Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Early Bird Brief: Leaked ISIS docs reveal behind-the-scenes chaos

Today's Top 5
  1. Why tracking military ballots can be complicated and confusing
(News21) When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. And the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), charged with monitoring their votes, may not know either. 
  2. U.S.-led coalition planes hit Islamic State in north Syria: Turkish military
(Reuters) U.S.-led coalition warplanes hit Islamic State targets near the Syrian frontier town of Jarablus overnight, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, as forces backed by Ankara pushed deeper into north Syria. 
  3. Air Force opens the door to all enlisted to fly drones
(Air Force Times) The Air Force is vastly expanding the number of enlisted airmen who can apply to fly drone aircraft. 
  4. U.S., European military advisers work to boost lagging Afghan combat readiness
(Washington Post) Decentralizing the military bureaucracy and teaching Afghan forces to survive without the Western largesse have been a constant challenge. Both encouraged dependence and fostered corruption, which is viewed by many as the single largest obstacle to effective Afghan military performance in the war. 
  5. Ex-Marine who killed 3 Baton Rouge officers did not have PTSD, VA says
(Associated Press) A former Marine who ambushed and killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers last month never saw combat in Iraq, but told doctors he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because a buddy showed him videos of maimed and decapitated bodies, according to newly released Veterans Health Administration medical records.

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