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John Cena Deadlifts 602 Pounds On His 40th Birthday
What’s the best way to celebrate that 365th day of the nth year since you came kicking into this world? For many, it’s shots, shots, shots. For John Cena, it’s lifting a barbell-bending stack of Cadillacs.
Why? Because he can.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 23, 2017
To celebrate his 40th birthday, the professional wrestler and actor-turned-reality TV show host posted the video of himself crushing it at the gym on April 23.
Well-known as Cena is for being a wrecking ball in the ring or at the gym, it’s his quirky humor — a mix of fart jokes and deadpanning — that endears him to his fans. A meme unto himself, there’s his occasional show-stealing cameos — pretty much the best parts of either “Trainwreck” or “Sisters” — and that time he bared his “tube on YouTube,” with his fiancée, wrestler, actress, and model Nikki Bella.
Beyond the humor and lightheartedness, the baby-faced bulldozer of a man does have a serious side, which he put on display last July 4, in a thoughtful and heartfelt public service announcement. When he’s not making sentimental PSAs about patriotism, he’s out and about actually being a patriot, showing his support to wounded warrior-athletes and participating in USO tours.
Cena’s making a return to the silver screen as an Army sniper in the upcoming wartime thriller, “The Wall,” which looks intense. In fact, it may just be good enough to make us forget about “The Marine.” That would be a pretty good birthday present.
(Reuters) - In the summer of 2004, U.S. soldier Greg Walker drove to a checkpoint just outside of Baghdad's Green Zone with his Kurdish bodyguard, Azaz. When he stepped out of his SUV, three Iraqi guards turned him around at gunpoint.
As he walked back to the vehicle, he heard an AK-47 being racked and a hail of cursing in Arabic and Kurdish. He turned to see Azaz facing off with the Iraqis.
"Let us through or I'll kill you all," Walker recalled his Kurdish bodyguard telling the Iraqi soldiers, who he described as "terrified."
He thought to himself: "This is the kind of ally and friend I want."
The US military quietly pulled 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan over the past year without a peace deal
The U.S. military has pulled about 2,000 troops from Afghanistan over the past year, the top U.S. and coalition military commander said Monday.
"As we work in Afghanistan with our partners, we're always looking to optimize the force," Army Gen. Austin Miller said at a news conference in Kabul. "Unbeknownst to the public, as part of our optimization … we reduced our authorized strength by 2,000 here."
"I'm confident that we have the right capabilities to: 1. Reach our objectives as well as continue train, advise, and assist throughout the country," Miller continued.
The New York Times was first to report that the U.S. military had reduced its troop strength in Afghanistan even though peace talks with the Taliban are on hiatus. The number of troops in the country has gone from about 15,000 to 13,000, a U.S. official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.
Separately, the U.S. military is considering drawing down further to 8,600 troops in Afghanistan as part of a broader political agreement, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Oct. 19.
"We've always said, that it'll be conditions based, but we're confident that we can go down to 8,600 without affecting our [counterterrorism] operations, if you will," Esper said while enroute to Afghanistan.
So far, no order has been given to draw down to 8,600 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the U.S. official said.
After President Donald Trump cancelled peace talks with the Taliban, which had been expected to take place at Camp David around the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. military has increased both air and ground attacks.
In September, U.S. military aircraft dropped more ordnance in Afghanistan than they have since October 2010, according to Air Force statistics.
However, the president has also repeatedly vowed to bring U.S. troops home from the post 9/11 wars. Most recently, he approved withdrawing most U.S. troops from Syria.
On Monday, Esper said the situations in Syria and Afghanistan are very different, so the Afghans and other U.S. allies "should not misinterpret our actions in the recent week or so with regard to Syria."
DOHUK, Iraq/KABUL (Reuters) - The Pentagon is considering keeping some U.S. troops near oilfields in northeastern Syria alongside Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to help deny oil to Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday.
U.S. troops are crossing into Iraq as part of a broader withdrawal from Syria ordered by President Donald Trump, a decision that allowed Turkey to launch an offensive against the SDF which for years was a U.S. ally battling Islamic State.