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Syria demands withdrawal of U.S., Turkish troops, warns of ‘countermeasures’

Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday demanded the withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops, warning that the Syrian government had the right to take “countermeasures” if they remain.

Walid al-Moallem made the demand in an address at the U.N General Assembly Saturday.

There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Turkey has forces in Syria targeting ISIS and Kurdish fighters.

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“The United States and Turkey maintain an illegal military presence in northern Syria.” al-Moallem told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. “Any foreign forces operating in our territories without our authorization are occupying forces and should withdraw immediately.”

“If they refuse, we have the right to take any and all countermeasures authorized under international law,” he said.

Over more than eight years, Syria’s devastating civil war has drawn numerous foreign militaries and thousands of foreign fighters battling for power.

Most of the country has returned to government control. But rebels and extremists still hold Idlib in the northwest, and the oil-rich northeast, held by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups.

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Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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President Trump last year ordered the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria – but then agreed to let some forces remain to ensure ISIS militants cannot regroup, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Airstrike kills 17 ISIS terrorists in Libya: US military

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The U.S. military says it killed 17 Islamic State (ISIS) fighters in an airstrike on Thursday outside Murzuq, in southwest Libya.

This was the first American airstrike in Libya since Nov. 29, 2018, according to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

“This ongoing campaign against ISIS-Libya demonstrates that U.S. Africa Command persistently targets terrorist networks that seek to harm innocent Libyans,” said Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, AFRICOM director of intelligence. “We continue to pursue ISIS-Libya and other terrorists in the region, denying them safe haven to coordinate and plan operations in Libya.”

No civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike, AFRICOM said.

The U.S. conducted almost 500 airstrikes against ISIS in 2016 in the coastal city of Surt.

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Earlier this month, the American military bombed an “ISIS-infested” island in northern Iraq.

American jets dropped more than 80,000 pounds of laser-guided bombs there, on Qanus Island. F-15 and F-35 jets dropped GBU-31 munitions, officials told Fox News.

The campaign was meant to destroy an area being used by ISIS for operations in the region, officials had said.

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New U.S. Air Force strike data shows jets have doubled the number of airstrikes targeting ISIS in the past month. American jets have dropped 28 percent more bombs on the Taliban and an ISIS affiliate in August than they did in the previous month.

In August, 800 bombs were dropped against targets in Afghanistan – the most since November 2018.

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Missouri girl surprised at elementary school when military mom comes home

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A fourth-grade girl got a sweet surprise when her military mom popped out of her school mascot’s costume during class on Wednesday.

Brooke Herrell’s class thought they were getting a visit from “Boomer the Bobcat” when all of a sudden the mascot removed its head and instead, it was Brooke’s mom Katie Herrell, a Chief Warrant Officer with the U.S. Army that had been stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA for the past four months.

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“Brooke was kind of bummed about me not making the 9/11 ceremony that they did here,” Katie said in a video made by the Blades Elementary School. “So I thought well what better way to make it up to her by surprising her when I came home.”

Herrell called her daughter’s teacher and drove through the night to be at Brooke’s school in time for the surprise during morning announcements on the 31st day of school.

Brooke and her mom shared big hugs at the tear-filled reunion in front of her class.

“There’s been some times where i missed my mom,” Brooke said. “There’s been some times where I was happy that she’s doing a good thing for the country.”

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“A lot of people think it’s hard for the service members being gone all the time but really it’s the families back home that it’s really the roughest part for,” Katie said.

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Active-duty military suicides spike to record high, Pentagon report says

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Suicide rates among active-duty U.S. service members reached a record high in 2018, according to a Defense Department report released Thursday.

The suicide rate among active duty service members was 24.8 suicides per 100,000 service members last year, the Pentagon‘s Annual Suicide Report (ASR) found, up from 21.9 in 2017 and 21.5 in 2016. In 2013, there were 18.5 suicides per 100,000 service members.

The report also found that 541 service members were confirmed or believed to have died by suicide last year, up from 511 in 2017. Of those deaths, 325 took place among active-duty service members, while 81 were among members of the Reserves and 135 were among the National Guard.

“There is still much more work to be done,” the department said while acknowledging it has “made strides in establishing an infrastructure for preventing military suicide by aligning our strategy with the public health approach.”

The ASR found that those service members who died by suicide were primarily enlisted men under 30 who used a gun to kill themselves, the department said.

The National Guard had the highest suicide rate, with 30.6 deaths per 100,000 members, the report says, while the Reserve component saw 22.9 deaths by suicide per 100,000 Reservists, according to the data.

