The U.S. company that repairs Iraq’s American-made M1A1 Abrams tanks has pulled many of its people from Iraq after at least nine of the armored vehicles ended up in the hands of pro-Iran militias. Now, many of Iraq’s tanks are immobilized for want of maintenance, potentially jeopardizing the country’s ongoing campaign against Islamic State militants.
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Russia has deployed bomber aircraft to Iran for air strikes on rebels in Syria, the Russian defense ministry confirmed on Tuesday. As the main backers of the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad, Russia and Iran have long been de facto allies in the Syrian conflict. But the two countries had been reluctant to forge direct military ties between them… until now.
Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces battling to recapture the ancient city of Palmyra had a lot of help from above. At least one Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter—Moscow’s answer to the U.S. Army’s fearsome Apache gunship—flew top cover as Syrian tanks and infantry stormed the modern city adjacent to the UN World Heritage Site.