Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stars and Stripes Daily Headlines

Mattis backs women in combat, NATO alliance
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis told the Senate on Thursday that he has no plans to review policies allowing women to serve in combat roles if he is confirmed as defense secretary.

US troops in Afghanistan cleared in probe of civilian deaths
A NATO probe has cleared U.S. troops of responsibility for the deaths of 33 civilians in a battle with the Taliban in November, a military statement said Thursday.

'Rogue One' screening to US troops in Iraq offers an escape from war
U.S. troops and their allies on a military base in Iraq were told in late December that special showings of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” slated to coincide with the movie’s U.S. theatrical release just before Christmas, would be delayed indefinitely. It was a dark time for the forces.

US soldier dies in Kuwait
A U.S. soldier assigned to the U.S. Army Central Command died in a noncombat-related incident in Kuwait on Thursday, the Army said in a statement.

Watchdog to investigate Justice, FBI actions before election 
The Justice Department's inspector general announced Thursday he will launch an investigation into the department and FBI's actions in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were properly followed by FBI Director James Comey.

US brigade in Poland 'ready to fight' but comes to 'deter'
Soon after U.S. Army Col. Christopher Norrie crossed the border into Poland on Thursday with a long convoy of infantrymen, he was swarmed.

Millions more vets to be able to shop at exchanges online
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.

Navy looking into health hazards at Marine Corps bases in SC 
Navy health officials are looking into possible health hazards at Marine Corps bases at Parris Island and Beaufort in South Carolina following complaints from families of possible cancer cases.

Senate’s military panel set to take on Trump presidency
The Armed Services Committee holds powerful sway over the military, helping to craft its budget and policies. And under McCain’s leadership, it is moving into an unusual position – a Republican-led committee already gearing up to take on a first-term Republican president.

‘Super cool’ experience awaits Sigonella students marching in inaugural parade
A group of 20 eighth-graders from Sigonella Middle/High School are about to get a living history lesson on the transfer of power from one president to the next.

CIA nominee agrees Russia tried to interfere in election 
Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA told Congress on Thursday that he accepts the findings in an intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the U.S. election with the goal of helping Trump win, even though the president-elect has been skeptical of some of the report's conclusions.

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