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    A Texas Army National Guardsman fired upon a human smuggler’s vehicle with his M-4 rifle after the suspect reportedly accelerated toward a fellow soldier. The Chrysler 300 was observed picking up six migrants south of Laredo on Tuesday. According to a report in Army Times, the soldiers involved in the incident were deployed in support of Operation Lone Star. The operation began in March 2021 and involves Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol troopers and Texas Army National Guard soldiers to stem the flow of migrants. According to an report obtained by Army Times, the soldiers were assisting Border Patrol with a smuggling incident involving a Chrysler 300. The soldiers were in a “non-tactical” vehicle at the intersection of Rosemary and Nogal Lanes south of Laredo, according to the report. The driver “put the vehicle in reverse and then into drive” before accelerating in the direction of one of the two soldiers. One fired his weapon six times at the vehicle to prevent it from striking the other soldier. The rounds struck the vehicle in the radiator and hood....
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police and anti-terrorism forces are searching for a suspected people smuggler who allegedly fired at Austrian soldiers after evading a border check on Monday. According to Austria’s Ministry of Defense, a van broke through a border crossing in Eberau in the Austrian region of Burgenland near the Hungarian border on Monday morning, but was then stopped by Austrian soldiers. One of the van’s passengers fled on foot into Hungary and fired shots at Austrian soldiers, but none were injured, police spokesman Helmut Marban told Austrian news agency APA. Hungarian police and forces from Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Center continue to search for the suspect, whose nationality is unknown, near the Hungarian town of Szentpeterfa. Police in Vas County, Hungary, said the search for the suspect is ongoing. Another suspected trafficker, a Moldovan, was apprehended at the scene, along with 12 migrants who have asked to receive asylum, Austrian police spokesman Marban said, adding that the van had Hungarian license plates. “This incident today illustrates that the actions of traffickers and associated crime have reached...
    A county judge in Texas dealt a blow to Governor Greg Abbott's controversial 'Operation Lone Star' after ruling his national guard's apprehension of an illegal immigrant unconstitutional Thursday.  Operation Lone Star was created by Abbott amidst a wave of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the US-Mexico border. It deploys law enforcement in areas human and drug smugglers are known to frequent.  The ruling could see the initiative stifled with attorneys saying that it could open a path for other immigrants to challenge their detention.  Judge Jan Soifer ruled in favor of Jesus Alberto Guzman Curipoma, an Ecuadorian engineer arrested in September and charged with criminal trespassing.   Angelica Cogliano, Curipoma's lawyer, said that Operation Lone Star was unconstitutional because it tries to supersede federal immigration law.   Governor Greg Abbott's (pictured) controversial Operation Lone Star came into question after an arrest that allegedly happened under the program was deemed unconstitutional Thursday A judge ruled that a man arrested for illegally crossing the border under the law was superceding federal immigration policy and therefor illegal RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin National Guard troops will help fill staffing shortages at the state’s hospitals and nursing homes over the coming weeks due to a surge in COVID-19 patients, Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. The governor said troops are being trained as certified nursing assistants. About 50 soldiers were deployed to six nursing homes during the past week. Another 80 soldiers who started training this week will deploy at the end of January. And a group of 80 soldiers will begin training in early February and deploy by the end of that month. READ MORE: Duluth Institutes 30-Day Mask MandateA surge of COVID-19 cases over the last several weeks has left hospitals dealing with staff shortages amid a deluge of patients. The seven-day average of daily cases stood at 9,915 cases as of Thursday, almost double from two weeks ago. The surge has put a record 488 people in intensive care units. Nearly 2,278 people were hospitalized as of Thursday, an increase of 276 patients over the past week, according to the Evers administration. READ MORE:...
