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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...

Helicopter Carrying 5 Marines Vanishes
5 Marines Confirmed
Dead in Helicopter Crash

5 Marines Confirmed Dead in Helicopter Crash

Aircraft went down in the mountains of California during a storm

(Newser) - The Navy has confirmed that five Marines are dead after their helicopter crashed in the mountains near San Diego in stormy weather on Tuesday night, reports the AP . Their names have not yet been released, and efforts to recover their remains are underway. Rescuers found the wreckage on Wednesday.

US' Second Wave Hits 35 Targets in Yemen
Iran Calls US Strikes
a 'Strategic Mistake'
the rundown

Iran Calls US Strikes a 'Strategic Mistake'

Second wave hit Houthi sites in Yemen, defense officials say

(Newser) - The US unleashed another round of strikes against Houthi targets on Saturday, hours after Iran condemned the retaliation but stopped short of threatening a military response to it. The latest targets were all in Yemen, intended to damage the military capability of Iran-backed militia groups that have fired on US...

US Launches Barrage, Starting Retaliatory Campaign

Strikes are in response to killing of three Americans in Jordan

(Newser) - US forces launched new airstrikes against Iranian-backed militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, kicking off a campaign of retaliation for the killing of three American soldiers in Jordan on Sunday and escalating the fighting in the Middle East. More than 85 targets were hit, US Central Command said. US...

Report: Biden Settles On His Iran Retaliation

US will reportedly strike Iranian targets, but not those inside the country itself

(Newser) - The US has approved a series of strikes in response to the drone attack that killed three service members in Jordan last weekend, CBS News reports, citing US officials—but the plan is to hit Iran-linked facilities in Iraq and Syria, not targets in Iran itself. The officials say the...

President, First Lady to Attend Dignified Transfer at Air Base

Remains of troops killed in Jordan attack are being returned to US soil Friday

(Newser) - President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will join grieving families at Dover Air Force Base on Friday to honor three American service members killed in a drone attack in Jordan, a solemn ritual that has become relatively uncommon in recent years as the US withdrew from conflicts abroad. The...

As US Ponders Response to Iran, Two Red Lines Collide
As US Ponders Responses,
Two Red Lines Collide
the rundown

As US Ponders Responses, Two Red Lines Collide

For the US, the killing of American troops; for Iran, a retaliatory strike within its borders

(Newser) - The US promises some kind of response against Iran after the deaths of three US servicemembers in Jordan. The big question is how aggressive it will be.
  • Red line, I: The most aggressive option would be to hit Iranian targets within Iran itself. However, this one carries the greatest risk

What Went Wrong at 'Tower 22'
What Went
Wrong at
'Tower 22'
the rundown

What Went Wrong at 'Tower 22'

Air defense system at US military base reportedly got confused by a friendly drone

(Newser) - Since the Israel-Hamas war began in October, US forces in the Middle East have come under attack more than 150 times, notes Reuters . Most such attacks were deflected by air-defense systems or were otherwise deflated. On Sunday, though, a drone got through, killing three American troops and wounding more than...

US, Iraq to Discuss Ending Coalition's Mission

American forces have repeatedly come under fire since Israel-Hamas war began

(Newser) - The US and Iraq will begin talks soon to wind down the mission of a US-led military coalition formed to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq, both governments said Thursday. The Pentagon said the size of the American military footprint in the country will be part of the discussions,...

How 2 Navy SEALs Were Lost in the Arabian Sea

Christopher Chambers, 37, and Nathan Gage Ingram, 27, died during a raid

(Newser) - Under the darkness of night, in the roiling high seas off the coast of Somalia, members of the US Navy's SEAL Team 3 began to climb aboard an unflagged ship that was carrying illicit Iranian-made weapons to Yemen. As Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram began...

Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites
Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites

Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites

US, UK struck missile storage sites and launchers in Yemen, officials say

(Newser) - The US and British militaries bombed eight locations they said are used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen on Monday night, the second time the two allies have conducted coordinated retaliatory strikes on an array of the rebels' missile-launching capabilities. According to officials, warship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles and fighter...

Biden: Strikes Aren't Stopping Houthis, Will Continue

'We never said the Houthis would immediately stop,' Pentagon says

(Newser) - US forces on Thursday conducted a fifth strike against Iranian-backed Houthi rebel military sites in Yemen as President Biden acknowledged that the American and British bombardment had yet to stop attacks that have disrupted global shipping. The latest strikes destroyed two Houthi anti-ship missiles that "were aimed into the...

US Strikes Houthis Again, Biden Balks at Criticism

Conflict continues in Yemen, a day after first round of airstrikes against rebels

(Newser) - The US military early Saturday struck another Houthi-controlled site in Yemen that it had determined was putting commercial vessels in the Red Sea at risk, a day after the US and Britain launched multiple airstrikes targeting Houthi rebels. AP journalists in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, heard one loud explosion. US...

Houthis Vow to Respond to US, British Strikes
Houthis Say Retaliation
Will Be 'Beyond Imagination'

Houthis Say Retaliation Will Be 'Beyond Imagination'

Rebels vow to respond to US, British strikes

(Newser) - Houthi rebels in Yemen vowed to respond Friday after American and British airstrikes hit dozens of targets across the country . Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said five people were killed in a total of 73 strikes, Al Jazeera reports. "The American and British enemy bears full responsibility for its...

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