U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe at the People's Liberation Army's Bayi Building in Beijing, China, on June 28, 2018.
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As if the U.S. military didn't have enough competing interests in Afghanistan among its own government, the Taliban, Pakistan, Russia, and others, China seems to be getting into the mix as well, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
According to the Post, China has begun construction of a base in a narrow strip of land that links Afghanistan to China called the Wakhan Corridor. Once completed, the base would host troops from the People's Liberation Army that would train Afghan troops, one source told the paper.
Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman, denied the report to Reuters as "not true." Still, the Post updated its story with a statement from Afghan diplomats in Beijing, which said that China was helping Afghanistan "set up a mountain brigade in the country's north to boost counterterrorism efforts."
It added that no Chinese military personnel would be stationed on Afghan soil.
Whether China is, in fact, building a base in Afghanistan remains unclear, but it would not be its first overseas outpost. Beijing constructed a naval base in Djibouti in Feb. 2017, not far from the U.S. base at Camp Lemonnier.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.