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2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif. two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table. adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill...






nigerian gunmen attack convoy on northeast highway, 7 killed


maiduguri, nigeria — gunmen believed to be nigeria's boko haram islamic extremists attacked a convoy of motorists along a recently secured highway, killing at least seven people and injuring many others, including soldiers in a military escort, witnesses said.the maiduguri-biu highway has been one of the most dangerous routes in northeastern nigeria for three years because of boko haram attacks. the nigeria military recaptured it last year and declared it safe, but the military escorts motorists moving in convoy along the road.eyewitness, dauda pambe, said he was among the travelers guarded by soldiers when gunmen launched the ambush attack on urday."we were somewhere between bulabulin and dogonwaya villages when the boko haram gunmen opened fire on the vehicles ahead of us in the convoy,"






german defense ministry investigates army abuse allegations


berlin — germany's defense ministry is investigating claims of abuse at an army training base after reports that male and female soldiers were subjected to demeaning rituals and ual har ment.jens flosdorff, a spokesman for the defense ministry says disciplinary proceedings have been launched, seven people have been suspended, and prosecutors are investigating whether to bring criminal charges.flosdorff said monday the allegations centered around three separate abuse cases, some going back to 2014.flosdorff told reporters in berlin that the allegations were "outrageous and repulsive, and certainly no advertisement" for the german armed forces.he said lawmakers would be briefed on preliminary investigation results monday and the military's chief of staff planned to visit the base, in the sou






pentagon compiling a list of iraqis who aided the u.s. military and wants them s


the pentagon is compiling a list of iraqi citizens who have worked with the u.s. military and is recommending that they be exempt from president trump’s temporary ban on entry to the u.s. by people from iraq and six other predominantly muslim countries, according to the u.s. military. the move could potentially shield tens of thousands of iraqi interpreters, advisors, and others who have isted the american military from the president’s controversial executive action that blocked visitors from iraq, iran, syria, sudan, somalia, libya and yemen. capt. jeff davis, a pentagon spokesman, told reporters monday that the list will include names of individuals who have “demonstrated their commitment” to helping the united states. “even people that are doing seemingly benign things in support of






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in philippine airstrikes at the start of a covert offensive in the country's south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three slain filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs wednesday night and thursday on a militant e






duterte asks us not to store weapons in philippine ps


manila, philippines — philippine president rodrigo duterte asked the united states on sunday not to store weapons in local ps under a defense pact, saying his country may get entangled if fighting erupts between china and the u.s.duterte said in a news conference that he would consider abrogating a 2014 defense pact that allows u.s. forces to temporarily station in designated philippine ps if the americans build weapon depots in those en pments."they're unloading arms in the philippines now," duterte said, identifying three areas where u.s. forces were supposedly bringing in their armaments, including the western philippine province of palawan, which faces the disputed south china sea."i'm serving notice to the armed forces of the united states, do not do it, i will not allow it," duterte






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philippines: airstrikes killed 15 is group-linked militants


manila, philippines — philippine airstrikes have killed 15 muslim militants linked to the islamic state group, including a suspected indonesian militant, while one of southeast asia's top terror suspects was seriously wounded in the country's south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, i






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — a suspected indonesian militant was killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the philippines launched airstrikes using south korean-made fighter jets for the first time in combat, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, including






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines (ap) — a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia’s top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in philippine airstrikes at the start of a covert offensive in the country’s south, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three slain filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs wednesday night and thursday on a milit






2 scary acronyms in a military town: brac and rif


two acronyms have popped up in the news that are scary for a military town like san diego: brac and rif.two heavy-hitter congressmen say they want to put base closures back on the table.adam smith, a washington state democrat on the house armed services committee, said he’ll introduce a bill to give the pentagon the authority to conduct another round of base realignment and closure discussions, known as brac, in 2019."we should not be wasting hard-earned taxpayer money to maintain excess infrastructure that dod has determined it does not need," smith said in a statement. "it is time to do what's right for defense and move forward with this process."arizona sen. john mccain, the republican who chairs the senate armed services committee, apparently agrees."we need to talk about it, i think i






first-known combat death since trump sworn in identified


washington — the defense department says the u.s. navy sailor killed during a raid on al-qaida base in yemen was from peoria, illinois.chief special warfare operator william "ryan" owens died jan. 28 in the arabian peninsula of yemen, of wounds sustained during the raid.the pentagon says the 36-year-old owens was igned to an east coast-based special warfare unit.secretary of defense jim mattis in a statement monday said owens "gave his full measure for our nation."three service members also were wounded sunday during the firefight with militants from al-qaida in the arabian peninsula's branch in yemen. the raid left nearly 30 others dead, including an estimated 14 militants. a fourth u.s. service member was injured when a military aircraft isting in the mission nearby had a "hard landing."






