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China Retaliates for America's New Hong Kong Law

US military visits to Hong Kong banned

(Newser) - China said Monday it will suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats... More »

Trump Pays Respects at Dover Air Force Base

He attends return of 2 fallen US soldiers

(Newser) - President Trump has said the toughest part of his job is receiving the remains of fallen service members. On Thursday night, he was at Dover Air Force Base for the return of two more Americans killed overseas. The White House said the president would be at the Delaware base to... More »

2 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Chopper Crash

Taliban claims responsibility

(Newser) - Two US service members were killed on Wednesday when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, the US military said. The statement said the cause of the crash is under investigation but that preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire. However, the Taliban promptly claimed to have shot... More »

Video, New Details of Baghdadi Raid Released

Compound 'looks like a parking lot now'

(Newser) - The Pentagon has released dramatic video and new details of the raid that caused the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Footage released by the military shows figures approaching the compound in Syria where the ISIS leader was hiding out, the Guardian reports. The military also released video that... More »

Trump Tweets Fake Photo of Military Dog Getting Medal

'Conan' is going to visit White House next week

(Newser) - "AMERICAN HERO," President Trump tweeted Wednesday with a faked photo of himself awarding an honor to the dog injured in the raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The photo, originally posted by the Daily Wire conservative website, was an altered version of... More »

Punishment Eased for Navy SEAL Who Posed With Corpse

Edward Gallagher was not demoted to seaman recruit

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL acquitted of murdering an ISIS captive but convicted of posing for photos with the man's corpse has had his sentence upheld—but with a much smaller punishment. Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher has been bumped down a rank, to petty officer first class, though since his... More »

Report: Trump Now Plans to Send Tanks, More Troops to Syria

He says Kurds should 'head to oil region'

(Newser) - America will never desert Syria's oil, President Trump promised Thursday—and he suggested that if the Kurds want protection, they should move closer to the oil. Syria's oil fields "were held by ISIS until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds,"... More »

School Shooting Hero Is Now a Marine

Brendan Bialy, who helped stop Colorado school shooting, finishes boot camp

(Newser) - In May, two gunmen entered STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado and opened fire, killing one and injuring eight . Partly why the carnage at the charter school wasn't worse: Students helped stop the shooting. One of those teen heroes was Brendan Bialy, who tackled and disarmed one of the... More »

Army Plans to Limit Who Can Be Buried at Arlington

Under new rules, veterans would no longer automatically be eligible

(Newser) - In an effort to save dwindling space, the Army is proposing new rules to limit who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Under the current rules, the cemetery, which dates to the Civil War, would run out of space by the mid-2050s, the Army says. The proposed restrictions would... More »

3 Sailors From Same Aircraft Carrier Kill Themselves in 5 Days

'My heart is broken,' commanding officer says

(Newser) - "My heart is broken," the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush said after the apparently unrelated suicides of three crew members in the space of less than a week. In a Facebook post , Capt. Sean Bailey said the deaths of Chief Electronics Technician Nuclear... More »

US Carpet-Bombs 'ISIS-Infested' Island

40 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq island

(Newser) - The US-led coalition says American warplanes have dropped 40 tons of bombs on an Island in the Tigris River "infested" with ISIS members. The coalition said F15 and F35 warplanes took part in the bombing on Qanus Island in the central province of Salaheddine, north of Baghdad, the AP... More »

In 'Rare Move,' 3 Elite Navy SEALs Are Fired

'Due to a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures'

(Newser) - In July, a Navy SEAL team was sent home early from Iraq amid allegations of sexual assault and unauthorized drinking. Shortly after that, Rear Adm. Collin Green warned , "We have a problem" in regard to the culture underlying not only SEAL Team 7, but throughout the entire special-operations force.... More »

The US Army Has Never Seen Anything Like These 2 Before

Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi are first sisters in military branch to achieve the rank of general

(Newser) - Siblings are always trying to pull rank on each other, but these sisters have taken it to a whole new level. Meet Maria Barrett and Paula Lodi, who've both attained the title of general in the US Army—an achievement the Army believes is the first of its kind... More »

Feds Tweak Automatic Citizenship Rule for Some Kids

Feds accused of creating 'second-class citizenship'

(Newser) - The children of some Americans serving overseas in the military will not be exempt from the administration's hardline immigration policies. A new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services policy unveiled Wednesday states that in some circumstances, children born to service members or federal employees serving outside the US will... More »

Pence Announces Big Step Toward Space Force

US Space Command to be established Aug. 29

(Newser) - We're a week away from having a US Space Command—not to be confused with a US Space Force . "Next week we will formally stand up the new unified combatant command that will be known as the United States Space Command," Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday... More »

Where America Made Deadly Weapons, Wildlife Now Roam

And remaining cleanup will cost hundreds of billions of dollars

(Newser) - From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the US manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife, the AP reports. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons... More »

CDC to Army Lab: 'Cease and Desist' Studying Deadly Germs

Maryland's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases temporarily shuttered over safety concerns

(Newser) - A "cease and desist" order from the Centers for Disease Control has been issued, a military biodefense lab has been shuttered, and "research is currently on hold" there, possibly for months. The issue: safety worries that cropped up over processes used to contain dozens of dangerous toxins and... More »

Top Navy SEAL Warns: 'We Have a Problem'

Addressing 'good order and discipline problem' is 'top priority'

(Newser) - The commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command put the words "We have a problem" in bold font. "I don't know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately," reads... More »

He Approved a Brain Study. Then His Mom's Body Blew Up

Jim Stauffer is one of 35 people suing over Biological Resource Center

(Newser) - Jim Stauffer thought he was benefiting Alzheimer's research when he donated his mother's body to Biological Resource Center five years ago. As Doris Stauffer, 73, had suffered from Alzheimer's but was without the gene linked to the disease, her son thought a brain study could be useful.... More »

The US Military Battles a Silent Killer

Heat exposure is hurting and killing service members

(Newser) - Sgt. Sylvester Cline didn't have to die. The 32-year-old Iraq veteran was training at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas in June 2016 under grueling heat when he fell ill and was rushed to a nearby hospital—where heat exposure took his life. And he isn't the military's only... More »

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