    The United States Army reprimanded six active-duty commanders for refusing to comply with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all military ranks.   The Army did not specify the rank of the punished officers, though it included two battalion commanders who were relieved of their duties. In addition, 2,994 soldiers received written reprimands for refusing the vaccine out of the 3,611 troops who have yet to get the jab.  The Army has yet to initiate separations for soldiers refusing the vaccine. but expects further guidance this month.  Over 96 percent of of the roughly 481,000 active-duty soldiers in the largest military branch have been fully vaccinated and more than 97 percent are partially vaccinated. The Army Reserves remain at about 73 percent fully vaccinated.  There are about 57,000 officers serving at the level of captain or above in the US Army, meaning around 0.01 percent of commanding officers were punished for not getting the jab.   Over 96 percent of active-duty soldiers in the US Armed Forces have been fully vaccinated against the virus and over 97 percent partially vaccinated Secretary...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders on easing a 20-month border standoff ended without a breakthrough for the second time in three months, an Indian Defense Ministry official said Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the two sides had a “frank and in-depth exchange of views” in the meeting on China’s side of the Moldo meeting point on Wednesday and would work to resolve the remaining issues, without specifying them. The previous round of commander-level talks in October also ended in a stalemate, with China accusing India of sticking to “unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations.” India and China have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control. In 2020, 20 Indian troops were killed in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists. China said it lost four soldiers. Indian army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday described the current situation in eastern Ladakh as “stable and under control” but told...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Israeli soldiers were killed by friendly fire overnight while on a security patrol near a military base in the Jordan Valley, the military said early Thursday. It said they were misidentified and mistakenly killed by fellow soldiers. The military said the circumstances are under review, and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. The military did not identify the two soldiers or provide further information. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The U.S. Army is facing difficulties finding enough recruits and hopes increased bonuses will lure them in, according to a report on Wednesday. The Army for the first time is offering a maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 to highly-skilled recruits who join for six years, the Associated Press reported. Until now, the record high was $40,000. The head of Army’s Recruiting Command, Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, told the AP in an interview that the difficulties stem from schools shuttering during the pandemic and a competitive job market. “We are still living the implications of 2020 and the onset of COVID, when the school systems basically shut down,” said he told the outlet. “We lost a full class of young men and women that we didn’t have contact with, face-to-face.” But he also said some young people are taking gap years and “are making the decision that they don’t necessarily need to work right now.” Vereen said last year’s recruiting goal was 57,500 and this year it would be about the same. “We want to promote the value of serving your...
    Right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. At least five soldiers involuntarily tied to Texas’ Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border scheme have died, a number of them due to suspected suicide, reports have said. Facing bipartisan criticism over these tragic deaths, Abbott has issued a response befitting a true leader: But Joe Biden. The Texas Tribune reports that right-wing Republican demanded to know why critics were “not at the very same time saying something” about deaths under President Biden. “Why are they silent about that? The answer—they’re just playing politics,” Abbott complained. “The life of a soldier is far more valuable than the words of a politician playing politics.” Okay—so why is he sending soldiers on a political mission that retired military have already described as political? “Abbott is shrugging off the deaths of five Guardsmen as he continues to denigrate the service of all Guard members by asking them to perform as the backdrop for his political photo ops,” challenger Beto O’Rourke responded in a statement reported by The Texas Tribune. “He hasn’t paid them on time, he’s slashed their earned benefits, he has...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army raises maximum bonus for new recruits to $50,000 as it struggles to lure soldiers during COVID-19 pandemic. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese military commanders met Wednesday to discuss withdrawal of troops from a key area of their contested border to ease a 20-month standoff. The 14th round of talks is being held on China’s side of the Moldo meeting point and is likely to conclude late Wednesday or Thursday, the Indian army said. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control. In 2020, 20 Indian troops were killed in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists. China said it lost four soldiers. The commander-level talks are taking place after a gap of three months. The previous round in October ended in a stalemate, with China accusing India of sticking to “unreasonable and unrealistic demands, adding difficulties to the negotiations.” Indian army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane described the current situation in eastern Ladakh as “stable and under control.” But he told reporters in New Delhi that India would not allow China to change the...
    Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoEight soldiers in Burkina Faso were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of conspiring against the government, the military prosecutor's office said.One of the alleged plotters tipped off the authorities on Saturday to an alleged "plan to destabilize the institutions of the republic", the prosecutor's office said in a statement.An investigation is under way and the soldiers have been questioned, it said.Governments in West and Central Africa are on high alert for coups after successful putsches over the past 18 months in Mali and Guinea. The military also took over in Chad last year after president Idriss Deby died on the battlefield. Why are coups making a comeback in Africa? Neighboring governments have imposed heavy sanctions on the military rulers in Guinea and Mali in an effort to head off any contagion effect in a region once known as Africa's "coup belt".Read MoreBurkina Faso appears to be especially vulnerable. Rising violence by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State killed hundreds of soldiers and civilians last year, prompting violent street protests in November calling for President Roch...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s foreign minister said Tuesday the country’s consul in Haiti has received threats after trying to provide humanitarian assistance to 18 former Colombia soldiers who were arrested last year for allegedly participating in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise. Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez did not provide details on the nature of the threats aimed at Julio Cesar Santa Martinez. She also did not comment on who made them. Colombia doesn’t have an embassy in Haiti, and Santa Martinez has been the country’s sole representative as honorary consul since 2016. He provides limited links for Colombian citizens in Haiti with the Colombian Embassy in the neighboring Dominican Republic. The foreign ministry said that last year the consul visited the detained former soldiers several times to check on their health and has also provided them with toiletries and other items sent by their relatives in Colombia. Colombia has offered to help Haitian authorities investigate the murder of Moise, who was shot to death last year when gunmen invaded his home. Haitian officials allege the attack...
