The US Military Probably Won't Meet Its Deadline To Fully Integrate Transgender Troops
The Army and Air Force want two more years before they fully include transgender recruits in their ranks, BuzzFeed News has learned. The Marine Corps wants another year.
Tillerson And Mattis Say China Needs To Do More Than “Try” On North Korea
The secretaries of state and defense had tougher words than their boss following a meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Washington on Wednesday.
The US Says It Doesn't Want To Fight Syria — But It Keeps Fighting Syria Anyway
The US and its allies used to fight against ISIS in eastern Syria in relative isolation. Now the Syrian government, Russia, and Iran are all pressing in closer, raising the chance of a miscalculation.
Russia Says It's Killed ISIS's Leader, But The Pentagon Isn't So Sure
A claim from the Russian military that it killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi two weeks ago has been met with intense skepticism inside the Pentagon.
Trump Has Handed The Keys To Afghanistan Over To The Pentagon
Critics worry that the new authority given to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis shows a president with very little interest in actually commanding his armed forces.
The Pentagon Doesn’t Expect Qatar To Revoke Access To A Base That Hosts 10,000 US Troops
“They need us as much as we need them,” a US official told BuzzFeed News.
The Big Showdown Over ISIS's Capital Probably Won't Be The Final Battle
Capturing the Syrian city of Raqqa, ISIS's self-declared capital, has been the US military's goal for years. But as the battle begins, the strategic importance of the city may not be what it once was.
Infighting Is Plaguing The Anti-ISIS Coalition
Donald Trump tried to bring US allies together in his trip to the Middle East. Now the Saudis, Egyptians, Qataris, Emiratis, Turks and Germans can’t stop fighting.
At Least 150 People Are Confirmed To Have Died In A Huge Blast In Kabul
President Ashraf Ghani revised the death toll on Tuesday following last week's explosion. Four-hundred people were wounded, including 11 US State Department contractors. It is the deadliest single attack to strike Afghanistan since 2001.
The US Just Tested Blowing A North Korean Missile Out Of The Sky
The US said on Tuesday that its attempt to destroy a missile capable of reaching North American cities was a success.
The Syrian Airfield The US Hit Is Back In Business
Syria has begun moving planes scattered across regime-controlled territory back to the Shayrat airfield, the target of 59 US Tomahawk missiles.
The US Might Be Sending More Troops To Afghanistan, And Brad Pitt Has Some Strong Feelings About It
WATCH: The War Machine star and producer Pitt tells BuzzFeed News about "what bugs the shit out of me."
The US Military Admits That It Was Behind The Deaths Of More Than 100 Iraqi Civilians
An internal US military report released Thursday said that a US bomb killed dozens of Iraqi civilians in March, but blamed ISIS for wiring the building with explosives before the bomb struck.
The Pentagon Can't Believe Trump Told Another President About Nuclear Subs Near North Korea
“We never talk about subs!” three defense officials told BuzzFeed News after a transcript of a call between President Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was published.
US Officials Keep Talking About The Manchester Attack And It’s Freaking Out European Allies
Even some officials in Washington were frustrated by the fact that the information was coming from the US rather than the UK, calling it “unprofessional.”
The US Launched New Airstrikes Against Pro-Assad Forces In Syria
Advancing vehicles were destroyed in a US airstrike after pro-regime forces approached an area of southern Syria where US forces are currently deployed.
McMaster's Credibility Is On Shaky Ground After Defending Trump
Trump's national security adviser, whose book emphasizes the need to stand up to the civilian chain of command, was a current military general when he stood behind the White House press podium Tuesday.
US-Backed Forces Asked ISIS To Hand Over A Syrian City. It Worked.
Defense officials described ISIS’s surrender as “unconditional,” saying the group agreed to remove explosives from around a dam and leave its heavy weapons behind as its fighters left the city of Tabqa.
Four US Service Members Have Died In The Last Week
In the most recent death, Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken was killed in Somalia on Friday — the first US casualty there since the early 1990s.
The US Military Wants Its Troops To Stay In Iraq — Even After ISIS Is Gone
The US troops would support their local counterparts with skills where they still fall short like counterterrorism, intelligence gathering, and aviation, a US defense official told BuzzFeed News.