BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces have carried out an air drop of small arms ammunition to Syrian Arab rebels in northern Syria, barely two weeks after Russia raised the stakes by intervening in the war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.
A U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday the air drop of supplies to the opposition fighters on Sunday was part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State militants.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday it expected to hold new talks with Russia’s military on pilot safety in Syria’s war as soon as this weekend, as the former Cold War foes seek to avoid an accidental clash as they carry out rival bombing campaigns.
Russia’s entry into Syria’s civil war last week has complicated America’s more than year-old campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State, leading to at least one U.S. jet to course-correct to avoid an incident.
LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will overhaul Washington’s approach to supporting Syrian rebel forces following this year’s deeply troubled launch of a U.S. military training program, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday.
The decision would be announced later on Friday, he told journalists, saying: “I think you’ll be hearing very shortly from him in that regard about the proposals that he has approved and that we are going to go forward with.”
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and its NATO allies signaled a willingness on Thursday to consider slowing their withdrawal from Afghanistan, days after the Taliban’s brief takeover of a provincial capital stoked concern about the strength of Afghan state forces.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he asked allies for flexibility as Washington reviews a withdrawal timetable currently supposed to slash the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops to a small U.S.-embassy based force after 2016.
ROME (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday ruled out military cooperation with Russia in Syria’s war, accusing Moscow of pursuing a “tragically flawed” strategy that would force it to limit military talks to basic pilot safety.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s critique amounted to a rebuff of Russia, which had sought greater coordination as Moscow escalates its military role in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Russia
moved on Tuesday to resume military talks with the United States
aimed at setting rules for air-to-air conduct over Syria, a U.S.
official said, as the former Cold War foes carry out parallel,
uncoordinated campaigns of air strikes.
The discussions on ways to keep the U.S. and Russian
aircraft from clashing over Syria, launched last week, have
gained urgency after the United States and NATO denounced Russia
for violating Turkish airspace.
MORON AIR BASE, Spain (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called on Moscow on Tuesday to urgently respond to proposed rules for air-to-air conduct over Syria, as he condemned Russia’s “seriously irresponsible and unprofessional” violation of Turkish air space.
The United States and Russian militaries held a secure video conference last week in which Pentagon officials suggested protocols aimed at preventing a mishap, as the former Cold War foes carry out rival campaigns of air strikes in Syria.
MORON AIR BASE, Spain, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense
Secretary Ash Carter called on Moscow on Tuesday to urgently
respond to proposed rules for air-to-air conduct over Syria, as
he condemned Russia’s “seriously irresponsible and
unprofessional” violation of Turkish air space.
The United States and Russian militaries held a secure video
conference last week in which Pentagon officials suggested
protocols aimed at preventing a mishap, as the former Cold War
foes carry out rival campaigns of air strikes in Syria.
MADRID (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged on Sunday a full, transparent investigation into whether the U.S. military could be linked to the destruction of an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) that killed 22 people.
But Carter, as he embarked on a trip to Europe, cautioned that the situation on the ground was confused, investigators were not at the scene, and it would time to gather facts in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the site of fierce fighting.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering extending support to thousands of Syrian rebel fighters, possibly with arms and air strikes, to help them push Islamic State from a strategic pocket of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, U.S. officials say.
U.S. backing for the plan would come as moderate rebels in Syria, some trained and backed by the United States, say they have been targeted by Russian air strikes, raising tensions between Washington and Moscow.