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Pentagon Imposes New Restrictions on All Foreign Military Students at American Bases

The Pentagon is imposing new restrictions and controls on all international military students at American bases, including barring them from having privately owned firearms on base, in response to a shooting by a Saudi trainee in December that killed three sailors in Florida. The Justice Department announced this week that the attack at Naval Air…

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Pentagon: 11 U.S. Troops Flown out of Iraq with Concussion Symptoms After Iranian Attack

The Pentagon’s Central Command confirmed late Thursday that 11 American troops showed symptoms of concussions strong enough to be flown out of Iraq following an Iranian ballistic missile attack that President Donald Trump claimed left no casualties. Iranian state media claimed the regime’s attack killed 80 Americans.

The Most Important Trump Adviser You’ve Never Heard Of Is California Lawyer Robert O’Brien

In a defining week for President Donald Trump on the world stage, national security adviser Robert O’Brien was a constant presence at the president’s side as the U.S. edged to the brink of war with Iran and back again. The contrasts with O’Brien’s predecessor along the way — in secret consultations at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort…

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Iran Brands U.S. Military a Terrorist Organization (Again)

Iran’s rubber-stamp parliament voted to expand an April 2019 bill declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization to all of the Pentagon following the elimination of Iranian terror chief Qasem Soleimani. 

NYT Reporter: Defense Department ‘Quite Tragically’ Good at Killing People

New York Times reporter Helene Cooper said Monday during a discussion of the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani that the U.S. Department of Defense was “quite tragically” good at killing people.

“This is something that the American Defense Department, quite tragically almost, is very good at doing. We know how to kill people,” she said during an appearance on “The Daily” podcast. “And we had been tracking for more than a decade, almost two decades, Qassem Soleimani.”

Cooper and spokespeople for the New York Times did not respond to requests for comment or elaboration.

Cooper, the Times‘s Pentagon correspondent, appeared on the podcast to discuss her reporting on how President Donald Trump arrived at his decision to order the drone strike on Soleimani, the terrorist leader of Iran’s Quds forces and one of the country’s top military commanders.

She reported that Trump was angered by the Iranian-led assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and chose the most “extreme option” offered by military aides.

Trump on Friday hailed Soleimani’s death, saying his “reign of terror” was over. U.S. officials said killing Soleimani was necessary to prevent future terror attacks.

Iran has vowed revenge against the United States for Soleimani’s killing, while Trump warned he would hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if the Islamic Republic were to attack U.S. citizens or assets in retaliation. Trump drew criticism for saying he would potentially target Iranian cultural sites.

Iran announced Monday that in the aftermath of Soleimani’s death it would no longer abide by any of the restrictions on its nuclear program imposed by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. In 2018, Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal, which had been a central foreign-policy achievement of the Obama administration.

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Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei Pledges ‘Harsh Vengeance’ on U.S. over Soleimani Killing

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “harsh vengeance” against the United States following an airstrike that killed Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qasem Soleimani on Thursday.

Pentagon Chief: U.S. Sees Signs Iran or Allies May Be Planning More Attacks

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks about airstrikes by the U.S. military in Iraq and Syria, at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach

By Idrees Ali

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday there were indications Iran or forces it backs may be planning additional attacks, warning that the “game has changed” and it was possible the United States might have to take preemptive action to protect American lives.

“There are some indications out there that they may be planning additional attacks, that is nothing new … we’ve seen this for two or three months now,” Esper told reporters.

“If that happens then we will act and by the way, if we get word of attacks or some type indication, we will take preemptive action as well to protect American forces to protect American lives.”

Iranian-backed demonstrators who hurled rocks at the U.S. embassy in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who faces a re-election campaign in 2020, accused Iran of orchestrating the violence. He threatened on Tuesday to retaliate against Iran but said later he did not want war.

The unrest outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad followed U.S. air raids on Sunday against bases of the Tehran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group. Washington said the air strikes, which killed 25 people, were in retaliation for missile attacks that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq last week.

The protests marked a new turn in the shadow war between Washington and Tehran playing out across the Middle East.

“The game has changed and we are prepared to do what is necessary to defend our personnel and our interests and our partners in the region,” Esper said.

During the same press briefing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said there had been a sustained campaign by Kataib Hezbollah against U.S. personnel since at least October and the missile attack in northern Iraq was designed to kill.

“Thirty-one rockets aren’t designed as a warning shot, that is designed to inflict damage and kill,” Milley said.

He said that it was highly unlikely anyone could overrun the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and if they did, they would run into a “buzzsaw.”

The United States sent 750 troops to Kuwait earlier this week and U.S. officials have told Reuters that about 3,000 additional troops could be sent to the region in the coming days.

Milley said additional troops had been alerted but a decision had not yet been on deploying them. Since May, the United States has dispatched about 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East.

In his 2016 campaign, Trump promised to extract the United States from “endless wars.”

IRAN-BACKED FORCES

In a statement, Esper said the demonstrations outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad were carried out by Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia, saying leaders were seen in the crowd and some members showed up wearing their uniforms.

He said the series of rocket attacks on bases hosting U.S. forces in Iraq were being directed by the “Iranian regime” and specifically Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps leadership.

The Iraqi government has attempted to integrate paramilitary organizations into it’s armed forces.

Esper said he had not seen the Iraqi government take sufficient action on stopping Iran-backed groups from carrying out attacks on U.S. forces and Baghdad needs to double down on efforts to bring the groups under their control.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and David Gregorio)

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Pentagon: U.S. to Deploy 750 Troops After Embassy Attack in Iraq

Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Tuesday evening that he has approved the deployment of 750 U.S. soldiers to the Middle East following an attack by pro-Iran forces on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

U.S. Strikes Iran Proxies in Iraq and Syria

U.S. warplanes struck targets in Iraq and Syria over the weekend, killing at least 25 members of an Iran-backed Shiite militia group called Kataib Hezbollah that was held responsible for a rocket attack on Friday that killed an American civilian contractor.

Trump Signs Defense Bill Ushering in Benefits, Reforms for Military, Family Members

President Donald Trump signed into a law a defense bill on Friday that ushered in significant reforms for military families.

China Angered By Creation of US Space Force

Rising space power China on Monday attacked the newly created U.S. Space Force as a “direct threat to outer space peace and security.” Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that China is “deeply concerned about it and resolutely opposed to it.” “The relevant U.S. actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on…

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Democrats Sneak Amnesty Power to Future President in 2020 Pentagon Bill

The 2020 Pentagon spending bill contains a camouflaged provision allowing any U.S. president to amnesty millions of illegal immigrants — regardless of the shock to Americans’ wages, workplaces, and communities, says a former immigration judge.

US Tests Missile That Obama Admin Kept Outlawed To Keep Russians Happy

In 1987, the United States signed a treaty with the Soviet Union which banned certain ballistic missiles. The treaty, according to The Hill, is credited with helping bring the Cold War to a close. This is all fantastic, but it’s been nearly 28 years since the USSR gave us a Boxing Day gift and officially…

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