    Young Army soldiers will be battling 'seasoned freedom fighters' across two dozen North Carolina counties in a two-week 'guerrilla warfare exercise' where they attempt to overthrow an 'illegitimate government'. News of the training exercise comes just days after the anniversary of the Capitol riot and as the Justice Department announces the creation of a new 'domestic terrorism' unit to tackle what officials said is an 'elevated threat from domestic violent extremists'.  Some questioned the close timing of the events, while others went further with fears that the Biden administration is 'preparing for American Uprising'. 'Biden's military wargames fighting and killing American "Freedom Fighters" in guerilla (sic) warfare,' one Twitter user posted in reaction to news of the guerilla warfare training on US soil. Another Twitter user even questioned if the government was 'trying to get troops accustomed to the idea of killing fellow Americans?' However, the guerilla training exercise, known as Robin Sage, has actually been running every few months since the 1970s. Young soldiers will be battling 'seasoned freedom fighters' across North Carolina counties in a two-week 'unconventional guerrilla warfare exercise'...
    A TEAM of soldiers have been called in to support paramedics in the East Midlands amid Covid staffing shortages. Hospitals and ambulance teams have been crippled by record-high infection rates that have forced thousands off work to self-isolate. 2East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced it would be joined by 60 military personnel for support 2Members of the armed forces have been brought in to help ambulance crews and hospitals. Pictured: Personnel at the Royal Free, in Hampstead, January 11Credit: Eyevine Although Omicron has driven a huge surge in cases, hugely positive studies show the variant causes a milder illness. Covid booster vaccine offers the best level of protection against the mutant strain and thousands of doses are being given every day with help from The Sun’s Jabs Army.  But the UK is not out of the woods yet. With staggeringly high case numbers comes huge gaps in the NHS workforce.  In latest developments, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced it would be joined by 60 military personnel for support. The soldiers will help with responding to non-urgent patients in the...
    The letter arrived along with a handwritten letter from employees at the U.S. Postal Service. "We are uncertain where this letter has been for the past seven-plus decades, but it arrived at our facility approximately six weeks ago," the letter read. "Due to the age and significance to your family history ... delivering this letter was of utmost importance to us." Angelina said that the two were married for 61 years and had five sons together. "He was a good man," she added. "He really was. Everybody loved him." Angelina said that though she's spent several Christmases without him since his 2015 death, a piece of him really came home to her this year. "It's like he came back to me, you know?" she added. Letter Written By WWII Soldier Arrives In Woburn 76 Years Later www.youtube.com
    Several days after a snowstorm clogged I-95 in Virginia and left thousands of commuters stranded for hours, the state's national guard has been activated to help with a second snowstorm. The Virginia National Guard has staged approximately 40 Soldiers and Airmen for severe winter weather response duty on Jan. 6. About 20 Soldiers are on duty in the Southwest Virginia area and ready to respond, and about 20 Airmen are mustered in the Virginia Beach area. Both groups are equipped with chain saws to conduct debris reduction operations to clear fallen trees to open blocked roads, and they will travel in heavy-duty trucks capable of navigating through heavy snow.“Once again our Soldiers and Airmen have quickly answered the call to be ready to assist their fellow Virginians during a potentially hazardous weather situation,” said Brig. Gen. James W. Ring, the VNG Director of the Joint Staff. “It is important our state agency partners know we are able to quickly respond when we are requested, and we owe a special thanks to our families and employers. Without their support,...
    GLOOMY calls to impose more Covid restrictions were today swiftly dismissed by a top minister.  Business minister Paul Scully said the Government "doesn't see the need" for fresh measures despite soldiers being deployed to ease the load on hospitals. 2Troops help during the pandemic last yearCredit: The Sun He pointed to "encouraging" signs that London was over the peak of the outbreak amid clear evidence that Omicron is far milder than previous strains. And thanks to the booster rollout helping keep society open he declared: "2022 will be much brighter than 2021." Ministers are throwing the kitchen sink at the booster programme, which The Sun's Jab's Army campaign is helping to turbo-charge. Covid infections are still high and yesterday hit 179,000, luckily down on the previous few days. Some 200 troops have been sent to hospitals to help plug absences of staff off sick or isolating. Mr Scully said we still need to be "on our guard" but was optimistic no more restrictions were needed. Most read in The US SunICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed...