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines (ap) — a suspected indonesian militant was killed and one of southeast asia’s top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the philippines launched airstrikes using south korean-made fighter jets for the first time in combat, the military chief said sunday.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said the body of the suspected indonesian militant, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three dead filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.eleven other militants were reportedly killed, ano said, citing intelligence, but added their bodies have not been found.hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood after air force aircraft, inclu






duterte asks us not to store weapons in philippine ps


manila, philippines (ap) — philippine president rodrigo duterte asked the united states on sunday not to store weapons in local ps under a defense pact, saying his country may get entangled if fighting erupts between china and the u.s.duterte said in a news conference that he would consider abrogating a 2014 defense pact that allows u.s. forces to temporarily station in designated philippine ps if the americans build weapon depots in those en pments.“they’re unloading arms in the philippines now,” duterte said, identifying three areas where u.s. forces were supposedly bringing in their armaments, including the western philippine province of palawan, which faces the disputed south china sea.“i’m serving notice to the armed forces of the united states, do not do it, i will not allow it,” dut






thousands at jfk airport in new york protest new visa and refugee suspensions


thousand of new yorkers headed out to john f. kennedy airport urday evening to protest president trump’s new executive order turning back refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly muslim countries. word of the spontaneous demonstration was spread across social media, with activists like filmmaker michael moore calling out “everybody in nyc area--- head to jfk terminal 4 now.”  by late afternoon, it appeared that more than 2,000 had heeded the call to protest, to the dismay of airport security struggling to keep the terminal clear for travelers. one group chanted, “let them in.” another read out loud from the emma lazarus poem inscribed in the base of the statue of liberty, “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled m es yearning to breathe free ....’’ earlier in the day, 1






baltic draftees can choose it over infantry – the denver post


by hael ter,the ociated presslille, france — the tiny baltic nation of estonia is experimenting with the idea of cyberconscription, a move that gives draftees with tech skills the chance to work shoring up their military’s electronic infrastructure, an estonian defense official said tuesday.the experiment involves between 10 and 20 draftees, estonian defense official erki kodar told the ociated press. it began last summer and will be evaluated after the conscription cycle ends in june.estonia’s compulsory military service means teens can serve between eight to 11 months in the military depending on their role on whether they serve as sailors, soldiers or in other roles.those accepted as cyberconscripts can expect to p their time on a help desk or doing programming work, kodar said.governme






syria warns of setting up safe zones for civilians as unsafe


beirut — syria warned monday of safe zones for civilians that u.s. president donald trump has expressed interest in creating, saying it would have to come in coordination with the syrian government, otherwise it would be unsafe and violate the arab nation's sovereignty.the announcement was made in damascus by foreign minister walid al-moallem during a meeting with the head of the u.n. refugee agency unhcr, filippo grandi, who began an official visit to syria on monday.the announcement e about a week after the trump administration's expressed interest in setting up safe zones for civilians in war-torn syria, an idea that was greeted with caution by russia and turkey, who have taken the lead in the latest peace efforts to end the mideast country's devastating six-year war.the idea of safe zo






rep. duncan hunter urges trump to make an executive order exemption for iraqis w


reps. duncan hunter (r-alpine) and adam kinzinger (r-ill.) are asking president trump to approve waivers to his executive order for iraqis who helped the american military. hunter and kinzinger, who both served in iraq and afghanistan, said in the letter to trump that they supported a request from defense secretary james n. mattis that visa reviews for some iraqis be fast-tracked. "for the safety of these courageous individuals and their families, and in the interest of our national security, it’s critical that we make this exception and do so swiftly,” the congressmen said in a statement. the executive order trump signed friday bars all refugee entries for 120 days, blocks syrian refugees indefinitely and bars for 90 days the entry of citizens from iraq, iran, syria, yemen, sudan, lib






