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Two soldiers die in Fort Jackson 'accident' involving vehicle, troop formation

2 soldiers die in Fort jackson accidentTwo soldiers died in a "tragic accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation" at the U.S. Army's Fort Jackson, S.C., the fort's public affairs office said.

In a release posted to Twitter on Saturday evening, Fort Jackson's public affairs office said six others were injured in the incident, including two suffering critical injuries. They were evacuated to a hospital away from the fort.

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Who are the world's biggest arms companies?

Biggest arms seller countries

The United States has approved a $15bn deal to supply Saudi Arabia with the THAAD missile defence system, one of the most capable systems of its kind in the world.

If Congress does not raise an objection within 30 days, the deal will result in a massive windfall for Lockheed Martin, the world's biggest arms producer.

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Bowe Bergdahl to plead guilty to desertion, misbehavior before the enemy

Bergdahl to plead guilty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Bergdahl is accused of deserting his station in Afghanistan in 2009. He was held captive by armed Taliban militants until his release in 2014.

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3 US troops killed in ambush in Niger

3 US trrrops killed in NigerThree members of the US Special Operations Forces were killed and two others were wounded in southwest Niger near the Mali-Niger border when a joint US-Nigerien patrol was attacked Wednesday, two administration officials told CNN.

The administration officials added that the two wounded US troops had been evacuated to the capital, Niamey, and would soon be moved to Germany. They were described by the officials as being in a "stable condition."
The officials cautioned that this was still an early assessment.
The US troops were part of a team advising and assisting local forces when they were attacked.

US-led coalition service member killed by IED in Iraq

US soldier killed in Iraq - 10/2/17

The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) says one service member has been killed and a second injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

An improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle on Saturday, according to a statement.

The names and nationalities of the casualties are being held until their families have been notified.

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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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