    "A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) boat patrols passes a Mexican fisherman on the Rio Grande on March 24, 2021 near Mission, Texas." A number of soldiers forced to serve in right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border scheme have died by suspected suicide in recent months, Army Times reports.  Pfc. Joshua R. Cortez, among the four soldiers to have died since October, “was preparing to accept a ‘lifetime job’” when he was abruptly deployed for Abbott’s Operation Lone Star. The political scheme has targeted asylum-seekers for arrest and detention for months on end without any formal charges. Cortez had initially appealed, writing it was his “last opportunity” for the job, Army Times continued. While his company commander sided with him, it was overruled. “Sometime in the next 36 hours, Cortez drove to a parking lot in northwest San Antonio and shot himself in the head.” A Texas Military Department spokesperson “cautioned, ‘some of these [deaths] are still part of an open investigation’ pending a final cause of death,” Army Times noted. “But all four deaths reportedly occurred via self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The main suspect in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is scheduled to appear in federal court in Miami. Mario Antonio Palacios was arrested in Jamaica in October and was scheduled to fly to his native Colombia on Monday. However, Interpol notified Palacios during a stopover in Panama that the U.S. government was extraditing him, said Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas, director of Colombia’s police. READ MORE: Snowstorm Traps Drivers, Including CBS4's Jim DeFede, For Hours On I-95 In VirginiaHe said that Colombia, Jamaica and the U.S. were in touch to coordinate the deportation and extradition of Palacios to the U.S. Interpol had issued a red alert for Palacios on charges including attempted murder, armed robbery and conspiracy based on a request from the Haitian government. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges Palacios faced in the U.S. Marlene Rodríguez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida, said that Palacios was in U.S. custody and would appear in federal court on Tuesday afternoon. She did not respond to additional questions including what charges he might...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. authorities have taken custody of a main suspect in the killing of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in federal court in Miami. Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios was arrested in Jamaica in October and was scheduled to fly to his native Colombia on Monday. However, Interpol notified Palacios during a stopover in Panama that the U.S. government was extraditing him, said Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas, director of Colombia’s police. He said that Colombia, Jamaica and the U.S. were in touch to coordinate the deportation and extradition of Palacios to the U.S. Interpol had issued a red alert for Palacios on charges including attempted murder, armed robbery and conspiracy based on a request from the Haitian government. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges Palacios faced in the U.S. or whether he had an attorney. Marlene Rodríguez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida, told The Associated Press that Palacios was in U.S. custody and would appear in federal court on Tuesday afternoon. She did not respond...
    A veteran in Pinellas County, Florida, has embarked on a special mission to visit cemeteries and give back to military members. Sixty-three-year-old Ron Knudsen restores headstones of American soldiers and began the project a year ago when he saw a video about the process, Bay News 9 reported Friday. In the video titled “WWII Airman Killed In Action Over Germany 1944 Gets Clean Veteran Headstone by Memorial Day 2021,” a man showed viewers how to properly clean the stones. Many of them were blackened due to the elements and in dire need of care, but when the process was finished, the color had been restored and the name was more clearly seen: The project has since become extremely important to Knudsen. “I enjoy working in the cemetery,” he explained, adding, “It’s quiet and peaceful and there’s history here, a lot of history here.” “I enjoy working in the cemetery" Ron Knudsen, 63, restores neglected headstones of American soldiers. He started the project a year ago after watching a YouTube video. Posted by Spectrum Bay News 9 on Friday, December...
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided two militant hideouts in a former Taliban stronghold near Afghanistan, triggering shootings that killed four soldiers and two insurgents, the military said Friday. The first raid was carried our in the Tank district in the northwest, killing two militants, the statement said. The other strike was carried out in the North Waziristan district, capturing a militant before four soldiers died in the fighting. The military said troops seized a cache of weapons during both raids. The military provided no further details about the slain soldiers and detained militants. North Waziristan served as a militant stronghold for decades. The military carried out a full-fledged offensive in the region after an army-run school was attacked in December 2014 in the Peshawar city. The attack, claimed by Pakistani Taliban, killed 147 people, mostly schoolchildren. The latest violence in the northwest comes a day after a roadside bomb exploded outside a college in southwestern city of Quetta, killing six people and wounding at least 13 others. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    The Marine Corps has kicked out 206 troops for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, while reporting that least 95 percent of active-duty jarheads have gotten the jab.  The Corps made the announcement Thursday. The more than 200 Marines kicked out is up from 169 reported last week.   All unvaccinated Marines without pending or approved exemptions will be processed for administrative separation, officials confirmed.  Overall, 95 percent of the more than 182,000 active-duty Marines are at least partially vaccinated, while 94 percent are fully vaccinated, a Marines spokesman said.     The vaccination rate for Marine reservists went up, as well, with 86 percent of reservists at least partially vaccinated and 83 percent fully vaccinated.  The Marine Corps also announced it has received 3,247 requests for religious exemption. The military branch has not approved any of the 3,115 requests it has reviewed so far.      Active-duty Marines had until November 28 to be vaccinated while the deadline for reservists to comply was Tuesday.   The Marine Corps announced Thursday that it let go of a total of 206 troops for refusing the vaccine - which...
