A class on how to detonate a suicide vest at an insurgent camp just north of Baghdad went awry today when the instructor accidentally blew up himself and his students, killing 22 and wounding 15, the New York Times is reporting.
The extremists belonged to a disavowed offshoot of al Qaeda called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The felled instructor of his class, who martyred himself of the name of ... well, education, I suppose, is described by an Iraqi military official quoted in the Times report as “a prolific recruiter” who was “able to kill the bad guys for once,” albeit unintentionally.
Additionally, eight militants were taken into custody by Iraqi authorities as they attempted to flee the scene.
Iraq has in recent months seen a resurgence in the violence that U.S. and coalition forces spent years and billions of dollars beating back. The New York Times also recently reported on how the extremists raised a flag over the city of Fallujah, where in 2004, U.S. Marines and other forces engaged the insurgency in fierce fighting. News that the city had fallen back into the hands of the enemy elicited a passionate response from many of the veterans who fought there.
Among them was Hirepurpose’s founder and CEO Zach Iscol, who commanded Marines in that fateful battle.
“The wrong question to ask is whether or not it was worth it based on what happens in Fallujah,” he said. “I think much more important is what happens to us as a country.
"Do we have a citizenry that becomes more involved because of the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan? Do we have a citizenry that is asking these hard questions before we send men and women off to these wars again?”
Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.
The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.
"These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians", said Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
"Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane."
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."