MILITARY - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MILITARY News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443804-68/iraqi-islamic-kurdish-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443804-68/iraqi-islamic-kurdish-state.html.csp">Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T22:34:17.752-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 10:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baghdad • Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province Monday, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign. The wave of suicide bombings dealt a heavy blow to government efforts to rein in the militants, whose rampage has seized much of the country’s north and west — even as the U.S. a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584438042014-09-22T22:34:17.752-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-22T22:34:17.752-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443804@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:34:17 MDT Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443865-68/military-syria-airstrikes-islamic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58443865-68/military-syria-airstrikes-islamic.html.csp">Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LOLITA C. BALDOR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T21:12:02.162-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region. The strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama’s authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt and destroy the Islamic State militants, who have slaughtered tho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584438652014-09-22T21:12:02.162-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-22T21:12:02.162-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443865@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:12:02 MDT Feds censure local police, yet give lethal military weapons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58441671-68/department-police-equipment-justice.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58441671-68/department-police-equipment-justice.html.csp">Feds censure local police, yet give lethal military weapons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T09:54:29.334-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:54AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The Pentagon, which provides the free surplus military equipment, says its consu...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584416712014-09-22T09:54:29.334-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-22T09:54:29.334-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58441671@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:54:29 MDT 3 missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canada border http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58441506-68/military-missing-officials-soldiers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58441506-68/military-missing-officials-soldiers.html.csp">3 missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canada border</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BOB SALSBERG </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T15:06:29.11-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 03:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Camp Edwards, Mass. • Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, said spokesman David Procopio, who did not have further details. There was no imm...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584415062014-09-22T15:06:29.11-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-22T15:06:29.11-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58441506@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:06:29 MDT Bloomberg Op-ed: Air Force removes God from chain of command http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58435589-82/god-oath-oaths-phrase.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58435589-82/god-oath-oaths-phrase.html.csp">Bloomberg Op-ed: Air Force removes God from chain of command</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Stephen Mihm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-21T01:01:03.859-06:00">Updated Sep 21, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Score one for the secular humanists. The U.S. Air Force announced this week that it is dropping the “So help me, God” coda to its oath of enlistment. The phrase will also no longer be mandatory in oaths administered when officers are commissioned. The catalyst for the change: a suit filed on behalf of an atheist airman who crossed out the words when he filed to re-enlist. But how, pray tell, did this shout-out to the Almighty find its way into civilian and military oaths of office in the first p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435589@www.sltrib.com Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:01:03 MDT School districts stock up on free military gear http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58425794-68/district-police-gear-military.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58425794-68/district-police-gear-military.html.csp">School districts stock up on free military gear</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TAMI ABDOLLAH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T20:37:01.869-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 08:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear. Now, amid that increased criticism, several ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584257942014-09-20T20:37:01.869-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-20T20:37:01.869-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58425794@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:37:01 MDT Army opens Ranger school to women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58434080-68/women-ranger-jobs-army.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58434080-68/women-ranger-jobs-army.html.csp">Army opens Ranger school to women</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-19T16:51:17.85-06:00">Updated Sep 19, 2014 04:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school, in one of the first steps toward allowing women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday that he believes he will be able to put women in the Ranger course next spring. While completing the leadership course would let women wear the coveted Ranger tab, it does not let them become members of the Ranger regiment. Currently only men can be in the 75th Ranger Regiment ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584340802014-09-19T16:51:17.85-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-19T16:51:17.85-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58434080@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:51:17 MDT Trib Talk: Utah cops and military weapons http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58424696-231/sltrib-com-military-weapons.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogstribtalk/58424696-231/sltrib-com-military-weapons.html.csp">Trib Talk: Utah cops and military weapons</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jennifer Napier-Pearce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-18T13:07:38.993-06:00">Updated Sep 18, 2014 01:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite criticism of the tear gas and body armor used to tamp down unrest in Ferguson, Mo., a recent poll shows a majority of Utahns support police acquiring military weapons. On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires, ACLU Utah’s Marina Lowe and Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to talk about the federal program which allows local police to obtain military weapons and the debate over a more militarized law enforcement. Watch th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58424696@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:07:38 MDT Bloomberg View: Mission creep in Iraq? Not http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58428638-82/dempsey-mission-creep-iraq.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58428638-82/dempsey-mission-creep-iraq.html.csp">Bloomberg View: Mission creep in Iraq? Not</a></h4>