    BANGKOK (AP) — When the young farmhand returned to his village in Myanmar, he found the still smoldering corpses in a circle in a burned-out hut, some with their limbs tied. The Myanmar military had stormed Done Taw at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, he told the AP, with about 50 soldiers hunting people on foot. The farmhand and other villagers fled to the forest and fields, but 10 were captured and killed, including five teenagers, with one only 14, he said. A photo taken by his friend shows the charred remains of a victim lying face down, holding his head up, suggesting he was burned alive. “I am very upset, it is unacceptable,” said the 19-year-old, who like others interviewed by the AP asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. The carnage at Done Taw is just one of the most recent signs that the Myanmar military is reverting to a strategy of massacres as a weapon of war, according to an AP investigation based on interviews with 40 witnesses, social media, satellite imagery and data on...
    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Steve Lewis, a World War II veteran who was one of the last living members of an all-Black cavalry regiment, died Wednesday in Florida. He was 99. Robert Powell, president of the NAACP chapter in Manatee County, Florida, said Lewis had been hospitalized prior to his death but he didn’t know the cause of death. “We lost a legend, a great guy,” Powell said in a phone interview. “I used to love listening to his stories.” After entering the U.S. Army in 1943, he was initially assigned to the 9th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark, Texas, where he was told to corral and get a horse and issued a saddle, bridle, horse blankets and stirrups, according to the Bradenton Herald. The unit had gained fame after the Civil War by patrolling the American frontier, and its members were known as “Buffalo Soldiers.” The Army deactivated the 9th Cavalry Regiment in 1944, and reassigned Lewis to the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in Casablanca, where he helped supply war materials to the front in Italy, France, and...
    China is deploying machinegun-carrying robots to its western desert regions amid a standoff with India because troops are struggling with the high-altitude conditions, it has been claimed. Dozens of unmanned vehicles capable of carrying both weapons and supplies are being sent to Tibet, Indian media reports, with the majority deployed in border regions where Chinese troops are locked into a standoff with Indian soldiers. Vehicles include the Sharp Claw, which is mounted with a light machinegun and can be operated wirelessly, and the Mule-200, which is designed as an unmanned supply vehicle but can also be fitted with weapons. China has deployed dozens of Sharp Claw fighting vehicles to its border region with India, it is claimed, which are fitted with light machineguns Beijing has also sent Mule-200 transport vehicles to the area, after Chinese troops struggled to operate in punishing high-altitude conditions Beijing has sent 88 Sharp Claws to Tibet, which borders India high in the Himalayas, of which 38 are deployed to the border region, Times News Now has claimed. Some 120 Mule-200s have also been sent to...
    The Chinese military is reportedly moving a large number of unmanned ground vehicles into the Tibetan plateau, taking over duties from ethnic Han soldiers in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who have trouble coping with the cold temperatures and thin air of Tibet. A report from India’s Times Now News on Tuesday said over half of China’s robot vehicles are headed for Ladakh, the region where China is facing off against the Indian military over a disputed border. Both China and India fortified their military presence in Ladakh after a deadly hand-to-hand battle in the Galwan river valley in June 2020. China’s buildup was more industrialized and technologically sophisticated, but also plagued from its early days by reports of Chinese soldiers having considerably more difficulty adapting to the Himalayas than their Indian counterparts.  This photograph provided by the Indian Army, according to them shows Chinese troops dismantling their bunkers at Pangong Tso region, in Ladakh along the India-China border on Monday, Feb.15, 2021.(Indian Army via AP) The Chinese were reportedly spotted using “all-terrain walking excavators” – remote-controlled spider-like construction robots –...
    OTING, India (AP) — It was 2004 when a bear mauled Nenwang Konyak in the forest in Mon district, high up in the hills along India’s border with Myanmar. The men in his village, Oting, rescued him and carried him home. He survived, thanks to them, but was left with a jagged scar running down his face. When Nenwang heard that his village had called for a search team earlier this month to look for a group of laborers who were missing, he didn’t hesitate. He and his 23-year-old twin brothers joined them on Dec. 4, not knowing that the laborers had already been killed by Indian soldiers. Later that day, seven men in the search party were killed by the soldiers -– and Nenwang returned home without his twin brothers. Like others in the village, he is haunted by the events of Dec. 4 and 5, when 14 civilians and a soldier were killed in a series of attacks in the northeastern state of Nagaland. Twelve of men, most of them coal miners, were from Oting village. The...
