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Pentagon: U.S. troops sent to Yemen in al-Qaida battle

US troops sent to YemenA "small number" of U.S. troops were deployed to support Arab forces in Yemen, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the troops have been in the conflict-stricken country for about two weeks in an effort to assist both Yemeni and Emirati special forces against the militants, according to the Washington Post.

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Obama announces 250 new military personnel for Syria

more troops to SyriaUS President Barack Obama has said he plans to send 250 more troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the number of Americans working with local Syrian forces.

"I've decided to increase US support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria ... I've approved the deployment of up to 250 US personnel in Syria, including special forces," Obama said, announcing the decision after a meeting in Hanover with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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U.S. to Admit 20 More Civilian Deaths

drone deaths admittedThe U.S. military will admit later today to nine instances of coalition strikes that have killed 20 civilians in a five-month period in the campaign against ISIS, a Defense Department official tells The Daily Beast.

Those figures nearly double the number of cases the U.S. has admitted to during the 20-month campaign—in just a five-month period. Up until this latest tranche, the Pentagon had admitted to killing 21 civilians and injuring an additional nine.

On Friday, that figure jumps to 41 killed and 20 injured.

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New rules allow more civilian casualties in air war against ISIL

civilian casualties numbers epandedThe Pentagon has approved airstrikes that risk more civilian casualties in order to destroy Islamic State targets as part of its increasingly aggressive fight against the militant group in Iraq and Syria, according to interviews with military officials and data.

Since last fall, the Pentagon has delegated more authority to the commander of the war, Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, to approve targets when there is the risk that civilians could be killed. Previously, authority for missions with the potential to kill innocents had been made by the higher headquarters of U.S. Central Command. Seeking approval from above takes time, and targets of fleeting opportunity can be missed.

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U.S. sending more troops to Iraq, $415M to Peshmerga for Mosul victory

Ashton CarterThe United States will increase troop numbers in Iraq, deploy AH-64 Apache helicopters and help fund Kurdish Peshmerga with up to $415 million amid the effort to retake Mosul from the Islamic State.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook announced "new accelerants" to defeat the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, ISIL and ISIS.

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Confessions of a former US Air Force drone technician

Confessions of a drone technicianCian Westmoreland was 18 years old when he enlisted in the US Air Force.

Now 28, the former serviceman served with the 606 Air Control Squadron in Germany and the 73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as an Air Force Technician.

He built the communications infrastructure for the US military's drone programme in Afghanistan, which, according to a 2015 report by The Intercept led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

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Islamic State Dealt Hefty Body Blow With Death Of Top Aide: Officials

Carter and DunfordIslamic State will struggle to recover from the death of a top aide, reported this week in a U.S. air strike, whose overview of the group’s finances, politics and administration was unmatched, Iraqi and U.S. sources said.

Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, also known as Haji Iman and Abu Alaa al-Afri, was a veteran jihadist with a bounty of $7 million on his head.

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