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The Military Was Ready in Texas and Florida. What Went Wrong in Puerto Rico?

Military during hurricanesNearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria’s landfall, the Trump administration’s military aid to Puerto Rico may not be too late if it can save lives and ease the suffering of millions. But it is undisputedly arriving in amounts too little and too slowly, in sharp contrast to recent responses around the world and, most recently, elsewhere in the United States during this hurricane season.

Over the past few years, the military has conducted textbook operations in Pakistan, Japan, Thailand and Haiti—pumping in massive amounts of aid after devastating earthquakes and hurricanes in those countries, no matter how rough or isolated the conditions. Just weeks ago, the military response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas was rapid and powerful. In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the Trump administration again ordered up an extensive military relief operation.

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Top general says transgender troops can serve, warns on readiness

marine Gen. Joseph Dunford

The nation's top military officer on Tuesday told Congress that transgender troops who meet existing standards should not be kicked out of the military, underscoring the Pentagon leadership's reluctance to carry out President Donald Trump's earlier call to ban them from serving "in any capacity."

“I believe any individual who meets the physical and mental standards and is worldwide-deployable and currently serving should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on his reappointment as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Special ops soldiers injured in Fort Bragg training

Fort Bragg - Special Ops soldiers injured during training

A number of special operations soldiers were injured during training at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to a spokesman.

Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, confirmed to The Hill that there was an incident during training Thursday morning, but beyond that said “what actually happened is under investigation.”

Several reports said there was an explosion during a training exercise.

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15 Marines injured during training at Camp Pendleton

15 marines injured at Camp Pendeleton A fire during an amphibious assault vehicle training session left 15 Marines injured on Camp Pendleton in California, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.

A news release from the 1st Marine Division said the vehicle caught fire during land-based training at 9:33 a.m. Those injured belonged to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion.

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US apologises for 'offensive' leaflets in Parwan

US apologizes for offensive leaflets dropped on ParwanA senior US commander has apologised after a series of controversial leaflets were dropped in Afghanistan.

The pamphlets, distributed on Tuesday in Parwan province, north of Kabul, were deemed "highly offensive" by Major General James Linder.

Images used showed a white dog, with a passage from the Quran used in Taliban banners superimposed on its side, fleeing from a lion. Above the picture of the lion and the dog, the handout implored people to report combatants operating in the region.

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F-16 aircraft crashes in Arizona, killing pilot

F-16 crashes in ArizonaThe pilot of an F-16 Fighting Falcon was killed after crashing just 20 miles southwest of Safford, Ariz., on Tuesday.

"All I can say is we do have a crash, and it appears to be an Air Force jet," Graham County Sheriff PJ Allred said, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier. "We're waiting on the inspectors from Davis-Monthan (Air Force Base, in Tucson) to come out."

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Mattis: Transgender troops can keep serving pending study

Transgender ban halted pending studyDefense Secretary James Mattis announced Tuesday that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study.

The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis to explore how to handle those currently serving in the armed forces.

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