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Iraqi Security Forces is ready to fire at known ISIS locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border using an M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer, June 5, 2018.

These photos of US troops hammering ISIS in Syria and then playing baseball are straight outta ‘Apocalypse Now’

In early June, the US Army released a dozen photos showing the base and the troops firing artillery to help the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting ISIS. Later, the Army released photos of the troops playing an improvised game of baseball as dusk sets in and smoke clouds billow in the background.
US Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 17.1 board a bus after arriving in Vaernes, Norway, January 16, 2017.

Norway wants more US Marines and to station them closer to Russia, and Moscow is vowing to retaliate

Norway wants an expanded Marine presence to build readiness and winter-warfare capabilities, but Russia sees the foreign troops as a threat and has vowed to respond.

We got inside an AH-1W Super Cobra, the world’s first attack helicopter

The Super Cobra is used in close air support for Marines under fire and sometimes for coordinating artillery strikes, with pilots ordering strikes from the air.
Tech. Sgt. Kyle Luthman shoots an M4 carbine during the 3rd Annual Andrew Sullens State Marksmanship Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 11, 2016.

The Marines have their eyes on a new rifle, but the Army says it’s forging ahead with a totally new, next-generation weapon

The Army and Marine Corps are looking at ways to give their riflemen more firepower but have settled on different ways to do it.
US Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777 howitzer during a fire mission in northern Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, March 24, 2017.

Marines in Syria fired more rounds than any artillery battalion since Vietnam — and burned out 2 howitzers in the process

"In five months they fired 35,000 artillery rounds on ISIS targets, killing ISIS fighters by the dozens," an senior Army official said.
Cpl. Henry Lopez fires on targets with an M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, December 3, 2014.

The Marine Corps is rolling out a new rifle — and a whole lot of other gear

Not every Marine will receive the new rifle, but its wider distribution will likely be accompanied by a variety of new gear.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018.

Trump was asked about a Marine general’s prediction that a ‘big-ass fight’ is coming and said ‘maybe he knows something that I...

"I would say this ... we have a very, very powerful military. We're getting more powerful by the month, by the day," Trump said.
US Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 17.1 during Exercise Joint Viking in Norway, March 9, 2017.

The Marine Corps commandant sees a ‘big-ass fight’ looming — and the Corps may redeploy to meet it

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says war is on the horizon, and he foresees the Marines reorientating away from the Middle East.

Cuteness abounds when a US Marine gets pinned by his son during a promotion ceremony

The formality of a Marine Corps promotion ceremony was punctuated by a tender moment between father and son.
A map of positions on Betio, in the Tarawa atoll, a day after the US landing, November 21, 1943.

74 years ago, US Marines waded into ‘the toughest battle in Marine Corps history’ — here are 25 photos of the brutal fight for Taraw...

The commander of the task force attacking Tarawa called Betio "a little Gibraltar" and said that "only the Marines could have made such a landing."