The U.S. military confirmed on Monday that an airstrike in Syria has killed a senior ISIS militant involved in the 2014 murder of U.S. Army Ranger turned aid worker Peter Kassig. U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement to CBS News on Monday that Abu al Umarayn was killed in Syria's southeastern Badiyah Desert region on Sunday by a coalition strike. CENTCOM said "several other ISIS members" were killed in the strike, but singled out Umarayn, saying he had "given indications of posing an imminent threat to Coalition Forces and he was involved in the killing of American Citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig. He has been linked to and directly involved with executing several other prisoners as a senior ISIS member." Then-President Barack Obama confirmed in November 2014 that Kassig had been killed in Syria, shortly after ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) published a gruesome video online purportedly showing his decapitation. Kassig was captured in 2013, as … [Read more...] about U.S. says ISIS militant behind American Peter Kassig’s murder killed in airstrike
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An Islamic State group leader involved in the execution of American aid worker Peter Kassig and other Western prisoners was targeted in a strike Sunday by the US-led anti-jihadist coalition in Syria. Kassig, aged 26 at the time of his death, was among a group of prisoners decapitated by jihadists in November 2014. The mass execution was shown in a video released by the group. "Coalition forces conducted precision strikes against a senior ISIS member, Abu al Umarayn, and several other ISIS members in the Badiyah Desert, Syria," said Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led coalition, in a statement in English. "Al Umarayn had given indications of posing an imminent threat to coalition forces and he was involved in the killing of American citizen and former U.S. Army Ranger, Peter Kassig", kidnapped in Syria in 2013, he added. Ryan said he had been also been involved in the execution of several other prisoners. "Coalition airstrikes continue to disrupt ISIS command and control on the … [Read more...] about Syria coalition targets IS leader linked to execution of American
Mary Esch Associated Press Published 2:29 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the smirking cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: “Communism will win.” Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the U.S. Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division accepted Rapone’s resignation Monday after an earlier reprimand for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” Rapone said an investigation found he went online to advocate for a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers and … [Read more...] about US Army boots West Point officer who touted communist revolution during graduation ceremony
On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?
A POLITICO investigation reveals new details about the agents powering the special counsel probe. President Donald Trump has repeatedly hurled insults at the FBI agents working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 campaign. Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney who’s now Trump’s lawyer, has attacked them as “stormtroopers.” The vitriol is unsurprising. The agents are powering an investigation that has shadowed Trump’s entire presidency — and they are mostly unknown to the public, making them easy targets. They are a mix of bureau veterans and relative newcomers handpicked by Mueller and his prosecutors to handle the highest-profile and most sensitive federal investigation in a generation. To assemble this portrait of Mueller’s FBI team, POLITICO scoured court records, news accounts, press releases and conducted more than two dozen interviews with defense lawyers and witnesses as well as with current and … [Read more...] about Inside Mueller’s FBI team