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National Guard Soldier Charged With Smuggling Mexican Nationals Over Border
Thousands of National Guardsman are deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to support U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in keeping people out of the United States, but at least one of them is allegedly working overtime to smuggle people in.
- California National Guard Pfc. Edward Jair Acosta-Avila has been charged with human trafficking as part of a scheme to smuggle several Mexican nationals into the United States, USA Today reported on Thursday.
- Acosta-Avila was reportedly arrested Saturday with three Mexican nationals in the back of his car who told law enforcement they "made smuggling arrangements and agreed to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 each to [be] smuggled into the United States," per USA Today.
- "The soldiers were supposed to help agents prevent migrants from entering the United States illegally," USA Today reported. "Instead, Private First Class Acosta-Avila hoped to profit from smuggling them past authorities, according to court documents."
- Acosta-Avila, who had not been assigned to border duty as part of the now-unnamed Operation Faithful Patriot, was already facing administrative separation for being AWOL at the time of his arrest.
- This is the second incident involving a National Guardsman at the border this week. On Monday, Luis Carlos Ontiveros reportedly attempted to rape a fellow Guardsman in a Texas hotel.
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.
They started the US war against ISIS. Now they have an important message for Trump on abandoning the Kurds
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Trump's recent decisions in northern Syria were ill-advised, strategically unsound, and morally shameful. In rapidly withdrawing U.S. presence and allowing a Turk offensive into Syria, we have left the Syrian Kurds behind, created a power vacuum for our adversaries to fill, and set the stage for the resurgence of ISIS.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
More than 74 years after Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, the Marine Corps has announced that one of men in the most famous picture of World War II had been misidentified.