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Mike Pence tells US military graduates: you should expect to see combat

Vice-president says Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists and hints at possible military intervention in Venezuela Vice-President Mike Pence has told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the US Military Academy the world is a dangerous place and they should expect to see combat. Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, he said. He also said: Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere. The US is currently weighing…

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Penis in the sky: US navy pilots grounded over ‘obscene’ stunt

Navy not amused after electronic warfare plane created sky writings in the shape of male genitals over Washington state An air crew who used their US Navy warplane to draw a penis in the sky above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the US Navy said on Friday. An electronic warfare plane from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in western Washington state created sky writings in the shape of male genitals in the skies over the rural community on Thursday. Many residents spotted the contrails in…

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USS Fitzgerald collision: American sailors ‘probably to blame’ for fatal cargo ship crash

Unnamed defence official says the crew would be held accountable for the crash off Japan, which left seven US sailors dead The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will certainly be held accountable for the crash that US navy recovers bodies from vessel after collision off Japan They are certainly going to be held accountable in some way for their actions, the official added. This is something we take very seriously. There are seven sailors that lost their lives. Senior spokeswoman rear admiral Dawn…

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Transgender recruitment in US military delayed by six months

Defense secretary Jim Mattis gives armed forces until December to assess effects on military readiness and rejects calls for two-year deferral Defense secretary Jim Mattis is giving the military another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect its readiness and lethality. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Mattis made the decision on Friday. The delay in allowing the enlistment of new recruits does not affect transgender troops who are already serving openly in the military. Mattis said in…

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Bali bombing: Guantnamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack

Indonesian faces military trial for twin bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans, as well as 2003 Marriott bomb A US war court has charged an Indonesian detainee at Guantnamo Bay in connection with the captured in Bangkok in 2003, in a joint operation by the CIA and Thai police. Last year a US government review board rejected the release of Hambali, saying he continued to be a significant threat to the security of the United States. Hambali, whose real name is Encep Nurjaman, appeared before…

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US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

In an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has passed to a third president, the move will be the largest deployment of US manpower under Trump The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official, an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander-in-chief. The decision by defense secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said, and will be the largest deployment of American…

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Dozens of F-35 fighter jets grounded in US due to oxygen deprivation

US air force cancels flying from Arizona base after pilots experience symptoms resembling hypoxia a shortage of oxygen to the brain About a quarter of the F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin have stopped flying until further notice because of irregularities in pilots oxygen supplies, the US air force has announced. Training flights at Arizonas Luke air force base, where the 55 jets are based, have been grounded indefinitely. There are more than 220 F-35s flying worldwide. Luke air force base, located north-west of Phoenix, is home to the…

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Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said…

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US nears $100bn arms deal for Saudi Arabia in time for Trump’s visit

Senior White House official says it is close to completing a series of deals to boost Saudi defense capabilities, as Trump readies for trip next week The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100bn, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of Donald Trumps planned visit to Riyadh. The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than $300bn over a decade to help Saudi…

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US launches probe into aluminium imports, citing security concerns

Trumps commerce chief Wilbur Ross invokes cold war law aimed at protecting high-grade smelting for defence industry The Trump administration has launched an investigation into whether a flood of aluminium imports from China and elsewhere is compromising US national security, a step that could lead to broad import restrictions on the metal. The commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said the investigation was similar to one announced last week for steel imports into the US, as he invoked section 232 of a national security law passed in 1962 at the height of…

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North Korea parades military might and warns US as nuclear test fears persist

As thousands of soldiers mass at Kim Il-sung square, Pyongyang tells US to end its dangerous military hysteria North Korea has begun a vast military parade to celebrate the birth of its founding father, Kim Il-sung, and warned that it was prepared to take the toughest action unless the US ended its military hysteria, as speculation grows that the regime is preparing to conduct a nuclear test. On a sunny morning in the capital, Pyongyang, military vehicles and tens of thousands of soldiers filled Kim Il-sung square as a band…

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US navy strike group to move towards Korean peninsula, official says

Donald Trump speaks to acting leader of South Korea after Syria missile strike described by North as intolerable act of aggression The US navy will move a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, a US official said on Saturday. The Carl Vinson strike group, which includes an aircraft carrier, will make its way from Singapore, according to the official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. The news followed US missile strike on Syria on Thursday night an intolerable act…

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