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Navy cruiser runs aground, gushes oil into Tokyo Bay

Antitem runs agroundA Navy probe into an accident involving the guided-missile cruiser Antietam continued on Tuesday, a day after the warship ran aground and gushed oil into Tokyo Bay.

The Ticonderoga-class vessel experienced an “engineering incident” while anchored near Fleet Activities Yokosuka around 8:56 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by the U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii.

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White House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas

SpicerWhite House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas

The White House on Tuesday walked back its assertion that the military will never target U.S. citizens in overseas operations.   White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that “no American citizen will ever be targeted” when asked whether the Trump administration would deliberately go after U.S.-born people with ties to extremists.

The statement represented a break with policy set under the Obama administration.

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SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

Yemen raid casualtiesIn what an official said was the first military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Yemen on Sunday — one a member of SEAL Team 6 and the other the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born al Qaeda leader who himself was killed in a U.S. strike five years ago.

The raid in southern Yemen, conducted by the supersecret Joint Special Operations Command, was intended to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official. Three al Qaeda leaders were killed, according to U.S. officials.

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Obama commutes sentence of Manning, pardons Cartwright

Chelsea Manning pardoned

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified military secrets to Wikileaks, the White House said Tuesday.

Manning, who was convicted in 2013 to a 35-year sentence in a military court, will be freed from a military prison in Leavenworth, Kan. on May 17. The soldier, who was convicted under the name of Bradley Manning and now identifies herself as a woman, attracted widespread support from privacy advocates and transgender activists who complained that she couldn't get the medical help she needed in a military prison.

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US navy fired 'warning shots' at Iranian patrol boats

Navy fires warning shots at Irani shipA US navy destroyer has fired multiple warning shots at Iranian patrol boats near the entrance of the Gulf, according to US defence officials.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boats allegedly opened fire at the USS Mahan on Sunday, which was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, when they sped towards it.

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New Army regulations allow for turbans, beards and religious garb

New army regulations for religious dress, beardsThe U.S. Army announced a new policy that permits religious exemptions for uniform regulations, allowing for beards, turbans, hijabs and other signs of religious devotion.

The policy, which can be overturned by the incoming Trump administration, allows brigade commanders to grant permission for religious garb, rather than previous rules that called for individual soldiers to petition the secretary of the Army. The new rule makes it easier for Sikhs, Muslims and members of other religious groups to wear outward signs of devotion. Commanders are permitted to deny an exemption if they feel the soldier does not have a sincerely held religious belief or if it poses a "concrete hazard" to the soldier.

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3 Women Make History As The Marines’ First Female Infantrymen

3 Women Make History as InfantrymenThree women have made strides to become the first female members of a Marine Corps infantry unit, and along the way have changed the military branch from the inside out.

The women ― whose names and ranks aren’t being released ― will join the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in North Carolina, Corps spokesman Capt. Philip Kulczewski told The Huffington Post. They’ll be reporting for duty as a rifleman, machine gunner and mortar Marine.

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