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Trump wants convicted or charged war criminals on the campaign trail with him, report says

President Donald Trump has intervened in three cases in which US troops were convicted or accused of misconduct on the battlefield.
US Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher.

Fired top Navy official says Trump doesn’t understand what a ‘warfighter’ is because they have standards and accountability

"We have to have good order and discipline. It's the backbone of what we do," Richard Spencer, the former Secretary of the US Navy, said to CBS.
Richard Spencer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Navy secretary is out after a confrontation over a Navy SEAL, and there are 3 different explanations why

The secretary of defense, the Navy secretary, and Trump are all telling very different stories about why he was fired over the Gallagher case.
An E-4B aircraft on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base, California, September 11, 2017.

The Air Force’s ‘Doomsday plane,’ where the president can run a nuclear war, needs repairs for wear and tear

The Air Force's E-4B, nicknamed the "Doomsday plane" because of its nuclear command-and-control capabilities, is undergoing maintenance and upgrades.

Iraq says US troops leaving Syria can’t redeploy there and have to leave in 4 weeks, a fresh embarrassment in Trump’s botched withdrawal

The Pentagon announced earlier this week that US troops leaving Syria would move on to Iraq, but Iraq says they aren't allowed to.

Most US troops left in Syria could be moved to Iraq as the Trump administration faces fallout over a possible ISIS resurgence

Observers have warned that President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to remove US troops from Syria may lead to an Islamic State resurgence.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

The US defense secretary gives US’s strongest condemnation yet of Turkey’s ‘unacceptable incursion’ in Syria

"Turkey's unilateral action was unnecessary and impulsive," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, adding that US-Turkish relations was now "damaged."
A picture taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. President Donald Trump announced last week that US troops would depart from Syria, leaving Manbij residents dreading a long-threatened attack by Turkey.

The US is preparing to pull its remaining 1,000 troops out of northern Syria as the Turkish offensive against the Kurds moves forward

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US plans to pull its remaining 1,000 troops out of northern Syria, as Turkey continues to attack Kurdish forces.
An OC-135B Open Skies aircraft takes off on from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, August 13, 2015.

More Democrats are warning that Trump pulling out a vital treaty would be a ‘gift’ to Putin

Top Democratic lawmakers have warned senior Trump administration officials that pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty would be a mistake.
USS Boise enters Souda Bay in Greece during a scheduled port visit, December 23, 2014.

The defense secretary praised the crew of an attack submarine that hasn’t been on a mission since 2015

Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited the nuclear-powered attack sub USS Boise on Wednesday, calling it an "accomplished warship."