Five Marines remain missing and two other Marines have been rescued so far nearly 24 hours after two Marine Corps aircraft crashed off Japan’s coast, officials said on Thursday.
The two rescued Marines were in an F/A-18 Hornet and the other Marines were aboard a KC-130 aerial tanker, both of which went down about 2 a.m. local time on Thursday about 200 miles from Japan, Task & Purpose has learned.
One of the rescued Marines is in fair condition and the other is being evaluated at a local hospital, a Marine Corps news release says.
“U.S. 7th Fleet is supporting ongoing search and rescue efforts with a Navy P-8A Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft flying out of Kadena Air Force Base, along with assistance from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japanese Coast Guard,” the news release says.
The two aircraft had taken off from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and were flying a training mission that included refueling when the incident occurred, the news release says. Investigators are working to determine exactly what caused the crash.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
UPDATE: This story was updated at 9: 22 A.M. on Dec. 6 to include that five Marines remain missing.
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At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."