Weekly Rundown: September 14 – 20, 2019
A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:
- A combined drone and missile attack on a major Saudi Arabian oil facility significantly exacerbated the already tense relations between the United States and Iran. The Iranian-supplied Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, which disrupted roughly 5% of the world’s oil production. But both the US and Saudi Arabia claim the weapons used and probable launch sites point the blame directly at Iran, a claim Iran denies.
Satelitte image of the oil facility after the attack.
Photo Credit: Associated Press.
- Since the collapse of peace talks last week, the Taliban has conducted three major bombings across Afghanistan: one at a campaign rally for current president Ashraf Ghani, another near the US embassy in Kabul, and the third at a hospital in Zabul province. The total death toll is at least 68 with dozens, if not hundreds, wounded.
- Additionally, a US soldier was killed in a firefight with the Taliban. Sergeant 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin was the 17th American (and 10th Green Beret) killed in combat in Afghanistan this year.
- Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden and likely future leader of al-Qaeda, was announced as killed by the US. Details regarding when and how have not been released.
- Sean Spicer, Commander in the US Navy Reserve and former White House Press Secretary, debuted on Dancing with the Stars. It went . . . well, let’s just say it went.
Yep. That’s what happened, all right.
- President Trump nominated Robert O’Brien, the State Department’s current Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, as his next National Security Advisor.
- Today’s the day: the “raid” at Area 51 goes off. Sure, the original proposer of the gate rush has “canceled” the event and much of the festivities were earlier relocated to Las Vegas. But maybe that’s just what they want you to think. Either way, our officially-unofficial base guide to Area 51 is well worth a read.
In Case You Missed It
- Army veteran Joe Stanek talked about the difficulties of the job hunt with nothing but military experience on your resume.
- This Week in Military History: during WWII the Polish Resistance had no shortage of courageous men and women. But you’d be hard pressed to find one braver that Witold Pilecki, the man who got sent to Auschwitz on purpose.
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