    Critics took aim at The Washington Post Wednesday for claiming that the "harsh views" found in a survey conducted by the U.S. Army amid World War II ran counter to the "wholesome image" of the "Greatest Generation."  According to The Post, an online project at Virginia Tech led to the discovery of 65,000 pages of Army surveys at the National Archives, which included the uncensored views of soldiers serving during wartime and addressed topics like race, women serving in the armed forces, homosexuality and the war itself.  ‘SNL’ ALUM CHRIS KATTAN WEIGHS IN ON CANCEL CULTURE: ‘YOU CAN’T BE OUTRAGEOUS ANYMORE' "These harsh views, and others, from the segregated Army of World War II, emerge in a new project at Virginia Tech that presents the uncensored results of dozens of surveys the service administered to soldiers during the war," The Post's article read. "Much of material is being placed on the Internet for the first time, and a lot of it runs counter to the wholesome image of the war’s 'greatest generation,'" it added. The article went on to quote...
    More often than not, serving in the United States military leaves an indelible mark of pride on the men and women who join that fraternity, yet today many are worried military leaders are more concerned with ideology than they are with developing a lethal force to defend the nation. Fox News spoke with three such veterans in Phoenix during Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest, all of whom addressed the four-day event. "The Pentagon has been infected with wokeism the same way so many other institutions have," said Fox News host Pete Hegseth, who served as a U.S. Army platoon leader. Hegseth said under the Obama presidency certain generals were chosen "based on their political points of view, not based on their pedigree for killing the enemy" because they would comply with "new priorities." That sentiment was shared by former Army Ranger and founder of the Warrior Poet Society, John Lovell. "The military has a very specific and strategic job, and that's to keep our country safe," Lovell said. "And when you thrust them in to be the front line of a...
    A TRUCK slammed into a US military convoy in Bavaria leaving several hurt and eight soldiers hospitalized. The crash, which German officials are calling an accident, happened on the A3 highway near Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany, on Monday. 1A truck rammed into several US military vehicles in Germany on MondayCredit: EPA The US military vehicles were on the side strip of the highway and police said an articulated truck slammed into one of them from behind. In total, three US army vehciles and two fuel tankers were pulled up on the roadside truck filled with wood chips rammed into them. The military said there were no known injuries among US personnel, but eight soldiers were taken to a hospital for a precautionary screening. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. We pay for your stories!Do you have a...
    HOUSTON (AP) — A group of attorneys and advocates have pledged to seek clemency for 110 Black soldiers who were convicted in a mutiny and riots at a military camp in Houston in 1917. The South Texas College of Law Houston and the NAACP’s local branch have signed an agreement to continue fighting for clemency for the soldiers of the all-Black Third Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Regiment, the Houston Chronicle reported. They plan to ask the Secretary of the Army to posthumously grant honorable discharges and urge the Army Board for Correction of Military Records to recommend pardons to President Joe Biden. The soldiers were either executed or given long prison sentences. “We are on a quest to obtain justice for the 24th Infantry Regiment … that organized group of men who died with shameful reputations at the hands of those who had the power of the government, the courts and the power of the media,” said Bishop James Dixon, board president of the NAACP Houston Branch. On Aug. 23, 1917, four months after...
    Bright headlights lit up the dark roads leading into Fort Benning as hundreds of families waited for the clock to strike midnight Thursday. Wives, fathers, sisters, and other family members lined up in their cars outside the gates of the Georgia military base so they could pick up their soldiers for the holidays.  More than 45,000 soldiers nationwide at 20 different locations will go on holiday block leave, with more than 12,000 soldiers coming from Fort Benning alone. Many of them, who haven't seen their loved ones in months, say they're excited to be reunited with their families after 22 weeks of training. Hundreds of cars lined up outside Fort Benning Thursday, waiting to be let inside at midnight so the families can pick up their soldiers for holiday block leave. (Claudia Kelly-Bazan / Fox News) As for the families, one wife drove over 1,000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa to pick up her husband, Private Dayton Hiers. Laurel says, "It was nerve-racking. We're like this is going to be long." Hiers' mother joined the long trip, becoming emotional when...
    COCAINE kingpin El Chapo's nephew was filmed spraying a nightclub with bullets and injuring one person - but cops are too scared to arrest him. Aureliano 'El Guanito' Guzmán Araujo, was captured in shocking CCTV footage opening fire at revellers in the Culiacán City, Mexico before scarpering last Friday. 2'El Guanito' opened fire in a bar in Culiacán, Mexico 2He and his accomplices fled after police said they were outnumbered Guzmán, the youngest son of Aureliano ‘El Guano’ Guzmán Loera, let off at least eight shots and then aimed his gun at another individual in the area. Another member of Guanito's party fired at least two more shots and another man could be seen pointing his gun towards the crowd as customers scrambled for safety.  One man was wounded in the leg and face. The extent of his injuries are unknown.  Additional video footage shows three men confronted by the police outside the bar and being instructed by one of the individuals to stand down and lower their weapons. According to Mexican media, police even helped the gunmen to escape, arguing...
