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Trump's Military Parade Could Be Pricey: OMB

Mick Mulvaney says it could run between $10M and $30M

(Newser) - The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Trump won't come cheap: It could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money isn't included in the administration's new budget request. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told... More »

US May Have Killed Dozens of Russian Fighters

But Kremlin downplays incident in Syria, saying they were mercenaries

(Newser) - The convoluted fighting in Syria pits the US and Russia on opposite sides, and a recent battle has resulted in this jarring description from Bloomberg : It may have been "the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War." But so far, this hasn't... More »

US Launches Airstrikes on Syrian Regime-Backed Troops

It was self-defense, officials say

(Newser) - The US military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday after as many as 500 attackers began what a US military official says appeared to be a coordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by US advisers in Deir el-Zour province. The official says the strikes were in self-defense after... More »

Trump Tells Pentagon He Wants a Military Parade

No date set for DC display of military might

(Newser) - President Trump has literally given the Pentagon its marching orders: The president has told top generals that he wants a display of military might in Washington, DC, along the same lines as the extravagant Bastille Day parade he saw in Paris last year , the Washington Post reports. Trump has previously... More »

Kelly: Teacher Who Slammed Military 'Ought to Go to Hell'

California teacher called military 'lowest of our low'

(Newser) - A California teacher caught on video calling the military "the lowest of our low" was slammed by the usually reserved White House chief of staff Wednesday. John Kelly told Fox News Radio that El Rancho High School history teacher Gregory Salcido "ought to go to hell," Politico... More »

Experts Say Fitness Tracker Map Reveals Secret Military Bases

'A lot of people are going to have to sit through lectures come Monday morning'

(Newser) - Last November, Strava published a Global Heatmap tracking the movements of the 27 million people who use its fitness service—either through its app or devices like Fitbits—over two years. A 20-year-old international security and Middle East expert finally took a closer look at the map this weekend after... More »

Report: US Funds Afghan Army Despite Use of Child Sex Slaves

And that appears to be against US law

(Newser) - The Leahy Law requires that US aid be cut off from foreign military units involved in gross human rights violations. A report commissioned by the Obama administration following stories of the "rampant" use of young boys as sex slaves by commanders—the practice is known as "bacha bazi"... More »

Senator Who Lost Legs in War Slams 'Draft-Dodger' Trump

Duckworth has message for 'Cadet Bone Spurs'

(Newser) - A Democratic senator who lost both legs while serving in the Iraq War says she isn't going to let a "draft-dodging" president lecture her on what the military needs. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, slammed President Trump as "Cadet Bone Spurs" in... More »

He Defected to North Korea, Came to Bitterly Regret It

Charles Jenkins ultimately left North Korea for Japan in 2004

(Newser) - Former US Army soldier Charles Jenkins, who drank a few beers and slipped across the DMZ to defect to North Korea on a January night some 52 years ago, has died in Japan. He was 77. Jenkins, who feared being killed on patrol or being sent to Vietnam, had planned... More »

Trump's Thanksgiving Tweet: US 'Starting to Do Really Well'

President also had message for Coast Guard, troops around the world

(Newser) - President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off their Thanksgiving celebration by visiting a Coast Guard station in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Thursday, the AP reports. Trump praised the Coast Guard for its work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and said, "There's no... More »

Army Members Accused of Misbehavior on Trump Trip

Military personnel accused of 'improper contact' with women in Vietnam

(Newser) - The Pentagon has confirmed it is investigating allegations that three service members on President Trump's Asia trip broke curfew and had what the Washington Post calls "improper contact" with women in Vietnam. Sources tell the Post that the Army noncommissioned officers have been reassigned from their White House... More »

After Deadly Crash, US Troops in Japan Banned From Drinking

Police say Marine in Okinawa was 3 times legal limit

(Newser) - US military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man. Police on the southern Japanese island arrested 21-year-old Nicholas James-McLean late Sunday on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in injury or death... More »

Low on Recruits, Army Expands Mental Health Waivers

Recruits with history of self-harm, drug abuse now have a chance

(Newser) - The Army, facing the challenge of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers by September next year, has opened the door to people with mental health issues that would have prevented them from signing up in the past. According to documents obtained by USA Today , the Army will now consider granting waivers... More »

Report: US Soldier Was Bound, Executed

Villagers in Niger say he was found 2 days after ambush

(Newser) - Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four American soldiers killed after an ambush in Niger last month, was found with his hands tied after having apparently been executed by militants, villagers say. Tongo Tongo resident Adamou Boubacar tells the Washington Post that children found Johnson's body two days after... More »

Marine Instructor Gets 10 Years for Tormenting Recruits

Joseph Felix will get a dishonorable discharge

(Newser) - A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being convicted of tormenting and abusing young recruits , especially Muslim-Americans, including one who later killed himself. A military jury also ordered Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, to forfeit all pay, be demoted to... More »

Marine Drill Instructor Guilty of Abusing Recruits

'He wasn't making Marines. He was breaking Marines'

(Newser) - A Marine Corps drill instructor was convicted by a military jury of physically abusing young recruits, sometimes while drunk, and focusing his fury on three Muslim-American military volunteers. The eight-man jury at Camp Lejeune, NC, determined Thursday that Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix was guilty of hazing and maltreatment of recruits... More »

Report: Niger Militants Kidnapped US Soldier

Sergeant's body was found 2 days later

(Newser) - One of four American soldiers killed in Niger last month may have been kidnapped by ISIS-linked militants before he was executed, sources say. A village elder in northern Niger tells CBS that a battle raged for more than two hours after a group of Green Berets was ambushed by attackers... More »

North Korea Slams US 'Surprise Nuclear Drill'

McMaster says Trump won't hold back in Asia talks

(Newser) - The North Korea situation is heating up again—just in time for President Trump's visit to the region. On Thursday, two Guam-based American B-1B Lancer strategic bombers joined Japanese and South Korean jets for drills near the Korean Peninsula, Reuters reports. American authorities describe the exercises as a routine... More »

Federal Court Bars Trump's Transgender Troop Policy

A DC federal judge says transgender troops would likely win their case against the administration

(Newser) - A federal court in Washington is barring President Trump from changing the government's policy on military service by transgender people, the AP reports. Trump announced in an August memo that he intended to reverse course on a 2016 policy that allowed troops to serve openly as transgender individuals. He... More »

He Voted for Iraq War, Has Now Written 11K Fallen Troops' Families

'It's a sacred responsibility that I have to communicate my condolences to a family'

(Newser) - On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four US soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter Jones sat at the desk in his North Carolina office, doing what he's done more than 11,000 times in 14 years: signing letters to families of the dead... More »

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