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Chinese orienteering team disqualified at Military World Games over cheating

A Chinese orienteering team was disqualified this week for cheating at the Military World Games being hosted on home turf, apparently using secret paths and markings in the navigation competition, organizers said.

Chinese runners initially came in first, second and fourth in the women’s middle-distance competition and second in the men’s.

However, organizers said the athletes — Chinese soldiers — were aided by spectators along with markings and small paths prepared for them, the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) said.

“The middle-distance competition was unfortunately overshadowed by extensive cheating by the Chinese team,” the IOF said.

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Officials investigated the race after protests from Russia, Switzerland, France, Poland and Austria, and the results were voided. The entire Chinese team was also banned from further races. China’s appeal was rejected.

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Soldiers from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) parade with a Chinese national flag and a Military World Games flag during the opening ceremony of the 7th CISM Military World Games in China, this month. The Chinese military’s orienteering team was disqualified. (Reuters)

“The IOF takes the actions of the Chinese team very seriously and is pleased to see that the IOF rules regarding the fairness of competition were enforced by the jury,” the IOF said.

Orienteering combines racing and land navigation; competitors use a map and compass to get to various points in the fastest time.

The event is organized by the International Military Sports Council but the orienteering competition is governed by the rules of the IOF.

“Although the event is not an IOF event, the IOF is investigating if any further actions need to be taken to guarantee the fairness of competition at the upcoming World Cup final in Guangzhou, China Oct. 25-29,” the organization said.

“If verifiable evidence of any improprieties are found, the IOF will apply any sanctions necessary to guarantee the fairness of the competitions at the World Cup,” it added.

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The Military World Games is held every four years and brings together military athletes from around the world. Athletes from 109 nations, including the United States, are competing in this year’s games in Wuhan, China.

China built a village to host 10,000 athletes and coaches for the 10-day event. President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony on Oct. 18.

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New Zealand navy to allow male personnel to wear fake eyelashes and makeup

Male service members in the Royal New Zealand Navy will soon be allowed to wear fake eyelashes, nail polish and makeup under new gender-neutral guidelines.

The updated regulations come as the New Zealand Defence Force updates its grooming and appearance standards.

“These updates are to reflect that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of their personal grooming and appearance,” said Chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor.

Beginning Nov. 1, all Navy personnel will be permitted to wear discreet makeup, clear or pale nail varnish and  “trimmed, neat and natural” false eyelashes when in uniform, Auckland-based Newshub reported.

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Beginning Nov. 1, male personnel in the New Zealand navy will be able to wear false eyelashes and makeup. The changes are part of updates to the New Zealand Defence Force grooming standards. (Royal New Zealand Navy)

One pair of natural colored stud or sleeper earrings will also be allowed along with moderate amounts of perfume or cologne.

“These updates are to reflect that the RNZN make no distinction between male and female members in terms of their personal grooming and appearance,” Proctor told the news site.

Messages to the New Zealand Defence Force from Fox News were not immediately returned.

However, body piercings and “exaggerated hairstyles” such as partially shaved heads and mohawks are still prohibited.

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Proctor said the changes are designed to present an inclusive, professional military image and are based on neatness, cleanliness and safety.

“The RNZN is a modern and professional organization that embraces individuality and personality,” he said. “However, we are a military organization and with that comes certain expectations on our personnel in terms of dress and appearance.”

The U.S. military has adopted gender-neutral regulations in recent years. Women are now allowed to serve in combat roles and the Marine Corps and Navy dropped “man” from certain job titles to make them more inclusive.

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Turkey would not have invaded Syria if American troops stayed, says US military’s former top officer

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A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Turkey would not have invaded northeast Syria had U.S. troops remained at their posts. The American retreat “opened the door” for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen.

“Erdogan would not send those troops across that border if the Americans were there,” Mullen told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin Monday night at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. “And in that regard, it opens the door. When we were gone, it opened the door.”

Only a handful of U.S. service members remain in Syria after President Trump earlier this month ordered the bulk of 1,000 troops to withdraw from the northeastern part of the country and relocate them to Iraq. The move essentially paved the way for Ankara to launch a military offensive on Oct. 9 to push the Kurds out of the region, claiming it wanted to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.”

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The U.S. and Turkey brokered a 120-hour cease-fire agreement on Thursday that has since expired. Experts and analysts say Ankara’s goal is to put an end to any potential autonomous Kurdish state along its border in Syria, as Turkey views the Kurds as terrorists.

