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Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

Three members of the Minnesota National Guard have died after the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference Thursday.

Source: Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

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U.S. may deploy 14,000 more troops to Middle East – MarketWatch

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said.

The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Donald Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.

Trump, facing an election next year, has long sought to exit foreign entanglements and avoid new conflicts. But on Iran — and partly at the behest of Israel — he is convinced of the need to counter the threat his aides say Tehran poses, the officials said. He also could approve a smaller U.S. deployment, the officials said.

Source: U.S. may deploy 14,000 more troops to Middle East – MarketWatch

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Shooting reported at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, security forces responding

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is on lockdown after reports of multiple gunshot victims and an active shooter situation.

A shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii sent three people to the hospital Wednesday, sources told Fox News, adding that the scene was “under control as of now.”

It was not immediately clear whether the shooter was among those hospitalized.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time at Drydock 2.

Officials locked down buildings and a PA system urged anyone on base to take cover, Hawaii News Now reported. The lockdown was lifted around 4 p.m. local time.

The gates at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were closed as first responders rushed to the scene, according to a tweet issued by the base.

Source: Shooting reported at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, security forces responding

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Trump says peace talks with Taliban have resumed during surprise visit to Afghanistan | Fox News

On a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Thursday, President Trump said that the United States has reopened peace talks with the Taliban – just three months after the president scuttled negotiations between Washington and the Afghan insurgents following a terror attack that killed 11 people, including one U.S. soldier.

Trump, who made his first trip to Afghanistan under a veil of secrecy for security reasons, told troops gathered at the Air Force base for Thanksgiving dinner that the Taliban “wants to make a deal very badly.”

“We’re going to stay until such time as we have a deal, or we have total victory, and they want to make a deal very badly,” Trump said. “The Taliban wants to make a deal — we’ll see if they make a deal. If they do, they do, and if they don’t they don’t. That’s fine.”

Source: Trump says peace talks with Taliban have resumed during surprise visit to Afghanistan | Fox News

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Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

Two airmen were killed Thursday in an accident involving two jets at an Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma, military officials said. Vance Air Force Base said in a statement that two T-38 Talons, each with two people aboard, were taking part in a training mission when the mishap occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Source: Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma: 2 killed in aircraft mishap, Oklahoma Air Force base says today – CBS News

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Secretary Wilkie holds a briefing at the White House – YouTube

Secretary Wilkie holds a briefing at the White House

 

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Air Force airman missing after fall into Gulf of Mexico from C-130 aircraft | Fox News

A U.S. Air Force airman went missing Tuesday after falling from a C-130 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, according to reports.

The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to Air Force Times.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel were assisting the Air Force as a search for the airman got underway in water about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., along the Florida Panhandle, WKRG-TV of Mobile, Ala., reported.

AIR FORCE F-16 CRASHES IN GERMANY, PILOT SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES

Source: Air Force airman missing after fall into Gulf of Mexico from C-130 aircraft | Fox News

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Turkish airstrikes in Syria reportedly target journalist convoy, civilians; at least 9 dead | Fox News

Fresh airstrikes from Turkey reportedly targeted civilians and a group of foreign reporters in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn, according to monitoring groups and Syrian Kurdish officials.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said the airstrike killed at least nine people – including five civilians on Sunday, while other reports claimed that the convoy included foreign journalists, according to Haaretz.

A spokesman for the Kurdish forces put the death toll at 11 killed and more than 74 injured, but it was not immediately clear how many were civilians.

Source: Turkish airstrikes in Syria reportedly target journalist convoy, civilians; at least 9 dead | Fox News

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Defense secretary Mark Esper says Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from Syria – CNNPolitics

(CNN)President Donald Trump is ordering the remaining US forces out of northern Syria, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday,

The withdrawal order comes as Turkish forces are pushing further south into Syria.

Source: Defense secretary Mark Esper says Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from Syria – CNNPolitics

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Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

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  • An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
  • The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA.
  • The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.

