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US Marine rifleman Lance Cpl. Hunter Bell during a live-fire range at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in the Philippines, April 6, 2019.

US troops are training with a key ally to repel an island invasion as a possible South China Sea fight looms

"If they were to have any small islands taken over by a foreign military, this is definitely a dress rehearsal that can be used in the future."
A B-52 Stratofortress returns to RAF Fairford, England, after flying a sortie over Norway, March 28, 2019.

A major US bomber deployment to Europe led to some amazing photos — and to some close encounters with Russia

US and Russian aircraft have been operating in close proximity to one another as a massive B-52 force trains alongside NATO allies in Europe.
Sgt. William Olas Bee, a US Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters open fire near Garmsir in Helmand Province, May 2008.

The US bombed an Afghan Army base, killing 5 soldiers in a friendly-fire fight that lasted hours

Afghan soldiers mistook a patrol of Afghan and US troops for an enemy and opened fire. After trying to de-escalate, the US called in an airstrike.
US artillery units hone their gunnery skills during an exercise near Dona Ana, New Mexico, April 28, 2018.

The US has been getting ‘its ass handed to it’ in war games simulating fights against Russia and China

In war games simulating a high-end fight against Russia or China, the US apparently keeps getting destroyed, experienced war-gamers warn.

The Pentagon is reviving this hard-hitting Cold War strategy to devastate any Chinese and Russian assaults

The "Assault Breaker" concept is back, but this time DARPA aims to defeat attacking enemies with even smarter and more powerful weapons.
A still image from a video posted by US Strategic Command.

Here are some social-media failures and misfires the US military had to walk back in shame

Every day, US military commands reach millions with Twitter and Facebook posts aimed to inform and inspire. But sometimes even these pros screw up.

51 years ago, Vietnamese forces launched the Tet Offensive and changed how America saw the Vietnam War

Americans saw a stark contrast to what they had been told — that the communists were losing and the war could be over soon.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jorge Castrosamaniego, an assault man with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, learns how to utilize an 84 mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria Sept. 9, 2018.

US troops are leaving Syria, but some might stick around at this remote base just to rain on Iran’s parade

While the US is planning to pull troops out of Syria, it looks like some US military personnel could stay behind at a remote outpost to counter Iran.
ATACMS Army Tactical Missile System

The US military is racing to develop missiles that can sink ships at long distance as China’s naval power grows

The military is reportedly focused on developing new ways to counter enemy ships from shore as the Chinese navy extends its reach in the Pacific.
A group of U.S. Soldiers keeps an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 24, 2018.

US troops die in suicide bombing claimed by ISIS, calling into question Trump’s declaration of victory

ISIS claimed a deadly attack on a coalition patrol in northeastern Syria just weeks after Trump said the group was defeated. US forces are among the casualties.