(CNN)Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base was briefly locked down Friday morning over concerns about an armed person outside it, officials said.The base just south of Tampa was locked down around 7 a.m. ET after police reported that an armed and dangerous suspect was near the Tanker Way gate, base spokesman Terry Montrose said.By 8 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and all of the base’s gates except for the one at Tanker Way were opened, base officials said.“There were no shots fired on MacDill and no injuries to MacDill employees,” Montrose said.Details about the suspect weren’t immediately available.Earlier, US Special Operations Command spokesman Phillip Chitty said the lockdown came amid reports of a shooter and that commands on base were told it wasn’t a drill.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks in a press conference, a day after the Pentagon said that a U.S. general’s letter informing Iraq’s Defense Ministry that U.S.-led coalition troops would leave Iraq “was a mistake,” and American Defense officials insisted that the troops would remain there. Last week on President Trump’s order, U.S. forces launched an airstrike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
The U.S. is sending thousands of additional troops to the Middle East after Iran vowed “harsh retaliation” for the death of a top Iranian general. Qassem Soleimani’s convoy was hit early Fridany morning in a drone strike ordered by President Trump. U.S. officials had been tracking Soleimani as he traveled in the region. CBS News’ national security correspondent David Martin reports from the Pentagon.
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.
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.
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.”
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.The military hasn’t released the conditions of the others involved or the names of the deceased. “All we can disclose is that there are two fatalities as a result of the crash,” said Airman Zoe Perkins with the base’s public
Secretary Wilkie holds a briefing at the White House
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.
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.
The withdrawal order comes as Turkish forces are pushing further south into Syria.
- 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.
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.
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
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.
- 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