The Green Beret unit captured firing on a civilian truck in Afghanistan in a viral YouTube video last January and found in compliance with the rules of engagement by a subsequent investigation had a reputation for “horribly poor judgment” during a deployment where leaders "let soldiers drink alcohol and have sex in violation of military rules," according to a report obtained by Stars and Stripes.
The report by Army Criminal Investigation Command, obtained by Stars and Stripes, surfaced allegations of "toxic" U.S. Army Special Forces personnel during a deployment and "failures in discipline and professionalism that carried over into operations, leading to the shooting," as the team's enlisted leader told Army investigators.
Among those unprofessional behaviors, according to the NCO, was "having his authority subverted by fellow NCOs because he had taken a stand against allowing soldiers to violate General Order No. 1, which prohibits alcohol use and sex in Afghanistan," as Stars and Stripes reports.
“Throughout the deployment, I had to deal with toxic individuals who undermined my authority because they were being protected by the ODA officers,” the team's senior enlisted said, per Stars and Stripes. “This behavior spilled over into our operations, with poor decision-making by these individuals and those on the ODA negatively influenced by them.”
Briefly uploaded to YouTube under the title “Happy Few Ordnance Symphony” and first surfaced by Politico, the video of the shooting in question contained combat footage taken between January and February 2015 new Afghanistan's Bagram Air Field, according to the report. The footage was dubbed over with the Kendrick Lamar song “Humble.”
While the team's commander claims that the shot captured in the YouTube video "may have been the only way to get the driver’s attention," the NCO — a 10-year veteran of Operational Detachment Alpha teams, per Stars and Stripes — is alleging these violations are part of a larger pattern of recklessness. How this discontinuity played out amid the decision by Army officials to not charge the individuals involved remains to be seen.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.