Marines with Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conduct a fire mission during Steel Knight 2016 (SK-16) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. (Lance Cpl. Ryan Kierkegaard/Marine Corps)
New in 2020: More gigantic exercises for the Marine Corps

In 2019 Marines participated in large exercises more reminiscent of Cold War workups than preparations for counter-insurgency deployments to the Middle East ― and so far 2020 looks to be no different.

  • In this Dec 31, 2019, file photo, protesters burn property in front of the U.S. embassy compound, in Baghdad, Iraq. (Khalid Mohammed/AP)
    Iran uses violence, politics to try to push American forces out of Iraq

    Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal.

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