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.

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against ISIS extremists

Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul.

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