Jack Detsch

A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units fires his rifle at Islamic State militants as he runs across a street in Raqqa, Syria, July 3, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

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Pentagon: Rebel forces taking heavy casualties in Raqqa fight

Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

The United States confirmed today that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are taking heavy casualties in an effort to push the Islamic State out of its stronghold in Raqqa.

Envoy to US says Turkey was ready to provide ‘tens of thousands of troops’ for Raqqa offensive

Friday, Jul. 14, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

Ambassador Serdar Kilic tells Al-Monitor that Turkey was willing to offer broad military support to the US-led operation to liberate the Islamic State's Syrian stronghold.

Pentagon wants to build new US facilities in Iraq, Syria

Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

The Trump administration has asked Congress for the authority to build new “small-scale,” “temporary facilities” to help defeat the Islamic State.

Pentagon braces for Islamic State insurgency after Mosul

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

The top US commander in Iraq and Syria warned of a hard-fought insurgency but ruled out a US troop surge.

Pentagon receptive to Tunisian lobbying against proposed Trump aid cut

Monday, Jul. 10, 2017 | Jack Detsch, Pentagon Correspondent

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the Pentagon to push back against proposed military aid cuts.

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Jack Detsch is Al-Monitor’s Pentagon correspondent. Based in Washington, Detsch examines US-Middle East relations through the lens of the Defense Department. Detsch previously covered cybersecurity for Passcode, the Christian Science Monitor’s project on security and privacy in the Digital Age. Detsch also served as editorial assistant at The Diplomat Magazine and worked for NPR-affiliated stations in San Francisco. On Twitter: @JackDetsch_ALM, Email: jdetsch@al-monitor.com.

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