Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince – ABC News

The Senate voted Thursday to withdraw U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in a 56-41 vote, a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump for his steadfast defense of the kingdom despite bipartisan outrage over the alleged Saudi role in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It’s the first time the Senate has voted to withdraw forces from a war Congress didn’t approve.

Source: Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince – ABC News

Canada–U.S. Joint Statement

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan co-hosted a meeting of the top 13 nations contributing military support to the Global Coalition to Defeat-ISIS on Dec. 6, in Ottawa. 

With 79 members, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS is stronger than ever in its efforts to counter the ISIS threat.

Our Coalition has liberated more than 99 percent of the territory it once held, but there is still work to be done.

Source: DOD

F-18 jet and tanker crash in mid-air during refuelling near Japan | The Independent

The crash some 200 miles off the coast involved an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet made by McDonnell Douglas, and a KC-130, a refuelling plane with propellers made by Lockheed Martin.

“Search and rescue operations continue for US Marine aircraft that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2.00 am Dec 6,” a Marine Corps news release said.

“The aircraft involved in the mishap had launched from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred,” according to the release. “Japanese search and rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery”.

Source: F-18 jet and tanker crash in mid-air during refuelling near Japan | The Independent

Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says – BBC News

A US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians, with most victims women and children, the UN says.

The strike on a compound in Helmand province was called in during a joint operation between Afghan and US forces.

Investigators said up to 10 children and eight women may have been killed. US forces say they are investigating.

Civilian casualties from aerial attacks have surged since the US announced a new Afghan strategy last year.

President Trump committed more troops to America’s longest war and significantly boosted the number of strikes targeting Taliban and Islamic State group positions in August 2017. The rules of engagement were also loosened, allowing more bombings.

Source: Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says – BBC News

US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. border agents fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants protesting near the border with Mexico on Sunday after some of them attempted to get through the fencing and wire separating the two countries, and American authorities shut down border crossings from the city where thousands are waiting to apply for asylum.

The situation devolved after the group began a peaceful march to appeal for the U.S. to speed processing of asylum claims for Central American migrants marooned in Tijuana.

Source: US agents fire tear gas as some migrants try to breach fence

US service member killed in Afghanistan | TheHill

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Eight U.S. service members have died in combat this year in Afghanistan, the statement notes.

The name of the service member will be released at a later time, Debra Richardson, a spokesperson for Resolute Support in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

More than 2,400 U.S. forces have died in the 17-year-old war, Reuters notes. The war is America’s longest conflict.

Source: US service member killed in Afghanistan | TheHill