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But Trump said they were totally and permanently defeated forever.
That's fake news.
, These two sequential posts are so much win.
A question about the US unified combatant commands: for one command's headquarters, which service branch of the US Armed Forces has personnel operate the headquarters? Take MacDill AFB. It's headquarters for both CENTCOM and SOCOM. How does that work if unified combatant commands require that all service branches of the US Armed Forces pitch in yet in the case of CENTCOM and SOCOM, they're headquartered in a base of the US Air Force while CENTCOM has had commanders from the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy only. Likewise with SOCOM.
Edited by HallowHawk on Aug 22nd 2019 at 9:39:07 PM
That depends on what exactly you mean by “operate the headquarters”.
Edited by archonspeaks on Aug 22nd 2019 at 7:05:46 AM
To be specific, guards, clerks, secretaries, intelligence officers, et al.
I mean, those are some pretty different categories. If they work for CENTCOM, they could be from any branch. Facilities staff like guards, maintenance, and that kind of thing would be provided by the base.
Edited by archonspeaks on Aug 22nd 2019 at 7:15:55 AM
It’s entirely possible for an organisation to be hosted on a base that is part of a sister organisation or of a component organisation.
So you’d have the base folks who do the base management stuff, they’d have a chain of command up though the base owner and their organisation, then you’d have effective visiting units with their own command structure that could well technically outrank the highest ranking person within the base command structure.
Offut Air Force Base home of STRATCOM is an airforce base but hosts someone from pretty much all the branches.
Big trouble in the Middle East:
The confirmation comes as Israel's prime minister is strongly hinting his country is behind recent airstrikes in Iraq.
Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview Thursday: "I don't give Iran immunity anywhere."
Two American officials said Israel carried out a July attack on a weapons depot that also killed two Iranian military commanders.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter with reporters.
Early Friday, the New York Times, citing Israeli and U.S. officials, reported Israel bombed an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month.
Striking in Iraq would mark an escalation in Israel's campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.
Iraq imposes restrictions on coalition air operations
UK military sources told Jane's on 19 August that all US-led coalition flight plans now have to be approved by senior Iraqi officers before aircraft take off for missions over the country. The source said the restrictions were "not a major problem", adding "given where we are in the campaign, the tempo isn't what it was at the height of the fighting".
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) confirmed on 16 August that its senior leaders met with their counterparts in the Iraqi Ministry of Defence "to discuss Prime Minister [Adil] Abdul Mahdi's recent guidance regarding airspace usage".
Malaysian stuff now:
August 26, 2019
By Joseph Sipalan
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is in talks with at last six countries on the possibility of using palm oil to pay for arms, as Southeast Asia's third-biggest economy seeks to replace old equipment to boost its defence capabilities.
Malaysia has struggled to update its defence equipment over the years and a cut in its defence budget this year all but derailed efforts to replace navy ships, some of which have been in service for 35 years or more.
Costs have been a big hurdle but using palm oil to help pay for equipment could open new avenues to upgrade, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Monday.
Mohamad said discussions on paying with palm oil had started with China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran.
"If they are prepared to accept a palm barter trade, we are very willing to go in that direction," Mohamad told Reuters in an interview.
"We have a lot of palm oil."
Malaysia and Indonesia, the world's two largest palm oil producers, are embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over a plan to phase out the commodity from renewable fuels used by the bloc by 2030 over deforestation concerns.
The two countries supply about 85% of global palm oil, much of which is used in food but also in items such as lipstick and soap.
Mohamad said he could not put a figure on how much palm oil Malaysia was looking to trade for defence equipment.
Besides new ships, Malaysia was also keen to acquire long-range surveillance aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and fast intercept boats, the minister said.
The planned barter is part of a 10-year defence policy to be tabled in parliament this year, which Mohamad said would focus on boosting naval capabilities, including in the disputed South China Sea.
China claims historic jurisdiction over the sea via a so-called nine-dash line on maps, but it overlaps with territory claimed by Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines.
Taiwan also claims most of the sea.
Recent Chinese naval deployments in the disputed sea, through which over $3.4 trillion in goods are transported annually, have reignited tension with Vietnam and the Philippines.
Malaysia had been critical of China's South China Sea position, but has not been excessively outspoken recently, especially after China pumped in billions of dollars into infrastructure projects under its Belt and Road Initiative.
Malaysia regularly tracked Chinese naval and coastguard vessels entering Malaysia's territorial waters, Mohamad said, but added that China respects Malaysia and had "not done anything that caused us trouble, so far".
However, Southeast Asian counties would need to work together to make sure their interests are not drowned out by big powers like the U.S. and China jostling for control, Mohamad said.
"We want this region to remain peaceful and neutral," Mohamad said.
That's one way to offload your excess supply. They'll need to find a more sustainable way to wind down the palm oil bubble, though.
I remember some news articles from last month (?) suggested that Mahathir wanted to do this to get more Russian fighters in the wake of him accusing the investigation team into MH 17 of blaming Moscow.
Actually, KL doing this was in the wake of EU banning palm oil imports in recent years. Although they've done this before with Moscow in the 1990s IIRC.
Edited by Ominae on Aug 26th 2019 at 6:44:36 AM
Seoul has left the General Security of Military Information Agreement and half of the surveyed populace agreed to the move.
Although the Blue House has said that they're willing to renegotiate again if Tokyo drops the trade restrictions, which is now too late since Tokyo removed them from its preferential partners list.
Mattis went over to the Wall Street Journal to write an op-ed criticizing Trump. Namely that Trump is tearing the country into "hostile tribes" and that longtime allies are being driven away.
Just going to leave this here first.
Can't say I am surprised and frankly the dullard deserves what's coming. Seriously how long does the idiot in chief think he can keep pissing off his former staff and allies before they start fighting back.
Edited by TuefelHundenIV on Aug 28th 2019 at 5:31:50 AM
USCIS is changing the status of children born abroad to American parents working in places like embassies/consulates or bases.
Edited by eagleoftheninth on Aug 28th 2019 at 5:32:36 AM
But the GOP totally supports the troops...
Yeah, fuck all of them.
They just pretty much guaranteed no one with a family will want overseas billets and guaranteed future troop shortages at foreign locations. Fucking idiots.
Updated news through CBS. USCIS also sent out more clarifications.
And get plenty of diplomats and military personnel to quit and go to the private sector.
That's not talent that can be replaced easily.
According to their fact sheet, it won't affect the following children:
PLA armored vehicles, troop carriers seen flooding into Hong Kong, China media describes as 'routine rotation'
According to hk01 and other Hong Kong media outlets, many Hong Kong citizens have started uploading photos on social media sites such as Facebook and Telegram early this morning showing large numbers of PLA soldiers entering Hong Kong. The photos show long convoys of PLA vehicles, including armored vehicles, troop carriers, and trailers in various districts of Hong Kong.
What does not seem routine is the fact that dozens of PLA vehicles have been spotted at multiple locations, including Kwun Tong Bypass, Cross Harbour Tunnel, Eastern Harbour Crossing, Tai Tam Road, Sha Tau Kok Road, Shek Hong, and Sha Tin. Many people also found armored vehicles gathering at Huanggang Port, a port of entry between China and Hong Kong.
Posting this here. From looking at the photos and videos, the armored vehicles are either APCs or IF Vs. No Type 99 MB Ts, but it looks like they're shipping in a mechanized infantry unit of battalion or bigger size.
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