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Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

WASHINGTON: The US military on Friday disclosed for the first time base-by-base data on sexual assault reports, showing a higher number of reports at big military installations like Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia as well as overseas hubs like South Korea. Sexual assault in the military, which is defined as anything from groping to rape, is believed to be significantly higher than the number of reports. The Pentagon said it estimates that, in 2016, less than a third of service members who experienced a sexual assault…

US Army halts use of Chinese-made drones

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of "cyber vulnerabilities" in the products. An Aug. 2 Army memo posted online and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software. It requires service members to "cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction." The memo says DJI drones are the most widely used by…

Head of Daesh in Afghanistan killed in US strike: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: US forces have killed the head of the Daesh group´s Afghanistan branch, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the third time in a year the franchise has lost its leader. Abu Sayed was killed in a July 11 strike in Afghanistan´s northeastern province of Kunar on the headquarters of Daesh-Khorasan Province (IS-K), which also killed additional militants, the Pentagon said in a statement. "You kill a leader of one of these groups and it sets them back," Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told reporters. "It´s obviously a…

US Army photographer captures her own death in mortar explosion

WASHINGTON: A goose-bumping picture taken by 22-year-old US soldier Hilda Clayton of the moment an explosion killed her and four other soldiers has been released by the US Army Specialist Clayton and four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers died when a mortar tube accidentally exploded during a training exercise under the supervision of US Army trainers in July 2013. Almost four years later, the Army University Press, a US Army multimedia organisation, has released two images of the accident — one taken by Specialist…

U.S. soldier seeks charge dismissal over Trump comments

AUSTIN: U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, charged with desertion in Afghanistan, wants the case against him dismissed, saying he cannot get a fair trial now that Donald Trump, who has called him a traitor, is president, according to a court motion filed on Friday. Lawyers for Bergdahl, 30, submitted the motion on the day that Trump took the oath of office as 45th president of the United States on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The soldier, who spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan…

US Army eases rules on beards, turbans for Muslim, Sikh troops

WASHINGTON: The US Army has taken new steps to make it easier for Sikhs, Muslims and other religious minorities to obtain approval to dress and groom themselves according to their religious customs while serving in the military, a spokesman said on Thursday. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, in a memorandum signed this week, revised the uniform policy to set appearance standards for people seeking religious accommodations to wear beards, turbans and head scarfs. The new rules also enable brigade-level commanders to approve…

US Army denies Dakota pipeline permit, in victory for Native tribes

WASHINGTON: The US Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday nixed plans for a controversial oil pipeline crossing in North Dakota, a major victory for Native Americans and environmentalists who had staged months of protests. The pipeline had been set to cross under the Missouri River and man-made Lake Oahe, which are drinking water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "It's clear that there's more work to do," Jo-Ellen Darcy, the US Army's assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. "The best way to…