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Satellite Photos Show Parts Of Tyndall Air Force Base Have Been Completely Decimated
Tyndall Air Force Base suffered widespread destruction from the effects of Hurricane Michael, as satellite photos show.
NOAA released overhead imagery from the path of Michael, and when compared to images taken from Google Earth, it's clear that Tyndall has a long way to go toward being restored. Across the base, buildings are missing roofs, vehicles are strewn about, and debris is just about everywhere.
In this photo from Google Earth, you can see a baseball diamond in the right, and what looks like a barracks toward the middle. To the left is a parking lot for RVs and boats.
Here's what it looks like now. The parking lot is a mess, and large sections of the barracks roof are missing:
Just up the street is Building 1149, another building for housing:
Here's what it looks like now:
Here you can see the main base exchange and other restaurants for the base:
Now it appears the storm deposited a large amount of water on top of the exchange building, while winds pulled parts of the roof off the Class Six convenience store and the Raptor Lanes bowling alley in the lower right.
The storm was so powerful that a display of decommissioned aircraft ...
... Was knocked over, and the area was littered with debris.
Closer to the flight line are aircraft hangars:
Damage to this one was catastrophic:
Here's a much larger area of the flight line and buildings next to it:
Which, unfortunately, didn't fare much better:
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Allen died on Saturday at the age of 46, according to funeral information posted online.
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"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday he and the Pentagon will comply with House Democrats' impeachment inquiry subpoena, but it'll be on their own schedule.
"We will do everything we can to cooperate with the Congress," Esper said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "Just in the last week or two, my general counsel sent out a note — as we typically do in these situations — to ensure documents are retained."
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Roughly 1,000 U.S. troops are withdrawing from Syria, leaving a residual force of between 100 and 150 service members at the Al Tanf garrison, a U.S. official said.
"I spoke with the president last night after discussions with the rest of the national security team and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday's edition of CBS News' "Face the Nation."'
More than 700 women and children affiliated with ISIS escape Kurdish prison camp after Turkish shelling
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Women affiliated with Islamic State and their children fled en masse from a camp where they were being held in northern Syria on Sunday after shelling by Turkish forces in a five-day-old offensive, the region's Kurdish-led administration said.
Turkey's cross-border attack in northern Syria against Kurdish forces widened to target the town of Suluk which was hit by Ankara's Syrian rebel allies. There were conflicting accounts on the outcome of the fighting.
Turkey is facing threats of possible sanctions from the United States unless it calls off the incursion. Two of its NATO allies, Germany and France, have said they are halting weapons exports to Turkey. The Arab League has denounced the operation.