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11 August 2020 Military News

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  • Assassinations Highlight Security Challenges for US-Backed Forces in Eastern Syria VOA 11 Aug 2020 -- Tensions are flaring in an eastern Syria province after the assassinations of several powerful Arab tribal leaders, with U.S.-backed forces accusing Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells and Syrian government proxies of carrying out such attacks to cause instability in the former IS stronghold.
  • US to Withdraw Troops From MidEast Regardless of Who Wins Election, Syrian Opposition Says Sputnik 11 Aug 2020 -- The withdrawal of US troops from the Middle East will proceed regardless of the upcoming presidential election's outcome, Qadri Jamil, the leader of Syria's Popular Front for Change and Liberation opposition coalition and the head of the Syrian opposition's Moscow Platform, said on Tuesday.
  • Explosion hits US military convoy near Taji base north of Baghdad Press TV 11 Aug 2020 -- An explosive device has hit a US-led military convoy near the Taji base north of Iraq's capital Baghdad.
  • Taliban 'Hopeful' US-Brokered Afghan Talks Settle Conflict VOA 11 Aug 2020 -- The Taliban reaffirmed Tuesday its commitment to ending violence in Afghanistan, while emphasizing that a comprehensive cease-fire has to be discussed during intra-Afghan peace negotiations due to begin later this month.
  • USS Pinckney Interdicts $4.5 Million in Cocaine US Navy 11 Aug 2020 -- While on routine patrol, approximately 200 nautical miles southwest of Jamaica a helicopter assigned to the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 located the vessel and Pinckney soon arrived on scene. After coordination with the Government of Colombia and Colombian Navy, the vessel was searched and six suspected drug smugglers detained. The mariners are now in Government of Colombia custody.

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