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Video shows Houthi rebels in Yemen using a jury-rigged Russian fighter-jet missile to take on an F-15
"I would be reasonably surprised if a fast jet could emit that amount of fire on impact and get home."
With President Donald Trump's Cabinet now stacked with hawks, the US doesn't lack for credibility when it comes to threats of military action.
"If you misinterpret what someone does, you can create a massive problem, you can start a war," with Russia, Iran, Turkey, or any number of forces in Syria.
A nuclear-capable ISIS would have had more leverage, and could possibly force concessions from its opponents or prompt other nuclear states to strike first.
Could outnumbered US troops hold back Russian, Syrian, and Iranian troops? "Everybody poses this question as though the US is Luxembourg," a Syria expert says.
"In the end the Gaddafis and Kims of the world are fully responsible for their own fates, whether they give up weapons of mass destruction or not," he said.
Russia's military power remains one of its few lifelines to national prestige and this could be a propaganda ploy.
US troops in Syria prepare for more Russian attacks after crushing up to 300 mercenaries in February battle
Russians are now reportedly joining up to take revenge on the US after losing the fight in February.
It looks like China accidentally revealed plans for a massive aircraft carrier and submarines to rival the US
A major Chinese ship builder briefly posted, and then deleted, images of ships and weapons systems that reveal China's plans to rival the US.
H.R. McMaster is much cleaner cut than Bolton and fits with President Donald Trump's "central casting" aesthetic and appreciation for US generals.