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  • Trump Orders Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria

    10/13/2019 1:10:26 PM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/13/2019 | Julian E. Barnes and Eric Schmitt
    Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday that President Trump ordered a withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria, a decision that will effectively cede control of the area to the Syrian government and Russia, and could allow a resurgence of the Islamic State. Mr. Esper, appearing on both Fox News and CBS News, said that American troops, mostly Special Operations forces, would leave the northeastern part of the country in the face of Turkey’s incursion into the section of Syria controlled by Kurdish forces, a group of fighters trained and backed by the United States government. The bulk of...
  • Aid Coordinator in Yemen Had Secret Job Overseeing U.S. Military Shipments

    06/06/2017 3:15:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06 June 2017 | By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An American kidnapped two years ago in Yemen while helping coordinate aid for Unicef and the Red Cross also had a second, secret role: He was shipping materials for elite military commandos under a clandestine contract his employer had with the Pentagon. The arrangement with Special Operations forces has never been made public. {snip} Mr. Darden’s work offers a rare look into the shadowy world of military contractors that operate in lawless war zones like Yemen, Somalia and Libya. But arrangements like the one Transoceanic had with Special Operations forces can cast suspicion over aid workers, potentially putting...
  • After Deadly Raid, Pentagon Weighs Withdrawing Almost All Commandos From Niger

    09/03/2018 4:24:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/2/18 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt
    The Pentagon is considering withdrawing nearly all American commandos from Niger in the wake of a deadly October ambush that killed four United States soldiers. Three Defense Department officials said the plans, if approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, would also close military outposts in Tunisia, Cameroon, Libya and Kenya, as well as seven of the eight American elite counterterrorism units operating in Africa. The shift in forces is part of the Pentagon’s defense strategy to focus on threats from China and Russia. But they represent a more severe cut of Special Operations forces in Africa than initially expected, leaving...
  • Mixed Messages From U.S. as Turkey Attacks Syrian Kurds

    01/24/2018 8:38:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 23, 2018 | MARK LANDLER, CARLOTTA GALL and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — The White House sent out a message aimed at mollifying Turkey’s president on Tuesday, suggesting that the United States was easing off its support for the Syrian Kurds. That message was quickly contradicted by the Pentagon, which said it would continue to stand by the Kurds, even as Turkey invaded their stronghold in northwestern Syria. The conflicting statements appeared to reflect an effort by the administration to balance competing pressures. Turkey, which has been furious over American support for the Kurds, is a NATO ally, while the Kurds have been critical American partners in the war against the...
  • Syria Blames U.S. in Base Bombing, but Americans Blame Russia

    12/07/2015 11:53:50 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | DEC. 7, 2015 | HWAIDA SAAD and ERIC SCHMITT
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria on Monday said a United States-led coalition had bombed a Syrian military base in the east of the country, killing three soldiers, wounding at least 13 and destroying vehicles and equipment. The United States denied the Syrian accusation and said a Russian warplane appeared to have been responsible.
  • U.S. Is Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in Eastern Europe

    06/15/2015 8:32:11 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 22 replies
    N.Y. Times ^ | JUNE 13, 2015 | By ERIC SCHMITT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    RIGA, Latvia — In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war...
  • Bergdahl Was In Unit Known For Its Troubles (Here come the smears)

    06/07/2014 7:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 7, 2014 | Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Eric Schmitt
    The platoon was, an American military official would assert years later, “raggedy.” On their tiny, remote base, in a restive sector of eastern Afghanistan at an increasingly violent time of the war, they were known to wear bandannas and cutoff T-shirts. Their crude observation post was inadequately secured, a military review later found. Their first platoon leader, and then their first platoon sergeant, were replaced relatively early in the deployment because of problems. But the unit — Second Platoon, Blackfoot Company in the First Battalion, 501st Regiment — might well have remained indistinguishable from scores of other Army platoons in...
  • U.S. Says Navy SEALs Stage Raid on Somali Militants

    10/05/2013 2:31:01 PM PDT · by kristinn · 66 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, October 5, 2013 | Nicholas Kulish and Eric Schmitt
    A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility. The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, firing on the unidentified target in a predawn gunbattle that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago. The Shabab leader...
  • Worries Mount as Syria Lures West’s Muslims

    07/28/2013 1:40:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | July 27, 2013 | ERIC SCHMITT
    July 27, 2013 Worries Mount as Syria Lures West’s Muslims By ERIC SCHMITT WASHINGTON — A rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of Bashar al-Assad, raising fears among American and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.
  • Cheney’s Power No Longer Goes Unquestioned

    09/09/2006 10:01:55 PM PDT · by John Carey · 31 replies · 924+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 10, 2006 | DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT
    From those first moments five years ago when Secret Service agents burst into Vice President Dick Cheney’s office on Sept. 11, lifted him off his feet and propelled him to the underground Presidential Emergency Operations Center, the man who had returned to Washington that year to remake the powers of the presidency seemed unstoppable. Within minutes, Mr. Cheney was directing the government’s response to an attack that was still under way. Within weeks, he was overseeing the surveillance program that tracked suspected terrorist communications into and out of the United States without warrants. Within months, he and his staff, guided...
  • Young Officers Join the Debate Over Rumsfeld

    04/22/2006 10:55:12 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 72 replies · 1,464+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 22 2006 | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT
    The revolt by retired generals who publicly criticized Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has opened an extraordinary debate among younger officers, in military academies, in the armed services' staff colleges and even in command posts and mess halls in Iraq. The discussions often flare with anger, particularly among many midlevel officers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and face the prospect of additional tours of duty. "This is about the moral bankruptcy of general officers who lived through the Vietnam era yet refused to advise our civilian leadership properly," said one Army major in the Special Forces who has...