“Today is the last day for all the terrorists to vacate in the area,” Erdogan said Tuesday before leaving for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. “As of 10 p.m. tonight, the time will expire. Our related agencies are monitoring the situation in the field closely. If the promises America gave us are not kept, our operation will continue.”

Turkey and Russia later announced Tuesday that the nations will conduct joint patrols along the border region following the removal of Kurdish forces there. Russian military police and Syrian troops will push Kurdish forces back 18 miles from Syria’s northern border within 150 hours starting Wednesday at noon local time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Putin and Erdogan met for more than six hours before speaking to reporters to announce the joint patrols. The fact that a NATO ally preferred to patrol the border with Russian forces and not American forces made Pentagon officials scratch their heads.

And according to Mullen, that’s exactly what the U.S. didn’t want to happen.

“Everybody we would want to lose in this is going to win. Putin’s going to win in Russia. [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s going to win in Syria. ISIS is going to win. Erdogan’s going to win. Iran is going to win. And we and our friends are going to lose,“ he said.

Mullen served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011 and has more than four decades’ experience in the military.

The former chairman contradicted Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, who both say that a few dozen U.S. troops would not have stopped a Turkish invasion of 15,000, including so-called mercenaries accused of carrying out war crimes against the Kurds. Complicating matters, Iraq’s military says the hundreds of U.S. troops that arrived yesterday from Syria are not welcome.

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Mullen’s statements also directly conflicted with what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo when asked if he thought Turkey would have invaded Syria even with U.S. troops there.

“One-hundred percent,” he said. “I was very closely involved when President Erdogan notified us that he was prepared to move and that he was going to do so in hours. President Trump saw there were American soldiers in the way… To think we were going to have NATO-on-NATO fighting — the president made the right decision at the moment to get American forces out of the way.”

Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops remain in southern Syria at Al-Tanf.

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin, David Asman and Greg Norman contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Massive search for missing West Point cadet includes 130 additional military police

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The widespread search for a missing cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point continued Tuesday as 130 soldiers from the 23rd Military Police Company at Fort Drum, N.Y., arrived to help with the ground search, officials said.

The Class of 2021 cadet, whose name has not been released, and an M4 rifle have been unaccounted for since Friday at 5:30 p.m. after the cadet failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition, the academy said.

“There is no indication the cadet poses a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself,” West Point officials said. They don’t believe the cadet has any magazines or ammunition.

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More than 2,000 acres of the West Point garrison have been searched by soldiers and other agencies, including New York State Police and the Coast Guard.

Military and police helicopters are conducting aerial sweeps using “Forward-Looking Infrared Radar” and drones. State police dive teams are searching the Hudson River, as well as lakes and ponds on the West Point campus, according to officials. Railroad police have also provided three working dogs to search along the tracks adjacent to the academy, which is located about 50 miles north of New York City.

When the cadet failed to show up for the military skills competition, fellow cadets “immediately started to search for their missing teammate” before military police were notified, triggering a massive probe of the base at 1 a.m. Saturday that has continued since.

“I want to thank the local and state law enforcement agencies and emergency services for their tireless support,” Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams said. “We will continue to search with all means possible, on and off West Point. Safely locating the cadet remains our focus and number one priority.”

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The academy said it’s operating under normal conditions with an “increased force protection status.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Point Military Police at 845-938-3333.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Fort Stewart training accident leaves 3 soldiers dead, 3 injured, officials say

Three soldiers were killed and three others were hospitalized after a training accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday, according to officials.

Fort Stewart said in a news release that six 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Soldiers were involved in the incident when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding on was involved in an accident early Sunday.

“Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area,” Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, said in a statement. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more.”

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Three of the six soldiers were pronounced dead at the scene, while the three others were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries.

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Three soldiers were killed and three others were injured in a training accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia early Sunday. (Army Photo)

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy,” Aguto said.

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The names of the soldiers have not yet been released, pending identification of family members, according to base officials.

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“The entire 3ID extends its deepest condolences to the families of the soldiers involved in this incident,” base officials said.

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Colin Clarke: ISIS is big winner from US withdrawal from Syria

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President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could provide the ISIS terrorist group with the time and space to regrow its organization and extend its networks throughout the Middle East.

