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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Turkish strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq

Turkish warplanes killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters Tuesday in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group.

Turkey said it had carried out the strikes in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq against “terrorist havens” and vowed to continue action against groups it links to the outlawed Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party (PKK).

Source: Turkish strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq

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USS Carl Vinson begins drills with Japanese destroyers – CNNPolitics.com

American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson started joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean on Sunday, authorities said.

Story highlights

  • 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

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At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

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

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Donald Trump signs extension of veterans’ choice health care bill – Washington Times

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

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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan

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

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Misdirected US strike killed 18 allied fighters in Syria – NY Daily News

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

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US, Jordanian forces break into Syria to rescue rebels surrounded by ISIS

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

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USS Carl Vinson headed toward Korean Peninsula – CNNPolitics.com

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

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