The Israeli military followed up on its weekend strikes in Syria the same way that any modern military might: By taunting its regional foe Iran with a silly-ass tweet.
Let's start from the beginning. Israeli Defense Forces launched a salvo of missiles at the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday as part of its increasingly belligerent posture towards the Iranian forces fighting there, Reuters reports.
The raid purportedly targeted Iranian military personnel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Reuters. According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 11 people were killed.
"We will strike at anyone who tries to harm us," Netanyahu said on Sunday.
Speaking to a state-run news website in the aftermath of the strikes early Monday, the head of the Iranian Air Force responded in kind: "The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth."
And then, several hours later, this happened:
Two things come to mind here. First, I can't help but think of LikeWar, last year's topography of warfare in the digital age by Ghost Fleet co-author Peter Singer that details the way in which state and non-state actors battle for hearts and minds through the Internet. This silly tweet isn't an exception; it's the perfect embodiment of #LikeWar in a nutshell.
Second: Who wants to bet that this IDF social media manager was definitely blasting Flock Of Seagulls while messing around in KidPix here?
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department's authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement.
The court on Tuesday chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August 2015. By not accepting the case, Larrabee v. the United States, the court upheld the status quo: that military retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A formation of U.S. Army soldiers with III Corps and Fort Hood honor the American flag as they lower it during the Retreat ceremony March 27, 2014. Retreat is conducted at the end of the day, every day, to honor the flag, which is raised during the Reveille ceremony each morning. All activity on the base stops for the duration of both ceremonies as soldiers pause, face the flag, and salute. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ken Scar)
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When President Trump spoke of Islamic State last week, he described the group as all but defeated, even in the digital realm.
"For a period of time, they used the internet better than we did. They used the internet brilliantly, but now it's not so brilliant," the president said. "And now the people on the internet that used to look up to them and say how wonderful and brilliant they are are not thinking of them as being so brilliant."
Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, a 3rd Infantry Division Soldier who was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and killed in action in Iraq in 2003, is depicted in a photo illustration alongside the Distinguished Service Cross medal, which he is slated to posthumously receive for his heroic actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 5, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (U.S. Army)
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