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A Lifetime of Service - An Oral History by General Frederick J. Kroesen
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF February 23, 2017 @ 2:02pmClick here to read more
General Kroesen has the unfortunate honor of being wounded in each of the four wars he fought in, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War. The last incident was at the hands of the Red Army Faction in Germany when he commanded VII Corps. He was on his way to work with his wife when a rocket propelled grenade slammed into the trunk compartment of the armored limousine he was in. A second round missed the car but blew up debris. The car was severely damaged; glass had shattered and cut the Generals scalp open. Mrs. Kroesen being the smart and strong woman she was demanded the driver move the car out of the range of fire.
Iraqi police forces enter Mosul airport, seize runway
By MSN News February 23, 2017 @ 8:43amClick here to read more
Iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials said.
The advance came as part of a major assault that started five days earlier to drive the Islamic State group from the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops
By MSN News February 23, 2017 @ 8:40amClick here to read more
A spokeswoman for Sen. John McCain says he traveled to northern Syria last week to discuss with the U.S. forces stationed there plans for defeating the Islamic State extremist group and pushing the militants out of their self-declared caliphate in Raqqa.
McCain, an Arizona Republican, is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Away from Iraq’s front lines, the Islamic State is creeping back in
By MSN News February 23, 2017 @ 8:39amClick here to read more
The Islamic State is nearing defeat on the battlefield, but away from the front lines its members are seeping back into areas the group once controlled, taking advantage of rampant corruption in Iraq’s security forces and institutions.
Police officers, judges and local officials describe an uneven hand of justice that allows some Islamic State collaborators to walk, dimming Iraq’s chances of escaping the cycle of violence that has plagued the country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
China military says aware of U.S. carrier in South China Sea
By MSN News February 23, 2017 @ 8:33amClick here to read more
China's defence ministry said on Thursday it was aware of the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea and China respected freedom of navigation for all countries in the waters there.
The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, began "routine operations" in the South China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway.