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Senior Army General Reportedly Asked Whether Green Beret Ambushed In Niger Was Eligible For Medal Of Honor
- In a Friday story concerning Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' recent anger over the Pentagon's ambush investigation, the New York Times notes that U.S. Special Operations Command chief Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, had asked whether Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright "was eligible for the Medal of Honor" among the awards for Operational Detachment Alpha Team 3212 for their bravery in battle.
- Wright, along with Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Sgt. La David T. Johnson, was killed when his convoy was ambushed by a large force of ISIS during the October 2017 ambush.
- According to the Times, Wright was killed while trying to rescue a wounded Black, dragging him by his flak jacket to cover before fleeing into the surrounding brush and returning fire in a desperate attempt to rescue his fallen comrades.
- During a May briefing, Task & Purpose's Jeff Schogol asked U.S. Africa Command chief Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser and new U.S. Army Africa chief Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier if they believed any service members who fought in this incident deserved to be recommended for the Medal of Honor.
- "My finding indicates that there were numerous acts of extraordinary bravery that occurred on that day, and they should be adjudicated as SOCOM deems necessary," Cloutier responded. "There — there were acts of bravery."
The Saudi national who killed three students on a U.S. Naval Air station in Pensacola was in the United States on a training exchange program.
On Sunday, Sen. Rick Scott said the United States should suspend that program, which brings foreign nationals to America for military training, pending a "full review."
Security measures at U.S. military bases will be increased in the wake of the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.
In a message posted to Twitter, U.S. Northern Command, known as Northcom, said it has directed its installations to "immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures for their facilities."
Secret documents show US officials lied for decades about victory in Afghanistan as troops continued to die
The Washington Post has obtained confidential documents showing that top U.S. military officials have repeatedly lied to the American public about the war in Afghanistan, despite many having clear knowledge the effort is unwinnable.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four Katyusha rockets struck a military base next to Baghdad International Airport on Monday wounding "six fighters", a statement from the military said.
Security forces found a rocket launcher and several rockets in a search of the area, the statement said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. investigators face mounting pressure on Monday to deliver answers on the motive that led a Saudi Air Force lieutenant to shoot and kill three people and wounded eight others at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, speaking at a Sunday evening press conference, said he was sure the gunman carried out an act of terrorism. He questioned whether it could have been prevented by better vetting of foreign military officers who train in the United States.