On Wednesday evening, a pair of Chinese SU-30 fighter jets buzzed a U.S. WC-135 Constant Phoenix surveillance plane over the East China Sea. By itself, this isn’t that unusual, of course — Russian jets seem to now routinely intercept Air Force surveillance craft all over the world, and the Air Force is happy to return the favor in kind.
Well, it seems the East China Sea incident is far from routine, and the Air Force is officially complaining to the Chinese military about the fly-by, which the Pentagon has characterized as an “unprofessional” intercept.
“Bullshit!” you may cry, your inner Val Kilmer fueling your skepticism. Well, apparently it’s true: A Pentagon official told CNN that one of the Chinese SU-30 jets came “within 150 feet of the US plane, with one of the Su-30s flying inverted, or upside down, directly above the American plane."
In an official statement, Pacific Air Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lori Hodge said the crew of the WC-135 had deemed the intercept problematic “due to the maneuvers by the Chinese pilot, as well as the speeds and proximity of both aircraft,” which we can only imagine looks something like this:
While Hodge declined to provide further details on the incident, she assured reporters that the Pentagon was discussing the incident with the Chinese government “appropriate diplomatic and military channels.” Doesn’t sound like anything a little volleyball can’t fix.
GREENBELT, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes.
An undated image of Hoda Muthana provided by her attorney, Hassan Shibly. (Associated Press)
Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump asking the court to recognize the citizenship of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS and allow she and her young son to return to the United States.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.