The U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire agreement between the opposing forces in the Syrian civil war began on September 12, and after the first day, calm prevailed across the embattled nation.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made a statement on September 12 calling for the United States to withdraw U.S. Special Forces from Mindanao and other islands in his country’s southern region.

The Pentagon has begun hiring civilians to pilot drones used in the assault on ISIS.

The USS Firebolt, a 174-foot-long coastal patrol boat based at NSA in Manama, Bahrain, became involved in an encounter with seven Iranian Republican Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) fast-attack boats (FIACs) in international waters in the Persian Gulf on September 4. 

Hundreds of American and British prisoners of war held captive by North Korea at the time of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 that ended hostilities were never released and likely suffered years of inhumane treatment in POW camps.

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