5 indian soldiers die 3 days after rescue from kashmir snow


srinagar, india (ap) — five indian soldiers rescued last week from snow that caved in on them as they patrolled along the highly militarized line of control that divides kashmir between india and pakistan died monday, the army said.indian army spokesman col. rajesh kalia said the soldiers died after they were flown from the frontier area of machil to the region’s main city of srinagar for specialized treatment.kalia said army helicopters earlier failed multiple times to bring the soldiers to the army’s base hospital in srinagar because of hostile weather after their rescue urday.last week, 15 indian soldiers and five civilians, including four members of a family, were killed when avalanches hit military posts, patrols and homes in kashmir.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4






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reps. duncan hunter (r-alpine) and adam kinzinger (r-ill.) are asking president trump to approve waivers to his executive order for iraqis who helped the american military. hunter and kinzinger, who both served in iraq and afghanistan, said in the letter to trump that they support a request from secretary of defense james mattis that visa review for some iraqis be fast-tracked. "for the safety of these courageous individuals and their families, and in the interest of our national security, it’s critical that we make this exception and do so swiftly,” the congressmen said in a joint statement. the executive order trump signed friday bars all refugee entries for 120 days, blocks syrian refugees indefinitely and bars for 90 days the entry of citizens from iraq, iran, syria, yemen, sudan,






philippine airstrikes kill suspected indonesian militant


manila, philippines — the philippine military chief says a suspected indonesian militant has been killed and one of southeast asia's top terror suspects is fighting for his life after they were hit in airstrikes in the country's south.military chief of staff gen. eduardo ano said sunday the body of the suspected indonesian, known by his nom de guerre mohisen, was recovered by troops along with three filipino followers of militant leader isnilon hapilon, who was seriously wounded in the hilly outskirts of butig town in lanao del sur province.ano tells the ociated press hapilon was wounded in the arm and was losing blood. air force warplanes, including south korean-made fa50 fighter jets deployed in a combat mission for the first time, unleashed 500-pound (225-kilogram) bombs on wednesday an






seal killed in yemen raid: why they were there


a navy seal from the virginia-based elite unit known as seal team 6 was killed sunday during an unusual nighttime raid that put u.s. troops on the ground against al qaeda leaders in the middle of war-torn yemen.the fallen serviceman’s name has not yet been released, but several news outlets and sources in the seal community have confirmed his identity as a seal.three other americans were wounded in the raid and an mv-22 osprey had to be destroyed after the aircraft suffered a “hard landing” and couldn’t fly. another u.s. service member was injured in that crash.welcome to the intel, a blog examining the military news of the daythe attack in central yemen has been described as an effort to target the al-dhahab family, who is considered an al qaeda ally.three members of that family — abdul-r






turkish servicemen in greece seek release from custody


athens, greece — a group of turkish servicemen seeking asylum in greece have appeared before an athens court to contest their continued detention despite the rejection of turkey's request for their extradition.the pilots and flight engineers fled to greece in a military helicopter a day after the failed july 15 military coup in turkey.greece's supreme court ruled last week that the eight men wouldn't get a fair trial in turkey, and that their lives might be in danger there. the decision prompted anger from turkey.the supreme court ordered their release from police custody, but police later extended their detention order on national security grounds for three months, pending examination of their asylum bids.the men appealed that decision in an administrative court monday. a ruling is expect






seal killed in yemen raid: why they were there


a navy seal from the virginia-based elite unit known as seal team 6 was killed sunday during an unusual nighttime raid that put u.s. troops on the ground against al qaeda leaders in the middle of war-torn yemen.the fallen serviceman’s name has not yet been released, but several news outlets and sources in the seal community have confirmed his identity as a seal.three other americans were wounded in the raid and an mv-22 osprey had to be destroyed after the aircraft suffered a “hard landing” and couldn’t fly. another u.s. service member was injured in that crash.welcome to the intel, a blog examining the military news of the daythe attack in central yemen has been described as an effort to target the al-dhahab family, who is considered an al qaeda ally.three members of that family — abdul-r