The Army, Navy and Marine Corps all saw the rate of suicides go up as well as the overall numbers, with only the Air Force showing a decrease. Army suicides went from 114 to 139, while the Marines went from 43 to 58 and the Navy went from 65 to 68. The Air Force dipped from 63 to 60.

The report estimates that there were also 186 reported suicides among military spouses and dependents in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available. This was also the first time the Pentagon reported on military family deaths by suicide.

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Despite the worrying trends, the report says that after adjusting for age and sex, military suicide rates — except those among National Guard members — were roughly equivalent to rates in the larger U.S. population.

“Based on findings from the ASR, the department will use a multi-faceted public health approach to target areas of greatest concern, specifically young and enlisted members, as well as National Guard members, and continue to support our military families,” the report states.

In a joint statement Acting Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville called the ASR’s findings “disheartening and disappointing.”

“Suicide is devastating to families and units, and tears at the fabric of our institution,” they said. “Leadership at every level must build cohesive ‘teams of teams’ supporting our brothers and sisters to our left and right. The more we know about each other, the better equipped we are to recognize a call for help.”

“We will continue to take a hard look at the challenges we face with suicide to ensure the proper resources are in place to protect those at risk,” the officers added.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper addressed suicide among service members on a visit to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia earlier this week after three Navy sailors assigned to the Norfolk-based USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier committed suicide in separate incidents last week.

“You mourn for the families and for their shipmates,” he said, the Daily Press reported. “I wish I could tell you we have an answer to prevent future further suicides in the armed services. We don’t.”

“We believe engaged leadership, focused training and education will promote a supportive environment, prevent high-risk behaviors and increase Army readiness,” McCarthy and McConville also said.

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“The Army is about people and our team, and we are focused on strengthening resilience, increasing help-seeking behaviors and reducing suicides. To assist our command teams and first-line leaders, we have developed leader visibility tools and enhanced resilience and suicide-prevention training and education,” they noted.

“Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength,” the leaders stressed. ” All of us are responsible for the care and safekeeping of our teammates and their families, and for being there for one another and encouraging those in need to get help.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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Iraqi linguist, now US soldier, recalls 7,474-mile journey of American flag buried in Iraq for 11 years

It became a simple yet nearly unthinkable mission: Recover a precious American flag buried in the dirt somewhere in Iraq.

For Staff Sgt. Ahmed, that flag is so much more than mere stars and stripes.

Ahmed, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, served as an Iraqi translator during the early years of the Iraq War. After becoming one of the 1st Battalion “Bandits,” 37 Armored Brigade, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team’s most-trusted and valuable linguists, the soldiers decided they wanted to give him Ahmed an American flag in 2004.

“I was so excited and happy,” Ahmed recently told Fox News. “It was the first American flag I had ever touched. It was one of those happy moments.”

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An encased flag is displayed during a ceremony at the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division motor pool. (U.S. Army photo by: Sgt. Michael West/2nd ABCT, 1st AD Public Affairs)

Ahmed began translating for the Americans in April 2003 in Baghdad. He worked for the 1-37’s command team during local meetings and on missions.

He says earned his team’s trust one night on a mission beyond the fence when he rounded a corner and walked into the muzzle of an AK-47. He immediately put up his hand to push the muzzle away, and the Iraqi squeezed off a shot before running into the bushes, Ahmed recalled.

The American soldiers saw him differently after that night and realized how valuable he was to them, Ahmed said. “I became the guy who was about to be killed and would have died.”

After that, he started to accompany the team everywhere.

One day in 2004, the team went on its last mission before being sent to a different location outside Baghdad. A soldier with whom Ahmed had become best friends, Sgt. Scott Larson, was killed.

“I was really devastated,” Ahmed said. “He was a good friend of mine.”

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It had been Larson’s idea to give Ahmed an American flag, the soldier recalled. The team signed the flag for Ahmed and left, and the Iraqi continued to translate for the U.S. into 2005.

Ahmed kept his flag in heavy-duty plastic bags, still carefully folded exactly as the Americans had given it to him, tucked into a Nike gym bag.

“I put it in those bags to protect it from the dirt and keep it white,” he explained.

When he switched bases, he was supposed to leave behind all associations with Americans or sources.

He kept the flag.

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Ahmed took it with him when he left the base for the last time. He was dressed in a disguise so that he wouldn’t be recognized. The minivan taking Ahmed south to Baghdad approached an armed checkpoint.  Guards would likely grill him about his associations with the Americans — especially if they saw the flag.

