Syrian Jet Drops Bombs Near Coalition Headquarters, is Shot Down by U.S.

For the first time in the Syrian conflict, the American forces shot down a Syrian regime aircraft. This marks a new escalation of the conflict in the six-year-old Syrian civil war. The U.S. has entered the fighting on behalf of coalition forces that seek to destroy ISIS. However, after a Syrian government SU-22 fighter dropped bombs near the U.S.-led coalition headquarters, an F/A-18E Super Hornet was dispatched to take down the Syrian aircraft.
Why this Matters: According to the Pentagon, the coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and does not seek to fight the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, or the Russian military that is helping him. The U.S. coalition partners include Arab and Kurdish forces determined to take out ISIS.
How to Pray: May God lead and guide U.S. military and President Trump. Pray for peace and that ISIS will be wiped out.

A Tragic Week for U.S. Military, Families

The U.S. Navy has called off the search for seven missing sailors after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship near Japan. The bodies of the sailors were recovered from the flooded compartments of the destroyer.
Two incidents in Afghanistan have taken the lives of three U.S. service personnel and wounded seven others. During the first attack on June 10, an Afghan commando opened fire on U.S. soldiers assisting operations against ISIS in Nangahar province. Last week, seven were wounded after an Afghan solider opened fire in a base shared by both U.S. and Afghan forces.
Why this Matters: There are about 8,500 American troops and 5,000 NATO forces in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Mattis said earlier in the week, “We’re not winning in Afghanistan right now and we will correct this as soon as possible.” This will probably mean a large increase in the level of troops there. The military is said to be developing a new strategy that will be revealed in mid-July.
Pray for the families and friends of these brave young men who gave their lives for their country:
  • Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, MD
  • Sgt. William Bays, 29, of Barstow, CA
  • Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, 22, of Youngsville, NC
  • The healing of the seven who were wounded in Afghanistan
  • The families of the seven sailors (their names have not yet been released)
John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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