Source: Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

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U.S. withdrawing troops from northern Syria – YouTube

In a major U.S. policy shift, American troops are pulling back to make way for Turkey’s planned invasion of part of northern Syria. Turkey is targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that have been key American allies in the fight against ISIS. The abrupt change follows a phone call Sunday night between President Trump and Turkey’s president. Holly Williams reports.

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FBI Says U.S. Soldier Taught Bomb-Making To Far-Right Extremists : NPR

The case is the latest in a string of recent arrests and investigations related to attempted far-right infiltration of the U.S. military, prompting calls for more thorough screenings of enlistees.

A 24-year-old soldier in Kansas who allegedly planned to fight with a violent far-right group in Ukraine was charged Monday with distributing bomb-making information over social media, according to the Justice Department.

The FBI says Army Spc. Jarrett William Smith, stationed at Fort Riley, came under investigation in March

Source: FBI Says U.S. Soldier Taught Bomb-Making To Far-Right Extremists : NPR

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Storm Area 51 fans set up camp in the Nevada desert – YouTube

Area 51, secret U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. It is administered by Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. The installation has been the focus of numerous conspiracies involving extraterrestrial life, though its only confirmed use is as a flight testing facility.

Source: Britannica.com

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Air Force: Air Force fighter jet on a training mission accidentally fires a ROCKET near Tucson | Daily Mail Online

  • An investigation is under way after a single M-156 rocket was launched unintentionally during a routine training mission Thursday morning
  • According to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, an A-10C Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron from the 355th Wing reportedly launched a rocket 
  • Rocket landed in the desert in an uninhabited area 60 miles northeast of Tucson 
  • Authorities say no injuries, damages or fires were reported in connection with the incident at this time 

Source: Air Force: Fighter jet accidentally fires rocket near… | Daily Mail Online

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U.S. Space Command: President Trump marks establishment of U.S. Space Command today – CBS News

The president’s “Space Force” must receive congressional approval


President Trump is holding a Rose Garden event to commemorate the establishment of the U.S. Space Command, as the president pushes for the creation of his sixth branch of the military, the Space Force.

Source: U.S. Space Command: Watch live stream as President Trump marks establishment of U.S. Space Command today – CBS News

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Taliban says near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – Reuters

Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have been held in Doha, capital of Qatar, since late last year. The ninth round of talks began last week.

“We hope to have good news soon for our Muslim, independence-seeking nation,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

Source: Taliban says near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – Reuters

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Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans | Fox News

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans.

The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit.

“The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.”

Source: Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans | Fox News

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US military drone shot down over Yemen, official confirms | Fox News

A U.S. military MQ-9 drone was shot down in Yemen, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.

The drone was shot down late on Tuesday in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa, officials told Reuters, which first reported the news.

A Houthi military spokesman was quoted earlier by the group’s Al-Masirah TV as saying that air defenses had brought down a U.S. drone.

Source: US military drone shot down over Yemen, official confirms | Fox News

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Thule Air Base: inside the US’s northernmost military base in Greenland

The Thule Air Base is a military base in Greenland belonging to the US. How was it established and what are some of its contemporary uses?

The Thule Air Base is a military base in Greenland belonging to the US. It is, in fact, the US’s northernmost military base in the world, located just 1,524km from the North Pole and 1,207km north of the Arctic Circle.

The US established the Thule Air Base in 1941 to help Denmark defend its colonies from increasing German aggression. Today, the military base in Greenland is used by the US Air Force (USAF) Space Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Specifically, it is home to the 21stSpace Wing’s network of sensors that provides early missile warning, space surveillance and control.

Source: Thule Air Base: inside the US’s northernmost military base in Greenland

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Putin unveils terrifying new missile-launching Hunter drone that can fly from Moscow to London undetected to launch attacks – The Sun

RUSSIA has unveiled a new stealth combat drone that can fly from Moscow to London undetected to launch attacks.