    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe's sister remembers the feeling of learning her brother would finally be receiving the Medal of Honor, which she described as like winning the lottery. "I was like OK, thank you, Lord, this is finally here," Kasinal Cashe White told Fox News Thursday after her brother's Medal of Honor ceremony, adding that she was "exhilarated" and "thrilled" like she had "won the Florida lottery" when she first heard the news. Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn C. Cashe (U.S. Army) White's comments came just moments after Cashe was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Biden Thursday, becoming the first Black service member to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. It was more than 16 years after his actions in Iraq saved the lives of six of his fellow soldiers. STEELERS' ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA REVEALS WHY HE HONORS ARMY SGT. 1ST CLASS ALWYN CASHE ON HELMET Cashe was deployed to Iraq in October 2005 when the Bradley fighting vehicle he and his fellow soldiers were riding in was struck by an...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — All of the U.S. military services have now begun disciplinary actions and discharges for troops who have refused to get the mandated coronavirus vaccine, officials said, with as many as 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of being removed from service. On Thursday, the Marine Corps said it has discharged 103 Marines so far for refusing the vaccine, and the Army said it has reprimanded more than 2,700 soldiers and will begin discharge proceedings in January. The Air Force said earlier this week that 27 airmen had been discharged for refusing the vaccine order. And the Navy laid out its new discipline procedure this week, and has already fired one sailor from his command job for refusing to be tested while he pursues an exemption. Military leaders have warned for months that troops would face consequences if they did not follow what is considered to be a lawful order to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But only in the last week or so have they publicly begun following through on those threats. It’s not clear how many could...
    By Alexandra Jaffe and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat, to three soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two were recognized posthumously. “Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude today as we honor the unparalleled courage, the commitment to duty, and the indispensable, indisputable gallantry,” Biden said at a White House ceremony. Those honored were: —Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee, a Special Forces soldier who fought off Taliban insurgents after an attack in Afghanistan in 2013. —Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, 32, an Army Ranger who died after stepping between Taliban fighters and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018 in Afghanistan. —Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, 35, who died as a result of burns he suffered while rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq in 2005. Kate Celiz and Tamara Cashe accepted the medals of behalf of their families. “As honored as you are, it’s gotta be tough to be here today,” Biden told Cashe’s family. Cashe...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat, to three soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two were recognized posthumously. “Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude today as we honor the unparalleled courage, the commitment to duty, and the indispensable, indisputable gallantry,” Biden said at a White House ceremony. Those honored were: —Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee, a Special Forces soldier who fought off Taliban insurgents after an attack in Afghanistan in 2013. —Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, 32, an Army Ranger who died after stepping between Taliban fighters and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018 in Afghanistan. —Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, 35, who died as a result of burns he suffered while rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq in 2005. Kate Celiz and Tamara Cashe accepted the medals of behalf of their families. “As honored as you are, it’s gotta be tough to be here today,” Biden told Cashe’s family. Cashe is the first Black service member to receive the...
    The Pentagon has not yet decided if it will make booster shots mandatory for all service members, but is still evaluating the option, according to the Associated Press. The Army announced Thursday that 468,459 active-duty soldiers had taken the vaccine, and those who have not will be removed from service beginning in January if they haven't received an exemption or don't have pending exemption status. Army reports also indicate that commanders have relieved six active-duty leaders, including two battalion commanders, and have issued 2,767 general officer written reprimands to soldiers for refusing the vaccination order, according to a statement released by Army officials. “Vaccinating our Soldiers against COVID-19 is first and foremost about Army readiness,” said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth in an official statement Thursday. Vaccination rates for the other three branches of service also appear to be quite high, with the Navy at an over 98% vaccination rate and the Air Force's current rate totaling 97.5%. The Marine Corps has the lowest rate of vaccination at 95%, according to numbers given to the...
