Military
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U.S. identifies soldier killed in Syrian blast

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/02/18, 10:58 am

The U.S. Defense Department identified the American soldier who died in Syria last week as Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar, an Austin, Texas, native. Dunbar died Friday after an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol station in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij. The attack targeting members of the U.S.-led coalition combating Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the country killed two people and injured five others.

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Syrian roadside bomb kills two U.S.-led coalition members

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/30/18, 10:49 am

The U.S. military on Friday said a roadside bomb in Syria killed two coalition members and injured five others in a rare attack against U.S.-led forces. One of those killed was an American soldier. The military said the Thursday attack took place in the Arab-Kurdish town of Manbij but did not release any information about who staged the attack. “We have our initial assessment and thoughts on that but we won’t provide until the investigation is complete,” said U.S. military spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon.

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New Trump order allows some transgender troops to serve

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/24/18, 11:13 am

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday night allowing some transgender troops to serve in the military. The president last year called for a ban on all transgender service members, but four federal courts ruled against him. The Pentagon later agreed to allow transgender individuals currently serving to stay in the military and began allowing others to enlist beginning Jan. 1.

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