A scene from leaked combat footage that appears to show U.S. service members firing upon a civilian vehicle in Afghanistan
The Army has determined that the soldiers in a January YouTube allegedly shown firing on what appears to be a civilian truck acted in line with the rules of engagement, Army Criminal Investigation Command told Vice News.
The video: Briefly uploaded to YouTube under the title 'Happy Few Ordnance Symphony' and first surfaced by Politico, the video in question contained a compilation of wartime clips purportedly captured amid the campaign against ISIS's Afghan affiliate synced to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s song, “Humble."
A scene from the leaked combat footage that appears to show U.S. service members firing upon a civilian vehicle in AfghanistanYouTube/Task & Purpose
The investigation: U.S. Central Command launched an investigation shortly following the Politico report to see whether its troops violated the rules of engagement after the footage surfaced online; Army Chief of Public Affairs Christopher Grey told Vice News the investigation had concluded that the unidentified service members involved in the incident had acted “in accordance" with the rules of engagement.
The rules of engagement: The incident came months after Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee on Oct. 3 that Trump had granted him the authority to make adjustments to the rules of engagement in an effort to expedite the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, including removing “proximity requirements” for strikes on Taliban insurgents, and embedding U.S. military personnel within the Afghan security forces below the division level.
It's worth noting that in the age of digital media, 'Happy Few Ordnance Symphony' is just one example of U.S. service members documenting the reality of war downrange on their own accord.
"Today, there seems to be an unspoken agreement between the Pentagon and the American public: As long as the former keeps the War on Terror out of sight, the latter will keep it out of mind," T&P;'s Adam Linehan wrote in the weeks following the video's appearance on YouTube. "Most Americans sleep peaceably in their beds at night, oblivious to the fact that rough men and women are perpetually doing violence on their behalf."
The U.S. military does not need Iraqi permission to fly close air support and casualty evacuation missions for U.S. troops in combat, a top spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS clarified on Tuesday.
Army Col. James Rawlinson clarified that the Iraqis do not need to approve missions in emergency circumstances after Task & Purpose reported on Monday that the U.S. military needed permission to fly CAS missions for troops in a fight.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
Thousands of U.S. service members who've been sent to operate along the Mexico border will receive a military award reserved for troops who "encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action."
The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.
There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.
Americans' mighty military may have met its match when it comes to erecting barriers to keep out intruders.
An alligator in Florida recently had zero trouble flopping over a chain-link fence to get onto a naval air base. Motorist Christina Stewart pulled over to film it, and local television station WJAX posted it on Facebook.