressed in fatigues and sleeping in groups on the marble floors of the building. Waltz is a former United States Army officer himself, and the Florida Republican is the first Green Beret to serve in Congress. The donation sparked a giving spirit with We the Pizza and what the Today show described as a “pizza donation movement.” Micheline Mendelsohn, the deputy CEO for the pizzeria’s parent company, said they wanted to send more pies to make sure all the troops were covered. “We wanted to help, so we matched (the order),” Mendelsohn said. “Then we realized we weren’t...
    The Pentagon is putting 20,000 National Guard on the streets of D.C. in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol to support Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police for the inauguration on Jan. 20 of President-elect Joe Biden. That is in addition to the more than 6,000 officers who are part of the U.S. Capitol Police and who are officers with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. The more than 25,000 members of law enforcement personnel that are being deployed is five times the number of United States military deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request from President Donald Trump for an emergency declaration ahead of the inauguration comes at the same time the Department of Defense said it would comply by Friday with Trump’s orders to draw down troops to 2,500 in each country. As Breitbart News reported, the DOD is meeting Trump’s January 15 deadline to draw down the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to 2,500 in each country, according to the Pentagon. About 900 US troops will remain in Syria, multiple...
    The Capitol Visitor Center, an airy complex that usually hosts tourists from across the country during the visits to the nation's Capitol, was filled instead with thousands of National Guard troops on Wednesday due to a "very high" threat level. The troops were lying on the hard marble floors, some cradling their guns as they napped after a long night of keeping watch over the Capitol complex. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) walks past members of the National Guard sleeping in the halls of Capitol Hill as the House convenes to impeach President Trump, nearly a week after a pro-Trump insurrectionist mob breached the security of the Capitol while Congress counted Electoral College ballots. Jan. 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images A Defense official told CBS News that the threat level at the Capitol is "very high" right now, even "higher than has been reported" in the press. This warning comes the week after insurgents overran the Capitol in a deadly attack, resulting in the deaths of five people. The House...
    President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal Friday of most of the U.S. military’s 700 troops currently stationed in Somalia. U.S. troops are stationed in the African nation to combat the Al-Qaida-linked terror organization Al-Shabab. The troops will be redeployed in East Africa and other neighboring countries, Politico reported. “While a change in force posture, this action is not a change in U.S. policy,” the Pentagon said in a statement to Politico. “The U.S. will retain the capability to conduct targeted counterterrorism operations in Somalia, and collect early warnings and indicators regarding threats to the homeland,” it added. DOVER, DE – FEBRUARY 10: (R) U.S. President Donald J. Trump and (C) Vice President Mike Pence arrive at a dignified transfer for fallen service members (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Trump’s order is only the the most recent step in Trump’s more general push to bring home troops deployed overseas. He has also ordered the U.S. troops presence in Iraq and Afghanistan to decrease to 2,500 by January 15. (RELATED: National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien Pledges ‘Very Professional Transition’ To Biden Administration)...
    Germany's foreign minister said Friday he is glad the U.S. Congress appears to believe U.S. troops should stay in his country at current levels.  At a news briefing Friday in Berlin, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas commented on the final version of the U.S. Defense Authorization Act released Thursday by Congress. That bill says U.S. troops stationed in Germany may not be withdrawn below current levels until 120 days after the secretary of defense submits a detailed analysis of the move to Congress.  About 36,000 U.S. troops are in the country.  FILE - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addresses the media during a statement at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany, June 3, 2020.In July, U.S. President Donald Trump called for a reduction of about 12,000 troops stationed in Germany. Trump told reporters at the time that Germany had not contributed its share to the NATO defense alliance.   The move shocked some U.S. military officials, who see the troops as a safeguard to U.S. interests in Europe.  Maas told reporters that despite comments by the president and the Defense...
