Checkpoint: In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State

‘You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out’: Trump targets the Navy’s new aircraft catapult; Marine Corps takes new step to separate troops caught sexually harassing others; U.S. shifting forces to monitor large Russian military exercises, officials say; Mark Green withdraws as Trump’s Army secretary nominee, citing ‘false and misleading attacks’;
 
Checkpoint
A military blog by Dan Lamothe
 
 
‘You have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out’: Trump targets the Navy’s new aircraft catapult
A Pentagon official said Trump has either old or incorrect information.
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Marine Corps takes new step to separate troops caught sexually harassing others
The change applies to cases in which a Marine distributes intimate photographs of someone else without their consent.
 
U.S. shifting forces to monitor large Russian military exercises, officials say
The United States will put ships in the Baltic Sea and take over NATO’s air policing in the region ahead of the Russian exercise in August and September.
 
In blow to U.S.-Turkey ties, Trump administration approves plan to arm Syrian Kurds against Islamic State
Ankara views the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, as a threat.
 
Mark Green withdraws as Trump’s Army secretary nominee, citing ‘false and misleading attacks’
Green, the second nominee to withdraw from consideration for the post, has faced criticism for past comments he made about Islam, evolution and gender issues.
 
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