seal team 6 commando killed in firefight in yemen in trump’s first counterterror


washington — one u.s. commando was killed and three others were wounded in a fierce firefight early sunday with al-qaida militants in central yemen, the military said on sunday. it was the first counterterrorism operation authorized by president donald trump since he took office, and the commando was the first u.s. service member to die in the years-long shadow war against al-qaida’s yemen affiliate.members of the navy’s seal team 6 carried out the surprise dawn attack, and the military said that about 14 al-qaida fighters were killed during a nearly hour-long battle. an al-qaida leader — a brother-in-law of anwar al-awlaki, the u.s.-born cleric and top al-qaida leader in yemen, who died in a drone strike in 2011 — was believed to have been killed.after initially denying that there were an






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india is now one of apple’s fastest growing markets, with iphone sales up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the previous year. the high growth comes largely from a small user base of its products in the country, but with recent rollouts of 4g networks, the company expects more demand for its devices.also:apple ships 2.5m iphones in india during 2016, boosted by iphone 7 release (appleinsider)






trump signs orders to limit refugees, review military readiness


the trump administration has instructed the pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget. the executive action, signed friday during president trump’s first visit to the pentagon, follows through on a paign pledge to build up the military, which trump says was ignored under the obama administration. “i’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the united states, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,”  he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members. “our military strength will be qu






new-look white sox system lands six prospects in mlb.com's top 100


members of the white sox's scouting and development staff took the stage sunday morning for their second seminar of soxfest. it was a good time to discuss the team's restocked farm system, given that hours earlier mlb.com released its list of the game's top 100 prospects.six sox prospects made the list, the most of any team except the braves and yankees, who each had seven. new infielder and former no. 1 overall prospect yoan moncada slipped to no. 2, overtaken in the top spot by red sox outfield prospect andrew benintendi.other sox in the rankings were no. 12 lucas giolito, no. 16 michael kopech, no. 46 reynaldo lopez, no. 71 carson fulmer and no. 81 zack collins. all are pitchers except moncada and collins, a catcher taken no. 10 overall in the 2016 draft. only fulmer was part of the org






trump signs order to limit refugees, review miliary readiness


the trump administration has instructed the pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget. the executive action, signed friday during president trump’s first visit to the pentagon, follows through on a paign pledge to build up the military, which trump says was ignored under the obama administration. “i’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the united states, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,”  he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members. “our military strength will be qu






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the trump administration has instructed the pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget. the executive action, signed friday during president trump’s first visit to the pentagon, follows through on a paign pledge to build up the military, which trump says was ignored under the obama administration. “i’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the united states, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,”  he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members. “our military strength will be qu






judges block parts of trump's order restricting refugees, banning some visitors


the trump administration has instructed the pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget. the executive action, signed friday during president trump’s first visit to the pentagon, follows through on a paign pledge to build up the military, which trump says was ignored under the obama administration. “i’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the united states, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,”  he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members. “our military strength will be qu






judges block parts of trump's order restricting refugees, banning some visitors


the trump administration has instructed the pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget. the executive action, signed friday during president trump’s first visit to the pentagon, follows through on a paign pledge to build up the military, which trump says was ignored under the obama administration. “i’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the united states, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,”  he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members. “our military strength will be qu






200 troops sent to new brunswick, where thousands still without power five days


shippagan, n.b. — the military is sending 200 troops to new brunswick to back up relief efforts in the areas that have been hardest hit by last week’s ice storm.new brunswick’s premier told a news conference in shippagan sunday that the military will help thousands of residents in the province’s northeast who have been without power for days following the ice storm that walloped the province last wednesday.“we should see quite a presence (monday) in the region,” brian gallant said. “everybody is in a mode in which we understand that every minute counts, every hour counts and every day counts, and we’re all focused on one thing.”a military official said in an interview sunday that troops from the army’s base in gagetown were set to deploy overnight in two waves. the team includes engineers






one u.s. commando dead, four wounded in raid on al qaeda in yemen


a u.s. special operations commando was killed and three others injured in a firefight during a predawn raid with al qaeda fighters in central yemen, according to the u.s. military. the raid marked the first known counterterrorism operation and first confirmed combat fatality under president trump. “we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” gen. joseph votel, the head of the u.s. central command, said in a statement. “the sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.” during the operation, forces grabbed a cache of the militants' laptops, cell phones and other materials, which was what u.s. commanders were seeking in the rare on-the-ground siege against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, known






