Barbara Starr

Barbara Starr

A free press is a national security imperative. CNN Pentagon correspondent. RT not endorsement.

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Military officials strongly emphasize they will refine what 'capabilities" are needed to deter Iran, then what assets are available to best do the job, and then determine how many troops it takes to do it. Numbers will change

Several officials say right now the Navy just doesn't have 'dozens" of additional warships it can readily send

There have been eight rocket attacks on or near vicinity of bases where there are US troops in Iraq in last five weeks.

122 mm rockets now being used against US base locations worries commanders. rockets have more explosive power, and can be fired from greater distance.

Additional attacks at near US Embassy and US mil hq in Baghdad, diplomatic facility at airport, Qwest, and Taji. So far no US injuries

For US troops on the front line bases and suffering gun attacks at home on base, it’s the here and now they perhaps want the Pentagon to address first.

And for all the DOD statements about press coverage, the media would have liked open disclosure of eight attacks in five weeks I am sure .

Pardoned soldiers are Trump’s special guests at closed-door fundraiser in Aventura


POTUS just said OUR SOLDIERS ARE NOT IN HARM'S WAY (facts: there are hundreds of US troops still in a high threat environment in Syria)

"You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained by CNN @barbarastarrcnn  @cmoc_sdf 

Gen. Joseph Dunford just retired chairman of the joint chiefs of staff tells CNN regarding Lt Col Alexander Vindman: "He is a professional, competent, patriotic, and loyal officer. He has made an extraordinary contribution to the security of our Nation in both peacetime & combat"

Official statement just in: “The Department of Defense has detected what appears to be a missile launch from North Korea. Our assessment is ongoing and additional information will be provided once available.”