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U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

Green Beret charged in murder of Afghan manA U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported.

Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and another time during an interview with Fox News Channel, NBC News said.

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Gen. Mark Milley to chair Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. Mark MilleyPresident Donald Trump made it official Saturday, saying he will nominate Army Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the military's highest-ranking officer.

If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford whose second, two-year term expires in 2019.

"I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!" Trump said in making the announcement by tweet. "Date of transition to be determined."

Milley has been a member of the Joint Chiefs since August 2015 when he took over as the Army's top officer. A career infantryman, Milley has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and commanded conventional and Special Forces units.

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US military: one of two crew recovered off Japan after mid-air collision is dead

US crew member dead after collision off Japan

One of two crew members recovered after two US warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast is dead and five others remain missing, the US military have said.

The Marine Corps said on Friday the other recovered crew member was in fair condition.

Both were in an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft during training at about 2am after taking off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The five others were in the KC-130.

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US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

US warship challenges Russian claims in Sea of JapanThe US Navy sailed the guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell near contested waters in the Sea of Japan Wednesday, an action that is bound to irk Russia

The USS "McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations," US Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a spokesperson for the US Pacific Fleet, told CNN in a statement.
The US warship conducted what the Navy refers to as a "Freedom of Navigation Operation."

Olivia Hooker, First African-American Woman In U.S. Coast Guard, Dies Aged 103

Olivia Hooker, first African-American women in USCG, dies at 103Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103.

Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.” She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family’s home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year.

She recalled hearing the mob use an axe to destroy her sister’s piano. For a child, she said, it was horrifying trying to keep quiet.

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White House approves military to use lethal force at southern border

WH approves lethal force at borderThe White House has authorized active-duty military troops stationed along the southwest border to use lethal force, if necessary, a significant escalation of the support role they had been tasked with that may run afoul of a 140-year-old law that generally bars the military from operating within U.S. boundaries.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly signed a memo late Tuesday expanding the mission of the 5,800 troops to include protecting Customs and Border Protection agents. That represents a sharp change in the orders given to troops currently deployed in California, Arizona and Texas, who had been lining the border with concertina wire and providing only logistical support to CBP personnel.

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Troops at U.S.-Mexican border to start coming home

Troops at border starting to come home

The 5,800 troops who were rushed to the Southwest border amid President Donald Trump’s pre-election warnings about a refugee caravan will start coming home as early as this week — just as some of those migrants are beginning to arrive.

Democrats and Republicans have criticized the deployment as a ploy by the president to use active-duty military forces as a prop to try to stem Republican losses in this month’s midterm elections. Their withdrawal after just a few weeks could further fuel claims that the military was misused when there was no emergency.

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