A tentative plan to build 20 miles of extra border wall in Arizona, on top of the already approved 100-plus miles, was put on hold Monday by the Pentagon.
Federal officials hoped to build the extra 20 miles of wall in the Border Patrol's Tucson and Yuma sectors. The Army Corps of Engineers said late last month that funds would come from other wall contracts that might cost less than expected. But those savings did not materialize, according to documents filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The two oil tankers crippled in attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week that Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran are being assessed off the coast off the United Arab Emirates before their cargos are unloaded, the ships' operators said on Sunday.
After Russian and American warships nearly collided in the East China Sea on Friday, both countries were quick to accuse the other of "dangerous and unprofessional" behavior, according to a June 7 report by Reuters.
One detail that hasn't come up, but totally should, is why a bunch of Russian sailors were chilling on the deck of the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov when the vessel came within 50 to 165 feet of the USS Chancellorsville, a Navy guided-missile cruiser. (The exact distance between the two vessels is unclear, as both the U.S. and Russian navies are citing different figures.)
Multiple reports this week say senior leadership in D.C. is proposing a new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan. According to reports, the plan could cost the United States $23 billion a year, which would go toward training and advising Afghan security forces, fighting government corruption, and taking back territory overrun by the Taliban. Currently, the Taliban controls or contests 40% of the country. The new strategy would also mean increasing troops numbers in Afghanistan by 5,000, according to initial estimates, and resembles the surge implemented by the Obama administration in 2009; however, the new plan would not be tied to specific timeframes for withdrawal.