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Australia’s military steers mass evacuation ahead wildfires | VOA News

Military and rescue operations have been underway in Australia, using boat and helicopters to rescue those trapped by 200 plus fires consuming the country. Over 50,000 people in the region are without power, no access to clean drinking water, and are surrounded by smoke-laden skies. Eight people have been killed, with 18 still missing as the number rises every day. ... Read More »

American soldier killed in Kenya terror attack identified as 23-year-old Illinois man | Fox 6

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The American soldier who died on Sunday in the terror attack in Kenya has been identified by the Department of Defense to be Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. Mayfield was 23-years-old, from Illinois and part of the Army’s 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The attack was carried out by Al Qaeda ... Read More »

U.S. suspends training Iraqi troops to focus on base security in wake of Soleimani killing | Military Times

According to the U.S.-led coalition combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as threats to coalition troops at Iraqi bases continue, the U.S. has paused the training of Iraqi troops. Operation Inherent Resolve said that following the rocket attack on the Balad Air Base and the fire attack in Baghdad, there have been 13 attacks against bases that house American forces. ... Read More »

Three Americans killed in Kenya terror attack | CNN

A U.S. service member and two civilian contractors were killed in a terror attack at a Kenya Defense Force in Manda Bay, Kenya on Sunday. Their names have not been released. Two DoD members were wounded in the attack and are now in stable condition. CNN has confirmed that the attack was carried out by Al-Shabaab, who has previously pledged ... Read More »

Taiwan Army Chief dead in helicopter crash | BBC

Among eight people, Taiwan’s top military official, General Shen Yi-ming, was killed in a helicopter crash near the capital, Taipei. There were poor weather conditions when the Black Hawk helicopter lost contact with aviation authorities and needed to make an emergency landing. According to reports, there were several other military officials involved in the crash. Due to the mountainous terrain, ... Read More »

A special Marines force created after Benghazi just hit the ground in Iraq | Business Insider

A Marine special crisis-response unit has been deployed to Iraq to support personnel at the embassy in Baghdad after an uprising last week. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has announced their deployment from Kuwait “to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense.” This specialty unit was created following the ... Read More »

28th Marine commandant, who led Corps during Beirut bombing tragedy, dies at age 91 | Marine Corps Times

Retired General Paul X. Kelley has passed away at the age of 91, having led the Marine Corps during the terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon that killed 241 Americans. He served as an infantry officer and was later deployed to Vietnam as a commanding officer where he was awarded a Silver Star. At the age of 51 Kelley was promoted ... Read More »

Truck bomb rips through Somali capital; death toll at least 79, scores injured | Arkansas Democrat Gazette

A truck bomb detonated in Mogadishu, Somalia at a security checkpoint, ripping through the crowd of citizens travelling during rush hour. At least 79 people have been killed and over 125 injured, with dozens severely hurt. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed believes the act of terror was coordinated by the al-Shabab who have ties to al-Qaida. An emergency committee has been ... Read More »

Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike | BBC

General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military commander, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq. Alongside local Iran-back militias, General Soleimani was killed early on Friday at Baghdad airport by a strike ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. Bolstering Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups and expanding Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria have ... Read More »

NYPD: Times Square safest place on Earth for New Year’s Eve | WFMJ

According to New York City’s counter-terrorism czar, the “safest place on Earth” on New Year’s Eve is Times Square. For the Eve’s festivities, thousands of police officers and specialized units were on duty.  The specialized units were armed with guns and “bomb-sniffing” dogs. The police also has drones to keep watch over the celebration in the area. These various security ... Read More »