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How 2 Navy SEALs Were Lost in the Arabian Sea

Christopher Chambers, 37, and Nathan Gage Ingram, 27, died during a raid

(Newser) - Under the darkness of night, in the roiling high seas off the coast of Somalia, members of the US Navy's SEAL Team 3 began to climb aboard an unflagged ship that was carrying illicit Iranian-made weapons to Yemen. As Navy Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Nathan Gage Ingram began...

Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites
Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites

Joint Mission Hits 8 Houthi Sites

US, UK struck missile storage sites and launchers in Yemen, officials say

(Newser) - The US and British militaries bombed eight locations they said are used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen on Monday night, the second time the two allies have conducted coordinated retaliatory strikes on an array of the rebels' missile-launching capabilities. According to officials, warship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles and fighter...

Biden: Strikes Aren't Stopping Houthis, Will Continue

'We never said the Houthis would immediately stop,' Pentagon says

(Newser) - US forces on Thursday conducted a fifth strike against Iranian-backed Houthi rebel military sites in Yemen as President Biden acknowledged that the American and British bombardment had yet to stop attacks that have disrupted global shipping. The latest strikes destroyed two Houthi anti-ship missiles that "were aimed into the...

US Strikes Houthis Again, Biden Balks at Criticism

Conflict continues in Yemen, a day after first round of airstrikes against rebels

(Newser) - The US military early Saturday struck another Houthi-controlled site in Yemen that it had determined was putting commercial vessels in the Red Sea at risk, a day after the US and Britain launched multiple airstrikes targeting Houthi rebels. AP journalists in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, heard one loud explosion. US...

Houthis Vow to Respond to US, British Strikes
Houthis Say Retaliation
Will Be 'Beyond Imagination'

Houthis Say Retaliation Will Be 'Beyond Imagination'

Rebels vow to respond to US, British strikes

(Newser) - Houthi rebels in Yemen vowed to respond Friday after American and British airstrikes hit dozens of targets across the country . Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said five people were killed in a total of 73 strikes, Al Jazeera reports. "The American and British enemy bears full responsibility for its...

US Launches Airstrikes Against Houthis in Yemen

Biden says response shows assaults on commercial ships in Red Sea won't stand

(Newser) - Along with allies, the US launched airstrikes against more than a dozen Houthi installations in Yemen on Thursday, retaliation that President Biden said demonstrates that a 20-nation coalition "will not tolerate" the persistent attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The US strikes involve Tomahawk cruise missiles fired...

Fatal Airstrike in Baghdad Was Necessary, Pentagon Says

Militia commander was killed, even as US tries to ease tensions in Middle East

(Newser) - The Pentagon defended an airstrike in Baghdad that killed a militia commander linked to Iran on Thursday, though the attack runs the risk of undercutting the Biden administration's efforts to keep the Israel-Hamas war from spreading in the Middle East. The strike was "necessary and proportionate," a...

US Servicemember Critically Injured by Iran-Backed Militants
US Launches New
Airstrikes in Iraq

US Launches New Airstrikes in Iraq

Move comes after Iranian-backed militants attack US forces

(Newser) - The US conducted new retaliatory airstrikes in Iraq early Tuesday after three US servicemembers were injured in a drone attack, one of them critically, said US officials. The Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups claimed credit for the attack on an air base used by American troops in Erbil...

After Deadly Crash, US Grounds Entire Fleet of Ospreys

Military is trying to determine 'underlying cause' of failure that led to crash

(Newser) - The US military has grounded its entire fleet of V-22 Ospreys while the investigation of a deadly crash off southwestern Japan continues. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps grounded hundreds of aircraft after a preliminary investigation determined that a problem with the tilt-rotor aircraft, not a human error, caused...

Senate Approves More Than 400 Military Promotions

Move swiftly followed end of Tuberville blockade

(Newser) - The Senate in a single stroke Tuesday approved about 425 military promotions after Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama ended a monthslong blockade of nominations over his opposition to a Pentagon abortion policy. Tuberville had been under pressure from members of both sides of the political aisle to end his holds...

Army Plant Sells AR-15 Ammo to Civilians, Drawing Scrutiny

Members of Congress sound alarm after 'NYT' reporting

(Newser) - Members of Congress are calling for a detailed examination of a deal that allows a US Army plant to supply ammunition for AR-15-style weapons, including ammo used in numerous mass shootings, to the commercial market. A New York Times investigation published this month and based on more than 1 million...

Rules Committee Backs Move to End Tuberville Blockade

GOP senator has been blocking military promotions for months

(Newser) - Senate Democrats pushed ahead Tuesday with a resolution that would allow for the quick confirmation of hundreds of military nominees, an attempt to maneuver around a blockade from Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville over a Pentagon abortion policy. The Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 to approve a resolution that would allow...

Military Aircraft Crash Kills 5 US Service Members

Defense officials report no sign of hostile activity involved in training accident

(Newser) - A military aircraft crashed into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, killing all five US service members aboard, the Pentagon announced Sunday. The accident took place Friday evening "during a routine air refueling mission as part of military training," according to a statement by US European Command, the Hill reports....

Temporary Rule Change Could End Tuberville's Blockade

Senate could vote on resolution next week, allowing passage of military promotions

(Newser) - Senators are trying to find a way around a one-man blockade that has thwarted more than 370 military promotions this year. Sen. Tommy Tuberville has been blocking promotions for nine months to protest the Pentagon's policy of paying for travel when a service member needs an out-of-state abortion. A...

Senate Confirms First Woman for Joint Chiefs of Staff

Nominations of Adm. Lisa Franchetti, two others are approved despite Tuberville's hold

(Newser) - The Senate easily confirmed three senior military officers for new jobs on Thursday, one of whom will become the first female member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. Lisa Franchetti was approved to lead the Navy, the Washington Post reports. The Air Force also got a new boss: Gen....

Republicans Turn on Tuberville Over Risky Blockade

It's a 'national security suicide mission,' says Sen. Dan Sullivan of delayed vote on military nominees

(Newser) - Numerous members of his own party confronted Sen. Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday, demanding the Alabama Republican lift his legislative blockade used to delay votes on 375 military nominees since February, which is increasingly seen as a national security issue. "Months of simmering Republican frustration" burst into the open during...

Pentagon Says Strikes Hit Iran-Linked Targets in Syria

Austin says 'narrowly tailored' airstrikes were response to attacks that injured US forces

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it launched airstrikes early Friday against targets in eastern Syria linked to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and militias it supports. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the strikes were in response to drone and missile attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria and the action...

As Other Branches Fall Short, Marines Hit 100% of Recruitment Target

Consistent message is paying off, experts say

(Newser) - As other service branches fell short of their recruitment goals this year, the Marine Corps ended the recruitment year Sept. 30 having met 100% of its goal—with hundreds of contacts lined up for next year. The Army, Navy, and Air Force failed to attract enough recruits despite offering generous...

Most Active Service Members Are Overweight, Report Says
Group Warns of Military Obesity

Group Warns of Military Obesity

Nonprofit calls problem an issue of readiness and health

(Newser) - The majority of US active duty service members register as overweight or obese, according to their body mass index, a nonprofit's report says. "At a time when we are struggling to recruit an adequate labor force for the military, the growing rates of obesity are especially alarming,"...

Anti-Affirmative Action Group Is Suing Naval Academy

Group is also seeking to block race-based admissions at West Point

(Newser) - An anti-affirmative action group has followed up its federal lawsuit against West Point with one against the US Naval Academy, seeking to block it from considering race in the selection on the new class of cadets. Students for Fair Admissions, founded by 72-year-old conservative activist Edward Blum, won a huge...

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