President Trump says transgender military ban put in place because they “take massive amounts of drugs”
By Alex Wayne and Kitty Donaldson Bloomberg News President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use. Trump was asked why he implemented the ban,... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for May 10th, 2019
This week’s images show us a pair of victories, two types of fires, and a first-person view of the new F-35A. For 13 years the Army has given away the Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers trophy to the best Sapper, and in this photo by Micahel Curtis, we watch... Read more
Death toll climbs after more than 600 rockets fly between Gaza and Israel, both agree to another ceasefire
By Tamara Zieve and Saud Abu Ramadan dpa A Palestinian man was killed on Saturday night as medics said the death toll rose to four from ongoing Israeli army airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for some 200 rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel. Gaza Health Ministry... Read more
China military expanding reach into Arctic region, Pentagon says
By Tony Capaccio Bloomberg News China is accelerating activities in the Arctic as part of its “Polar Silk Road” and trying to promote itself as a “near-Arctic state,” the U.S. Defense Department said. A growing fleet of icebreakers and civilian research stations in Iceland and Norway could support a... Read more
Artillery booms from Army landing craft for first time in decades
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Artillery rounds blasted from howitzers aboard Army landing craft during a recent training mission, the first time in decades that boats from the service’s little-known fleet of watercraft have conducted a fire mission. Known as Operation Gator, the late April drill at Camp Lejeune,... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for April 26th, 2019
This week’s images take us airborne, a sniper’s point of view, a show of struggle, how Marine’s train for urban warfare, and a welcome home. First, we see the moment a special tactics operator jumps from the back of an MC-130H Combat Talon II as it flies over Florida.... Read more
Rise of the white hulls: Indo-Pacific coast guards become diplomatic tools
Theron Godbold Stars and Stripes Nations in the Indo-Pacific region are employing “white hull” diplomacy, putting their coast guards to work to challenge China’s territorial claims at sea, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said recently. Lt. Cmdr. Jay Tarriela described the growing strength and responsibility of coast guards in... Read more
Bombs Away: Best images of our military for April 19th, 2019
This week’s images feature plenty of training, a test of strength and will, and a view of one of nature’s most spectacular phenomenons from a vantage point we will never see. In Kuwait, a Marine marksman goes through his embassy compound training. The group is part of the U.S.... Read more
‘I’m having a good day,’ Trump says at wounded warrior event following release of Mueller report
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes In front of a backdrop of 29 veterans, President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed vindication following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on possible collusion efforts between his campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 elections in his favor. The report... Read more
Detainee torture by Afghan forces remains at ‘disturbingly high’ level, UN says
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Reports of Afghan security forces torturing war prisoners have declined over the past two years but continue to take place at a “disturbingly high” level, a human rights organization said. Nearly a third of conflict-related detainees interviewed in Afghan prisons gave “credible and... Read more
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