Trump says scandal-plagued Navy SEAL veteran Zinke will step down | Navy Times

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweeting Zinke’s departure, said the former Montana congressman “accomplished much during his tenure” and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate ... Read More »

Soldier Killed at COP Keating Receives Distinguished Service Cross |

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JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — More than nine years after the Battle of Kamdesh claimed eight lives and left 27 injured, a soldier killed there received a posthumous medal upgrade Saturday to the nation’s second highest honor, the Distinguished Service Cross. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, 27, had been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions at Combat Outpost ... Read More »

Former Green Beret major faces murder charge for 2010 Afghanistan incident | Army Times

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After eight years, two investigations and the intervention of a congressman, Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is being charged with murder in the death of an Afghan man during a 2010 deployment. Golsteyn’s commander “has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told Army Times in ... Read More »

Montana Jody moved in to a deployed service member’s home, sold his stuff to buy meth | Navy Times

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Being deployed can be tough business. While you’re busy hookin’ and jabbin’ (ah-punchin’ and ah-stabbin’) overseas, concern is ever-present that the infamous, devious snake called Jody might slither his way into the affections of your gal back home. Sure, you met your wife at Applebee’s just nine days before you deployed, but your marriage is as rock solid as those ... Read More »

Senate debates US role in Yemen, rebuke to Trump on Saudi Arabia | Defense News

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The U.S. Senate was poised to make a historic rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy after voting Wednesday to advance a resolution that could halt American military support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. The final vote on the resolution is expected as early as Thursday, after the Senate voted 60-39 to open debate. The ... Read More »

Turkey vows military operation against US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria | Military Times

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Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria “within a few days,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled Kurdish positions across the border in Syria, east of the Euphrates River, and has threatened to ... Read More »

NATO to send Kiev signals equipment after latest Ukraine-Russia spat | Reuters

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NATO will supply Ukraine’s military with secure communication equipment this month, its head Jens Stoltenberg told President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting on Thursday called to discuss an escalation of Kiev’s conflict with Moscow. Stoltenberg praised Ukraine’s “calm and restraint” after Russia seized of three its naval vessels and their crew off Crimea last month. Part of a 40 million ... Read More »

Two surviving Army pilots are suing Sikorsky over a helicopter crash that killed their crew chief | Army Times

They were in the middle of a routine training flight when the tail rotor of their UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter started to shake. Within minutes, Capt. Terikazu Onoda had completely lost control of the helicopter, and it crashed into a Maryland golf course, severely injuring him and co-pilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Nicholas and killing crew chief Spc. Jeremy ... Read More »

Afghan forces recapture Helmand’s Babaji area after 3 years | Pajhwok Afghan News

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Afghan security forces have been finally able to recapture Babaji area of Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, from Taliban militants, the governor said on Tuesday. Governor Mohammad Yasin Khan, who chaired a joint security meeting at the governor’s house, said the Afghan forces launched operations a week back to recapture a number of areas. Backed by air support ... Read More »

Taliban attacks on Afghan forces undeterred by mounting US pressure | FDD’s Long War Journal

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The Taliban has not flinched in the wake of increased targeting of its leaders by the US military as part of an effort to force the group to the negotiating table. In fact, the Taliban has remained on the offensive throughout Afghanistan. In Kabul, a suicide bomber killed 12 people, while dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed in Taliban ... Read More »