“My brain was fight-or-flight, thinking I’m about to get killed because I have an American flag in my hand,” he said.

Ahmed told the driver he wanted to get out near a residential area instead. Ahmed crossed the busy freeway and looked around. The guards were busy interrogating the van he had just exited and hadn’t seen him.

At that moment, he decided to bury the flag.

He looked for a landmark that wouldn’t move over time and saw a telephone pole. Then he picked a distinctive house, which he assumed was home to a local leader or dignitary.

“This guy isn’t going to move, I thought. He had a very big house,” Ahmed explained.

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He picked a spot in the ground a few feet from the telephone pole, found a rusty flattened can and started digging.

He tightened the straps on the gym bag “and buried everything. I was worried I would get caught,” he said.

“If they had come over, they would have seen me. I was worried other people in the neighborhood would see me,” Ahmed said. “At that time, if you’re digging a hole, you don’t look good. You were either planting something bad or you were trying to attack someone.”

With that, he left the flag that had meant so much to him, got into another van and “continued with my life,” as Ahmed tells it.

He came to the United States in 2008, where he took the oath of enlistment to support and defend the Constitution and became an American soldier.

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Ahmed, now 37, lives with his wife and child in California and serves in the Active Guard Reserve.

“Now is the time for me to say all of this because I have only two years in the Army left,” Ahmed told Fox News. “I want every soldier to take pride in what they have, every person in the U.S., I want them to take pride in how they honor those who served before them, those who serve right now and those who lost their lives, regardless of their personal views of the war.”

In 2016, his parents wanted to visit the U.S. and witness the birth of his child.

“My dad asked me, ‘What do you want?’ I really wanted only one thing,” Ahmed said — for his father to retrieve the American flag, 11 years after he’d tucked it away underground.

He gave his father specific instructions on where to find something buried — not mentioning it was an American flag until his father found the bag and was safely home.

It took several trips to the residential neighborhood in the early-morning hours to locate the pole, find the house, then pinpoint the spot where the flag had been hidden.

On one fateful trip, his father was on the phone with Ahmed when he found something.

“I told him to hang up, get [the bag out of the ground] and get out. He opened it and said it was an American flag,” Ahmed recalled.

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This skyline of downtown Baghdad with rooftops and terraces is a very typical urban view seen all over the Middle East.

“My dad made fun of me in the beginning,” he said. “They thought I buried a gold brick.”

“They were proud of me, and I was proud of him to do such a courageous thing,” the soldier said.

More than 11 years and 7,474 miles later, Ahmed was able to hold his prized banner again. It was unstained — still “white as new.”

“I wanted the whole world to see how the creases are still there,” he said with pride. “When I unfolded it, only once, the creases you see are still there from the day the Americans handed it to me in 2004.”

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That was 15 years ago. He still recalls details from his time with the Americans during the early years of the war: All those times in the field, all those times we went on missions, I felt my role as a linguist was to bring those cultures closer to each other.”

The flag represents that, and much more.

“Every signature on that flag — it means something to me,” Ahmed said.

Holding the flag again was an accomplishment, he added.

“All of my accomplishment is in that flag. The relationship, the camaraderie, the hard work we put in together.”

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On Sept. 11, Ahmed visited the 1-37 Bandits at Fort Bliss in Texas, his framed flag in tow, and he spoke to soldiers.

“The flag finally made it home,” Ahmed told the Defense Department after the trip. “I think of these soldiers every day when I put on my Army uniform and display the flag on my shoulder. Today, I did not see faces and ranks, but as I looked around, I saw the Old Ironsides patch and friendships that will last a lifetime.

“Larson did not live to see his flag again, but these soldiers did.”

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Trump, Duda sign agreement to send 1,000 more US troops to Poland

The United States will send 1,000 more troops to Poland, which has agreed to pay the entire expense, in a move that boosts the nations’ defense ties, President Trump has said.

“We’ll be moving soldiers there,” Trump said during his bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday. The two later inked the deal.

American service members will “likely” come from other places in Europe where they’re already stationed Trump said. Officials say other details will be discussed in the coming weeks.

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President Donald J. Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

“Poland came to us, they asked us if we would put some troops there and they will bear the entire expense,” Trump said. “We appreciated that and we worked out a deal.”

“They’re going to be building us facilities that I’m sure will be very beautiful,” the president added.

