UN appeals for $850 million to help war-torn Afghanistan
The U.N. humanitarian chief in Afghanistan is appealing for $850 million to help the war-torn country cope with the impact of the Taliban offensive, a protracted malnutrition for a third of the country, a severe drought and the return of 627,000 Afghans this year, most of them deported from neighboring Iranwashingtonpost.com
Pentagon approves extending Guard deployment at Capitol
There are currently about 5,100 Guard troops in Washington, and they were scheduled to leave this weekend. Early on, Guard members were briefly forced to take rest breaks and meals in a nearby cold garage, sparking outrage within the Biden administration. In addition, Guard members complained of bad food, and some said they became sick. On Monday, Kirby said about 50 Guard troops had been treated for gastrointestinal issues, out of the 26,000 that deployed to Washington. AdActing Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman made the request to have the Guard members stay on, setting off a series of discussions with the Pentagon and National Guard leaders.
U.S. troops still recovering from traumatic brain injuries sustained during Iranian attack
U.S. troops still recovering from traumatic brain injuries sustained during Iranian attack More than 100 U.S. service members sustained traumatic brain injuries after an Iranian ballistic missile attack on Al Asad Airbase in January 2020.cbsnews.com
Rare snowfall blankets the Mediterranean
Rare snowfall blankets the MediterraneanLOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP via Getty Images A man makes his way near the Roman Agora in central Athens during a rare heavy snowfall on February 16, 2021. The Parthenon ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images The Parthenon temple, atop the Athenian Acropolis hill, is pictured during heavy snowfall in Athens on February 16, 2021. Jerusalem Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A snowman outside the Dome of the Rock mosque after a snowfall in Jerusalem on February 18, 2021. The Parthenon ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images The Parthenon temple is pictured during heavy snowfall in Athens on February 16, 2021. Idlib, Syria Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A man walks in the snowfall in Idlib, Syria, on February 17, 2021.cbsnews.com
Concerns raised about possible extension of Michigan National Guard troops in nation’s capital
DETROIT – New reports surfaced recently about the possibility of National Guard troops staying in Washington, DC until at least the fall of 2021. So at the end of the day just explain to us why we have the national guard troops,” she said. So far the Department of Defense estimates the total cost for the 26,000 guard members deployed is nearly $500 million. The state National Guard did not provide a cost estimate for the nearly 1,000 troops from Michigan. McClain on Monday accused Pelosi of playing politics with Michigan’s National Guard.
2 Guard members made extremist statements about inauguration
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Twelve U.S. National Guard members have been removed from securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after vetting by the FBI, including two who made extremist statements in posts or texts about the Wednesday event, Pentagon officials said. The FBI has been working to vet all 25,000 National Guard in town. But the FBI has also warned law enforcement officials about the possibility that right-wing fringe groups could pose as members of the National Guard, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the matter. Neither Hokanson, nor Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman would provide details on the comments or texts made by the two Guard members. The Associated Press obtained the “all concerned” message sent to all National Guard troops coming to Washington.
Photos: Nationwide protests of Trump supporters fail to materialize
National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them on Saturday in Washington. After the security breach at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation’s capital and across all 50 states. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)latimes.com
Trump vetoes defense bill, setting up possible override vote
... Our men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform shouldn’t be denied what they need — ever.”Long before issuing the veto, Trump offered a series of rationales for rejecting it. Without going into detail, he has claimed the biggest winner from the defense bill would be China. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called Trump's veto “unconscionable” and said he would “look forward to overriding” it. In advance of the veto, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill would help deter Chinese aggression. McConnell said it was important for Congress to continue its nearly six-decade-long streak of passing the defense policy bill.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to host annual ‘Treats for Troops’ candy collection
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Parents wanting to get rid of extra candy after Halloween can donate them to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for its 11th annual Treats for Troops. The collection is “to send thanks, encouragement, and sweets to our troops overseas,” according to a press release. “Treats for Troops is a great way parents can participate in a community service project with their kids while showing our troops we support them back home,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. Halloween candy, wrapped -- individually wrapped and no chocolate -- can be dropped off until 4 p.m., Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, at the following substations:
International Criminal Court condemns US sanctions order
FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administrations latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies. Trumps order would block the financial assets of court employees and bar them and their immediate relatives from entering the United States.
Here is how you can show your support on this unique Memorial Day
And Monday marks Memorial Day, the federal holiday in the U.S. for honoring and mourning the military personnel who’ve died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s a great way to show your followers that this day means more to you than just a barbecue or the day off work. Another neat way to honor the ultimate sacrifice is to create an online memorial for a loved one with the Veterans Legacy Memorial Website. If you really want to show your support, hang up an American flag outside your home or perhaps honor the day with a sign or sidewalk chalk in your front yard. That’s likely the easiest way to honor the day while still socially distancing and following CDC guidelines.
More U.S. troops heading to Syria for supportive role
Plans are in the works to put 250 more U.S. troops on the ground in Syria. But they won't be joining the battle against ISIS. The mission will be to turn the Syrian army into a strong-enough force to fight them on their own. David Martin reports.cbsnews.com
Obama sending additional 250 troops to Syria to fight ISIS
President Obama confirmed Monday that he will send another 250 American troops to Syria. They'll work with opposition forces as they try to defeat ISIS. The White House insists these U.S. forces will not be in combat, but admits they will be in harm's way. Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com
Pentagon cooks up new MRE kits for U.S. troops
The diet of America's armed forces is about to get an overhaul. Troops have been eating MREs, or "Meals Ready to Eat," in combat and training for nearly 35 years. Now, the menu is getting its biggest change in decades. Mark Albert reports on the taste of the future.cbsnews.com
Obama orders more troops to Iraq
Obama orders more troops to Iraq President Obama has informed Congress he is sending up to 200 additional U.S. forces to Iraq. They are being sent with helicopters and will be combat capable, but senior officials say their mission is to protect embassy personnel, secure Baghdad’s airports and, if necessary, assist with evacuations from Baghdad. Major Garrett reports.cbsnews.com
Russian troops seize control of Ukraine airports
Russian troops seize control of Ukraine airports Three airports, two of them used by the military, are said to be closed and under the control of the Russian military. The U.S. State Department has issued a new warning urging Americans to avoid travel to Ukraine. Clarissa Ward reports.cbsnews.com
Hundreds of Russian troops flown into Crimea: U.S. officials
Hundreds of Russian troops flown into Crimea: U.S. officials U.S. officials stopped short of calling the troop movement an outright invasion, but one told David Martin, "This is history being made." They are landing at a military airfield near Crimea's capital, in what appears to be a classic operation for inserting troops in a foreign country.cbsnews.com