Today in History for January 15th

Highlights of Today in History: Martin Luther King, Junior born;Richard Nixon suspends U.S. offensive in Vietnam;Queen Elizabeth the First crowned;Work completed on Pentagon;first Super Bowl takes place.

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Pentagon chief Esper: Policy unchanged, US not leaving Iraq | AFP

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that the United States is not pulling its forces out of Iraq, denying that there is a signed letter from the US side announcing an exit. “Our policy has not changed. We are not leaving Iraq,” Esper tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Protesters demonstrate in Baghdad after US attacks

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Baghdad after the U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia the Pentagon says launched an attack killing an American contractor. (Dec. 30)

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Pentagon tests long-banned missile over Pacific

The Pentagon says it’s conducted a flight test Thursday of a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Dec. 12)

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Pentagon releases video of Baghdadi raid | AFP

The Pentagon has released video of the US special forces raid that resulted in the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid

The general who oversaw the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided the most detailed account yet of the operation Wednesday and said the U.S. is on alert for possible “retribution attacks” by extremists. (Oct. 30)

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Ground Game Podcast: The Baghdadi Raid

The world’s most wanted terror leader is dead. President Trump declared victory after Abu Bukr Al-Baghdadi, who lead the Islamic State, killed himself during a U.S. Military Raid in Syria over the weekend. The AP’s National Security writer Robert Burns has all the details from the Pentagon. Plus, AP’s South Carolina political reporter, Meg Kinnard, sat down with Former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss his make or break relationship with voters in the crucial early voting state.

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US took two men prisoner during Baghdadi raid: Pentagon | AFP

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley confirms that two men were taken prisoner during the raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria. SOUNDBITE

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AP Top Stories Oct. 25 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, Oct. 25th: Rep. Elijah Cummings eulogized at Baltimore funeral; Trump’s Washington hotel could soon be for sale; Pentagon chief says U.S. troops will protect Syrian oil fields; Halloween treats at San Francisco zoo.

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US may send troops, vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Pentagon chief Mark Esper says the United States is considering sending American troops and armored vehicles to help protect oil fields in northeastern Syria controlled by U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds. (Oct. 25)

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Pentagon urges Turkey to halt Syria incursion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it was an “impulsive” decision by Turkish President Erdogan to invade northern Syria and it will further destabilize the region and put America’s Syrian Kurdish partners “in harm’s way”. (Oct. 11)

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‘No indication’ Turkey willing to stop Syria operation: Pentagon chief | AFP

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he has “no indication” that Turkey is “willing to stop” its operation in Syria. SOUNDBITE

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US deploying 3,000 more troops to S.Arabia: Pentagon | AFP

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he has approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to Saudi Arabia to boost the country’s defenses in the wake of attacks on its oil installations blamed on Iran. SOUNDBITE

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