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The Joint Declaration on Advancing Defense Cooperation builds on the framework discussed in June when the two leaders met in Washington, D.C

“We continue to develop the plan to bolster Polish–United States military ties and United States defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland. … As noted, this enduring presence is expected to grow by approximately 1,000 additional United States military personnel in the near term,” according to the document.

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President Trump participates in a signing ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda Monday in New York City. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

The two countries have determined six locations where the U.S. troops will be stationed.

“Additionally, Poland and the United States have engaged in extensive dialogue about the most suitable location in Poland for an armored brigade combat team,” the agreement states. “These discussions are ongoing and reflect the close operational and strategic cooperation of Poland and the United States.”

The nations remain “optimistic about identifying the location for the armored brigade combat team,” according to the document.

The agreement ultimately “stream[lines] the functioning of the United States forces in Poland” and strengthens the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it states.

Poland has said in the past that it would pay for a U.S. military facility in its country, unofficially dubbed “Fort Trump.”

“The people of Poland love the United States. We love the people of Poland. We love the Polish people,” Trump said Monday, noting that Poland has been a “great country” as far as the United States is concerned.

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There are already about U.S. 4,500 troops stationed in Poland. Trump over the summer said the U.S. would send an additional 1,000 troops there but at the time stopped short of committing to a military facility.

Poland has in the past offered to pay up to $2 billion to build a base or multiple bases for U.S. troops.

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When visiting the U.S. in June, Duda expressed concerns about neighboring Russia. Poland shares a small northeast border with a Russian territory.

“We would like Russia to be our friend, but unfortunately, Russia again is showing its very unkind, unpleasant imperial face,” Duda said while visiting the White House and discussing the countries’ military deal at the time.

Trump said the thinks Russia and Poland can have a “great relationship.”

“I think it’s possible. I really do,” Trump said at the time. “I think because of what you’ve done, and the strength, and maybe we help also, because of what we’re doing and doing for Poland.”

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Fox News’ Fred Lucas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Harry Kazianis: Trump wise to avoid a devastating war with Iran in wake of attack on Saudi Arabia

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There’s an old saying that wars are easy to get into but hard to get out of. President Trump understands this, which is why he wisely resisted the temptation to launch a military strike against Iran after that nation launched a missile and drone attack last week against Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

When he was running for president, Trump promised the American people he would not jump into endless conflicts in the greater Middle East, where thousands of members of the U.S. military have been killed and wounded in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fighting began in 2001 in Afghanistan and 2003 in Iraq and still continues in both countries. U.S. forces have also fought on a smaller scale in Syria to strike at terrorist targets.

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U.S. taxpayers have spent trillions of dollars on these wars, but our involvement has done little or nothing to make our nation more secure.

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And Trump is old enough to remember the Vietnam War. That started as a small-scale conflict with U.S. advisers and wound up claiming the lives of more than 58,000 members of the U.S. military and wounding more than 150,000. Trump does not want to see anything approaching that scale happen in a war with Iran.

The president announced Friday that he is imposing new sanctions on Iran’ national bank in response to the attack on Saudi Arabia. And Pentagon officials announced they will deploy several hundred additional U.S. troops and air defense assets to Saudi Arabia to help the Saudis defend their nation against future attacks.

Those measured actions are a smart move by the president. He understands going further could start a war with Iran that would have devastating consequences in terms of U.S. lives and treasure.

Trump would be justified in striking Iran, which has recently been acting like a rogue nation looking for a fight. Tehran has attacked oil tankers, shot down a U.S. drone, and continued aid to terrorists in civil wars in Syria, Yemen and around the borders of Israel. Iran remains the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism in the world today.

Trump would be justified in striking Iran, which has recently been acting like a rogue nation looking for a fight.

I suspect Trump, despite all the reasons for striking Iran, will hold out unless his back is completely against the wall because he understand that striking Iran could set off a bloody war that would not be easy to win.

“Going into Iran would be a very easy decision,” Trump said at the White House on Friday. “Most people thought I would go in within two seconds” of the attack on Saudi Arabia. “I think I’m showing great restraint.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Friday that a military attack on his country by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia would lead to “all-out war.” His warning needs to be taken seriously.

What would a war with Iran be like?

I have “fought” Iran many times in simulations in my national security work at the Center for the National Interest in Washington.

Going back as far as 2013, a bipartisan group of experts has gathered semi-regularly to test out scenarios if a war broke out.

In one scenario, Tehran is upset over a large increase in U.S. forces to the region to counter recent Iranian military advances in new submarines and missile platforms. Tehran decides to push back, testing a salvo of intermediate-range missiles – with an ICBM test looming in the next few months.

