The Pentagon: Russia and Turkey are on the Verge of an Armed Conflict in Idlib

Russia and Turkey are on the verge of an armed conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to US Department of Defense official Jonathan Hoffman. At the same time, the Pentagon hopes that direct confrontation and hostilities between the two countries in Syria will be avoided, EA Daily reports.

Trump Fired Deputy Defense Secretary, who Approved Military Aid for Ukraine

US President Donald Trump has fired Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs John Rood, the Associated Press and TASS reported.

A senior official confirmed last year that Ukraine has made sufficient progress in fighting corruption to merit the release of $ 250 million from Congress by the Trump administration in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Gov’t, MHP slam ‘new coup’ rumors

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Feb. 18 stressed that coming up with rumors that a new coup attempt in Turkey was underway was a "betrayal to the country."

"If anyone considers a coup d'état, they would see the resistance of the 82 million of Turkey," he said, speaking at his party's parliamentary group meeting.

US says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

The Pentagon said on Jan. 24 that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced.

President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran's attack had not killed or injured any U.S. service members.