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Accused Army Deserter Arrested On Cruise Ship, Will Face Charges
WASHINGTON – An Army private missing from her Colorado duty station for years was arrested aboard a cruise ship in New Orleans last week and will be transported to Fort Carson to face desertion charges, according to law enforcement and Army officials.
Sircaria Coleman, 31, was arrested without incident Jan. 29 by Port of New Orleans Harbor Police on an outstanding desertion warrant issued by the Army, said Donnell Jackson, a spokesman for the Port of New Orleans. The warrant was flagged during the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency’s routine screening of incoming passengers boarding the Carnival Triumph cruise ship set to depart on a Caribbean trip, he said.
Coleman was an Army private when she left her unit — 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division — at Fort Carson in November 2005, said Aleah Castrejon, a spokeswoman for the Army post in Colorado.
It was not clear Monday when the Army charged Coleman with desertion. Court records show Coleman was previously arrested in August 2012 on a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Cado Parish in Louisiana, which includes her hometown Shreveport. She was released from jail at that time on $850 bond and was not flagged for extradition to Fort Carson, according to the records. She did not return to the Army following that arrest, Castrejon said.
On Monday, Coleman was in the process of being extradited to Fort Carson to face the desertion charge, according to court and jail records. The charge carries a maximum penalty that includes five years of imprisonment, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay.
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Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.
Editor's note: This article by Gina Harkins originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia announced on Monday it would hold a large test of its Strategic Missile Forces that will see it fire ballistic and cruise missiles from the land, sea and air this week.
The exercise, from Oct. 15-17, will involve around 12,000 military personnel, as well as aircraft, including strategic nuclear bombers, surface ships and submarines, Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.