A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:
- ISIS claimed credibility for the suicide bombing of a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed 63 people and wounded another 182 on Sunday.
- The US tested a ground-launched cruise missile on the 18th, it’s first since leaving the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) treaty that banned such activity. Russian President Valdimir Putin ordered his military to conduct similar tests in response. Both nations withdrew from the treaty earlier this month over claims the other had already violated it.
- A second munitions depot in Iraq exploded in as many weeks, both of which belonged to the Popular Mobilization Forces, a collection of state-sanctioned militias partially backed by Iran. The causes of the blasts are under investigation, but theories run the gamut from poor storage conditions in high heat to secret airstrikes by Israel and/or the United States.
- South Korea and Japan, two of the United States’ most vital allies in the Eastern Pacific, abandoned an intelligence sharing deal that began in 2016. The reasons for scrapping the deal range from current trade disputes between the two nations to the long history of tensions going back to Japan’s colonization of the Korean peninsula in the early 20th century.
- Highly toxic and carcinogenic perfluorinated compounds (PFC’s) have been found in the groundwater at the US Air Force Academy, making it the 203rd site belonging to the Air Force affected by such contaminants. The chemicals are a key component of the firefighting foam used by the military.
- Luis F. Deleon and Jose J. Gonzalez were posthumously promoted to master sergeant after being killed in action on Wednesday. The two men were members of the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) operating in Afghanistan’s northwestern Faryab Province.
- Admiral Michael Gilday, a surface warfare officer and former commander of Navy Cyber Command, became the new Chief of Naval Operations on Thursday, taking over the position from Admiral John Richardson.
Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan U. Kledzik, US Navy
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