    Mandatory Credit: Photo by ARNO BURGI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10730669a) (FILE) – A High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or also Humvee) of the US armed forces in Europe drives from the Military History Museum through the city towards the Autobahn in Dresden, Germany, 01 June 2016 (reissued 02 August 2020). According to media reports, the US government wants to reduce the number of soldiers stationed in Germany by up to 12,000. US to withdraw up to 12,000 soldiers from Germany, Dresden – 01 Jun 2016 – ARNO BURGI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Most Germans are unconcerned by US plans to withdraw almost 12,000 troops currently stationed in the country, according to a new survey published on Tuesday. Angela Merkel’s government has expressed dismay at the move, which Donald Trump said was in response to Germany’s failure to pay enough towards the cost of its defence. But a poll by YouGov found 47 per cent of Germans are in favour of reducing the number of American troops based on their soil. Only 32 per cent were opposed to any drop in the US presence, while 21...
    Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany has come under bipartisan attack in the Senate, amid warnings it would disrupt US alliances. Related: Barack Obama praises John Lewis as ‘a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance’ – live The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, fended off insistent questions in the Senate on Thursday, and in so doing, falsely claimed to have fought along the East German border when he was stationed there as an army lieutenant in the late 1980s. There was no fighting in Germany during the cold war. The Pentagon has insisted the withdrawal was ordered as part as an overall strategic repositioning of US forces abroad, but Donald Trump made clear that he saw it as punishment of Germany for not spending enough on defence. Pompeo said that the state department had been part of the discussion about the redeployment, which involves 6,400 soldiers being brought to the US and another 5,500 being placed elsewhere in Europe, mostly Belgium and Italy. Questioning Pompeo at a hearing of...
    Officials in Japan are expressing their shock and anger at the United States after it emerged that there had been a large scale coronavirus outbreak among Marines stationed in the country’s southernmost island of Okinawa. According to The Guardian, 61 Marines have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past couple of days. Worse still, the troops tested positive in two separate bases located on the island. Thirty-eight of the positive cases were reported to have come from Marines stationed at Futenma Marine air station. The other 23 infections were from troops stationed at Camp Hansen. The exact number of positive cases was only released after mounting pressure from Japanese officials persuaded the U.S. government to be open about the scale of the outbreak. Previously, the U.S. Marine Corps had only used vague references to two “localized clusters” of positive cases. The news that 61 Marines had tested positive has caused outrage on both the island of Okinawa and Japan as a whole. Governor Denny Tamaki — who has an American father and was the first Japanese-American to be elected to...
    Pentagon chief Mark Esper will present Donald Trump with a series of options on Monday to withdraw part of the US forces stationed in Germany and redeploy them to eastern European countries. The Defense Minister “met with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss our presence in Europe,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said on Saturday. “On Monday, the minister will present options to the president in the White House on our military posture in Germany.” According to two senior Pentagon officials, the plan predicts that the permanently stationed force in Germany will increase to 25,000, as Trump announced on June 15, a reduction of some 9,500. Some will be repatriated to the United States, others will be sent to other countries of the former Soviet block, with the intention of sending a clear message to Russia of Vladimir Putin, whose military ambitions have been demonstrated in particular by the annexation of Crimea in 2014, said those officials who requested anonymity. The two officials have not specified in which countries U.S. forces could be deployed, as that is part of the options...
    President Trump confirmed on Monday that he’s prepared to recall about half of the U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany if that nation doesn’t pay more to NATO and treat Washington more fairly on trade issues. The president told reporters that the current deployment of about 52,000 U.S. troops in Germany is a “tremendous” cost to America that isn’t being reciprocated. “We’re putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers,” Mr. Trump said. “Germany, as you know, is very delinquent in their payments to NATO — paying 1% and they’re supposed to be at 2%.” TOP STORIES Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime Trump says Rayshard Brooks shooting was disturbing, plans executive order on police on Tuesday Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act He suggested that he could change his mind about the withdrawal of troops if Germany also gives the U.S. more favorable terms on trade in its dealings with the European Union. “We’re negotiating with them on that, but right now I’m not satisfied with the...
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