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Green Berets parachuted over Mont Saint-Michel to honor the 75th anniversary of their Special Forces predecessors' arrival in France
With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy just over the horizon, a group of Green Berets commemorated the valor of their Army Special Forces predecessors with a uniquely picturesque parachute jump over France.
On May 18, a trio of U.S. Air Force aircraft assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing and the 86th Airlift Wing delivered approximately 135 U.S. paratroopers from the 10th Special Force Group (Airborne) to a drop zone just outside Mont Saint-Michel abbey, the centuries-old commune and beloved French landmark in Normandy.
The Special Forces soldiers were invited by the nearby Avranches commune "to start the World War II commemorations and celebrations leading up to the anniversary of the liberation" by American forces led by Gen. George Patton on July 31, 1944, Mayor David Nicolas told U.S. Special Operations Command Europe.
"We're honored to participate in the jump and celebrate with the great people of France," an unnamed 10th SFG (A) soldier told SOCEUR. "It's important to remember the veterans both past and present and what they represent in service to their country."
Photos: Green Berets conduct an airborne operation near the island of Mont Saint-Michel
(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)
But the jump was also, in part, to honor the contributions of the specialized 'Jedburgh' units that spearheaded the liberation of communities like Avranches, who first parachuted into Normandy ahead of the Allied D-Day invasion to train and organze local resistance fighters across occupied Europe to resist the Germans.
Consisting of around 100 three-man units comprised of military personnel from the British Special Operations Executive, American Office of Strategic Services, and Free French fighters, the Jedburghs would prove instrumental to the Allied campaign to beat back the tide of German forces across Europe — and inspire the formation and deployment of the 10SFG(A) during the early years of the Cold War.
"[The] 10th SFG(A) draws their lineage from the Jedburghs," an unnamed 10th SFG(A) senior enlisted told SOCEUR. "We're celebrating their combined effort to liberate Western Europe with local forces. The airborne operation celebrates the long relationship between America and France and 10th SFG's commitment to continuing the tradition of training and working with our allies in Europe."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.
‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’ — Mattis hits back at Trump for calling him the 'world's most overrated general'
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump's reported assertion that he is "overrated" at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday.
"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the world's most — overrated," Mattis said at the event, which raises money for charity.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," Mattis said. "So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals ... and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories."
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US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.