Source: Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military – The Washington Post
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
The wooden ship was first launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname while notching victories in the War of 1812.
The ship enters dry dock about every 20 years for below-the-waterline repairs. The most recent work included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets, 500 of which were signed by nearly 100,000 museum visitors, according to USS Constitution Museum President Anne Grimes Rand, who called the ship “a wonderful symbol for our democracy.”
Source: Historic USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides,’ Returns to Boston Waters After Two-Year Restoration – NBC News
Russia has admitted it has no proof the ISIS leader is dead, and US officials are in wait-and-see mode.
Source: Mattis thinks ISIS leader Baghdadi is alive ‘until I see his body’ – Business Insider
The strike hit Afghans who were in a compound that local media describe as a security outpost in a village that had come under attack.
Source: U.S. Airstrike Kills Afghan Police Members; More Than A Dozen Killed : The Two-Way : NPR
A US Marine Corps transport plane crashed in rural western Mississippi on Monday afternoon, killing all 16 service members who were on board, officials said.
Source: Marine Corps KC-130 crashes in Mississippi, 16 dead – CNN.com
Victory is imminent in the heated battle for the remaining ISIS-controlled stretches of western Mosul, an Iraqi military spokesman said Saturday.
Source: Iraqi military says ‘victory is very near’ in Mosul – CNN.com
If the missile’s capabilities are confirmed, it would mark a major development in North Korea’s campaign to develop a nuclear-tipped weapon capable of hitting the U.S.
Source: North Korea: Missile soared 1,741 miles high, marking successful test of ICBM
The decision was made on the eve of a deadline set a year ago by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The services can now delay processing transgender recruits until Jan. 1, following another review of accession plans and providing information about how doing so will affect the military and its lethality, Mattis said in a memo. Details about that review must be provided back to Mattis by Dec. 1.
Source: On eve of deadline, Pentagon delays plan to allow transgender recruits by 6 months
The Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria has lost 80 percent of its revenue and more than 60 percent of its territory since its cataclysmic rise in 2014, according to a new analysis.
Source: Islamic State loses 80 Percent of its revenue, 60 Percent of its territory
As the Pentagon claims it has evidence Syrian forces were preparing a chemical attack, the U.S. is sending spy planes and an aircraft carrier to the region.
Source: U.S. Military Sending Warship to Israel, Spy Planes to Syria After Chemical Weapons Report