President-elect of the United States seems determined to designate the former Gen. of Marines John Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security. If the nomination will be approved, Kelly would become the second former military in Trump’s Cabinet , the first is the nominated Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and also just another one of the militaries that Trump would like to place at the highest level of the administration. Several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have expressed preoccupation for this militarization of senior federal levels of government, not remembering the exciting experiences of military-administrators both during the first term of Obama has in previous administrations.
Nigerian troops fighting the terrorist Boko Haram group in the north-east state of Borno on Sunday intercepted two suspected members of the sect believed to be on a mission to procure drugs for libido enhancement, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and other illnesses. A military insider told the two men were intercepted by men of the 112 Task Force Battalion as they tried to cross from Anadawa village to Minari on motorcycle. The troops, who mounted a roadblock at Kasasewa village, trailed the suspected terrorists to Anadawa and quickly opened fire on them after realising they were fully armed.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chaired on Tuesday the 15th Joint GCC Defense Council meeting, stressing that the GCC’s Ministers of Defense should work towards more military cooperation and joint defense, as “ongoing events in the region make it incumbent upon us to cooperate and coordinate our efforts to meet future challenges.” We look forward to discussing all topics on the agenda of the meeting and putting it into effect and to discussing the outcome of the Camp David meeting, which included strengthening the military and security strategic partnership with the United States for more stability in the Gulf region” Crown Prince said.
Syria warned Israel against future raids after the Israeli army responded to errant mortar fire that struck the northern Golan Heights. A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in Israeli territory on Wednesday morning, causing neither injury nor damage. The projectile, as with most others emanating from the war-torn country, appeared to be accidental spillover rather than an intentional attack on Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Nevertheless, the Israeli army fired back into Syria, hitting “artillery positions belonging to the Syrian regime in the northern Syrian Golan Heights,” the military said.
The members of Misrata of the House of Representatives and the State Council have joined forces to demand to Presidency Council, that the Central Bank of Libya and the Audit Bureau provide proper funding for the Bunyan Marsous military operation so that it can finish the battle against the Islamic State in Sirte. “The group of Misrata representatives follow with concern the continued demands by the Bunyan Marsus Operations Room for necessary financial support to run the military operations against Daesh in Sirte,” a statement read. The group comprises Omar Abu Leefa, Hana Al-Arafi, Fathi Bashagha, Suleiman Al-Fagieh, Aisha Ghaliwan, Belgassem Gzeit, Mohamed Hneish, Jamal Karwad, Mohamed Raied, Abdulrahman Sewehli and Mohamed Al-Taib.
A peacekeeper from Togo and two Malian civilians were killed Sunday in an attack on a military convoy in Mali, rounding off a bloody week for foreign forces stationed there, a UN statement said. Seven other peacekeepers, also from Togo, were wounded in the attack in the central Mopti region, according to the statement by the UN mission, known by the acronym MINUSMA. After a mine or improvised explosive device was detonated, attackers opened fire on the convoy, the UN said, without identifying the assailants.
Army spokesman Sani Usman in a statement late on Friday said that the day before troops killed a suspected female suicide bomber when she attempted to enter a military site in Yamtake in Borno state. “The failed suicide bombing attack was followed up with futile probing attack by terrorists which was decisively handled by the troops,” he said. Usman said the troops killed all four attackers including two suicide bombers and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, but one soldier was killed. “Unfortunately, we lost a soldier in the process,” he said.
Former Military Censor Brigadier General Sima Vaknin-Gil criticized Cabinet Ministers during Operation Protective Edge for leaking information. Vaknin-Gil even mentioned asking former Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation on the matter, although that never happened. “These leaks were not approved by the censor. I asked Attorney General Weinstein to open an investigation regarding the leaks during Operation Protective Edge, but he never did,” Vaknin-Gil said. “I thought that a red line was crossed. When our soldiers cross the border there is no room for games.”