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US paratroopers injured in Germany training accident

The Associated Press

BERLIN — Six American soldiers were injured in a training accident in Germany when they drifted off course during a parachute drop, the military said Thursday.

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Democrats say troop threats should be pursued relentlessly

Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press and Matthew Daly, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The two top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that any threats to U.S. troops must be pursued “relentlessly,” rebuking President Donald Trump after receiving a highly classified briefing about intelligence that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Top military officer: Troops were issued bayonets in DC unrest

Sarah Blake Morgan, The Associated Press and James LaPorta, The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense documents obtained by the AP show some were not trained in riot response.

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Big pay raise, limits on troop moves highlight defense budget measure

Leo Shane III and Joe Gould

A House panel late Wednesday approved plans for a $740.5 billion defense authorization bill which would provide a 3 percent raise for troops, limit the president’s ability to withdraw troops from Europe and Afghanistan, and force the military to reckon with Confederate symbols and legacy on its bases.

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The National Guard will be responding to COVID-19 for the foreseeable future

Meghann Myers

There are still more than 30,000 National Guardsmen activated for coronavirus pandemic response, the head of the National Guard Bureau said Thursday, and there is no end in sight.

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House panel pushes to rename bases honoring Confederate leaders

Leo Shane III

Defense officials would be forced to rename military bases honoring Confederate leaders under a measure passed by a House panel Wednesday, defying a veto threat issued by President Donald Trump just a few hours earlier.

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First woman is slated to graduate Green Beret training, lawmaker says

Kyle Rempfer

The first female Army Green Beret candidate will graduate from the Special Forces Qualification Course on July 9, according to Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York congresswoman who serves on the House subcommittee overseeing special operations forces.

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Investigation of 2018 green-on-blue attack criticizes vetting of Afghan forces, praises actions of US riflemen

Kyle Rempfer

The investigation into an insider attack near Tarin Kowt Airfield, Afghanistan, on July 7, 2018, called into question the reliability of the vetting process for Afghan partner forces.

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