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12/3/2020 TaskandPurpose The inside story of the deadliest attack on a U.S. military base during the Iraq War Sonja Ruhren vividly recalls that morning 16 years ago. Just days before Christmas, she heard someone pull into her driveway and then knock on her door. A pair of uniformed troops stood on her front porch in Stafford, Virginia. One was a chaplain. Confused, she invited them in out of the cold. They appeared painfully uncomfortable. It took them a while to finally explain why they were there. They had come to talk to her about her only child, Davey, her best friend, her “Golden Boy,” the sensitive, generous, forgiving son with green eyes she raised as a single mother. He was gone. Killed in Iraq. https://taskandpurpose.com/news/iraq-war-fob-marez-bombing/
12/1/2020 DoD Air Force Casualty Identified The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Captain Kelliann Leli, 30, of Parlin, New Jersey, died November 27 in a non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The cause of the incident is under investigation. She was assigned to the 60th Healthcare Operations Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California. https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2428843/dod-identifies-air-force-casualty/
11/21/2020 middleeasteye Iraqi security forces killed in Islamic State attack, say police Six Iraqi security personnel and three civilians were killed in an ambush on Saturday carried out by the Islamic State (IS) group north of Baghdad, police and a local official said. A police source said a roadside bomb hit a car and that jihadists had opened fire on a rescue team of policemen and state-aligned paramilitary forces when they arrived at the scene, about 200km from the capital. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraqi-security-forces-killed-islamic-state-attack
11/21/2020 kfyrtv B-52s from Minot Air Force Base sent to Middle East Saturday B-52 Stratofortress crews assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base conducted a “short-notice, long-range mission” in the Middle East Saturday, according to U.S. Central Command. According to CENTCOM, the mission was intended to “deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.” https://www.kfyrtv.com/2020/11/22/centcom-b-52s-from-minot-air-force-base-sent-to-middle-east-saturday/
11/21/2020 TVNZ ISIS attack hits Afghan capital killing eight Mortars slammed into a residential area of the Afghan capital, killing eight people, hours before outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held what are likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace deal. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/isis-attack-hits-afghan-capital-killing-eight
11/21/2020 ariananews US Embassy issues Alert to all Americans in Kabul following rocket attack The US Embassy in Kabul issued a security alert to all its citizens on Saturday, just hours after a rocket attack rattled residents across the capital and suggested Americans in Kabul “may wish to consider departing”. In the alert, the American Embassy said the US “Department of State warns US citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all US citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. https://ariananews.af/us-embassy-issues-alert-to-all-americans-in-kabul-following-rocket-attacks/
11/21/2020 TheGuardian Afghanistan - footage shows aftermath of rocket strikes in Kabul Several rockets hit residential areas of the Afghan capital in the early rush hour on Saturday, killing at least three civilians and wounding a dozen more, police officials said. The explosions, close to the diplomatic quarter, set embassies' warning sirens blaring two days before a major donor conference for Afghanistan in Geneva https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/nov/21/afghanistan-footage-shows-aftermath-of-rocket-strikes-in-kabul-video
11/17/2020 CBSNews Trump plans to withdraw thousands of troops from Iraq, Afghanistan before leaving office President Trump is expected to order the drawdown of thousands of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, leaving about 2,500 left in each country. The president's recently-fired defense secretary had warned it could lead to more violence. Weijia Jiang reports from the White House. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/trump-plans-to-withdraw-thousands-of-troops-from-iraq-afghanistan-before-leaving-office/
11/17/2020 taskandpurpose Thousands of troops will depart Iraq and Afghanistan before Trump leaves office It’s official: The U.S. military is drawing down to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and 2,500 service members in Iraq before President Donald Trump leaves office, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller announced on Tuesday. There are currently about 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and roughly 3,000 troops in Iraq. https://taskandpurpose.com/news/thousands-troops-depart-afghanistan-iraq
11/17/2020 AP Iraqi officials say 2 rockets land in Baghdad's Green Zone At least two Katyusha rockets hit inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, two Iraqi officials said, wounding at least two people and signaling an end to an informal truce announced by Iran-backed militias in October. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraqi-officials-rockets-land-baghdads-green-zone-74258658#:~:text=BAGHDAD%20%2D%2D%20At%20least%20two,Iran%2Dbacked%20militias%20in%20October.