While the most immediate and visible consequence of the U.S. withdrawal has been an increase of tensions between the U.S. and Turkey, these and other second-order effects of this decision are less visible and may take a longer time to manifest.

The most obvious concern is that with the Kurds now focused on survival, the United States’ most capable partner on the ground in Syria – local militia forces consisting of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the People’s Protection Units – will devote fewer resources and manpower to combating ISIS. Kurdish fighters have ceased counterterrorism operations against ISIS.

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As the Kurds are pulled away from guarding camps where ISIS prisoners and sympathizers are being detained and called to the front lines to fight against Turkish troops and Turkish-backed militias, detainment camps and prisons will grow significantly more vulnerable, with potentially dire implications for regional stability.

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There have already been widespread reports of prison breaks from detainment camps where ISIS prisoners and sympathizers were being held. ISIS, through its official news agency, Amaq, announced a raid on the “PKK headquarters” west of Raqqa, in reference to a detainee camp guarded by Kurdish militants.

Other similar incidents have been reported recently as well, including reports suggesting that more than 700 people with suspected links to ISIS fled from a camp in northeast Syria after shelling by the Turkish military in the area. On Wednesday, the Iraqi government expressed concern that militants who escaped detention in Syria crossed over into Iraq.

Countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, are now apparently on alert as their foreign nationals being held in these camps have escaped and could potentially return to their countries of origin to plot future attacks.

There have also been rumors that several high-profile ISIS fighters from France, including Adrien Guihal, are among those that are now on the loose, heightening concerns back in Paris that plans for impending terrorist attacks could be in the works.

The potential for an ISIS resurgence comes at a critical time for the terrorist group. Although it lost most of the territory it once controlled, the group has been working steadily to spread its influence in Iraq and Syria. The Kurds recently struck a deal with the regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad, which could help ISIS recruit new members by using this as a propaganda tool.

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President Trump’s rationale for removing troops from Syria was a desire to “end these endless wars,” but on the heels of this decision came another widely debated move; the president announced he was sending 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia as a force to deter Iranian expansion.

The move to send these troops to Saudi Arabia might be seized upon by jihadist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda, the latter of which used the presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia as one of its primary motivations for attacking the United States.

In 1996, Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden issued his now-infamous “Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holiest Sites,” in reference to Mecca and Medina, considered sacred places in the Islamic world.

If the cease-fire breaks down and the situation in Syria deteriorates further, ISIS could ultimately rebuild its organization in that country. It would seem to be nearly impossible for the U.S. to redeploy troops into northern Syria, as American bases have been taken over by Russian forces or disassembled by U.S. forces to make them uninhabitable for any forces.

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Moreover, even if the U.S. desired to reinsert troops at any future point to deal with a resurgent ISIS threat, it would likely struggle to find a legitimate partner to work with on the ground.

While the tactical setbacks resulting from the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria could reverse hard fought gains in the immediate term, the longer-term strategic effects of such a hastily executed decision could reverberate in the region for years to come, while simultaneously emboldening America’s chief adversaries – ISIS, Syria, Russia, and Iran – and accelerating the decline of U.S. influence in the Middle East.

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US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq, defense chief Esper says

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All U.S. troops leaving Syria as part of the withdrawal plan recently announced by President Trump will be stationed in western Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday.

In addition, the U.S. military will continue its efforts to prevent a resurgence by Islamic State group (ISIS) terrorists, he said.

“Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal,” Esper told reporters while flying to the Middle East from Washington, according to the Associated Press, “but that’s the game plan right now.”

“Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that’s the game plan right now.”

— Defense Secretary Mark Esper

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The U.S. departure from Syria will take “weeks not days,” Esper said, and involve both aircraft and ground convoys as about 1,000 troops relocate, Reuters reported.

Esper’s comments were the first specific details on where American troops will go as they leave Syria, according to the AP. Fox News reported last week that President Trump said only that troops would be redeployed “in the region.”

The 55-year-old Pentagon chief, who assumed the office permanently July 23 after serving as acting defense secretary for about three weeks following the departure of former Defense Secretary James Mattis, said he has spoken to his Iraqi counterpart about the plan to shift the more than 700 troops from Syria into western Iraq, the AP reported.

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Esper, who previously served as Army secretary, did not rule out the possibility that U.S. forces relocated to Iraq could still conduct counterterrorism missions inside Syria. But he said those details will be worked out over time.

