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 US criticizes Russia's air defense systems

The United States said that Russian-made air defense systems operated by Syrian crews were completely useless.  “The Russian manufactured air defense systems were totally ineffective,” the Pentagon’s chief …

Mattis says no US losses in Syria strikes

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the U.S. has no reports of suffering any losses during the initial airstrikes on Syria Friday, ABC reports. Mattis says "right now this is a one-time shot" but is not ruling out further attacks. …

Israel carried out missile attack on Syrian base

Israeli aircraft carried out an attack on an airbase in Syria early Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russia said two Israeli planes attacked the Al Tiyas, or T-4, military base from Lebanese airspace before dawn. According to …

Su-27 safely intercepts US aircraft near Russian border

Russia’s Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US ЕР-3Е Aries II warfare and reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Black Sea towards the Russian border. All safety precautions were observed during the interception, the Russian defense …

US urges Turkey to exercise restraint in Syria

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its military operations in northern Syria, which he said had disrupted the peaceful return of refugees and could prove to be an opening for al Qaeda and …

Major US defense strategy review coming Jan. 19

The Pentagon will unveil its National Defense Strategy on Jan. 19, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced Friday, Defence News reports. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mattis said a significant part of the strategy will remain …

Mattis sees larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria, including contractors and diplomats, as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward …