Navy proposes special operations training in Washington State Parks
State Parks is reviewing a proposal from the Navy to expand its use of parks in Western Washington for special operations training from five locations to 29. Public comments are being accepted and a public meeting will be held May 6 in Port Townsend. Staff will provide a report... Read more
Watchdog: Trump administration lacks strategy to fight Afghanistan’s dangerous heroin trade
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says it’s on the brink of inking a deal with the Taliban that could pave the way for an end to America’s longest war. But despite the zeal to reach a political settlement with the militant Afghan group, the White House has neglected to... Read more
Two US soldiers injured, one seriously, as car skids off road near Ansbach
A 20-year-old American soldier was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries this week when the car he was a passenger in skidded off a road in Bavaria, German rescue officials said Wednesday. The soldier suffered numerous bone fractures and internal injuries, but his condition has improved since the accident,... Read more
USAF shows how “you can run but you can’t hide” from JTACs
(Video by Airman 1st Class Olivia Grooms and Airman 1st Class Dylan Murakami) Able to strike from a distance and hit targets with a level of precision that lowers the chance of collateral damage, the GBU-39 is a unique weapon. Sporting retractable wings that allow it to glide to... Read more
Man faces 20 years for terrorist plot in Kansas City in support of ISIS
A 20-year sentence and lifetime supervision will deter Robert Lorenzo Hester, Jr. and others like him from from the “clarion call” of the Islamic State, federal prosecutors wrote in a memorandum seeking the maximum penalty for a Columbia man who pleaded guilty to aiding terrorists. In opposition to the... Read more
75 years after Iwo Jima, a 95-year-old vet says “I’m not a hero… I was just one of the boys”
Eddie Vincek is a survivor. He’s made it to 95. Still stands tall, with remarkably few ailments. Still lives with his wife in their longtime house in rural Chesapeake, where he putters around the flower beds of their 4-acre yard. Seventy-five years ago, Vincek beat some other odds —... Read more
After failing training, an Army PFC stole a helo and landed it at the White House
Some men handle rejection in different ways, be it the ending of a relationship or being cut off at the past when it comes to trying to forge their own future. In such trying times, some men give up, some soldier on, and others just snap. Robert Kenneth Preston... Read more
Raids across Turkey as prosecutors issue 695 warrants for coup links
Istanbul (dpa) – Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 695 people, including serving soldiers, for their alleged links to a suspected 2016 coup mastermind, state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday. The suspects being sought in raids across the country include Justice Ministry workers, former and current soldiers, and former... Read more
Trump calls on Russia to stop supporting ‘atrocities’ in Syria
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Russia to stop its support for what he called the Syrian government’s “atrocities” in the country’s conflict. In a statement released by the White House on Sunday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said that Trump, in a phone call with... Read more
Taliban claims deal with US to be signed by end of February
Kabul (dpa) – An agreement between the Taliban and the United States will be signed by the end of February, the militia’s political spokesman based in Qatar, Suhail Shaheen, told dpa on Monday. US and Taliban representatives have been holding talks aimed at finding a political solution to the... Read more
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