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# Pentagon

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29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Intelligence
US Secretary of State postpones trip to China after alleged 'spy balloon' discovered
A statement from its Foreign Minister said the airship has limited steering capability and ‘deviated far from its planned course’ due to wind.
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# military tensions
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin hold call on Ukraine military tensions
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “in the mood for a conversation.”
# innocent family
Pentagon admits deadly Kabul drone strike killed 10 innocent people including seven children
General McKenzie said the vehicle was struck ‘in the earnest belief’ that it posed an imminent threat.
# 9/11 Attacks
World leaders pay tribute to 9/11 victims
Jihadists carried out multiple attacks in the US 20 years ago today.
The commemorations will take place at the Pentagon, Shanksville in Pennsylvania and at the World Trade Centre in New York.
# Washington DC
'Multiple' injuries at Pentagon subway shooting that sees building locked down
Subway services were temporarily suspended and buses headed to the station were diverted to other stops.
# border region
Pentagon says US air strikes in Iraq, Syria targeted Iran-backed militia groups
A monitor said the strikes killed at least five militia fighters.
# You're Fired
Three Trump loyalists appointed to top Pentagon jobs as Defence Secretary fired
Military personnel changes have fuelled concerns of a push against figures seen as not loyal enough to Trump.
# UFO
Three US Navy videos of UFOs have been published by the Pentagon
The videos were taken in 2004 and 2015, and are still deemed “unidentified”.
# islamic state
Pentagon releases images from raid that resulted in death of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi
The Pentagon also released video of airstrikes on a group of unknown fighters on the ground.
# transgender
Pentagon issues new limits on transgender troops
The latest action was swiftly condemned by Democrats and civil rights advocates.
# Dangerous
Deadly poison ricin delivered in two packages to the Pentagon
The packages were addressed to Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the head of the Navy.
# Pentagon
The US military is cancelling $300 million in aid to Pakistan
It’s not happy with how Pakistan is tackling armed groups in the country.
# Pentagon
US suspends military training exercises with South Korea
The move comes in a bid to support diplomatic negotiations with North Korea.
# Pentagon
US military 'fails to protect children sexually assaulted by peers on army bases'
An in-depth investigation by the Associated Press was published this week.
# transgender
Judge rules transgender people are free to enlist in the US military from January
The move will be seen as a blow to President Donald Trump.
# equality issues
Transgender troops can continue to serve in US military for now, says Defense Secretary
Transgender troops can continue to serve while the Pentagon studies an order by Trump to ban them from US forces.
# mother of all bombs
Massive US bomb 'killed 36 ISIS fighters and destroyed tunnel network'
The Afghan presidential palace said precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties.
# mother of all bombs
US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
It’s the second attack they’ve launched this week.
# New York
Pentagon considers renting a floor in Trump Tower to store nuclear launch codes
First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron are still living in Trump Tower, with Trump planning to make regular visits.
# unleash the beasts
The US could unleash micro-drones that move in swarms
A recent test included 103 micro-drones being used in California.
# turkey coup
Erdogan withdraws thousands of lawsuits for 'insults against his person'
Recep Erdogan said he was inspired by feelings of unity that has followed the recent failed coup.
# Pentagon
US military ends ban on transgender troops
The thousands of transgender people who serve in the military have previously been forced to hide their gender identity.
# Equality
US military to lift ban on transgender troops
Currently, Pentagon rules allow transgender troops to be discharged from the military.
# Pentagon
The Pentagon wants hackers to break into its website - for money
It will give cash to people who can find weaknesses on the site.
# Abuse
Pentagon says hundreds of military kids sexually abused each year
In one case, a Marine was found to be abusing his colleague’s three-year-old stepdaughter.
# air drop
Rockets, bullets and guns dropped into Syria but who will get their hands on them?
The Pentagon is trying to “screen” rebel groups before they give them weapons.
# Hacked
Hackers claiming to be ISIS broke into a Pentagon Twitter account
The Pentagon has played down the incident, saying no sensitive networks were penetrated and most of the information posted is already publicly available.
# 1984 State Papers
In 1983 there was a chance a Soviet spy satellite would fall on Ireland
There was one in 10,000 chance nuclear-powered Cosmo 1402 would fall over Ireland.
# Gitmo
After a decade at Guantanamo, four detainees are going home
This moves Obama closer to his goal of closing the military jail.
# at war
White House makes it official: The US is at war with Islamic State
“The United States is at war with ISIS in the same way that we are at war with Al-Qaeda”.
# Special Forces
US sent mission to try and rescue James Foley
Sadly, the journalist was killed by ISIS earlier this week.
# Insurgency
Iraq officially calls on the US to carry out air strikes on militants
However, a “military approach will not be enough”, Iraq’s foreign minister said.
# War on Terror
Doctors and nurses 'complicit' in US torture of terrorism suspects
A two-year study found doctors designed and participated in torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners at CIA and Pentagon-run prisons.
# Syria
Obama: Chemical weapons used in Syria, but we don't know who used them
Obama said there was no evidence to indicate when, who and how chemical weapons were used in Syria as he spoke to the media about Guantanamo Bay and Russian relations earlier today.
# North Korea
US deploys missiles as North Korean army gets ‘final approval’ for nuclear attack
The Pentagon said this evening that the US remains “vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations” as it announced the deployment of the missile system.
# US Army
Female US soldiers can now serve in ground combat after ban is lifted
US military departments have until May of this year to submit their plans to implement the change.
# star trekkin
Pentagon researches ways to scavenge retired satellites... in space
The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning to launch a demonstration mission in 2016.
# Sandy
PHOTOS: Fuel shortages and traffic jams as New York tries to get back to normal
The United States is facing a bill of tens of billions of dollars in the wake of ‘Superstorm’ Sandy.
# 9/11
Obama praises 9/11 unity on a low-key 11th anniversary
Relatives gathered as they do every year at the site of the World Trade Center attacks as the US president made a low-key appearance at the Pentagon which was also attacked.
# Bin Laden
Pentagon checking Bin Laden raid book for leaks
Officials have received the manuscript and are checking for any classified information, said Pentagon spokesperson.