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Report: Multiple failures in Niger ambush

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/10/18, 01:58 pm

A Pentagon report summary released Thursday blamed multiple failures for an ambush that killed four U.S. Army soldiers in Niger last October. The team of U.S. and Nigerien forces was approved to meet with tribal leaders but had the scope of its mission changed to go after an Islamic State (ISIS) leader believed to be in the area. The report summary said though the troops demonstrated bravery and heroism when they fell under attack by ISIS-affiliated militants, they had insufficient training and preparation. Those killed in the attack included Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt.

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Downed National Guard plane was on final flight

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/03/18, 10:10 am

UPDATE: The National Guard C-130 cargo plane that crashed in Savannah, Ga., yesterday was headed for retirement in Arizona. Officials confirmed late Wednesday that all nine guardsmen on board died. The 40-year-old plane, one of six belonging to Puerto Rico’s National Guard fleet, flew to Georgia for routine maintenance last month. Its Puerto Rican crew was taking it on its final flight when it crashed 21 minutes after taking off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

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California, Trump agree on National Guard role

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/19/18, 11:37 am

California Gov. Jerry Brown has reached a deal with the federal government for use of his state’s National Guard troops at its border with Mexico after a week of back-and-forth and uncertainty. Brown pledged 400 personnel in response to President Donald Trump’s request for more troops to reinforce the U.S. southern border, but the governor insisted that they not have anything to do with immigration enforcement. Under the new agreement, California troops will focus on fighting transnational gangs and gun and drug smugglers, Brown said.

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