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US military won’t enter Pakistan in ‘hot pursuit’, says Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The United States has ruled out any ‘plan’ to cross the international border in chasing the Taliban or any other terrorist group who flee Afghanistan (through Pakistan). “To be clear, US military authorities are within the borders of Afghanistan only. We have no authority to go into Pakistan. If there is a way to get that authority, but that would certainly be the exception and not the norm,” Afghan news agency Pajhwok cited spokesperson for the Department of Defense as saying. Lt. Col. Mike Andrews…

US forces kill seven Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen raid: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: US forces have carried out a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday. The raid took place in Marib Governorate in the early hours of Tuesday local time and was conducted with the support of Yemeni authorities. "During this operation, US forces killed seven AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) militants through a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes," Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, said in a statement.…

US to send special forces to Syria

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has authorized the first sustained deployment of special forces to Syria, the White House said Friday, reversing a long-standing refusal to put US boots on the ground.