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You’re likely to get the coronavirus | The Atlantic

In 1997 a 3-year old boy in Hong Kong died after being the first known person to contract the avian flu. Originally only known to affect birds, the word quickly spread, and the Chinese killed 1.5 million chickens. By the end of the year, there had only been 18 known human cases of the new flu strain. The virus was ... Read More »

American soldier stationed in South Korea first service member to test positive for coronavirus | Military Times

The first American service member to contract the coronavirus visited Camp Carroll and Camp Walker in South Korea. “KCDC and USFK health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed,” commented the USFK. Efforts to contain the spread of the virus continue as the peninsula is still under a “high” risk level. A ... Read More »

Taliban attacks down as Afghanistan ‘reduction in violence’ deal holds | The Defense Post

A seven-day long reduction of violence truce is currently holding out after four days. While the agreement only covers certain areas, there has been a significant decline in violence and attacks throughout these regions. If the truce holds, the next step is for the U.S. and the Taliban to sign a deal on Saturday that would see thousands of troops ... Read More »

On 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima flag-raising, some struggle with history-changing news | Military.com

Rene Gagnon Jr. still struggles with the news that his father was not one of the six Marines pictured in the famous photograph that showed the raising of the U.S. flag after the battle of Iwo Jima. Last October the Marine Corps officially announced the results of those pictured on top of Mount Suribachi after an investigation. Cpl. Harold “Pie” ... Read More »

US Army’s $7 billion wish list would boost multidomain units and wartime funding | Defense News

The Army’s unfunded requirements list for 2021 continues to climb and is currently at a total of $7 billion. This list is sent to Congress each year shortly after the defense budget is released in order to show where money would be spent if they had been given more of it. Details show that additional resources would have been used ... Read More »

US soldiers fighting to keep virus from base at ground zero of South Korean crisis | Stars & Stripes

South Korea has reported a total of 833 confirmed Coronavirus cases. U.S. troops have been banned from unnecessary travel to and from the base, as well as being instructed to not shake anyone’s hand. Currently no known confirmed cases have gone onto the base, but the virus has been spreading quickly since hitting the city of Daegu. Health checks are ... Read More »

Trump in India: A brief history of US presidents’ trips | BBC

Numerous presidents have conducted visits to India with varying results. As President Trump conducts his first official visit, BBC has compiled a list of previous visits and how well they went. Dwight D Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to visit India, where he received a warm welcome that encouraged likability during the Cold War. Richard Nixon, however, led a ... Read More »

Russian patrol vehicle in clash with US convoy in Syria violated deconfliction rules, OIR says | Military Times

Col. Myles B. Caggins III has reported that the Russian patrol involved in a crash violated the deconfliction rules. A video of the crash has been circulating and is currently being reviewed by U.S. Central Command. The video depicts a Russian vehicle trying to violently push past a U.S. convoy as an Oshkosh M-ATV attempts to ram the Russian vehicle ... Read More »

CAR says 12 rebels killed in clash with UN troops | Al Jazeera

Twelve members of a heavily armed group trying to enter the town of Birao were killed in a firefight between the group and the Central African Republic (CAR) troops and UN peacekeepers. The militants were a part of the FPRC, the largest armed group in CAR, fighting over resources and land. Thousands have been killed since 2013 due to the ... Read More »

Afghanistan war: US and Afghan Taliban to start partial truce | BBC

A peace treaty between the U.S. and the Taliban could be on the horizon if everyone can keep the peace for this next week. Seven days of peace has begun, and if successful, the signing of the first phases of a peace agreement will take place. Taliban negotiators commented that “a suitable security situation would lay the groundwork for peace ... Read More »