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# US Military

Last year
2022
# Afghanistan
US military admits to killing 12 civilians worldwide in 2021
All of the civilian deaths occurred in Afghanistan, according to the public part of the report.
# islamic state
ISIS leader killed in US military raid in Syria, with multiple civilian fatalities
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says civilians are among at least 13 people killed in the operation, including four children.
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# Afghanistan
Photo shows more than 600 Afghans on US military flight hours after Kabul fell to Taliban
The image shows a number of children on board the flight.
# RULES BREACH
US military troops travelling into Shannon Airport breached Covid-19 regulations
The US crew stayed in a Limerick hotel overnight, leaving to buy food at one point, before flying on to the US the following day.
# Executive Order
Biden overturns Trump ban on transgender US troops
The move undoes Trump’s controversial decision in July 2017 to bar transgender personnel from serving “in any capacity” in the military.
# US Military
Over 65,000 US troops passed through Shannon Airport this year
Independent TD Catherine Connolly has said that “it is not possible to promote peace if we are facilitating war”.
# White House
Donald Trump angrily denies remarks about US troops and 'losers'
Trump’s comments were reported by The Atlantic.
# US Military
UNESCO warns Trump against targeting Iranian cultural sites
Donald Trump had threatened to target cultural sites in Iran.
# hamza bin laden
Son of Osama Bin Laden and heir to Al-Qaeda has been killed, US media report
President Donald Trump was questioned in the Oval office by reporters but refused to confirm or deny the reports.
# Transgender Ban
Trump's 'indefensible' transgender military ban has taken effect
The policy has been widely criticised by rights activists and repeatedly challenged in court.
# 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.
# exemptions
One a day: 330 planes carrying weapons landed in Shannon Airport last year
Dublin TD Clare Daly said that the figures were “absolutely disgraceful”, but “not a bit surprising”.
# tracking app
Fitness tracking app gives away location of secret US military bases
The app, made by Strava Labs, shows the movements of its app users around the world.
# worrying
'Regrettable': US military apologises after helicopter window falls on Japanese school
The US military said it was taking the incident “extremely seriously”.
# Rescue
US Navy plane carrying 11 passengers crashes into Philippine Sea off coast of Japan
Eight people have been rescued so far.
# NBC News
Trump threatens to 'challenge licence' of NBC after critical reports about nuclear weapons
NBC reported that Trump wants a tenfold increase to US nuclear weapons.
# 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.
# Air Force
An unmanned US military spacecraft spent 718 days orbiting Earth in secret mission
It landed in Florida yesterday morning.
# take accountability
The number of sexual assaults reported at US army and navy academies is on the rise
Vice Admiral Ted Carter said that “this kind of toxic behaviour cannot be tolerated”.
# The Best defence
Trump proposes a massive $54 billion increase in US military spending
The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.
# Clemency
Obama 'considering reducing Chelsea Manning's prison sentence'
She has served seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material.
# miami air
Shannonwatch asks Shane Ross why 'plane on way to Nato air base' was allowed to stop in Ireland
The Department of Transport has contacted Miami Air about the “circumstances surrounding this flight”.
# Fighter Planes
Market value of US military contractor drops by €1.8bn after Trump tweet
The President-elect said he will cut “billions” in costs for military purchases.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you ban US military aircraft from stopping at Shannon entirely?
Independent TD and Minister of State John Halligan says that he would “absolutely” ban such aircraft if it was up to him.
# 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.
# go home british soldiers
A US soldier singing a Wolfe Tones' song in Afghanistan has caused a bit of a stir online
A TV channel for the US military even contacted the Pentagon to ask about it.
# Shannon Airport
Most Irish people want to see the Constitution changed to keep us out of wars
The research was commission by independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace.
# DARPA
Here's some of the US military's most high-tech projects
This is some seriously futuristic stuff.
# the rendlesham forest incident
Christmas lights: The inside story of one of the world's most notorious UFO sightings
Three decades on, TheJournal.ie talks to the man at the centre of the Rendlesham Forest incident, Christmas 1980.
# free at last
WATCH: An enormous US military blimp broke loose and floated for 140 miles today
It dragged a mile-long tether behind it, and has left 20,000 homes without electricity.
# Neutrality
More than 1,000 airplanes carrying weapons allowed into Ireland since 2014
One TD says Ireland is helping weapons fall into the hands of ISIS.
# sleepover
A broken leg and 24 concussions. Pillow fights among US recruits are hardcore
Some serious stuff went down at this year’s West Point pillow fight.
# Explainer
Oath Keepers: Why are a group of heavily armed white militiamen on the streets of Ferguson?
They say they’re there to defend the constitution.
# misfiring
The US weapons maker behind the 'gun that won the west' is going bankrupt
Colt Defense dates back to the early 19th century.
# put that away
Guantánamo lawyers banned from bringing detainees fast food and treats
One lawyer called the move “Petty and nasty.”
# Online
Chelsea Manning has joined Twitter from her prison cell
The Wikileaks whistleblower says she wants it to be a two-way conversation.
# guns and money
These are the places where the world's biggest arms buyers get their weapons
The US is the number-one weapons exporter – but where do they all go?
# Troop Withdrawal
The Afghanistan war is officially over after 13 years - but nobody has told the insurgents
About 3,500 foreign troops – mostly from the US – were killed during the $1 trillion campaign.
# failte roimh
Here are the 30 countries who have landed military aircraft in Shannon since 2009
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Saudi Arabia, USA…
# QH-8073
Charlie Flanagan apologises and says this US military plane DID land in Shannon
But does an explanation of “administrative error” raise more questions than it answers?