Weekly Rundown: October 26 – November 1, 2019

Weekly Rundown: October 26 – November 1, 2019

News Recap

A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:

Conan, the US military working dog lightly inured in the operation that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Conan, the US military working dog lightly inured in the operation that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Image originally tweeted by President Donald Trump.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of ISIS, committed suicide via explosive vest after he was cornered during a raid by American Delta Force operators and Army Rangers. The hunted terrorist leader was found, in part, due to Kurdish spy stealing and turning over a pair of underwear for DNA testing to conclude al-Baghdadi’s identity. The self-declared caliph of the Islamic State killed two children (initially reported as three) he was using as human shields when he detonated his vest, but only one US soldier was injured in the operation: Conan, a military working dog hurt by exposed electrical wires. The heroic canine has since recovered and returned to full duty.
  • A day after al-Baghdadi’s death was announced, his likely successor was also confirmed dead. Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, long term spokesperson for ISIS, was killed in a drone strike in northern Syria. The little-known Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi was named the new leader of the terrorist group several days later.
  • Soldiers and Bradley armored vehicles of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, a South Carolina unit of the Army National Guard, arrived in Syria to defend oil wells in northern Syria against ISIS. The deployment of these units stands in juxtaposition to the continuing withdrawal of US troops who were previously supporting and fighting alongside Kurdish allies in the fight against ISIS.

U.S. Soldiers in the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina Army National Guard, attached to the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, provide M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles for support to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) eastern Syria Oct. 30, 2019. The mechanized infantry troops will partner with Syrian Democratic Forces to deny Daesh access to critical infrastructure in eastern Syria. CJTF-OIR remains committed to the enduring defeat of Daesh. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. DeAndre Pierce)Soldiers of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team unload Bradleys in eastern Syria.
Photo Credit: US Army Reserve, Spc DeAndre Pierce.

President Donald J. Trump presents the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, 2019. Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a weapons sergeant with the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on April 6, 2008. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Keisha Brown)
MSgt Williams’ Medal of Honor ceremony.
Photo Credit: US Army, Sgt Keisha Brown.

In Case You Missed It

  • Joe Stanek shared with us his thoughtful review of the debut novel, Cherry, by (currently incarcerated) fellow Army veteran Nico Walker.
  • This Week in Military History: The Hughes H-4 Hercules, better known as the Spruce Goose, may never have been a particularly useful airplane, but it sure was an interesting one. Although it wasn’t actually made out of spruce.

The H-4 Hercules, the Spruce Goose, flies for the only time.

From Our Sister Site

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