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Veterans in Congress attack Trump’s case for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan | Task and Purpose

Top defense officials could not hide the daylight between the Pentagon and President Donald Trump on Wednesday as they faced withering questions from veterans in Congress about the president’s plans to withdraw from Syria and eventually Afghanistan. The tense House Armed Services Committee hearing reached its climax during an exchange between Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Owen West, assistant secretary ... Read More »

How the Syrian battlefield is preparing the Corps for a fight with Russia or China | Military Times

While much of the conflicts across the Middle East tend toward low tech and low intensity, the fight in Syria is providing Marine commanders with a wealth of knowledge and experience for a future fight with near peer rivals like Russia and China. The Syrian battlefield is littered with a host of tech and weapons that range from Cold War ... Read More »

Vote for January’s Allianz Athlete of the Month | International Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for January’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org. The nominations are: Daniel Cnossen, USA, Nordic skiing Has been in unstoppable form in the World Cup circuit. In Ostersund, Sweden, he swept all six men’s sitting events across cross-country and biathlon. The ... Read More »

Navy football must do some serious soul-searching this offseason | Stars and Stripes

This is going to be a busy offseason for the Navy football program, which suddenly finds itself in crisis mode. One of the most consistently successful programs in all of college football has hit the skids the last season and a half. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo must immediately begin the process of figuring out what has gone wrong and why. ... Read More »

French Air Force rehearses a long-range nuclear strike | Defense News

The French Air Force has successfully practiced a nuclear strike mission, sending aircraft on an 11-hour mission to sneak a nuclear-capable cruise missile through simulated enemy air defenses and nail it into the sands of a test range south of Bordeaux. The Feb. 4 mission, billed by the Armed Forces Ministry as “operation-representative,” featured a Rafale fighter jet releasing an ... Read More »

Air Force pilot makes Team USA in an unlikely sport | Stars and Stripes

Like any great bobsledding story, Dakota Lynch’s tale begins in Africa. OK, so maybe the setting is not typical, but then again, neither is Lynch’s path to earning a spot as one of 14 members of the USA national bobsled team. Lynch serves as a pilot in the Air Force. It was last February during a deployment in Africa that ... Read More »

How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran | Foreign Policy

An incident in Syria two years ago involving the transport of an Iranian port-a-potty nearly led to a confrontation between American and Iranian forces, underscoring just how quickly even minor events could escalate there. The episode, told here for the first time, is particularly instructive as the Trump administration signals it might leave behind a small force in both Syria ... Read More »

As Trump mulls Afghanistan pullout, latest watchdog report paints grim picture of progress there | Navy Times

As President Trump considers pulling all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, and with the Senate coming together this week to rebuke such a plan, a watchdog report released this week showcases the fragility of the reconstruction effort. The U.S. government has spent at least $132 billion on Afghanistan since 2002 to stabilize a country torn apart by four decades of ... Read More »

In Afghanistan, is this a peace deal — or terms of surrender? | Military Times

After more than 17 years of fighting, U.S. diplomats have been working with Taliban representatives at a breakneck pace to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan. The talks appear to be driven by President Donald Trump, who is eager to close out America’s costly foreign wars. “Fighting continues but the people of Afghanistan want peace in this never ... Read More »

Colin Kaepernick mural demolished on Super Bowl weekend | BBC Sport

The building on which a mural of Colin Kaepernick was painted in Atlanta has been demolished on Super Bowl weekend. Fabian Williams, the artist who painted the mural, posted a video of the site on social media on Friday, two days before Atlanta hosts Super Bowl 53. NFL player Kaepernick started kneeling during the US national anthem in 2016 to ... Read More »