Obama Seeks to Avert 'Firefights in the Air' with Russia in Syria

President Barack Obama

President Obama said Friday that the U.S. was trying to avoid "firefights in the air" with the Russians over Syria while pressing for a political settlement whose bottom line was that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had to go. Obama said he told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a private meeting earlier this week in New York that "an attemp... more

Pentagon Weighs Military Options to Protect US-Trained Rebels in Syria

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WASHINGTON -- Russia's launch of airstrikes in Syria is prompting discussions within the Pentagon about whether the U.S. should use military force to protect U.S.-trained and equipped Syrian rebels if they come under fire by the Russians. U.S. officials said Thursday that senior military leaders and defense officials are working through the tho... more

Air Force Guardian Angels' Mission in Turkey to Retrieve Downed Pilots

An Air Force pararescueman with a Guardian Angel team assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron parachutes to the ground during High Altitude Low Opening jump training at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 18, 2015. Joseph Swafford/Air Force

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- About 300 airmen from across the U.S. Air Force will deploy for the first time to Diyarbakir Air Base in Turkey, where their mission will be to retrieve downed U.S. or coalition pilots and injured personnel in Syria and Iraq, the Air Force says. The main group deploying is a Guardian Angel Weapons System, said Tech. S... more

Syria at UN: Airstrikes 'Useless' Unless Coordinated

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem leaves the podium after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

UNITED NATIONS — Syria's foreign minister said Friday that airstrikes against the Islamic State group "are useless" unless they are coordinated with the Syrian government, as the international community scrambled to respond to Russia's airstrikes in his country. Addressing the summit of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Walid al-Moall... more

US Military Favors Longer Presence in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's acting defense minister Masoom Stanikzai talks during a press conference at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

WASHINGTON -- With the Taliban gaining new ground, U.S. military commanders are arguing for keeping at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, a move that would mark a departure from President Barack Obama's current policy. Afghan forces on Wednesday were preparing for what is expected to be a protracted battle to retak... more

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