Footage has emerged showing the 20-minute maiden flight of the unmanned craft, whose special coating is said to make it almost undetectable.

As well as combat missions, it is thought to be intended for use in aerial spying.

Once in service with the Russian Air Force, the drone will purportedly be capable of being controlled in the sky from a manned warplane, from ground control, or using its own “brain”.

Source: Putin unveils terrifying new missile-launching Hunter drone that can fly from Moscow to London undetected to launch attacks – The Sun

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A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing at least 14 people: NPR

A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 140. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion occurred after the U.S. and Taliban reported progress in peace talks in Qatar earlier this week, and was the latest in a series of explosions and suicide attacks in Afghanistan.

Source: : NPR

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Iran seizes oil tanker near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf – YouTube

Tehran claims Iraqi tanker was smuggling fuel; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon. #FoxNews

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US pulls out of Reagan-era arms treaty, saying Russia ‘made no efforts’ to comply | Fox News

A historic arms control treated signed between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev three decades was scrapped after President Trump decided to withdraw on Friday.

The move to scrap the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty comes amid the administration’s assessment that Russia was in “material breach of the treaty” and made no effort to “come back into compliance” with the agreement, a senior White House official said.

Source: US pulls out of Reagan-era arms treaty, saying Russia ‘made no efforts’ to comply | Fox News

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US preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan as part of proposed Taliban deal | Fox News

The Pentagon is preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan as part of a proposed peace deal with the Taliban, U.S. officials told Fox News Thursday.

Source: US preparing to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan as part of proposed Taliban deal | Fox News

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Supreme Court paves way for Trump administration to use military funds for border wall | Fox News

The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration Friday, lifting a freeze put in place by a lower court that had halted its plans to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build a border wall.

Source: Supreme Court paves way for Trump administration to use military funds for border wall | Fox News

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16 Marines arrested on accusations ranging from human smuggling to drugs, officials say | Fox News

More than a dozen U.S. Marines were arrested early Thursday on a variety of accusations ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses, according to officials.

The U.S. Marine Corps said in a news release that 16 Marines were arrested during a Battalion formation at Camp Pendleton in California. All are members of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, between ranks of E-2 and E4 (PFC-Corporal), a spokeswoman told Fox News, adding that none of the Marines officially has been charged.

“Information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation precipitated the arrests,” USMC officials said in a statement.

Source: 16 Marines arrested on accusations ranging from human smuggling to drugs, officials say | Fox News

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North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea, US officials say | Fox News

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, U.S. officials told Fox News late Wednesday, in the latest apparent provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime.The missiles flew about 267 miles from an area near the eastern city of Wonsan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing details of the launches.It came just as National Security Adviser John Bolton was wrapping up a visit to Seoul. Bolton, a harsh critic of North Korea, was meeting with South Korean officials to help settle a trade dispute between Seoul and Japan

Source: North Korea fires 2 short-range missiles into sea, US officials say | Fox News

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U.S. Warship ‘May Have’ Brought Down A 2nd Iranian Drone, General Says : NPR

The U.S. Navy warship that the Pentagon says brought down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week may also have brought down a second drone, according to CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

“We’re confident we brought down one drone; we may have brought down a second,” McKenzie said in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, referring to the USS Boxer’s encounter with an unmanned aircraft.

Source: U.S. Warship ‘May Have’ Brought Down A 2nd Iranian Drone, General Says : NPR

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The Latest: Germany calls for diplomacy in US-Iran tensions

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked the international community to use diplomatic tools to avoid a dangerous escalation in Iran. U.S.-Iran tensions are on the rise again as U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday an American warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

Source: The Latest: Germany calls for diplomacy in US-Iran tensions

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Trump: US warship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz | Fox News

President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed to Fox News in a statement: “At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the amphibious ship USS Boxer was in international waters conducting a planned inbound transit of the Strait of Hormuz. A fixed wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew.”

Source: Trump: US warship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz | Fox News