Dan Lamothe

Dan Lamothe


@washingtonpost scribe covering the military. State-school kid via @UMassAmherst & @UofMaryland. Chicopee native. https://t.co/slimoAu9Db

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@JimLaPorta  A second U.S. official tells me it "won't be a handover " of Manbij. But they will move in when the United States leaves, the official said. Make of that what you will. "We are deconflicting, " the official said.

Pentagon just released a new statement from @EsperDoD  that directly blames the release of ISIS detainees on Turkey's incursion into Syria. It also notes that Erdogan "bears full responsibility" for "potential war crimes."

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“To quote a British observer of us from some years ago: Bear with us. Once we have exhausted all possible alternatives, the Americans will do the right thing,” Mattis said, drawing some laughter. “So, we will still be there. And we will be with you.”

This statement does have a couple notable aspects. 1) Directly blames Turkey for the release of ISIS prisoners after Turkey (and Trump) suggested otherwise. 2) Leaves out Oct. 6 statement from WH that said U.S. would not stand in way of Turkish operation.

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We've reached energy-drink-and-candy o'clock on a Monday.

Syria map as of today, per @washingtonpost 's mapping a graphics wizards.

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This is Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor. He was killed by small-arms fire in Afghanistan on Saturday, July 13 while deployed with 10th Special Forces Group. Between Iraq and Afghanistan, Sartor was deployed in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2019. RIP.

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I have placed specific, on-the-record questions with the Defense Department today, including for an estimate of how much the 4th of July celebration will cost in taxpayer money. I was just referred to the White House for comment.

NEW TODAY: Coast Guard families told they can have garage sales to cope with government shutdown. The suggestion -- and others like it -- came in a five-page tip sheet published by the service. #ShutdownStories  #shutdownsidehustles  #CoastGuard 

The Army confirms that Glen Oakley, interviewed by CNN below near the El Paso Mall, is indeed a soldier and member of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss. I share this because the veracity of initial media reports in mass shootings is often questioned later. #elpasoshooting 

Save a thought today for Mohammad Fawad Mohammadi, a former Afghan interpreter who helped the U.S. military. He was attacked by a man in Oregon with a car, prompting an amputation. Police believe the repeated ramming was intentional.

This is Army Special Forces Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, who shared my hometown of Chicopee, MA. He and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, CA, were killed yesterday in Afghanistan's Faryab Province. RIP.

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Other options suggested (not joking): -- "Mystery shopping" -- Dog-walking -- "Turn your hobby into income" -- Tutor people -- Sell big-ticket items you own The tip sheet adds: "Bankruptcy is a last option." #ShutdownStories  #Shutdown  #CoastGuard 

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