    President BidenJoe BidenSinema doubles down on filibuster, in setback for rules change talks Overnight Energy & Environment — Senate panel backs drilling fee hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate passes sweeping defense bill MORE on Thursday awarded the Medal of Honor to three soldiers for their actions serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, including one who became the first Black service member to be given the Medal of Honor for actions since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Biden awarded the nation's highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, and Master Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee. "Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude today as we honor the unparalleled courage and commitment to duty and the indispensable, indisputable gallantry," Biden said at a White House ceremony. Cashe was given the award posthumously for his bravery in rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq in 2005 and is the first Black service member to be given the award for actions since 9/11. Cashe's unit's vehicle was attacked and disabled and caught fire near an enemy village. After getting out himself,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will bestow the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious decoration in the US military, to three Army soldiers on Thursday afternoon.The medal will be awarded posthumously to Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe and Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Celiz, as well as Army Master Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee. Cashe, while on fire and exposed to enemy gunfire as he was serving in Iraq, pulled several soldiers and an interpreter from a burning vehicle that was hit by an improvised explosive device. He died as a result of his wounds. Cashe was awarded a Silver Star for his heroism, but it took a new law, which was signed by then-President Donald Trump, to exempt his case from a deadline for a Medal of Honor. Celiz is being honored for his actions in Afghanistan in 2018. While clearing an area of enemy forces, the unit Celiz led came under enemy fire. He exposed himself to enemy fire more than once, including when he used his body as a shield for an injured person he loaded into a medical...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 98% of the active duty Army had gotten at least one dose of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine as of this week’s deadline for the shots, but more than 3,800 soldiers flatly refused and could start being removed from the military next month, officials said Thursday. The U.S. military’s largest service, however, reported the lowest number of service members seeking a religious exemption — a bit more than 1,700 soldiers — compared with the other three smaller services. In comparison, there are more than 4,700 in the Air Force, 3,000 in the Marine Corps and 2,700 in the Navy who are requesting religious exemptions, according to data released by the services in the past week. None has yet been approved. The Pentagon announced earlier this year that the vaccine was mandatory for all service members, including the National Guard and Reserve. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said repeatedly that getting the vaccine is critical to maintaining a heathy, ready force that can be prepared to defend the nation. The Pentagon is also weighing making the COVID-19 vaccine...
    The U.S. military shot down a drone which they said 'demonstrated hostile intent' as it headed towards an American base in Syria on Tuesday. Capt. Bill Urban, the spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said two small drones were picked up entering the base's airspace around At Tanf Garrison on Tuesday evening.  'As one of the UAS (unmanned aerial systems) continued its course deeper into the At Tanf Deconfliction Zone, it was assessed as demonstrating hostile intent and was shot down,' Urban said. The other drone turned around and left.  The base is home to 200 American troops.  This is a breaking story. 
    Primary school pupils in Hong Kong were left in tears after being shown footage from a massacre in China. The documentary clip was screened on the 84th anniversary of Japanese soldiers killing civilians in Nanking. China on Monday marked the 80th anniversary of the massacre that left hundreds of civilians and disarmed soldiers dead.  The decision sparked complaints from parents, according to local media reports, and the children were said to have been offered counselling. Po Leung Kuk Taoist school said it would ‘consider children’s feelings’ and adjust teaching materials accordingly. The Nanking Massacre, known as the Rape of Nanking, was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanking during the Second Sino-Japanese War. 1937 In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese national flag is flown at half mast during a memorial ceremony for the Nanking Massacre victims at the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanking Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Hong Kong authorities have included...
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday she’s seeking to reverse the dismissal of criminal neglect charges against two former leaders of a veterans’ home where nearly 80 veterans died after contracting the coronavirus, in one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in a long-term care facility in the nation. A Massachusetts judge dismissed the charges in November against former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director Dr. David Clinton, saying there was a lack of evidence that their actions led to the deaths. READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Vaccinations Are The Latest Battle In Never-Ending Culture WarsHealey said she filed a notice of appeal in Hampden County Superior Court, seeking a reversal of the recent dismissal. “The tragic loss of life at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home broke the promise that our Commonwealth would honor these men who bravely served our country,” Healey said in a statement. “We are filing this notice of appeal today to pursue accountability on behalf of their loved ones and communities.” A formal appeal will be entered once the case...
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Tuesday that she will appeal a judge's decision to dismiss grand jury indictments of two people who oversaw a veterans care facility where dozens died of COVID-19. The initial charges stemmed from a decision made by Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton to consolidate two dementia units and consequently mix residents "regardless of COVID-19 status" at Holyoke Soldiers' Home, a veterans care facility.  In September 2020, Walsh and Clinton were each charged with 5 counts of caretaker who wantonly or recklessly commits or permits bodily injury to an elder or disabled person and 5 counts of caretaker who wantonly or recklessly commits or permits abuse, neglect, or mistreatment to an elder or disabled person.  Their indictment came after over 60 patients died from COVID-19 at the veterans care facility last year, which prompted federal investigators to look into whether the residents were provided with proper medical attention. “The tragic loss of life at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home broke the promise that our Commonwealth would honor these men who...
    The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings, a UN report has revealed. The report said the militant group has also been recruiting child soldiers, and has been quashing women's rights since taking power in Afghanistan in August. More than than 100 former Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the takeover, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday. Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that in addition, at least 50 suspected members of the Islamic State-Khorasan Province - an ideological foe of the Taliban - were killed by hanging and beheading.  Al-Nashif said she was deeply alarmed by continuing reports of such killings, despite a general amnesty announced by the new Taliban rulers after August 15.  The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings since taking power in Afghanistan in August, a UN report has revealed. Pictured: Taliban fighters display their flag on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021 'Between August and November,...