US Marines deploy to help US embassy in Baghdad

US Central Command says a detachment of one hundred Marines are reinforcing the US Embassy in Baghdad after Iraqi protestors attempted to storm the compound. (Dec. 31)

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Human smuggling military cases very rare

An investigation into Marines accused of helping smuggle migrants into the U.S. led to the arrest of 16 of their fellow Marines at California’s Camp Pendleton. Jonathan Crisp of Crisp and Associates Military Law says cases like this are very rare. (July 26)

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Adam Driver credits the military for the courage to act

Adam Driver, who is Tony nominated for his work in “Burn This,” credits his military service with providing him with enough courage to become an actor. Driver joined the Marines shortly after the 9/11 terror attacks. (May 22)

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Montford Point Marines recall segregated Corps

Before the U.S. military desegregated, black men who wanted to serve in the Marines had to get their training at a North Carolina base opened specifically for them. (May 17)

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Here’s the latest for Friday April 12th: Julian Assange lawyer vows to fight US charges; Remains of 3 Marines returned to US from Afghanistan; Federal agents, suspects have shootout in Phoenix; Huge crowds attend Nipsey Hussle procession in Los Angeles.

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Remains of 3 Marines killed by bomb returned to US

Remains of 3 Marines killed by bomb returned to US

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Trump visits Marines who recently helped DC fire

(15 Nov 2018) President Donald Trump is paying a visit to the Marine Barracks in Washington to meet with marines who responded to a recent fire at a public housing complex in the nation’s capital. (Nov. 15)

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North Carolina Didn’t Need FEMA To Weather Hurricane Florence (HBO)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Onslow County Manager David Cotton has been camped out dealing with the Hurricane Florence response at the county’s Emergency Operations Center since Wednesday.

During that time, he’s only slept six hours.

“Everything was so fast-paced. High-tempo decisions having to be made in the middle of the night: Opening shelters, how should we do this, weighing in on critical decisions all throughout this evolution,” Cotton told VICE News Monday morning.

By then the storm had just about passed and the sun was out in Jacksonville, the Onslow County seat and the town where the Emergency Operations Center is based. But Cotton won’t be resting anytime soon.

“We’re moving out of the sprint phase and moving into more of a marathon of the recovery,” he said.

This is the epicenter of the emergency response effort for the entire county, which lies just 50 miles north of where the eye of the storm hit when it first made landfall on the North Carolina coast. While the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, faced controversy in Washington over his alleged misuse of government vehicles, the hurricane response efforts took shape in North Carolina’s counties and towns, independent of the federal authorities and their support.

The heads of all the county’s key departments — police, fire, transportation and others — all gathered in a single, windowless room for the entirety of the storm, snatching sleep whenever possible in cots tucked into side offices.

Cotton oversaw the entire operation and eventually called in federal support as the storm caused historic levels of flooding across the region. County officials made direct calls to the National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marines from Camp Lejeune for additional resources as flooding became too much for local authorities to handle.

They largely left FEMA out of it, and that was intentional: Cotton said emergencies are better handled by the staff on the ground, and that the federal agency will come in to support recovery efforts, which could last as long as two years.

Long, for his part, defended FEMA against criticism of its handling of past natural disasters, telling VICE News that, “There are some unrealistic expectations placed on this agency.”

“The disaster response works best when it’s locally executed, state managed and federally supported. FEMA is not a first responder,” Long said.

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North Carolina Didn’t Need FEMA To Weather Hurricane Florence (HBO)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Onslow County Manager David Cotton has been camped out dealing with the Hurricane Florence response at the county’s Emergency Operations Center since Wednesday.

During that time, he’s only slept six hours.

“Everything was so fast-paced. High-tempo decisions having to be made in the middle of the night: Opening shelters, how should we do this, weighing in on critical decisions all throughout this evolution,” Cotton told VICE News Monday morning.

By then the storm had just about passed and the sun was out in Jacksonville, the Onslow County seat and the town where the Emergency Operations Center is based. But Cotton won’t be resting anytime soon.

“We’re moving out of the sprint phase and moving into more of a marathon of the recovery,” he said.

This is the epicenter of the emergency response effort for the entire county, which lies just 50 miles north of where the eye of the storm hit when it first made landfall on the North Carolina coast. While the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, faced controversy in Washington over his alleged misuse of government vehicles, the hurricane response efforts took shape in North Carolina’s counties and towns, independent of the federal authorities and their support.

The heads of all the county’s key departments — police, fire, transportation and others — all gathered in a single, windowless room for the entirety of the storm, snatching sleep whenever possible in cots tucked into side offices.