The U.S. defense chief was traveling as a fragile cease-fire, negotiated by the U.S. and Turkey, was underway in Syria – but according to Reuters some Turkish military vehicles crossed into Syria on Saturday, and Turkish officials claimed aboyt 14 “provocative attacks” had been launched from the Syrian side.

In Iraq, U.S. troops were heading to a country that has seen violent political protests in recent week, leading to more than 100 deaths, Reuters reported.

Trump ordered the withdrawal of most of the U.S. troops in Syria after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his forces were about to invade Syria to push back Kurdish fighters that Turkey views as terrorists.

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Critics of the president say the plan amounts to an abandonment of the Kurds, who have helped the U.S. military combat ISIS, but Trump argued that the Kurds have not always been the pro-American allies their supporters claim them to be.

“They’re not angels, if you take a look,” Trump said Wednesday. “They did well when they fought with us. They didn’t do so well when they didn’t fight with us.”

Meanwhile, a group of House Democrats, accompanied by one Republican, traveled to Syria neighbor Jordan on Saturday, where they held talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and other Jordanian leaders about the Syria situation. Results from those talks were not immediately known early Sunday in the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Paul Gosar: Trump was right to withdraw troops from Syria – We should protect US borders instead

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I was one of 60 members of the House of Representatives to vote against the resolution condemning President Trump’s removal of American troops from the Syrian conflict zone. I did this because America simply has no business protecting the Turkish or Syrian borders – instead, we should refocus our efforts and energy to protect our own weak borders.

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a nation that limited the power of government, empowered the individual, and could stand the test of time. The Constitution’s brilliance is often found in its simplicity. Enshrined in this simple, yet powerful document is one of the most consequential powers: to authorize the use of military force. This power belongs to Congress, and to Congress alone.

The Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) has been passed by Congress several times.

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In September 2001 Congress authorized President Bush to use military force to combat Al Qaeda terrorists and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan following the attacks of 9/11.

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Then in October 2002, Congress passed a second AUMF authorizing military action in Iraq following reports that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

If a president is going to send American troops into combat, he should have the moral courage to honor the Constitution, allow Congress to declare war, and then fight to win.

While there was no AUMF passed to authorize military action in Syria, it is exactly where we have found ourselves since President Barack Obama’s decision to strike in 2013.

My position remains the same today as it did when I spoke on the House floor in 2013: Without congressional approval, we have no business in Syria. Congress never voted to send troops to Syria, but found the courage to pass a resolution condemning President Trump’s removal of troops from Syria. That is the simplest reason for why I voted against it.

Beyond the clear constitutional parameters that enable a president and Congress to authorize military action, the Syrian conflict stuck American troops in a messy proxy war against Russia, aligned with less than ideal strategic partners.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is a militant group, designated by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization. The PKK is a coalition of Maoists, Marxist-Leninists and other Communists. While America shares a common enemy with the PKK – the Islamic State (ISIS) – the PKK doesn’t share American ideals or have anything else in common with Western values.

As a member of NATO, the United States is a treaty-bound ally of Turkey. While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be the ideal ally, we are legally obligated to defend Turkey.

I’ve had enough of our good men and women getting killed and wounded in battles that have no valid U.S. interests at stake.

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During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union also shared a common enemy: Nazi Germany. Working together, the Allies defeated the Axis forces and the world was saved from evil. Immediately following our victory over the Axis powers, the Soviet Union and the United States entered the Cold War.

In the same fashion, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS was formed in 2014 and has been remarkably successful in part because of American leadership, and with the help of Kurdish forces.

Now that the ISIS caliphate has been defeated, there is simply no reason for American troops to remain fighting an endless and unauthorized war. President Trump promised he would bring our troops home, stop endless wars, and defeat ISIS. That is exactly what his decision will do.

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Instead of fighting wars for other countries and involving ourselves in proxy wars in the Middle East, we are putting America first.

The power to authorize military force belongs to Congress, and to Congress alone. If our great republic is to stand the test of time, we must honor our constitutional obligations and duties.

I say to those politicians who want more war: bring it to the floor of Congress, make your case and let us vote. Put your position firmly in the record. As for me, I’ve had enough of our good men and women getting killed and wounded in battles that have no valid U.S. interests at stake.

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I will vote against more wars with no plan for victory and an open checkbook of taxpayer costs.

Finally, it’s ironic that so many Democrats and soft Republicans are clamoring to protect Syrian borders with our troops and money – but claim our own border should be open.

