US Army and Republic of Korea forces test exercise missile systems in response to the July 4 test launch of an ICBM by North Korea . US Forces-Korea photo.
A US soldier was killed Monday during joint operations with Afghan forces against the Taliban in Helmand Province. Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, was killed from wounds received due to indirect fire. Two other soldiers were wounded in the attack, and they were being treated at a coalition medical facility, US Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement. Kirkpatrick was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. —Brian Everstine
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The Defense Department will now conceal the results of safety inspections at nuclear weapons bases. The Associated Press reported the change came from an instruction issued by the office of Gen. Joseph Dunford (USMC), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The instruction, which is not released, calls for the results to be secret to “prevent adversaries from learning too much about US nuclear weapons vulnerabilities,” Joint Chiefs spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks told the AP. The recommendation to conceal the results of the inspections came as part of the ongoing Defense Department, and Air Force,
review of issues in the nuclear community.
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