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Trump Shows Signs He Will Pardon Servicemen Accused or Convicted of War Crimes

Chief Operations Officer GhallagerPresident Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials.

The officials said that the Trump administration had made expedited requests this week for paperwork needed to pardon the troops on or around Memorial Day.

One request is for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the Navy SEALs, who is scheduled to stand trial in the coming weeks on charges of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive with a knife while deployed in Iraq.

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1 Marine killed, 6 injured in Camp Pendleton training incident

Camp Pendleton A Marine was killed and six others were injured Thursday when a vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, according to authorities.

The incident involving a light armored vehicle occurred at 9 a.m. and the six injured Marines were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries were not considered serious.

"This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family, friends and unit at this difficult time," division spokesman 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh said in a statement, Military.com reported.

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‘My dad died at their hands’: WWII vet fatally injured in VA nursing home

Dad fatally injured at VA hospital

Jim Ferguson wanted answers.

How was his 91-year-old father, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, fatally injured in a Veterans Affairs nursing home, the institution Ferguson had entrusted to care for him?

Huddled around a computer monitor with managers at the VA in Des Moines, Iowa, Ferguson watched a hallway surveillance video that depicted a chilling blow to his father's head.

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Shanahan calls for reforms as military sexual assaults rise by 38%; highest for young women

38 per cent rise in sexual assaults in military

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan called for sweeping changes in the way the military handles sexual assaults and harassment following a reported 38% increase in assaults from 2016 to 2018.

That spike in crime within the ranks comes after years of focused effort and resources to eradicate it.

The report surveyed Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel in 2018. Based on the survey, there were an estimated 20,500 instances of unwanted sexual contact – an increase over the 14,900 estimated in the last biennial survey in 2016.Unwanted sexual contact ranges from groping to rape.

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Mattis ignored orders from Trump, White House on North Korea, Iran: report

James Mattis stopped a lot of bad things from happeningFormer Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to carry out orders from President Trump or otherwise limited his options in various attempts to prevent tensions with North Korea, Iran and Syria from escalating, The New Yorker reported Monday, the latest account of Trump’s own officials trying to check his worst instincts.

"The president thinks out loud. Do you treat it like an order? Or do you treat it as part of a longer conversation? We treated it as part of a longer conversation," a former senior national security official told The New Yorker.

"We prevented a lot of bad things from happening."

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New missile gap leaves U.S. scrambling to counter China

Chinese missiles leave US scrambling to catch upChina’s powerful military is considered to be a master at concealing its intentions. But there is no secret about how it plans to destroy American aircraft carriers if rivalry becomes war.

At November’s biennial air show in the southern city of Zhuhai, the biggest state-owned missile maker, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Ltd, screened an animation showing a hostile “blue force,” comprising an aircraft carrier, escort ships and strike aircraft, approaching “red force” territory.

On a giant screen, the animation showed a barrage of the Chinese company’s missiles launched from “red force” warships, submarines, shore batteries and aircraft wreaking havoc on the escort vessels around the carrier. In a final salvo, two missiles plunge onto the flight deck of the carrier and a third slams into the side of the hull near the bow.

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Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes

Navy SEALS warned about reporting chief for war crimes

Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death. Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper’s roost. Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire.

Navy SEAL commandos from Team 7’s Alpha Platoon said they had seen their highly decorated platoon chief commit shocking acts in Iraq. And they had spoken up, repeatedly. But their frustration grew as months passed and they saw no sign of official action.

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