A man who authorities say stole a dead 8-year-old’s identity, “Joseph Chandler” and used his name for decades has finally been identified as a World War II veteran who vanished in the 1960s.
Now federal authorities want to know why Robert Ivan Nichols disappeared in the first place.
Source: Man who stole dead child’s ID was WWII vet who vanished in the 1960s – ABC News
A suicide attack in restive eastern Afghanistan killed at least 18 people in a crowd celebrating the Eid holiday Sunday, the second assault in as many days to mar an unprecedented ceasefire.
Source: Taliban Says Ceasefire Won’t Be Extended, As Suicide Attack Kills 18
A coalition of Arab States, led by Saudi Arabia, attacked Yemen’s main port city, Hodeidah, Wednesday in an attempt to cripple Houthi rebels. The Houthis, supported by Iran, hold the city. The attack on Hodeidah, the largest battle yet in the Yemen war, involved warplanes, warships, and ground troops. Most Yemeni people eat food that passes through Hodeidah, and 8.4 million Yemenis are close to famine.
Source: Saudi-Led Forces Attack Yemen’s Main Port City – The Daily Beast
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A high-ranking Kirtland Air Force Base officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California.
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations said in a news release this week that William Howard Hughes, Jr., was apprehended at his home after a fraud investigation involving a fake identity he had been using.
Source: Air Force officer who went missing 35 years ago arrested after fraud investigation – NY Daily News
A Brooklyn pizza delivery man was served up to immigration officials by soldiers at the Fort Hamilton Army Base — and the patriots kept the pie.
Source: Pizzeria worker busted by ICE agents after delivering pizza to Army base, faces deportation – NY Daily News
U.S. and allied warplanes destroyed an Islamic State sleeper cell near the terror group’s former stronghold of Mosul Tuesday, ending with roughly 12 jihadists dead, military officials in Baghdad say.
The strikes targeted a segment of underground bunkers and tunnels used by Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters to defend the northern Iraqi city against Iraqi troops, backed by U.S. and coalition airpower, during last year’s offensive to retake Mosul.
The recent airstrikes come amid questions whether the White House and the Pentagon will maintain its military presence in Iraq to support Baghdad’s efforts to stamp out remaining ISIS cells, or withdraw U.S. troops from the country. The Trump administration has already indicated its desire to scale back American military forces battling the Islamic State in Syria.
Source: U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq
Israel confirms the US-made F-35, from the world’s costliest military programme, was used recently.
- Developed by Lockheed Martin and first flown in 2006, the main reason for the fighter is its versatility, projected to serve the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy in one design
- Three variants: conventional takeoff (A); short takeoff and vertical landing (B) and carrier-based catapult (C)
- Stealth is clearly a key factor, its airframe and design materials allow pilots to penetrate areas without being detected by radar
- This gives it a small radar cross-section, which is said to allow it to engage enemy aircraft before they see it. A helmet-mounted display system means the jet does not have to be pointing at its target to fire weapons
- But it’s the sensors, communications and avionics that it trumpets the most – data is shared immediately with operational commanders, and pilots can track the enemy, jam radars and thwart attacks
Source: F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation – BBC News
As the war against the Islamic State terror group winds down in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military is increasingly turning its attention to Afghanistan.
As of early May, ISIS holds only two small pockets of territory in eastern Syria, and none in Iraq.
U.S.-backed fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since returned to eastern Syria following Turkey’s incursion into northwest Syria, drawing Kurdish fighters from the fight against ISIS. The SDF recently announced it is once again fully committed to defeating ISIS.
Air Force A-10 jets and drones were recently called to thwart a battle against the Taliban in western Afghanistan, when the city of Farah was threatened.
Source: As ISIS targets disappear in Iraq and Syria, US military shifts focus back to Afghanistan | Fox News
In celebration of Armed Forces Day, a local community honored veterans in a ceremony Saturday.
The Reserve Township Commissioners held the “Dedication of our Military Banners” ceremony at the memorial on Mt. Troy Road at 9 a.m.
“We just felt this was a great way of showing respect to our residents and loved ones that put time in the armed services,” said Ron Neurohr, chairman of the township board, who helped organize the ceremony.
Source: Local community honors veterans on Armed Forces Day
BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” to avoid “a new conflagration” in the Middle East after Israeli forces bombed Iranian targets inside Syria.
Guterres’ comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel. Israel said the strikes early Thursday were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights and has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran’s attack.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Israel’s attacks and called it a blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty.
Source: U.N. Chief: Halt ‘All Hostile Acts’ in the Middle East | Time