Islamic State militants escape during riot at prison in Syria
Military aircraft were assisting Syrian forces putting down “uprising” at a detention facility holding Islamic State group fighters, during which some of the prisoners escaped, officials said late Sunday. U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces sent anti-terrorist forces and other troops to the prison in Hassakeh, in northeastern Syria, said Mustafa... Read more
A war like no other: Inside the Illinois National Guard’s unprecedented coronavirus mission
After a solitary 5-mile run long before sunrise each morning, Pfc. Sabine Gonzalez grabs a cardboard container filled with scrambled eggs and hash browns in a suburban hotel lobby and heads back to her room. She eats alone, adhering to a social distance that runs counter to the military... Read more
North Korea launches more ballistic missiles as the world battles COVID-19
Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang Stars and Stripes North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, calling the weapons test “very inappropriate.” The missiles were launched from a northeastern area and flew nearly 150 miles, with... Read more
20% of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard working remotely
KITTERY, Maine – Approximately 20% of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workforce is currently working remotely as a result of the coronavirus health emergency, officials said this week. The shipyard remains fully operational during the pandemic, which has closed all non-essential businesses in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts – the... Read more
CIA used this device for pilots to hide an escape radio in case of capture
The CIA has come up with some strange and creative ways to hide things, and one prototype is no exception. Created by the Central Intelligence Agency’s former chief of disguises, the “scrotum concealment device” featured a hairy prosthetic scrotum that could be placed over the real thing, allowing pilots... Read more
Canada ‘strongly opposed’ to possible plan for US troops along border
Photo: As the sign reads: mission essential only are allowed into Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York, March 20, 2020. New northern border restrictions between United States and Canada to close the border for non-essential travel are in effect to limit the COVID-19 outbreak across the country. However,... Read more
San Diego-based Navy ship confines crew amid soaring COVID-19 cases
SAN DIEGO — The crew of the San Diego-based amphibious transport dock Somerset have been ordered to remain on board the ship as the Navy announced Wednesday that six more San Diego-based sailors have tested positive for COVID-19. The order to remain on board coincides with comments made Tuesday... Read more
Baby boomers grew up fearing nuclear war. Now we fear something too small to see
As a kid, growing up in the 1960s, I feared death from above: the A-bomb’s immense, blinding flash, its mushroom cloud. Nights during the Cuban missile crisis, I sat in bed, ear pressed to the window as I tried to gauge the height of planes overhead because I imagined... Read more
Space Force set for first launch as national security missions take top priority during coronavirus
The U.S. Space Force is moving ahead with a crucial national security launch Thursday that remains on track, even as installations around the country move to telework due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess, the commander of the 45th Space Wing and the Eastern Range at Patrick... Read more
Judge says Missouri man accused of war crime can be extradited to Bosnia
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved a request to extradite a St. Louis County man to Bosnia to face a war crime charge. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina says that Adem Kostjerevac raped a pregnant Serbian prisoner in 1992. He was indicted there in 2015, court... Read more
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