When Iran decides to test a second batch of missiles just days later – with the missiles flying close to U.S. missile defenses in the Persian Gulf – the U.S. destroys the Iranian missiles in mid-flight to teach Tehran a lesson.

Iran then declares a “naval exclusion zone” where it claims to be conducting nay exercises. The problem: the exclusion zone encompasses the Strait of Hormuz, where millions of barrels of oil pass through daily. Tehran declares that for the next month the strait will be closed during the exercise.

Global economic panic ensues. In only the first hours of the closure, oil prices spike 10 percent. In response, America demands the so-called exercise end in 24 hours. If not, U.S. military forces will clear the area of any naval or military forces in the area.

How does Iran respond? Tehran senses America is bluffing and doubles down, increasing the amount of naval and missile forces in the area. Additionally, Iran tests several new ballistic missiles that could, in theory, sink a U.S. naval warship.

America then strikes hard, making sure that if military force is going to be used, Washington gets the maximum amount of benefit with such an escalation. U.S. forces in the region attack with a series of cruise missile strikes from U.S. nuclear attack submarines sitting offshore. The attacks focus on clearing out the strait of Iranian naval assets and damaging Tehran’s nuclear and missile infrastructure.

At first, it seems the move is a resounding success. But then Iran decides that America must pay a price for its actions, with an attack on the symbol of U.S. military might, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that is operating in the region.

Iran launches a salvo of over 100 missiles, the U.S. carrier’s defenses are overwhelmed, and the 100,000-ton vessel is destroyed and 2,000 America’s die – the worst loss of U.S. lives since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Then things get even worse. Iran knows a massive U.S. counterattack is coming, so Tehran decides to go all in, striking U.S. naval assets in the region to limit such actions and hopefully get Washington to stand down and come to the bargaining table.

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What should America do now that U.S. men and women are dying in combat? As the simulation had fixed time limits, we never found out. With only a five-day window in our wargame, and with Iran’s last move now over, time expired.

Over the years, I have rerun this and other similar scenarios and all end in a similar way: no clear victory for the U.S. without sending in more forces to destroy Tehran’s military capabilities in a conflict that could last months or even years.

Would a real war play out like the simulation? No one can say for sure, but it easily could.

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Our simulations should stand as a giant caution flag waving in front of President Trump and his military advisers. A military attack on Iran could quickly spiral out of control and spark a long and costly war.

My advice to President Trump: think very carefully about your actions. And if you do decide to strike Iran, strike with overwhelming force.

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13 Marines charged in human smuggling case

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Thirteen Marines have been formally charged with playing a role in the smuggling of undocumented immigrants into the U.S., the Marine Corps announced Friday.

In addition to the smuggling charges, the Marines will face military court proceedings for charges including failure to obey an order, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny and perjury, according to a statement from the 1st Marine Division Press Office.

Two of the Marines were specifically named — Lance Cpls. Byron Law and David Salazar-Quintero — but the other names were withheld. These two have also been charged federally with transporting and conspiring to transport illegal immigrants into the country for financial gain. Both were based at Camp Pendleton, in California.

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According to a criminal complaint filed in July, Border Patrol agents were making normal rounds when they saw a black car pull off the road around seven miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. They pulled the vehicle over and found Law driving and Salazar-Quintero in the front passenger seat. They had three undocumented immigrants in the back seat; the three reportedly told the agents they were Mexican citizens and did not have documents to enter the U.S. legally.

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All five were arrested and questioned. Law and Salazar-Quintero each pointed fingers at the other. Law told an agent that Salazar-Quintero had asked him on July 2 if he wanted to make $1,000 to pick up an illegal. They drove to the Mexican border, then dropped the first immigrant off at a McDonald’s in Del Mar, Calif. They weren’t paid that day and on July 3 they agreed to pick up three more people to be paid for that day and the day before’s work.

Salazar-Quintero said that Law had been the one to introduce him to smuggling.

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Two of the immigrants from the car admitted they were going to pay $8,000 to be smuggled into the country.

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‘Almost impossible mission’: The 8,000-mile non-stop flight to save a US soldier’s life

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The Taliban have stepped up attacks across Afghanistan after President Trump scrapped high-level peace talks between Afghan and Taliban leaders at Camp David earlier this month.

This week alone, three major suicide attacks killed dozens of people, including 26 at a campaign rally for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The Taliban claimed responsibility for all the attacks.

In all, 17 U.S. troops have been killed and more than 100 wounded, some of them severely.  One of them — a special operations soldier — lost his right arm and leg last month after a grenade exploded during close-quarters combat.

