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U.S. to send ‘mechanized forces’ to secure Syrian oil fields

mechanized troops sent to protect Syrian oil fields

The U.S. military is planning to send some kind of mechanized force to help keep oil fields in eastern Syria from slipping into the hands of a resurgent ISIS as American troops withdraw from the region.

But the plan to send armor to Syria could add extra manpower and logistical strains for U.S. forces in Syria at a time when President Donald Trump is seeking to end America’s involvement in the country and put a stop to the forever wars.

“We are reinforcing that position, it will include some mechanized forces, again I’m not going to get into the details but the mission in Syria remains what the mission in Syria began with, it’s always been about defeating the ISIS coalition. That is the core mission," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told NATO defense ministers in Brussels Friday.

TVNL Comment: Isis is resurgent because Trump's deal with Erdogan caused the Kurds to flee and leave the Isis prisoners to renew their attacks.  He could not spare twenty special forces, and could not sent our troops to save the lives of Kurds now being 'cleansed.' But the oil fields need protection.  Go figure this genius president.

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West Point cadet, missing for 5 days, found dead

Missing West Point cadet found deadA  West Point cadet who had been missing since Friday was found dead Tuesday night at the U.S. Military Academy, the school said.

Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, of Gardena, California, was found dead at 9:47 p.m., West Point said in a statement Wednesday. The school has not commented on the circumstances of his death.

"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point's superintendent, said in the statement.

Kurita was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. Friday when he did not show up for a scheduled military skills competition.

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Iraq says U.S. forces withdrawing from Syria have no approval to stay

US troops leaving Syria not welcome in IraqU.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, however, that Washington aimed eventually to bring the troops withdrawing from Syria back to the United States.

The Iraqi military statement contradicted the Pentagon’s announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and to help defend Iraq.

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U.S. soldiers who fought alongside Kurds blast Trump's Syria retreat

US soldiers who fought with Kurds blast Trump moveIn the summer of 2004, U.S. soldier Greg Walker drove to a checkpoint just outside of Baghdad’s Green Zone with his Kurdish bodyguard, Azaz. When he stepped out of his SUV, three Iraqi guards turned him around at gunpoint.

As he walked back to the vehicle, he heard an AK-47 being racked and a hail of cursing in Arabic and Kurdish. He turned to see Azaz facing off with the Iraqis.

“Let us through or I’ll kill you all,” Walker recalled his Kurdish bodyguard telling the Iraqi soldiers, who he described as “terrified.”

He thought to himself: “This is the kind of ally and friend I want.”

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3 soldiers killed, 3 injured in training accident at Army airfield in Georgia

3 soldiers killed at Fort Steward in training accidentThree soldiers were killed Sunday morning when the vehicle they were riding in was involved in a training accident at the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield.

The three 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene and three other soldiers were transported to Winn Army Community Hospital to be treated and evaluated for their injuries, according to the Georgia airfield.

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Esper confirms Trump ordered larger withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria

Mark Esper, Defense Dept.Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Sunday that President Trump has ordered a larger withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeastern Syria than was previously indicated.

Esper during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” said the U.S. has withdrawn about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria since an initial smaller withdrawal of troops.

Trump made the decision to increase the withdrawal amid reports that Turkey will expand its offensive “farther south than originally planned and to the west,” Esper told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on Sunday.

Esper also referenced reports that the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish force that was allied with the U.S. in the battle against ISIS, is seeking an agreement with the Syrian and Russian governments.

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U.S. to Deploy 1,500 More Troops to Saudi Arabia: Pentagon

US to deploy 1,500 more troops to Saudi ArabiaThe United States will deploy thousands of U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran’s attack on the country’s oil facilities in September, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The deployment of about 1,500 extra troops will also include fighter squadrons, early detection aircraft, and air defense systems. The move comes shortly after President Trump decided to withdraw U.S. military forces from northeastern Syria, essentially allowing Turkey to attack America’s Kurdish allies.

TVNL Comment: Right.  Betray the Kurds but protect Saudi oil fields.  WTF?

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