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Finding on SEAL Suicides Didn't Make It to Navy Chiefs: Report

Brain damage from blasts, often from firing their own weapons, was found in dead servicemen

(Newser) - At least a dozen Navy SEALs took their own lives over the past decade, while still on active duty or soon after leaving the military. The brains of eight of those troops were analyzed in a lab, and every one fit the same mold: They were all found to have...

US Puts European Bases on Highest Alert in Years

Step usually is taken when military considers a terrorist attack likely

(Newser) - A handful of US military bases in Europe are on a heightened state of alert over new fears of a terrorist attack. Among the installations is the Army garrison in Stuttgart, Germany, where US European Command is headquartered. It was put on condition "Charlie" on Sunday. One military official...

US Airman Charged With Kidnap, Sexual Assault in Japan

Authorities say he approached underage girl, lured her into his car at Okinawa park

(Newser) - A US Air Force member is in the custody of Japanese authorities, charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a girl in Okinawa in December. According to an indictment released this week, 25-year-old airman Brennon Washington approached the underage girl in a park on Dec. 24 "with the purpose of...

After Kim-Putin Deal, US Dispatches Carrier Strike Group

Theodore Roosevelt will take part in exercises with South Korea, Japan

(Newser) - A nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier arrived Saturday in South Korea for a three-way exercise involving Japan for stepped-up military training to cope with North Korean threats, which have escalated following the announcement of a security pact with Russia. The arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in Busan came...

Congress Considers Expanding Draft to Women

Proposal is unlikely to become law amid pushback from Republicans

(Newser) - Congressional lawmakers are considering a proposal to update mandatory conscription to include women for the first time. With fewer than 1% of US adults serving in active duty combat roles and the Pentagon facing recruitment challenges, military experts in 2020 recommended Congress include women in the draft "in the...

After 10 Days in Service, Doom for Gaza's $230M Pier?

Aid groups say it's been a bust, officials are talking of dismantling it, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - The $230 million pier built to support the delivery of aid to Gaza has been largely ineffective and may now be dismantled some two months earlier than expected, aid groups tell the New York Times . The temporary pier was built on short notice beginning in March amid warnings of famine...

US Military Hits Houthi Targets in Yemen

The move against rebels' radar sites comes as they continue assaults in Red Sea shipping corridor

(Newser) - The United States military unleashed a wave of attacks targeting radar sites operated by Yemen's Houthi rebels over their assaults on shipping in the crucial Red Sea corridor, authorities said Saturday, after one merchant sailor went missing following an earlier Houthi strike on a ship. The attacks come as...

Investigation: US Military Ran Major Anti-Vax Campaign

Reuters reports the Pentagon orchestrated one in the Philippines during COVID to discredit China

(Newser) - At one point during the COVID pandemic, then-Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte was so exasperated about how few citizens were getting vaccinations that he made an unusual threat. "You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed," he told the nation in a televised address in June 2021. What...

Pentagon Says Russia Has Detained US Soldier

It's not clear whether man was AWOL

(Newser) - An American soldier who apparently defied warnings not to travel to Russia is in Russian custody, Pentagon officials confirmed Monday. Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said the soldier was detained on Thursday in Vladivostok on charges of criminal misconduct, the AP reports. Officials told NBC News that the soldier, who had...

Unsettling Video Seeks Army Psyop Recruits

It's a tough job to fill, commander says

(Newser) - The video is unsettling, with haunting images of faceless people, fire, and soldiers. The voiceover is a cascade of recognizable historical voices as the screen pulses cryptic messages touting the power of words, ideas, and "invisible hands." Hints of its origin are tucked into frames as they flash...

CNN Pushes Back at Pentagon Account of Kabul Airport Attack

Outlet says new evidence turns over narrative of a lone suicide bomber in Afghanistan

(Newser) - Few claim that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan almost three years ago went smoothly. Now, conflicting accounts of the war's final days are emerging that puts the Pentagon's narrative at odds with others.
  • Bombing: In the late afternoon of Aug. 26, 2021, a blast brought about by an
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Gaetz Alleges 'Massive Cover-Up' by US Over Niger

GOP lawmaker's report says US soldiers aren't getting meds, mail amid confusing situation abroad

(Newser) - US troops in Niger have told GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz that they're "functionally stranded" in the landlocked West African nation, and a new report by the congressman accuses the Biden administration—specifically the State Department—of engaging in a "massive cover-up," per the Intercept . The hubbub...

Navy Says It Isn't Getting Enough Recruits

But Army, Air Force have turned things around

(Newser) - The Army and Air Force have managed to turn things around and meet recruiting targets, but the Navy isn't saying hello to enough sailors. The Navy says it aimed to sign up 40,600 individuals in the current recruiting year but it expects to fall around 6,700 short,...

This Isn't Your Fight, Iran Warns US

Pentagon bolsters force in Mideast in anticipation of strikes against Israel

(Newser) - If Iran and Israel start exchanging airstrikes, the US has been warned to stay out of it. All sides are expecting retaliation against Israel for a strike against the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1. And the US has told Israel it wants to be in on its decision...

Secret WWII 'Ghost Army' Finally Getting Its Due

US outfit that tricked Hitler will receive Congress' highest honor this week

(Newser) - A once-secret Army unit tasked with the unusual mission of tricking Adolf Hitler about the size of enemy troops will receive Congress' highest honor this week. The "Ghost Army"—more formally known as the Army's 23rd Headquarters Special Troops—will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Thursday,...

US Sends Forces to Haiti to Evacuate Personnel

Military will protect embassy in Port-au-Prince

(Newser) - The US military said Sunday that it had flown in forces to beef up security at the embassy in Haiti and allow nonessential personnel to leave. The aircraft flew to the embassy compound, the US Southern Command said, meaning that the effort involved helicopters. It said "no Haitians were...

Ospreys Can Fly Again, but Some Details Aren't Disclosed

Military hasn't identified which part failed in latest crash

(Newser) - Three months after the US military grounded its entire fleet of V-22 Ospreys , the aircraft has gotten the greenlight to fly again. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps grounded hundreds of aircraft after a deadly Nov. 29 crash off southwestern Japan; a preliminary investigation determined that a problem with...

Army Says It Is Cutting 'Spaces,' Not 'Faces'

Service branch is slashing the size of its force by 24K

(Newser) - The US Army is slashing the size of its force by about 24,000, or almost 5%, and restructuring to be better able to fight the next major war, as the service struggles with recruiting shortfalls that made it impossible to bring in enough soldiers to fill all the jobs....

US Airman Who Set Self on Fire at Embassy Has Died

Aaron Bushnell of Texas decried 'genocide' outside Israeli Embassy in Washington

(Newser) - The Air Force member who set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in DC on Sunday afternoon in support of Palestinians has died, reports the AP . The active-duty airman has been identified as 25-year-old Aaron Bushnell of San Antonio, Texas.

US Killed Militia Leader in Baghdad Using 'Flying Ginsu'

Military says Kataib Hezbollah commander was responsible for attacks on US forces

(Newser) - When the US military killed a Kataib Hezbollah commander in downtown Baghdad last week, it did so with a weapon dubbed "the flying Ginsu," reports the Wall Street Journal , citing defense officials. It has details on the use of what's officially called the R9X: It's a...

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