Three military aircraft, 18 medical personnel, 24,000 gallons of fuel and 26 gallons of blood were spent to save the life of this critically wounded soldier, whom Fox News agreed not to identify at the request of the U.S. military.

Officials credit a recent decision to have assault forces carry blood on the battlefield, as well as and lifesaving surgery at Bagram Airbase.

More than 100 troops stood in line outside the base hospital to donate blood to help their wounded brother-in-arms. Then the Air Force sprang into action to bring him home.

A C-17 flight crew based at Dover Air Force Base flew from Germany to Afghanistan on short notice, then made the 8,000-mile non-stop journey to Texas.

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“The crew members that were on board, we kind of know what was at stake should anything fall out of line,” said Maj.  Dan Kudlacz, the aircraft commander for the mission dubbed REACH 797. “I know I didn’t really get great sleep the night prior just because I knew what was at stake.”

The mission required two night time mid-air refuelings, one over Europe and the other over Maine. For Kudlacz, it was the first time this type of mission had been attempted in his career.

“To do it with air medical evacuation patients on board was definitely something that I have never heard of,” he said.

“There was quite a bit of critical urgency to this,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Hathaway, the C-17 loadmaster.  “You could hear in their voice the stress of the pilots when they were calculating the fuel.”

C-17 crew chief Staff Sgt. Terrance Williamson said there was no question the flight was a high priority.

“We knew like we had to get this done,” he told Fox News. “We could make this almost impossible mission happen.”

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Nineteen hours after taking off from Afghanistan, the C-17 landed in San Antonio to transport the soldier to Brooke Army Medical Center.  The Air Force flight crew had completed their mission without breaking the sacred oath among U.S. forces in combat.

“You can expect that we, being the United States military, are going to do everything that we can in our power and we are going to spare no expense to bring you home,” Kudlacz said.

The soldier was still in critical condition Friday night.

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Pentagon announces more US troops — but ‘not thousands’ more — will deploy to Mideast

The U.S. will deploy more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the region, top military officials said Friday night.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced more U.S. troops will deploy, but they’ll be “defensive” in nature. He did not offer specific numbers or say precisely when they’d go, but he did say there would be air and missile defense units.

When asked how many troops were going overseas, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said “not thousands,” and added there had been “no decision on specific units.”

Esper said this was a first step toward addressing Iran’s increasingly violent acts in the region — including the recent drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities — and he called on other nations to step up and condemn the attacks.

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The world’s largest oil processing plant and a major oil field in Saudi Arabia were hit by a massive drone attack on Saturday. Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but the U.S. and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran directly. Iran denied involvement in the attack.

“It is clear […] that the weapons used were Iranian-produced and were not launched from Yemen,” Esper said Friday. He and Dunford gave an unscheduled press conference after meeting with President Trump earlier in the day.

All signs indicate “Iran was responsible for the attack,” Esper said.

“The U.S. does not seek conflict with Iran,” he noted. “That said, we have many other military options available if necessary.”

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Officials said the U.S. urges Iran to immediately cease its aggressive and destabilizing activities in the region.

The Kingdom has “full U.S. commitment” to help defend Saudi Arabia and its oil infrastructure, they noted.

Dunford said a “moderate” amount of troops would deploy. Defense officials told Fox News on Thursday that the Trump administration was weighing the option to send more troops to the Middle East.

“We have a robust presence in the Gulf already,” Esper said. “We feel quite confident in terms of our own defense posture and the ability to do anything else as necessary.”

There are 70,000 service members stationed in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Thursday that there could be an “all-out war” that would cause “a lot of casualties” if Tehran is attacked in retaliation for the bombings of Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

“I am making a very serious statement that we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” Zarif told CNN. “But we won’t blink to defend our territory.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had tweeted a day before that the “Iranian regime’s threatening behavior will not be tolerated,” calling the bombings an “act of war.”

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Trump said earlier this week it was “looking like” Iran was responsible for the attack but stopped short of directly accusing Tehran.

The Saudis on Wednesday displayed what they said were Iranian weapons collected after the attack and showed video footage of what was said to be a drone coming in from the north. However, Yemen – where Houthi rebels are – is south of the country.

A Saudi military official said 18 drones and seven cruise missiles were launched, with three missiles failing to hit their targets. The missiles were said to have a range of 435 miles, which weapons experts told The Associated Press could not have been fired from Yemen.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Edmund DeMarche, Sam Dorman, Greg Norman and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press. 

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