The garrison there, at the border of Iraq, is one of many dotting Syria that presents a challenge for the U. They have almost no territory remaining except for a small piece of eastern Syria and the militants appear to have very little combat power left. At the same time, ISIS is losing its international influence as terrorist attacks in the West are declining. Be the first to hear about breaking news, as it happens.
Power Deployed for the holidays Troops at the border missed Thanksgiving to carry out an ill-defined and unjustifiable mission. Nate Bethea Dec—05— In the frame, you see his rifle, binoculars, and thermal scope resting atop the sandbags at his position, adjacent to an uneaten plate of holiday dinner. The photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day in in the northwest corner of Paktika province, but when flattened into a shareable image for social-media prayers and hectoring, it might as well be a Christmas dinner, too. I know the facts behind this image because I was in that same unit and on that same deployment nearly 10 years ago. This is a fact so utterly banal that it barely warrants mention anymore. These troops are, to use a doctrinal term from military parlance, playing fuck-fuck games, much like their compatriots abroad.