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Mexican and U.S. law enforcement agencies discovered a highly sophisticated underground tunnel—featuring a rail system and solar-powered lighting—running underneath the border between Mexico and California. The San Diego sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are investigating an unfinished tunnel they believe drug smugglers and human traffickers were building that was found starting at a residence in Jacume, in the ... Read More »

Why a Chinese officer said South China Sea island fortification is driven by ‘threats’ | Navy Times

China may further fortify man-made islands in the South China Sea depending on threats faced by the outposts, a Chinese naval officer said Wednesday. Navy academy researcher Senior Capt. Zhang Junshe repeated China’s stance that it has the legal right to take whatever measures it deems appropriate on the islands in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in ... Read More »

Congressman Duncan Hunter calls on President Trump to intervene on behalf of Navy SEAL charged with Iraq war crimes | San Diego Union Tribune

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, announced Wednesday he had sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to intervene in the case of a San Diego-based Navy SEAL being held at the Navy Consolidated Brig on MCAS Miramar. Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. Gallagher, 39, is charged with committing multiple war crimes while on deployment in Mosul, Iraq, in 2017. He ... Read More »

Syrian Kurds say American teen among 8 captured foreign ISIS fighters | Stars and Stripes

U.S.-backed forces in Syria said they have captured eight foreign Islamic State fighters in the town of Hajin, including one American teen, days after announcing they had detained five others. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, said Wednesday they had captured U.S. citizen Soulay Noah Su, 16, who had been going by the alias Abu Souleiman al-Amriki, as well ... Read More »

Retired generals warned us about Rumsfeld. Now they’re warning us about Trump. | The Washington Post

In 2006, the war in Iraq was moving in a bad direction, with hundreds of Iraqis and dozens of American soldiers being killed weekly. As violence escalated and defeat seemed imminent, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stubbornly clung to a strategy of withdrawing American troops. When the hour was darkest, an unlikely set of heroes emerged. Retired generals — Paul ... Read More »

With San Francisco and Boston now on board, Tampa Bay can’t contain Frogman Swim any more | Tampa Bay Times

As a result, Tomalin, Farnan and Navy SEAL Dan O’Shea created the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Since 2010, the event has raised $3.5 million for the Navy SEAL Foundation, a charity that provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Last year’s event also honored Tomalin, who died at 55 in May ... Read More »

Ex-Green Beret Pummeled to Death in Apparent Fratricide | Daily Beast

His wife and four kids, who live in Fayetteville, North Carolina, were then flown by the military to Germany and, according to a U.S. military source, made a decision to take him off life support on Jan. 4. Rodriguez’s death, which multiple sources said was the result of a sudden fracas involving U.S. Marines, follows last year’s brutal strangulation of ... Read More »

Elvis Presley’s jewelry, clothing sold at Graceland auction | MSN

Jewelry, clothing and other Elvis Presley-related memorabilia have been sold at auction in Tennessee. Elvis Presley Enterprises says the auction at The Guest House Graceland netted more than $600,000 Tuesday on what would have been his 84th birthday. The Guest House is a hotel located steps from the Graceland home, where the singer lived in Memphis. Graceland says a red ... Read More »

SECNAV to Trump: Ford Carrier Weapons Elevators Will be Fixed by Summer, or ‘Fire Me’ | USNI News

The Navy Secretary has committed that the service and its industry partners will have working weapons elevators on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) by the end of the summer – and the secretary’s job is now on the line over that issue. The Navy accepted delivery of the first-in-class carrier and commissioned it into the fleet without any ... Read More »