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After canine deaths, State Department stops sending dogs on overseas assignments | Los Angeles Times

Picture of a military working dog running on green grass. His mouth is open.

While reports have not given an exact number, it appears around a dozen working dogs have died overseas due to neglect, poisoning, heatstroke, and other effects while under the care of local handlers. These non-military dogs are sent to guard civilians, sniff out drugs, and locate explosives. The alarming death rate has led the State Department to suspend the deployment ... Read More »

U.S. says concerned as Libyan conflict turning bloodier with Russian mercenaries: Official | Reuters

Loyals to Libya's Government of National Accord

While the U.S. has tried to remain neutral in the Libyan conflict, Washington has become concerned with the use of hybrid warfare and Russian mercenaries joining the fight. Wagner forces and mercenaries have been reported fighting on the ground, as well as the use of drones and other aircraft. This has begun to intensify the conflict and raise the body ... Read More »

With a signature, Trump brings Space Force into being | CNN

President Trump has signed the U.S. Air Force Space Command into action with his signature on a National Defense Authorization Act. 16,000 active duty personnel in the Space Command will now be a part of the Space Force but remain in the Air Force for now. Heavy support and beginning processes will be derived from the Air Force, with around ... Read More »

This study suggests that troops may get paid too much | Military Times

A 30-year research study has released their findings, stating those in the military get paid too much. The study claims officers and enlisted are above the 70th percentile compared to civilians who have similar training and skills. “The important question is whether military pay is set too high relative to civilian pay,” says the report. One recommendation by Rand Corp. ... Read More »

‘Bite your tongue’: Putin snaps at reporter question about ‘upcoming nuclear war’ | Washington Examiner

President Putin told a reporter to “bite your tongue” after she mentioned the topic of a possible nuclear war with the United States in the future. While Russia regularly accuses the U.S. of encircling their country, the president harshly stopped a reporter in her tracks, also saying “what are you talking about.” Foreign policy analysts in Russia have commented that ... Read More »

‘A cornucopia of goodwill’: troops in Syria get stockings stuffed with goodies delivered by helicopter | Stars and Stripes

A combined military mission delivered holiday cheer to U.S. troops at several camps in eastern Syria on Monday. It was called Operation Holiday Express. Wearing Santa hats and riding in Chinnoks (instead of sleighs), high-ranking officers and NCOs brought gifts and goodie bags, and surprise recorded video messages from home for men and women deployed to Deir el-Zour and Hassakeh ... Read More »

Mali conflict: Macron says 33 ‘terrorists’ killed by French troops | BBC

Picture of Malian soldiers marching together.

According to French President, Emmanuel Macron, 33 militants were killed in an operation in Mali by French forces. During a visit to the Ivory Coast, Mr. Macron announced this, reiterating his country’s commitment to fighting jihadists in the region. The main purpose of the visit was to celebrate Christmas early with French troops. Weeks ago, France had the biggest single-day ... Read More »

How top powers U.S., Russia, China compare with other militaries across the globe during the past decade | Newsweek

As 2020 approaches, emerging technologies and new political realities will continue to cause a fluctuating power dynamic between the U.S., Russia and China. According to a review of Global Firepower reports, the U.S. is the lead in the world in its military,  with Russia and China following closely behind. Ten years ago, things were slightly similar and slightly different. The ... Read More »

Esper: US troops can withdraw ‘with or without’ Afghan peace deal | Al Jazeera

A military working dog accompanies U.S. Soldiers conducting an inspection of an Afghan Border Police checkpoint near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 1, 2013. The checkpoint was built to block an insurgent infiltration route. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann/Released)

The announcement of the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan is expected before the end of the year. “With or without” a peace agreement with the Taliban, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, so a higher priority can be given to “strategic competition” with China. Esper wants to bring troops home ... Read More »

Multiple foreign armed groups involved in Libya conflict: UN | Al Jazeera

Libya has been full of conflict and civil war since 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels. Following reports of Russian mercenaries getting involved in the fight, the UN has now reported the involvement of Sudan and Chad groups fighting on both sides. Five Chadian and four Sudanese armed groups were named, adding several thousand more troops to both ... Read More »