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one u.s. commando dead, four wounded in raid on al qaeda in yemen


a u.s. special operations commando was killed and three others injured in a firefight during a predawn raid with al qaeda fighters in central yemen, according to the u.s. military. the raid marked the first known counterterrorism operation and first confirmed combat fatality under president trump. “we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” gen. joseph votel, the head of the u.s. central command, said in a statement. “the sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.” during the raid, a v-22 osprey tiltrotor aircraft that was isting in the operation crash-landed at a nearby location, resulting in an additional service member injury, said a u.s. official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly






escobar finds role in twins infield in limbo again


by the time eduardo escobar reported to the aragua tigers just after christmas, only three games remained in the venezuelan league’s regular season, and four in the postseason, as it turned out. so he didn’t demand to play shortstop, as he could have as a major league veteran, but chose to fill in at second base and designated hitter instead.he hopes that’s not a harbinger of his sixth season with the twins.for the third time in four years, escobar will report to p in fort myers, fla., next month with little certainty about his role but with the creeping feeling that he is considered option b at shortstop. he has had to wait while pedro florimon and danny santana got first s at the job in the past, and this year he is considered an underdog once more in a projected competition with second-






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escobar finds role in twins infield in limbo again


by the time eduardo escobar reported to the aragua tigers just after christmas, only three games remained in the venezuelan league’s regular season, and four in the postseason, as it turned out. so he didn’t demand to play shortstop, as he could have as a major league veteran, but chose to fill in at second base and designated hitter instead.he hopes that’s not a harbinger of his sixth season with the twins.for the third time in four years, escobar will report to p in fort myers, fla., next month with little certainty about his role but with the creeping feeling that he is considered option b at shortstop. he has had to wait while pedro florimon and danny santana got first s at the job in the past, and this year he is considered an underdog once more in a projected competition with second-






update: navy seal killed in yemen was william 'ryan' owens, 36


a navy seal from the virginia-based elite unit known as seal team 6 was killed sunday during an unusual nighttime raid that put u.s. troops on the ground against al qaeda leaders in the middle of war-torn yemen.the fallen sailor is chief special warfare operator william "ryan" owens, 36, of peoria, illinois.three other americans were wounded in the raid and an mv-22 osprey had to be destroyed after the aircraft suffered a “hard landing” and couldn’t fly. another u.s. service member was injured in that crash.welcome to the intel, a blog examining the military news of the daythe attack in central yemen has been described as an effort to target the al-dhahab family, who is considered an al qaeda ally.three members of that family — abdul-raouf al-dhahab, sultan al-dhahab, and seif al-nims — we






m18 hellcat's cannon s blows man's hat off


the m18 hellcat’s cannon is not to be trifled with. take a look at how intense that blast is––it almost knocks people down!full story at youtube.more about the military. posted by josh urich






one u.s. commando dead, four wounded in raid on al qaeda in yemen


a u.s. special operations commando was killed and three others injured in a firefight during a predawn raid on al qaeda fighters in central yemen, according to the u.s. military. the raid marked the first known counterterrorism operation and first confirmed combat fatality under president trump. “we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” gen. joseph votel, the head of the u.s. central command, said in a statement. “the sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.” as the u.s. forces began their ault on the al qaeda compound in bayda province, they engaged in an intense firefight left at least 14 militants dead, said a u.s. official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the secret missio






white house seems to back away from part of new refugee plan amid gop backlash


a u.s. special operations commando was killed and three others injured in a firefight during a predawn raid on al qaeda fighters in central yemen, according to the u.s. military. the raid marked the first known counterterrorism operation and first confirmed combat fatality under president trump. “we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our elite service members,” gen. joseph votel, the head of the u.s. central command, said in a statement. “the sacrifices are very profound in our fight against terrorists who threaten innocent peoples across the globe.” as the u.s. forces began their ault on the al qaeda compound in shabwa province, they engaged in an intense firefight left at least 14 militants dead, said a u.s. official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the secret missi






