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Six Airmen Receive Distinguished Flying Cross for Middle East Rescue | Military.com

Two years after the first major special operations raid under the Trump administration, the airmen, part of the 67th Special Operations Squadron at the time, received Distinguished Flying Crosses last week for their actions in support of various tasks against terrorist operations under Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the Air Force. More Read More »

WATCH DAVID LEE ROTH’S ‘EAT ‘EM AND SMILE’ BAND REUNITE ONSTAGE | UCR

The members of David Lee Roth’s solo band who played on Eat ‘Em and Smile reunited at the NAMM music convention in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend. Guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette were joined by singer Jeff Scott Soto for renditions of Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Sheehan’s “Shyboy,” the latter of which appeared ... Read More »

A disgraced former Green Beret is on trial for allegedly beating his wife, but allegations from two other women are going unanswered | Army Times

Almost three years since the original incidents, the court-martial of a Florida-based Special Forces officer on domestic abuse and child endangerment charges began Monday in a Fort Bragg, North Carolina, courtroom. Maj. Jason Sartori, 37, faces six counts of assault and two counts of child endangerment, stemming from multiple altercations with his wife while he was assigned to 7th Special ... Read More »

US special forces ‘seeking to capture IS leader Baghdadi alive’ | The New Arab

US Special Forces are searching for the chief of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq, a senior Iraqi military official revealed to The New Arab. The team tasked with locating IS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi is the same previously assigned to locate and eliminate former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, northeastern Pakistan, the Iraqi security expert, Ahmad al-Hamdani, ... Read More »

How tax brackets actually work | Vox

A few weeks ago, we published a quick visual explainer on how tax brackets actually work. It was in reaction to this tweet from Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who implied that Democrats — specifically Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — want to take away 70 percent of Americans’ income. Scalise was pushing a common misunderstanding of how tax brackets actually work. ... Read More »

‘It’s probably over’: Antonio Brown saga takes new twist | Fox Sports

Antonio Brown is done sending mixed messages. His latest Instagram post made his desired destination abundantly clear. He wants to be a 49er. The disgruntled Steelers wide receiver posted a photo of himself in a 49ers uniform being embraced by Jerry Rice, the legendary wide receiver who recently said Brown wanted to head west to the Bay Area. Brown included ... Read More »

‘Continuing War by Other Means’: The Case of Wagner, Russia’s Premier Private Military Company in the Middle East | Jamestown Foundation

The decimation of the Wagner Group PMC near Deir el-Zour (a city in eastern Syria, some 450 kilometers from Damascus) in early February 2018,[i] has highlighted the role Russian mercenaries play in the Kremlin’s foreign policy. But the broader phenomenon of Russian PMCs, including the Wagner Group, is highly complex, as exemplified by the nervous and incoherent official reaction to ... Read More »

U.S.-Taliban Agree on Troop Withdrawal Plan, Sources Tell VOA | Voice of America

The United States and the Taliban may have agreed on a plan for American troops to leave Afghanistan, sources privy to the development told VOA Saturday. In return, the insurgent group has given assurances that no international terrorist groups would be allowed to use Afghan soil to threaten America or any other country in future. The understanding is the outcome ... Read More »

Navy holds commissioning ceremony for USS Michael Monsoor, named for local hero who died to save others | Orange County Register

“The USS Michael Monsoor is manned and ready and reports for duty.” With those words, the Navy’s newest destroyer, named for a Garden Grove High School graduate and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, was commissioned into service, her new crew lining the bow and standing at attention. Monsoor’s final brave act – diving onto a grenade to save his fellow ... Read More »

Seven SEALs Granted Immunity in Iraq War Crimes Prosecutions | Military.com

New details in the case against a Navy SEAL charged with multiple war crimes emerged Friday, during a marathon motion hearing at Naval Base San Diego. The hearing revealed that seven Navy SEALs have been granted immunity to testify for the prosecution during the upcoming trial of Edward R. Gallagher, a chief special warfare operator alleged to have murdered a ... Read More »