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Dan Gainor: Fake news – ABC falsely portrays Kentucky shooting range as Syria battle scene

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How far will the media go to get rid of President Trump?

Journalists hyped a phony Russian collusion narrative for nearly three years. ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’ false Russia reporting was so bad it actually tanked the stock market.

This week, ABC News outdid itself. It used video of shooting at a gun range in Kentucky and said it showed an attack by Turkish forces on Kurds in Syria. This made Trump look bad and potentially escalated the conflict.

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It appears someone at ABC may have tried to get the U.S. into a war. But the press downplayed the incident as an accident. The incident resembled the plot from the movie “Wag the Dog,” except the movie had better writing than ABC.

Here’s what happened. Sunday’s “World News Tonight” featured a report called “Slaughter in Syria,” with weekend anchor Tom Llamas reporting. He talked while a video appeared on screen apparently showing a massive gun battle peppered with explosions.

Describing the scene, words on the screen said: ‘CRISIS IN SYRIA, ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attack.”

Llamas described the U.S. troop pullout from the Syria-Turkey border as “effectively abandoning America’s allies in the fight against ISIS.” Then he explained what looked like a terrifying scene.

“This video right here appearing to be showing Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town,” Llamas said. “The Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS – now horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies.”

The video was so powerful that ABC used it again on “Good Morning America” the next day. This time, correspondent Ian Pannell told viewers: “This video obtained by ABC News appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town.”

Appears. But as the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving – and they certainly were in this case. Extraordinarily deceiving, in fact.

Sure, it was amazing video. Lots of guns going off. Lots of things exploding. But it wasn’t a battle scene. The video was from a nighttime machine-gun shoot at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Ky. – not Syria.

Social media posters recognized the video wasn’t from Syria and other news outlets reported the shocking incident. ABC issued Twitter corrections, because that’s what outlets do when they are too embarrassed to tell viewers. The correction stated the network removed the video “after questions were raised about its accuracy.” Naturally, “ABC News regrets the error.”

More like ABC appears to regret the error.

This was briefly a big controversy. CNN’s Brian Stelter called it “a big black eye for ABC News.” Even The New York Times noted that “ABC News did not specify how the error had occurred.”

Journalism’s Poynter Institute added: “Into that vacuum of non-information rushed a familiar barrage of cynical accusations.” Then it proceeded to rationalize how showing the wrong video was simply an accident, because there was no proof it wasn’t.

Poynter insisted that “knowingly misrepresenting anything is not in the interest of a standards-based news organization.” Of course, the standards-based news organization also tanked the stock market in its desperate attempt to get Trump.

The president called the ABC blunder “a big scandal” and a “disgrace.” He’s right. And, perhaps, those who simply say that “accidents happen” might be right as well. ABC hasn’t elaborated and has already proved itself untrustworthy.

You notice how the news media don’t make big errors that help Trump? Instead, they assume the worst and ignore one of journalism’s cardinal rules – when a story seems too good to be true, it usually is.

ABC leaves viewers with only two disturbing choices. It is either trying to destabilize the Mideast and cause a war with NATO ally Turkey or it employs idiots who are easily duped and bosses who don’t even bother to verify the video they run.

Both choices say a lot about journalism in 2019.

Finger-pointing at Trump and Obama gets different reactions

We turn from “Wag the Dog” to wag the finger. Only no two digits are alike when it comes to the press.

This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stood across from Trump at a crowded conference table and pointed her finger. The media couldn’t wait to celebrate Pelosi’s victory over Trump and evil men. CNN ran a video from correspondent Dana Bash headlined: “Look at Pelosi standing up to Trump at table of all men.”

That was a common theme. Give credit to the Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle, who captured all sorts of examples of finger-pointing fandom. Only he paired it with media outlets up in arms when then-Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., treated then-President Barack Obama in the same manner back in 2012.

Journalists were furious at Brewer for allegedly disrespecting the president who they voted for and adored. Some even turned it into a racial incident. Jack Cafferty, then of CNN, summed up that view with the comment: “All that many saw in that famous photograph was a white woman wagging her finger at the first black president.”

Brewer took to Twitter to underscore the double-digit, double-standard. “The news media hails @SpeakerPelosi as a hero for pointing her finger at @POTUS @realDonaldTrump but when I stood up to @BarackObama I was vilified as rude and racist. Such Hypocrites!” Brewer wrote.

And she’s right. