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News Briefs – January 18, 2019

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Food pantry opens for employees at Coast Guard Academy A coalition of Coast Guard-related nonprofit groups has opened a pop-up food pantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to help Coast Guard and academy workers affected by the partial government shutdown. About 160 of the 260 government-funded nonessential employees at the New London, Conn.,-based academy…

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DOD identifies Operation Inherent Resolve casualties

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The Department of Defense announced Jan. 18 the deaths of one soldier, one sailor and one DOD civilian who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The deceased are:   Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Fla. Farmer was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky….

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U.S. military says service members killed in Syria blast

Posted January 17, 2019 by by Bassem Mroue

Two U.S. service members, one Department of Defense civilian and one contractor supporting DOD were killed and three service members were injured while conducting a local engagement in Manbij, Syria, Jan. 16, 2019. The troops were killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria, the U.S. military said, an attack that came…

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Headlines – January 16, 2019

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News For the first time in history, a US military service is working without pay – As Coast Guard paychecks went undelivered Jan. 15 as the result of an ongoing partial government shutdown, the service’s top officer urged its members to stay the course.   New defense intelligence assessment warns China nears critical military milestone…

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News Briefs – January 16, 2019

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Supreme Court rejects appeal over military burn pits The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting appeals from military veterans who claim they suffer health problems because of open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The justices on Jan. 14 left in place a federal appeals court ruling that more than 60 lawsuits over the burn pits…

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DOD says U.S. service members killed in Syria

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The U.S. military says four American service members were among 16 people killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria. Reports also state that more than a dozen people were injured. The military said in a tweet about the Jan. 16 blast in the northern Syrian town of Manbij: “We are still…

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Headlines – January 14, 2019

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News Plan calls for U.S. troop pullout from Syria to take months, bringing hundreds more troops in to assist – The U.S. military said Jan. 11 it has started taking steps to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal from Syria. The announcement fueled concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon…

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News Briefs – January 14, 2019

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Turkey says its Syria offensive doesn’t hinge on U.S. pullout Turkey’s foreign minister says a planned Turkish military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria doesn’t depend on whether the United States withdraws its troops from the region. Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with NTV news channel on Jan. 10 that Turkey would…

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Headlines – January 11, 2019

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News New Pentagon chief under scrutiny over perceived Boeing bias – Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s private remarks during his 18 months at the Pentagon have spurred accusations that he is boosting his former employer Boeing, people who have witnessed the exchanges told POLITICO — fueling questions about whether he harbors an unfair bias against…

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News Briefs – January 11, 2019

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Taiwan announces new-look military drills to counter China Taiwan’s military has announced a series of newly designed large-scale military drills for this year in response to China’s continuing threat to use force to gain control over the island. While Taiwan’s armed forces regularly hold such exercises, the official Central News Agency quoted Defense Ministry planning…

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