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A US base in Syria is a huge thorn in Russia and Iran’s side — but they can’t do much more than complain about it
Moscow, Tehran, and the Syrian government have repeatedly accused the US of training Islamic State fighters at the al-Tanf garrison without offering any credible evidence. And that seems as if it's all they can do to undermine the US.
"We can confirm this picture is of U.S. Marines conducting training on a 120mm mortar system in Syria on or about July 23, 2018," Operation Inherent Resolve told Business Insider in an email.
In this video, several Marines replicate the dance moves to the chorus in the Japanese pop band Da Pump's song "USA," jumping on one foot and kicking out the other.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not every Marine will receive the new rifle, but its wider distribution will likely be accompanied by a variety of new gear.
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.