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Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally. Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police. "We're not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back," he said. "I told them…

White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge

A federal judge in Baltimore rejected the Trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the US military. The decision on Tuesday by US Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve in the military. Copperthite declined to decide whether President Donald Trump deserved a protective order for his own communications, pending a ruling on…

US military targets Mulla Fazlullah in Afghanistan: reports

WASHINGTON: The US media reports citing military sources, claimed Thursday that in a drone attack in Afghanistan's Kunar province, Pakistani Taliban chief Mulla Fazlullah has been targeted. Pakistani Taliban chief Mulla Fazlullah is believed to be hiding in Afghainstan's Kunar province. "US forces conducted a counterterrorism strike, June 13, in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization," Lieutenant Colonel Martin…

US military bans Huawei, ZTE phones

WASHINGTON: Personnel on US military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an "unacceptable" security risk. Concerns have heightened at the Pentagon about consumer electronics being used to snoop on or track service members. Huawei surpasses Apple to become second largest smartphone brand "Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to (military) personnel, information and mission," Pentagon spokesman Major Dave…

Sexual assault reports on rise in US military: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The number of sexual assaults reported in the US military increased last year by 10 percent, Pentagon officials said Monday, attributing the spike to the fact that victims feel freer to come forward. The number of sexual assaults brought to the attention of military authorities was 6,769 in 2017, up from 6,172 in 2016, according to the report from the Defense Department's sexual assault prevention and response office. For the period under review, the proportion of women in the armed forces increased…

US military wants new, low-yield nuclear weapons ‘in response to Russian actions’

WASHINGTON: The US military wants to revamp its nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons, largely in response to Russian actions in recent years, the Pentagon said in a policy statement released Friday. The so-called Nuclear Posture Review outlines the Pentagon's nuclear ambitions under President Donald Trump and is the first time since 2010 that the military has spelled out how it foresees nuclear threats in the coming decades. "The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons…

US military funded Afghan police involved in human rights violations: report

KABUL: The US military funded Afghan police and security units even though American officials knew members were implicated in gross human rights violations, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday. The previously secret report, first provided to Congress in June but now declassified, lays bare the cultural rifts that can exist when America works with local partners. According to the report by the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Pentagon repeatedly granted…

US Army to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield to target enemy computer networks

WASHINGTON: The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks. While the Army's mission is generally to "attack and destroy," the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team. "Not everything is destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?" he told…

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…

Trump announces ban on transgender troops from serving in military

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people may not serve "in any capacity" in the US military, upending a key policy from Barack Obama's administration and drawing swift condemnation. Announcing the major policy change on Twitter, Trump said the military should be focused on "overwhelming victory," and not burdened with the "tremendous" medical costs and disruptions that transgender personnel would entail. "After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised…