Once again the news from the war that the media seems to want to ignore…..to make it clear…I am talking about the mainstream media….you know the place that most Americans get their info from nightly…….
Another American dies in Iraq……granted it was a non-combatant death but a death none the same……
An American service member died of a non-combat injury in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said.Lt. David A. Bauders, of Seattle, died on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. He was assigned to the 176th Engineer Company, part of the Washington Army National Guard.The death comes days after Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV was killed in a mission to rescue a team of less than a dozen U.S. military advisers who came under attack Tuesday from more than 100 ISIS fighters.Keating was the third American military member to die in combat in Iraq since the United States began fighting ISIS there in 2014.
U.S. troops have been on the ground in Yemen for about two weeks, the Pentagon revealed on Friday.
The special operations troops are supporting Yemeni, Emirati and Saudi troops against al Qaeda militants near the city of Mukalla.
Davis said the U.S. is providing a “small number” of military personnel, as well as medical, maritime and intelligence support to the forces, who are fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen considered to be the group’s most dangerous.
It’s not the first time U.S. troops have been in Yemen.
Special operations forces operated in the country last year, before they were evaculated after Houthi rebels supported by Iran unseated President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from the capital in Sana’a in March 2015. Hadi’s government is now based in Aden.
Davis said the troops now in Yemen would help advise the Arab ground forces and assist with operational planning.
Davis said the U.S. has also staged ships from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit off Yemen’s coast, including the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer and destroyers USS Gravely and USS Gonzales.
Davis also confirmed that the U.S. has conducted four airstrikes against AQAP fighters since April 23, killing 10 militants and wounding one.
The US is already deploying troops in 100+ countries……but could we do more?
The United States is announcing its support for a set of principles that give a green light for U.N. peacekeeping troops and police to use force to protect civilians in armed conflicts.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told a high-level U.N. meeting Wednesday focusing on the responsibility to protect civilians that the United States was “proud” and “humbled” to join 28 other countries that have pledged to abide by the 18 pledges.
“The Kigali Principles are designed to make sure that civilians are not abandoned by the international community again,” she said, recalling how U.N. peacekeepers left Rwanda before the 1994 genocide and Srebrenica before the 1995 massacre.
Will this open up the chances of more US troops in conflicts around the world? The next question is….how about the problems in Palestine? Are those civilians worth protection?
Speaking of all of America’s “small wars”…….
President Barack Obama is increasingly calling upon Special Operations forces to carry out so-called “small wars” across the Middle East and Africa.
Another edition of my “Battlefront Diary”…..the news that is seldom reported…..stay tuned….more on the way.