- By Paul McLearyPaul McLeary is Foreign Policy’s senior reporter covering the U.S. Defense Department and national security issues. He joined the Washington office in 2015 after working for Defense News, where he was also on the Pentagon beat, and covered stories relating to Pentagon spending and the defense industry. While there, and in a previous incarnation as a New York-based reporter, Paul embedded with U.S. Army and Marine Corps units in Iraq and Afghanistan to cover ground combat operations, where he got inside a secretive drone program being run out of Bagram air base. He has also traveled with the U.S. Navy, covered NATO meetings in Europe with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and stalked major international arms shows in Paris and London.
On Tuesday, Russian troops took up positions on Castello Road in Aleppo, Syria, to ensure the safe passage of humanitarian convoys into the besieged city, as part of the recent cease-fire agreement brokered by Moscow and Washington. The Russian Ministry of Defense figured it was a good moment to highlight the movement with a live briefing from officers on the ground, showing their troops upholding the cessation of hostilities. But things went sideways pretty quickly, likely spelling an end to Moscow’s brief experiment with live shots from the battlefield.
— Military Advisor (@miladvisor) September 13, 2016
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