Three U.S. troops were killed and another three were wounded on Tuesday by an improvised explosive device near Ghazni city, U.S. officials announced.
The names of the fallen and wounded troops are being withheld pending next of kin notification, said Army Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesperson for Operation Resolute Support. The three wounded troops and an American contractor who was also wounded in the blast have been evacuated and are receiving medical care.
With Tuesday’s incident, a total of 13 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018.
Separately, Resolute Support announced that a Ranger who was killed on Nov. 24 was likely accidentally shot by a member of the Afghan security forces. Sgt. Leandro Jasso was killed while fighting Al Qaeda militants in Nimrod province.
“Early interviews indicate the tragic accident occurred when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al Qaeda shooters,” Resolute Support announced on Tuesday.
An initial review into Jasso’s death found no indications that he was shot intentionally, a Resolute Support news release says. Jasso, 25, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.
“The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies,” Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in the news release.
“Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting Al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners,” Miller continued. “All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as Al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here.”
The Marine Corps has tapped a new Silicon Valley defense firm to develop a "digital fortress" of networked surveillance systems in order to enhance the situational awareness of security forces at installations around the world.
Marine Corps Installations Command on July 15
announced a $13.5 million sole source contract award to Anduril Industries — the two-year-old defense technology company and Project Maven contractor founded by Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey and several former Palantir Technologies executives — for a new Autonomous Surveillance Counter Intrusion Capability (ASCIC) designed to help secure installations against "all manners of intrusion" without additional manpower.
This is no standard intrusion system. Through its AI-driven Lattice Platform network and 32-foot-tall autonomous Sentry Towers, Anduril purports to combine the virtual reality systems that Luckey pioneered at Oculus with Pentagon's most advanced sensors into a simple mobile platform, enhancing an installation's surveillance capabilities with what Wired
recently dubbed "a web of all-seeing eyes, with intelligence to know what it sees."
"This was a defensive action by the USS Boxer in response to aggressive interactions by two Iranian UAS [unmanned aerial systems] platforms in international waters," CENTCOM spokesman Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown said in a statement. "The Boxer took defensive action and engaged both of these platforms."
On July 17, Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal briefly met with President Donald Trump at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina to discuss the eponymous legislation that would finally allow victims of military medical malpractice to sue the U.S. government.
A Green Beret with terminal lung cancer, Stayskal has spent the last year fighting to change the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court precedent that bars service members like him from suing the government for negligence or wrongdoing.
The new trailer for
Top Gun: Maverick that dropped last week was indisputably the white-knuckle thrill ride of the summer, a blur of aerial acrobatics and beach volleyball that made us wonder how we ever lost that lovin' feeling in the decades since we first met Pete "Maverick" Mitchell back in 1986.
But it also made us wonder something else: Why is Maverick still flying combat missions in an F/A-18 Super Hornet as a 57-year-old captain after more than 30 years of service?