In a major reversal for the US military, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will begin "direct action on the ground" in Iraq and Syria, in an effort to the combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.Last week, US forces conducted a rescue operation in northern Iraq. Working alongside Kurdish forces, the maneuver led to the freeing of hostages being held by IS. Curiously, the Pentagon insisted that the mission “represents a continuation of our advise and assist mission,” and should in no way be thought of as US boots on the grounds.
But speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Carter indicated that not only would be US forces be deployed in Iraq to fight the terrorist group, but also in Syria.
China: US warship's Spratly Islands passage was "illegal" ~ link ~ Sounds like they really don't want to go to war over this, at least not yet. Stirling
South China Sea: US trying to polster forces in the Phillippines and Japan ~ link ~
Beijing vowed a resolute response to any intended provocation after the USS destroyer Lassen "illegally" entered the waters of the South China Sea near disputed islands."China strongly urges the US side to conscientiously handle China's serious representations, immediately correct its mistake and not take any dangerous or provocative actions that threaten China's sovereignty and security interests," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Europe in Crisis: Shotguns 'sold out' ~ link ~
- There are now thought to be estimated 900,000 firearms in Austrian homes
- Police say around 70,000 guns have been sold this year alone in Austria
- Dealers say shotguns have almost sold out because you don't need permit
- Women are driving the sales rush as fears grow amid influx of refugees