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Pentagon readies largest deployment in Somalia since Black Hawk Down

Somali soldiersThe U.S. military authorized an additional 40 ground troops be deployed in Somalia, the largest presence in the African country since the 1993 incident known as Black Hawk Down.

The Pentagon said 40 soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.,-based 101st Airborne Division would be deployed to Somalia to help assist the fledgling central government's armed forces with logistical training and support in its ongoing fight against the terrorist group al-Shabab.


Ex-Army colonel: I’ve never been so concerned about US, world

Lawrence WilkersonFormer Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says that he has never been as concerned about the state of this country as he is today.

Wilkerson, who also served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on Saturday said world relations are more concerning today than they were during some of the most tumultuous periods of recent U.S. history.

"I've been through the Cuban missile crisis, I've been through the Bay of Pigs before that, Vietnam War, the two Iraq wars and so forth," Wilkerson told MSNBC.

"And I've got to tell you, though, I've never been so concerned, as I am now, for the state of this country and world relations."


Army charges retired general with rape against a minor in the 1980s

Retired Army general accused of rapeThe Army on Friday announced rape charges against a retired general for multiple assaults against a minor dating to the 1980s.

Retired Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene is charged with six charges of rape of a minor between 1983 and 1989, the Army announced. The criminal investigation remains open, according to the Army.

Grazioplene, in a brief interview by phone, declined to comment and expressed surprise that the Army had announced the charges. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


CENTCOM: Afghanistan bombing statements were 'inappropriate'

CENTCOM: Afghanistan bombing statement inappropriateThe Pentagon is walking back comments a U.S. Central Command employee gave to The Hill regarding the use of one of the military's largest non-nuclear bombs during an operation in Afghanistan.

The employee, who identified themselves as a CENTCOM spokesperson, gave candid comments to The Hill regarding the use of the munition, referred to as the “Mother of all Bombs,” on a series of tunnels used by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


US special forces soldier killed in operation against Isis in Afghanistan

US soldier dies in AfghanistanAn American soldier was killed while conducting operations against Islamic State in Afghanistan late on Saturday, a US military spokesman said in a message posted on Twitter.

“The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province” in eastern Afghanistan, US navy captain Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the Nato-led Resolute Support mission.


Trump’s Pick To Lead The Army Believes Being Transgender Is A Disease

Mark GreenPresident Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R) as Army secretary Friday, choosing someone who has spoken out against equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Green, who has sponsored anti-LGBTQ legislation in his state, is drawing opposition from advocates who question whether he can lead an increasingly diverse Army.

“Mark Green is a danger to every LGBTQ soldier bravely serving our country,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement Friday.


Marines to court-martial drill instructor after Muslim recruit's death

Marine drill sgt. charged in death of Muslim recruitThe U.S. Marine Corps said Wednesday that charges against a drill instructor linked to the death of a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from Michigan will move forward to a military trial, though they will not include the more serious charges the recruit’s family had wanted.

The Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command, based in Quantico, Va., announced that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, who served as drill instructor to Raheel Siddiqui, will face a general court-martial on a charge of cruelty and maltreatment. A source with knowledge of the underlying allegations behind the charge said it was related to Siddiqui’s death at the Marines' Parris Island, S.C., training base on March 18, 2016.


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