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Army vet faces maximum sentence for plotting California terror attack in retaliation for New Zealand mosque shootings
An Army veteran was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Wednesday for allegedly plotting an improvised explosive device attack in Long Beach, California, in retaliation for the March shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Justice Department announced.
Mark Domingo, 26, was arrested in April after accepting a delivery from an undercover cop of what he thought was a live bomb. He reportedly was considering "various attacks — including targeting Jews, churches and police officers," but ultimately had decided on detonating an IED in Long Beach.
He was charged with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.
The Associated Press reported that Domingo converted to Islam and was planning the terror attacks "in retaliation for killings at New Zealand mosques" that left 51 dead. According to the DoJ, he allegedly "expressed support for violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr"
In online posting, Domino allegedly wrote that "America needs another vegas event" — a reference to the October 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting — "(to) give them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world,"
Domingo served as a U.S. Army infantryman from December 2011 to February 2013, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortiz confirmed to Task & Purpose, and deployed to Afghanistan from September-December 2012. He attained the rank of private.
While the Associated Press reported that Domingo "violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice and was kicked out of the service before completing his enlistment contract," Ortiz was unable to characterize Domingo's service beyond his separation in 2013.
His arraignment is scheduled for May 31.
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This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.