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03 February 2020 Military News

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  • Saudi Foreign Minister Doesn't Want US Troops to Leave Iraq VOA 03 Feb 2020 -- Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says his country does not want U.S. troops to leave Iraq, even as Washington bolsters its military presence in the Saudi kingdom. Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud warned that any pullout of American forces from neighboring Iraq could make the region less safe.
  • 'US expanding Ain al-Assad facilities, beefing up base defenses: Report Press TV 03 Feb 2020 -- US forces deployed in the Ain al-Assad airbase in western Iraq are seeking to expand the facility and beef up defenses following an Iranian missile attack on the facility, according to a report.
  • Pompeo to Taliban: Demonstrate capacity to reduce violence Press TV 03 Feb 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded "demonstrable evidence" from the Taliban that they have the capacity to reduce violence before signing a deal to end America's longest war, even though official military figures show that in the last quarter of 2019 the US dropped a record number of bombs in the country since 2013.
  • U.S. Demands 'Evidence' From Taliban On Cease-Fire Before Deal RFE/RL 03 Feb 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded "demonstrable evidence" from the Taliban that it will lower the violence level in Afghanistan before signing a deal that would lead to peace talks and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
  • Pentagon: US Forces Destroy 2 Terrorist Camps in Southern Somalia VOA 03 Feb 2020 -- U.S. forces destroyed two al-Shabab compounds and killed at least one terrorist in a military operation in southern Somalia last month, the Pentagon announced Monday.

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