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Army refuses to say whether officer’s resignation letter citing ‘Marxist takeover of the military’ is real. After a supposed resignation letter from an Army lieutenant colonel criticizing the U.S. military’s vaccine mandates and related “ideologically Marxist takeover of the military” made the rounds on social media and was viewed by tens of thousands of people, the Army has decided to say nothing about it.
Biden’s Afghan Disaster
Pentagon defends deadly drone strike in Kabul. A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.
Family of U.S. hostage held by Taliban calls for envoy’s firing. The family of Mark Frerichs on Monday urged U.S. President Joe Biden to fire his chief Afghanistan peace negotiator, charging that the envoy has done little to win the release of the last American believed to be held hostage by the Taliban.
Democrats shift blame for Afghanistan withdrawal chaos to Trump. As Democrats in the United States scramble to defend the Biden administration against growing criticism for the country’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new tactic is emerging: highlighting former President Donald Trump’s role.
US politicians duel over Afghanistan war’s disastrous legacy as Afghans face starvation. On the day when the United Nations warned Afghans were facing starvation in a country on the verge of total collapse, Washington’s political rivals were fixated on wringing political gain from the chaotic end to the longest US war.
Blinken vows Afghanistan evac mission will continue, but lawmakers skeptical. The Secretary of State faced partisan criticism for the Afghan withdrawal in the first oversight hearing since all U.S. troops left the country last month.
Pentagon: Pause in Afghan evacuee flights to US extended 7 days due to measles. The U.S. initially halted the U.S.-bound flights on Friday when the measles cases were first discovered.
Study criticizes post-9/11 reliance on war-zone contractors. Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found.
OF COURSE, THEY ARE. Trump claimed without evidence that China and Russia are examining helicopters the US abandoned in Afghanistan to steal their secrets. Former President Donald Trump has claimed, without providing evidence, that China and Russia were seizing helicopters abandoned by the US military in Afghanistan and plundering their secrets.
REALLY? FOR HOW LONG? Top US spy says Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Iraq represent greater terrorist threat than Afghanistan. Afghanistan is no longer the US’ top concern among international terrorist threats to the American homeland, the nation’s top spy said at an intelligence and national security conference in Washington on Monday.
As ‘Zapad’ military drills heat up, signs of a lasting Russian footprint in Belarus. Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally presided over the large-scale Zapad-2021 military drill, conducted by the Russian and Belarusian armies.
Israeli minister says Iran giving militias drone training near Isfahan. Israel’s defense minister accused Iran on Sunday of providing foreign militias with drone training at an airbase near the city of Isfahan, a month after Tehran came under global scrutiny over a suspected drone attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman.
US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks. The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show.
War in Afghanistan ended much as it began ― with U.S. Marines defending a runway. The Marines on that MEU were the first conventional troops to land in Afghanistan. Twenty years later, roughly 1,200 Marines with the 24th MEU were once again in Afghanistan defending a runway, but this time the mission was different.
Congress wants answers on how DoD is solving a hypersonic weapons detection gap. WASHINGTON — Concerned with a gap in the military’s ability to detect low-flying hypersonic weapons, lawmakers want the Pentagon to deliver a progress report on efforts to fill it, particularly through commercial solutions, according to the House Armed Services’ markup of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill.
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