U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional al-Qaeda affiliate, according to senior administration officials. The operations, approved by President Obama and begun six weeks ago, involve several dozen troops from the U.S. military's clandestine Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), whose main mission is tracking and killing suspected terrorists. The American advisers do not take part in raids in Yemen, but help plan missions, develop tactics and provide weapons and munitions. Highly sensitive intelligence is being shared with the Yemeni forces, including electronic and video surveillance, as well as three-dimensional terrain maps and detailed analysis of the al-Qaeda network. As part of the operations, Obama approved a Dec. 24 strike against a compound where a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, was thought to be … [Read more...] about U.S. military teams, intelligence deeply involved in aiding Yemen on strikes
Church leaders in Minnesota interested in helping military families cope with the difficulties of serving overseas are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop.in a recent letter to do what they can to assist military families: “This is more than an appeal to volunteerism; we all have a sacred duty to take care of one another. Within your congregations right now you have families that are enduring the rigors and difficulties of separation due to war. We want to join you in the privilege of taking care of these families. … [Read more...] about Workshop aims to help churches minister to military families
Minnesota researchers have closely studied the struggles that National Guard members experience when they return to their families from deployments. Now they are studying the best way to help them return to full-time roles as parents. The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it is seeking 300 more Guard and reserve families for its study of the ADAPT parenting program and whether it helps ease problems post-deployment. The researchers have already worked with 100 families -- some of which received ADAPT services and group sessions, some of which received basic counseling and written materials. (ADAPT stands for After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools. The program is based on a counseling approach originally created for divorcees and their kids.) The challenge for returning Guardsmen is their emotions were intensified during deployment, said Abi Gewirtz, the lead researcher of the U of M study. It can be difficult for them, she said, to regain control of their … [Read more...] about Military families needed to study post-deployment hardships of parenting
More service members now are taking their own lives than are dying in combat. To read our in-depth series, go to startribune.com/lostwarriors. A new $10 million, three-year study will investigate whether daily doses of a common dietary supplement could help curb the number of suicides among military personnel and veterans. The study, set to begin in South Carolina in January, is part of the Defense Department's heightened focus on suicide prevention as the number of service members attempting to take their own lives has risen. There were 17,754 suicide attempts among veterans last year - about 48 a day - up from 10,888 in 2009, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In July of this year, 26 active-duty soldiers were believed to have committed suicide, the most ever recorded in a month since the U.S. Army began tracking such deaths. The first part of the new clinical trial will examine the effects of daily omega-3 fatty acid supplements on about 320 at-risk military … [Read more...] about Military study: Can fish oil cut suicide risk?
Tara Francis Chan, provided by Published 10:04 pm, Sunday, March 18, 2018 SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images China's state-run media said the Taiwan Travel Act signed by President Donald Trump could lead to military pressure. The law, which allows official visits between the two countries, has angered China as it considers Taiwan one of its provinces and regularly holds military drills near the island. The warning comes as relations between the US and China deteriorate over tariffs and a potential trade war. China's could respond to a law that encourages relations between the US and Taiwan with "military pressure", the country’s state-run media said on Sunday. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Tensions with Taiwan were played down at Saturday's opening sesion of the advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing. It comes the day after state media warned that China could go to war over Taiwan if a US bill promoting closer ties … [Read more...] about China threatens to respond with ‘military pressure’ after Trump supports official visits to Taiwan