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Dozens Killed Amid Clashes In Israel As US Embassy Opens In Jerusalem
At least 41 people are dead after Palestinian protestors rushed the border fence between Gaza and Israel on May 14 ahead of the opening ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, the New York Times reports. More than 1,000 Palestinians were also injured.
- Israeli soldiers and snipers opened fire with on tens of thousands of Palestinian protesters as they attempted to cross the border fence into Israel, hurling explosives at and flying flaming kites over Israeli troops. The New York Times reports that protesters have been flying the kites, which are armed with crude incendiary devices, "in swarms into Israel with the aim of igniting the dry fields of rural communities on the other side of the border fence."
- "The rioters are hurling firebombs and explosive devices towards the security fence and IDF forces, and are burning tires, throwing rocks and launching flaming objects in order to ignite fires in Israeli territory and harm IDF troops," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
- It is the bloodiest single day since demonstrations began seven weeks ago after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. More than 90 people have died in the protests since they began on March 30, CNN reports.
- Tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank demonstrated on Monday in opposition to the move, which has sparked outrage across the Arab world. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, ostensibly spearheading the administration's peace efforts in the Middle East, is speaking at the event, which began at 9 am EST.
- Timed to the 70th anniversary of the modern formation of the State of Israel, the Trump administration says the embassy move will result in greater stability in the region. A bigger protest along the border is planned for May 15, the anniversary of the "expulsion or flight from the newly formed Jewish state of hundreds of thousands of Arabs in 1948," according to The New York Times.
- "Today is a day of sadness," the Palestinian minister of education told The New York Times of the embassy's opening. "It's a manifestation of the power of America and President Trump in upsetting the Palestinian people and the people who have been awaiting the independence of Palestine for 70 years."
A U.S. Air Force combat controller will receive the nation's third highest award for valor this week for playing an essential role in two intense firefight missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan last year.
Tech. Sgt. Cody Smith, an airman with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command, will receive the Silver Star at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico on Nov. 22, the service announced Monday.
SARASOTA, Fla. — With data continuing to roll in that underscores the health benefits of cannabis, two Florida legislators aren't waiting for clarity in the national policy debates and are sponsoring bills designed to give medical marijuana cards to military veterans free of charge.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
Thanks to roughly 700 pages of newly-publicized secret Iranian intelligence cables, we now have a good idea as to why.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed confidence on Sunday in the U.S. military justice system's ability to hold troops to account, two days after President Donald Trump pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan.
Trump also restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq.
Asked how he would reassure countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the pardons, Esper said: "We have a very effective military justice system."
"I have great faith in the military justice system," Esper told reporters during a trip to Bangkok, in his first remarks about the issue since Trump issued the pardons.