American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson started joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean on Sunday, authorities said.
- Japan says the destroyers will take part in “tactical training”
- Trump has said carrier strike group is heading to the Korean peninsula
Source: USS Carl Vinson begins drills with Japanese destroyers – CNNPolitics.com
On Friday, in a stunning blow to the Western-backed war effort, the base on a sun-baked plain near the city of Mazar-e Sharif became the target of the deadliest single attack by Taliban insurgents since their regime in Kabul was overthrown in 2001. A spokesman for the Islamist militia claimed responsibility for the attack.
Source: At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say
After campaigning on the issue of improving substandard care for veterans that dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and announced that he would devote a press conference to veterans issues next week.
Source: Donald Trump signs extension of veterans’ choice health care bill – Washington Times
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has called the failed missile launch “a provocation,” arrived at Camp Bonifas on Monday morning for a briefing with military leaders and to meet with American troops stationed there.
Source: Amid tensions, Pence visits military camp near Korean DMZ
North Korea has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches.It is not yet clear what type of missile was tested on Sunday.
Source: N Korea missile launch fails, says South Korea – BBC News
North Korea paraded its intercontinental ballistic missiles in a massive military display in central Pyongyang on Saturday, with ruler Kim Jong Un looking on with delight as his nation flaunted its increasingly sophisticated military hardware amid rising regional tensions.
Source: North Korea flaunts long-range missiles in massive parade
A new version of the most powerful conventional bomb in the American arsenal, so big it had to be dropped from a cargo plane, was used for the first time in combat.
The strike was the first combat use of what is formally named the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. President Trump has bestowed additional authority on the Pentagon in his first months in office, which the military has argued will help it defeat the Islamic State more speedily. Mr. Trump did not say whether he had personally approved Thursday’s mission.
Source: U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have entered the fourth stage of their campaign to capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital Raqqa with an advance on the militants in a valley north of the city.
U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike intended to target IS militants south of their Tabqa stronghold, near the extremists’ de facto capital, Raqqa.
The strike hit an SDF position instead, killing 18. Central Command said the strike was launched Tuesday.
Source: Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria – NY Daily News
DAMASCUS, SYRIA – ISIS launched a surprise offensive on the Tanf Border Crossing between Syria and Iraq following a powerful car bomb attack on the border
US-backed Syrian rebels were quickly surrounded by a group of ISIS fighters prompting US and Jordanian troops to intervene hurriedly to lift the pressure off their Syrian allies. Some 20 US tanks and armored vehicles were allegedly involved in repelling the ISIS assault.
Source: US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS
A US aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official confirmed to CNN.
Just days ago, North Korea launched a Scud extended-range missile, which US officials said exploded in flight. The regime also has recently conducted several missile engine tests as it works to improve its ballistic missile technology.
Earlier this year, North Korea says it successfully tested a nuclear warhead. Pyongyang claims it is pursuing nuclear weapons to defend itself from what it calls US aggression.
Source: USS Carl Vinson headed toward Korean Peninsula – CNNPolitics.com
French PM hails find after the Basque separatists give details of sites after deciding to disarm.
Source: Eta disarms: French police find 3.5 tonnes of weapons – BBC News
The special forces soldier dies in fighting in restive Nangarhar province adjoining Pakistan.
Source: IS in Afghanistan: US special forces soldier is killed – BBC News
Syrian activists and state media say an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a northern village held by the Islamic State group has killed at least 13 civilians, including children.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 15 people including four children were killed in Saturday’s airstrike on the village of Hneida.
Syrian state TV said the airstrike killed 13 including children.
Source: The Latest: Reports: Airstrike by US-led coalition kills 13
The operation is in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians.
Source: U.S. strikes Syrian military airfield in first direct assault on Bashar al-Assad’s government
North Korea fired a projectile into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, on Wednesday morning, US and South Korean officials said.
Source: North Korea fires ballistic missile, US State Department says – CNN.com