All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq

All US Troops Leaving Syria Will Head to Iraq By Jason Ditz According to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the current plan is that all US troops leaving Syria will be redeployed into western Iraq. The troops there will continue to engage in anti-ISIS operations. How that’s going to work isn’t entirely clear. After all, there aren’t really any ISIS fighters in western Iraq anymore. Though Esper suggested that the US wasn’t ruling out crossing into Syria for some operations, right now there aren’t many ISIS fighters there either. This will…

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US To Send “Thousands” More Troops To Saudi Arabia

US To Send “Thousands” More Troops To Saudi Arabia By Tyler Durden Reuters reports, citing defense or administration sources, that the US is set to send thousands of additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the wake of last month’s Aramco attacks. “The United States is planning to send a large number of additional forces to Saudi Arabia following the Sept. 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran,” according to a breaking Reuters report.  Though the Pentagon has yet to officially confirm the report with comment, Reuters…

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Egyptian Protests: A US-Fueled “Arab Spring” Reboot?

Egyptian Protests: A US-Fueled “Arab Spring” Reboot? By Tony Cartalucci When the West’s leading media organizations attempt to convince audiences they know nothing about where Mohammed Aly – a Spanish-based Egyptian protest leader – came from, the first thing one can be sure of is they are being lied to. Protests have begun to spread again in Egypt after nearly a decade of frustration in Washington over its inability to coerce Cairo into serving its regional and global designs. Protesters have allegedly been stirred up by economic turmoil still plaguing Egypt;…

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Pentagon Deploys US Forces to Defend Saudi Oil

Pentagon Deploys US Forces to Defend Saudi Oil By Jason Ditz The latest US military buildup into the Middle East was announced today, fresh off the Trump Administration’s briefing on “options” for responding to Iran. The Pentagon is announcing they will be deploying more US forces in the area around Saudi oil facilities. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Trump has approved the deployment already, and that it will be focused primarily on air and missile defense systems, at the request of Saudi Arabia. This has been a major concern for…

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Iran War Imminent? Trump Says US “Locked And Loaded” To Respond To Saudi Attack

Iran War Imminent? Trump Says US “Locked And Loaded” To Respond To Saudi Attack By Tyler Durden Just as the price of oil was settling down from its record surge, it spiked once again, following a tweet by president Trump which has made war with Iran virtually inevitable. Just before 7pm, Trump tweeted that “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe…

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The Trillion-Dollar Military Still Isn’t Enough for the War Party

The Trillion-Dollar Military Still Isn’t Enough for the War Party By Ryan McMaken Since the end of the Cold War in 1990, US defense spending has increased 182 percent in nominal terms, and 44 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. In inflation-adjusted terms, defense spending is now about equal with the all-time peak reached in 2011, and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget estimates that defense spending will reach an all-time high in 2020. Source: Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables, Table 3.2. In 2018 dollars, defense spending hit…

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Trump Fires John Bolton After “Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions”

Trump Fires John Bolton After “Disagreeing Strongly With His Suggestions” By Tyler Durden While there was some feverish speculation as to what an impromptu presser at 1:30pm with US Secretary of State Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and National Security Adviser Bolton would deliver, that was quickly swept aside moments later when Trump unexpectedly announced that he had fired Bolton as National Security Advisor, tweeting that he informed John Bolton “last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House” after “disagreeing strongly with many of his suggestions.”…

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US Army Major (Ret.): We Are Living In The Wreckage Of The War On Terror

US Army Major (Ret.): We Are Living In The Wreckage Of The War On Terror Authored by US Army Major (ret.) Danny Sjursen via AntiWar.com, It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the subject. Now, as the American war in Afghanistan – hopefully – winds to something…

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US Military Surrounding Venezuela With New Deployment In Guyana

US Military Surrounding Venezuela With New Deployment In Guyana By Tyler Durden The US military has effectively surrounded Venezuela, ahead of a possible military intervention. We’ve reported in the past that the Pentagon is jointly working with Colombia, Brazil and other regional partners on how to crush Venezuela’s economy so that President Nicolás Maduro would step down. Now there’s a new report that the US military has been deployed to the impoverished South American nation of Guyana, the first time in a decade. The country is located on South America’s…

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Stocks Plunge After Trump Lashes Out at China, Vows to Retaliate “This Afternoon”

Stocks Plunge After Trump Lashes Out at China, Vows to Retaliate “This Afternoon” By Tyler Durden Anyone who was hoping for a quiet end to the week is currently having a panic attack, as first China announced new tariffs on the US, then Powell’s J-Hole speech came and went, and then, as we expected, Trump responded to China’s trade war escalation when in a barrage of 4 tweets he lashed out at Beijing, saying, “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them“, and ordered “Our…

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