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Court halts transgender military ban

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/30/17, 01:50 pm

A federal court in Washington on Monday blocked President Donald Trump from changing the military’s policy on transgender service members. In August, Trump ordered a ban on any new transgender enlistments but left it up to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to set policy for current personnel. Mattis has directed top military leaders to allow transgender people to reenlist and continue to serve for now. U.S.

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Pentagon: Americans deserve more information on Niger attack

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/23/17, 05:43 pm

WASHINGTON—Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, promised on Monday to provide more details about the Oct. 4 attack in Niger that left four U.S. service members dead. But during an afternoon news conference he offered little new information about what he called a “complex” situation. “We owe the families and the American people transparency and we intend to deliver just that,” Dunford said. At least 800 U.S. soldiers are in Niger supporting a French-led mission to defeat regional terror groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram.

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Soldier’s death in Niger stokes questions, anger

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/23/17, 11:30 am

WASHINGTON—While President Donald Trump and the widow of a U.S. soldier who died in Niger continue their public feud, lawmakers are raising questions about how and why the military operation that killed Sgt. La David Johnson went wrong. Johnson was one of four soldiers killed Oct. 4 in an ambush in Niger. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC on Sunday he wasn’t aware the United States had 1,000 soldiers stationed in Niger until the attack.

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