US-backed Kurdish fighters follow in footsteps of WWII Marine Raiders with homemade sniper rifle

U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters known as the People’s Protection Unit, or YPG, are fielding a monster-sized 12.7 mm homemade sniper rifle pieced together from other weapons.

Lebanon starts offensive to clear border of ISIS militants

Lebanon’s U.S.-backed army on Saturday launched its biggest military operation yet against Islamic State militants who in 2014 gained a foothold along the tiny Mediterranean country’s border with Syria.

Pentagon distances itself from allies of the U.S. partner force battling ISIS

The U.S.-backed allies in the fight against ISIS are a multiethnic mixed bag of Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Turkmen and other ethnic groups.

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