US Air Force is deploying a dozen F-15C Eagle fighter jets to Turkey. Pentagon announced deployment is to ‘ensure safety’ of America’s NATO allies, seen by some as a counter to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria. The F-15s only carry air-to-air weaponry, and their pilots train exclusively for shooting down enemy warplanes, never deployed to Afghanistan.
Bashar al-Assad remaining in power in Syria is not a principled aspect for the Russian Federation, but the change of regime in that country would be a global-scale disaster, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova said Tuesday.
According to witnesses, Israeli forces used bulldozers to demolish a housing complex which contained three apartments. The Israeli forces demolished the homes with all of the families' belongings inside. Sources say the destruction has cut the supply of water and electricity to nearby houses and facilities in the neighborhood.
More than 70 Palestinians have been killed and over 2,600 injured by Israeli soldiers during the month of October alone. The senators, among whom are Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) both running for the 2016 presidential election, are backing a resolution to pressure Obama as well as the international community to show "solidarity" with Israel after the alleged attacks.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied media reports its aircraft hit hospitals in Syria, saying the medical facilities mentioned by Western media don’t actually exist.
Turkish riot policemen and Kurdish protesters clashed in Diyarbakir late Sunday after results from the country’s snap parliamentary elections were announced, showing a victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The U.S. has decided to sell Turkey $70 million worth of “smart bombs,” a key item in a set of crucial weapon systems that Washington had been refusing to send to Ankara.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Saturday that Russia and Iran must agree to a date and means for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to quit the country, and to the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria.
The announcement by the Obama White House that up to 50 US Special Forces troops are being deployed on the ground in Syria represents a qualitative escalation of Washington’s illegal intervention in the war-ravaged country.
Since the beginning of its operation in Syria on September 30, Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out 1,391 sorties in Syria, destroying a total of 1,623 terrorist targets, the Russian General Staff said Friday. Russian warplanes destroyed 249 Islamic State command posts, 51 training camps, and 131 depots, Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate said.
A small contingent of US special forces will be sent as part of an “advise and assist” mission to the Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic State militants, Reuters reported citing unnamed US officials. Unnamed US officials told Reuters that 20-30 special forces operatives will be sent to Syria as military advisers, presumably to the US-backed rebel groups.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter admitted the failure of the US “train and equip” program for rebels in Syria, but instead of taking the appropriate lessons from that failure and get out of the “regime change” business, he announced the opposite. The US would not only escalate its “train and equip” program by removing the requirement that fighters be vetted for extremist ideology, US military would for the first time become directly and overtly involved in combat in Syria and Iraq.
At least 13 people have been killed in Saudi military attacks on a bus carrying the employees of a private company in Yemen’s southwestern Ta’izz Province. Saudi fighter jets have also targeted a mosque and a house in the Saqayn district of the northwestern province of Sa’ada.
The Russian Air Force has conducted 71 sorties targeting 118 terrorist targets in Syria over the past 24 hours, including an Al-Nusra Front command center, the Defense Ministry reports. The number of sorties has risen due to the increased amount of confirmed intelligence information on Islamic State
The Pentagon is preparing a new escalation of US military operations in Iraq and Syria, including “direct action on the ground,” according to testimony Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
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