U.S. Air Strikes Spike as Afghans Struggle Against Taliban, ISIS

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Flying Falcon fighter bomber takes off for a mission from Bagram air field in Afghanistan Aug. 11, 2016 / REUTERS

American air strikes in Afghanistan this year have already significantly surpassed the total number conducted in 2015, a stark indicator of the United States’ struggle to extricate itself from the conflict and stick to its declared “non-combat” mission.

Iran to Add U.S.-Made Aircraft to Its War Fleet

A Boeing 747 of Iran's national airline is seen at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran / AP

The Obama administration is forging a pathway for Iran to purchase American-made airliners that are likely to be converted for use in the Islamic Republic’s military, drawing concerns on Capitol Hill amid a flurry of recent attacks by Iranian-backed forces on U.S. military assets in the Middle East, according to conversations with lawmakers and fleet information obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.