Associated Press/Photo by Hussein Malla

Trump pushes to withdraw troops from Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/05/18, 11:26 am

President Donald Trump announced his intention this week to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, without giving a specific timeline for the move. The president revealed his intentions after meeting with the National Security Council. “I want to bring our troops back home,” he said Tuesday during a news conference. “I want to start rebuilding our nation.” The United States currently has 2,000 troops in Syria, where they continue to fight Islamic State (ISIS) insurgency.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Ross D. Franklin (file)

Trump to deploy National Guard to border

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/04/18, 04:22 pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the decision at a White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon. The move comes after an announcement by President Donald Trump on Tuesday that he would deploy the military to the southern border until he could build a wall. Nielsen said the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon would work closely with the governors in each border state and that guard troops could begin heading to the border as soon as Wednesday evening.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Wong Maye-E

Four likely dead in Marine helicopter crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/18, 11:07 am

A Marine helicopter crashed Tuesday during a training mission in Southern California, with all four crew members likely dead, military officials said. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, which was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of Miramar Air Station in San Diego, went down at about 2:35 p.m. local time. The Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., said the helicopter crashed north of Plaster City and west of El Centro, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. “The status of all four is presumed dead pending positive identification,” a statement from Miramar Air Station said.

Read more