U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates – LA Times

The armed Shahed-129 drone was destroyed by a U.S. F-15 fighter jet around 12:30 a.m. local time. The drone was approaching a small military base at the Syrian town of Tanf that U.S., British and Norwegian special operations forces use as a staging ground to train and equip rebel groups fighting the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Source: U.S. forces shoot down Iranian drone over Syria as fighting escalates – LA Times

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Official: Afghan soldier kills 3 US service members – CNNPolitics.com

Three US soldiers were killed and another wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in Nangarhar Province on Saturday, US officials told CNN.

Story highlights

  • Taliban spokesman claims responsibility for the attack
  • Another American soldier was wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation, US officials say

Source: Official: Afghan soldier kills 3 US service members – CNNPolitics.com

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Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured In Kabul Bombing | Vanity Fair

A bomb detonated in a highly secure part of the Afghan capital was said to have been so strong that it blew out windows and doors hundreds of meters away.

Pakistani and German embassy officials were among those injured in the blast, according to the countries’ respective offices. BBC Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir was killed in the blast. “[Nazir] was driving journalist colleagues to the office,” the BBC said in a statement on Twitter. “He was in his late thirties and he leaves a young family.”

Source: Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured In Kabul Bombing | Vanity Fair

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China protests U.S. warship entering South China Sea – Xinhua | English.news.cn

“The USS Dewey illegally entered the waters near the island on early Thursday without permission of the Chinese government,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang at a press briefing. “Such moves have undermined China’s sovereignty and security, and were very likely to cause unexpected air and sea accidents.”

Source: China protests U.S. warship entering South China Sea – Xinhua | English.news.cn

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North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korean officials say

In its latest weapons test, North Korea on Sunday launched a ballistic missile that flew more than 300 miles east from an area near Pyongyang, South Korea’s military said.

An official from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile appeared to be similar in range and apogee to a midrange solid-fuel missile that North Korea fired in February.

Source: North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korean officials say

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Fighters Escort American Jet After Attempted Cockpit Breach

F-22 fighters were scrambled to escort jetliner to Honolulu

The incident added to fears about flight safety as the Trump administration has warned of a heightened risk that terrorists could use laptops to conceal explosives. Homeland Security is considering banning electronic devices larger than mobile phones from airline cabins on flights from Europe to the U.S. A prohibition was adopted in March for flights from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports.

Source: Fighters Escort American Jet After Attempted Cockpit Breach

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North Korea Launches a Missile, Its First Test After an Election in the South

The missile took off from the northwestern city of Kusong and flew more than 430 miles before landing in the sea between North Korea and Japan, the South Korean military said in a statement. Data on the launch was still being analyzed by the South to determine the type of missile.

Source: North Korea Launches a Missile, Its First Test After an Election in the South

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Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

The record-breaking, hush-hush mission of the U.S. Air Force’s robotic X-37B space plane is finally over.

After circling Earth for an unprecedented 718 days, the X-37B touched down Sunday (May 7) at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the first landing at the SLF since the final space shuttle mission came back to Earth in July 2011. The landing occurred at 7:47 a.m. EDT (1147 GMT).

Source: Air Force’s X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

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US soldier killed in mission against Somalia’s al-Shabab – BBC News

The soldier died during operations against al-Shabab militants, the US military says.

Two other US servicemen were reportedly injured in Thursday’s incident 40 miles (64km) west of the capital Mogadishu, near the town of Barii.

American forces were on an “advise and assist” mission with the Somali National Army, the US military said.

President Trump has expanded military action against the al-Qaeda affiliate in the Horn of Africa nation

Source: US soldier killed in mission against Somalia’s al-Shabab – BBC News

 

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DoD: Military athletes can no longer defer commitment to play pro sports

The Defense Department had changed the policy last year so athletes could join Ready Reserve instead.

DoD officials released the news on Monday, four days after Air Force Academy athletes hoping to be drafted into the National Football League found out the Air Force wouldn’t approve waivers that would allow the cadets to join the Ready Reserve and sign with a football team.

Source: DoD: Military athletes can no longer defer commitment to play pro sports

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US service member killed in blast near Mosul, coalition says

Service member dies of wounds sustained in explosion, following the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan this week

News of the casualty came as Donald Trump marked his first 100 days in office. In last year’s presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to give priority to destroying Isis, which operates mostly in Syria and Iraq.

Source: US service member killed in blast near Mosul, coalition says

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters

 

By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park | SEOUL

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have failed, in what would be North Korea’s fourth successive unsuccessful missile test since March.

Source: North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters

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Two U.S. troops die battling Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan – The Washington Post

An Army helicopter crew member mans a gun on the rear gate as it departs Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24. (Jonathan Ernst/Associated Press)

It was the third time this year that a member of the U.S. military has died in combat in Afghanistan. On April 8, Army Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Md., was killed by small-arms fire, also in Nangahar.

Source: Two U.S. troops die battling Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan – The Washington Post

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Here’s what it looks like when the US fires a nuclear weapon – Business Insider

The US launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday.

Though nuclear tensions around the world have been running high, the launch was completely routine, and had been planned three to five years in advance.

The US has dozens of ICBM silos all around the country as part of the nuclear triad, or three types of nuclear forces that guarantee the nation’s ability to strike back in the event of nuclear war.

The unarmed launch on Wednesday flew about 4,000 miles to a test range in Hawaii in just a matter of minutes.

Source: Here’s what it looks like when the US fires a nuclear weapon – Business Insider

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