Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday defended the White House against charges that they did not act quickly enough to protect the Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks. Gates, who served in the administrations of both Presidents George W. Bush’s and Obama said that some critics who said that military force could have saved lives had a “cartoonish” view of U.S. military capabilities.
US hikes ‘combat power’ in Syria, with an eye on Iran-backed militia. WASHINGTON: The US military said on Thursday it had bolstered its “combat power” in southern Syria, warning that it viewed Iran-backed fighters in the area as a threat to nearby coalition troops fighting Daesh. The remarks by a Baghdad-based spokesman for the US-led coalition battling Daesh was the latest sign of tension in the region, where the US has forces at the base around the Syrian town of At Tanf.