Cotton oversaw the entire operation and eventually called in federal support as the storm caused historic levels of flooding across the region. County officials made direct calls to the National Guard, Coast Guard, and Marines from Camp Lejeune for additional resources as flooding became too much for local authorities to handle.

They largely left FEMA out of it, and that was intentional: Cotton said emergencies are better handled by the staff on the ground, and that the federal agency will come in to support recovery efforts, which could last as long as two years.

Long, for his part, defended FEMA against criticism of its handling of past natural disasters, telling VICE News that, “There are some unrealistic expectations placed on this agency.”

“The disaster response works best when it’s locally executed, state managed and federally supported. FEMA is not a first responder,” Long said.

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Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at White House Event Honoring Native American Code Talkers

At a White House event honoring the last surviving Native American code talkers, President Donald Trump revived his controversial nickname for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump told the three Native American code talkers, each roughly 90-years of age, to his right. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas. But you know what, I like you. Because you are special. You are special people. You are really incredible people.”

Trump praised the code talkers “bravery” and said “from the heart, from the absolute heart, we appreciate what you’ve done.” The code talkers were Native Americans who served in the military to help with communications in both World Wars.

Trump has blasted Warren, elected to the Senate in 2013, as “Pocahontas” for more than a year. The attack is based off one launched by former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, now Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand, who was Warren’s opponent during her 2012 Senate bid. Brown accused her at the time of using her Native American ancestry to her advantage after reports surfaced that she listed herself as a minority in a years-old directory of law professors.

One of the Native Americans, Peter MacDonald, who had served in the Marines during World War II, had delivered a speech on their service prior to Trump’s comment and later praised Trump for having military leaders serve in important administration roles.

Trump praised the speech and said he did not need to read his speech since the preceding speech was so good.

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One key leadership lesson everyone can learn from the US Marines

Simon Sinek is the author of four books, including his latest, “Leaders Eat Last.” Sinek sat down with Business Insider to discuss how the Marines embody leadership as a culture.

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US confirms deployment of hundreds of Marines to Syria to fight ISIS

Hundreds of US Marines have arrived in Syria to establish an outpost in support of the operation to retake the city of Raqqa, the de-facto Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) capital in the country, the US-led coalition confirmed on Thursday. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/856x

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8% of Marines Are Women And The Marine Corps Is Struggling to Change That (HBO)

The Marine Corps has always been a boys’ club and it’s still the branch of the military with the lowest percentage of women serving today — by far. The secretary of defense made the Marines open combat and infantry roles to females a year ago, but recruiting women to into the force has still proven to be a challenge. Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani went to Tennessee to find out what the Marines are doing to bring more women into their ranks.

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Hiding in Afghanistan: The Interpreters (Part 1)

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The interpreters who worked alongside American and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among our bravest and most loyal allies. They played an essential role in sourcing intelligence and educating Western troops about the local culture. Now they’re in danger of being abandoned.

In Part 1, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson speaks with Srosh, an interpreter that he first met in December 2010. They spent five weeks together as US Marines attempted to defeat the insurgency in Sangin — the most violent district of Afghanistan’s most violent province. The Marines that Srosh worked for have since returned home, but he remains in hiding.

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White House Requests $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels

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The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

In a report sent to lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, the White House requested $500 million in aid to “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The Associated Press reported that the multimillion dollar request makes up just a fraction of a larger, $65.8 billion overseas operations request sent to Congress that, if approved, would fund a number of Pentagon and State Department programs, as well as $1 billion in assistance to nations adjacent to Syria.

This latest request by the administration for aid comes merely weeks after the president outlined his foreign policy objectives during a speech last month at the West Point Military Academy graduation ceremony.

“As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people,” Obama said. “And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.”

“So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.”

At the time, Obama added that he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.” Now only weeks later, he appears to have taken the first steps to securing such funding.

Since nearly the start of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago, hawkish Republicans in Congress have urged the White House to take action against Assad, with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) going as far as to travel abroad to meet with rebel fighters overseas. Others have condemned any response from Washington altogether, though, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week attributed the arming of fighters in Iraq as the impetus for a “jihadist wonderland” there created on Uncle Sam’s watch and dime.

According to the AP’s Julie Pace, White House officials said the Obama administration would work with members of Congress and regional player to come to terms with what sort of training and assistance in particular would be provided to opposition fighters by the US.

“One potential option,” Pace wrote, “would be to base US personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.”

Also last month, the Pentagon deployed more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan to conduct drills alongside military officials there.