the new a-team: agile teams of machines


sylvester kaczmarekcrunch network contributorsylvester kaczmarek is an award-winning entrepreneur and product leader with more than a decade of international, quality-driven it industry experience. how to join the networkone of the most popular shows on television 30 years ago was “the a-team” — the story of five rogue military commandos who teamed together to form an elite fighting unit. now, a generation later, darpa and the u.s. military are in search of a new “a-team” — only this team won’t be comprised of just humans, it will include a few machines, as well.a-team refers to “agile team,” which darpa refers to as hybrid teams of humans teamed with intelligent machines. what darpa recognizes is that intelligent machines are not just “agents” carrying out the simple commands of humans, b






repairs uncover cocaine worth $434k in oklahoma airplane's nose gear


authorities say 31 pounds of cocaine that was accidentally discovered stashed in the nose of an american airlines aircraft in tulsa is worth around $434,000.tulsa county sheriff's office spokesman justin green says the plane arrived in miami from bogota, colombia, on sunday. it was flagged for maintenance and sent later that day to tulsa international airport, where american airlines has a maintenance base.while working on the nose gear, an airline employee noticed what looked like a clump of insulation or a brick-like object and called the sheriff's office to inspect the suspicious find.authorities discovered seven bricks of cocaine, worth at least $14,000 a pound. ociated pressgreen says the case has been turned over to the u.s. drug enforcement administration in miami.






trump's revamp of top advisors reflects the rise of controversial aide steve ban


president trump is revamping the advisory circle of national security experts in his white house, and the new configuration reflects the sharp rise of his controversial aide steve bannon. bannon, trump’s chief strategist, is now invited to sit in on all meetings of the national security council, while key experts like the director of national intelligence and chairman of the joint military chiefs will only participate when specifically summoned. the decision is raising questions in national security circles. bannon is the former head of the right-wing breitbart news website who declared last week that the news media should be considered “the opposition party” during the trump era. bannon was a key link for trump with the nationalist “alt-right” movement during the paign. “stone-cold cr






trump's revamp of top advisors reflects the rise of controversial aide steve ban


president trump is revamping the advisory circle of national security experts in his white house, and the new configuration reflects the sharp rise of his controversial aide steve bannon. bannon, trump’s chief strategist, is now invited to sit in on all meetings of the national security council, while key experts like the director of national intelligence and chairman of the joint military chiefs will only participate when specifically summoned. the decision is raising questions in national security circles. bannon is the former head of the right-wing breitbart news website who declared last week that the news media should be considered “the opposition party” during the trump era. bannon was a key link for trump with the nationalist “alt-right” movement during the paign. “stone-cold cr






us spy veterans decry trump’s immigration ban


president donald trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven muslim-majority nations takes a major recruiting tool out of the hands of u.s. spy handlers, say a growing number of intelligence veterans. for decades, cia and u.s. military intelligence spy recruiters have held out the promise of eventual resettlement in america to induce foreigners to turn coat…






chilly weather and sunshine return to ski slopes this week, next chance of snowf


not much precipitation materialized from the weather system that pushed across the cascade hillsides, and mostly sunny skies and chilly temperatures will prevail throughout most of upcoming week.those seeking ankle deep powder should head to mount baker ski area where a few inches of fresh powder fell sunday, and whistler-blackcomb resort in british columbia received two inches.strong high pressure will sweep south from northern british columbia creating mostly firm, crusty snow conditions in mornings, turning to soft, packed by the afternoons. bundle up in layers of clothing as freezing levels will dip from 6,500 feet to the surface by late tuesday.snowboarder catches air off the hillside at whistler-blackcomb resort. p o courtesy of mitch winton at coast mountain p og hy and whistler-bla






yemeni civilians killed in first us raid under trump | yemen news


at least 10 yemeni women and children have been killed in the first us military operation in the country authorised by president donald trump, medics and local media have said.the us military said it killed 14 members of al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula (aqap) in sunday's dawn raid in the southern province of al-bayda that involved missiles and helicopter machine guns.in a statement, the pentagon did not refer to any civilian casualties, although a us military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they could not be ruled out.the official also said that one us commando died, three others were wounded and that military forces did not take any prisoners from the site.aqap said abdulraouf al-zahab, a senior leader of the group, was killed along with several other fighters in the