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2 Marine Vets Taught The World’s Worst Purse Snatcher A Lesson
A would-be thief made a huge mistake on Aug. 2 when he tried (and failed) to steal a woman’s purse outside of a supermarket in Cape Coral, Florida. His mistake? Like many — and we mean many, many would-be thieves — he didn’t count on a few Marine veterans standing nearby.
When 24-year-old Marshall Barker, attempted to snatch a woman’s purse from a shopping cart at a local Publix grocery store, she initially held her own, “grabb[ing] Barker and her purse, trying to wrestle it back from him," local law enforcement told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
After botching the theft, Barker attempted to flee — but two former Marines who witnessed the scuffle unfold stepped in.
One of the ex-Marines, Zach Bucher, who had dropped by the grocery store to pick up a bite to eat, and another former Marine, took off in pursuit. The two veterans caught up with Barker at a nearby convenience store and took him down.
"I mean I went up there just for a few seconds to grab some sushi," Zach Bucher, who lives nearby, told a local Fox News affiliate. "We ran him down and took him down over by the Circle K.”
Bucher and the other man — who wasn’t identified by name, but was cited by multiple sources as a former Marine — kept an eye on Barker until police arrived.
"He was yelling that he didn't do it and I was like 'yeah right, why are you running'," Bucher told Fox News.
Barker, who has been arrested at least six times since 2011, according to New Press, was arrested after the Marines subdued him, and charged with robbery by “sudden snatching,” a felony in the state.
He was then transported to Lee County Jail and his bail was set at $10,000, according to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
Though the Cape Coral Police Department encourages witnesses to leave law enforcement to them, Lt. Dana Coston told Fox she was encouraged by the actions of the two former Marines
"It was great to see that we had some citizens that were willing to step in and help this young lady," she said.
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.
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CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to the group.
"Daily operations are underway on different fronts," he said in the 30-minute tape published by the Al Furqan network, in what would be his first message since April. He cited several regions such as Mali and the Levant but gave no dates.
'An insane game changer' — Soldiers are about to receive the Army's most advanced night vision goggles yet
Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division are just days away from becoming the first to get their hands on the most advanced night vision goggles the Army has fielded yet.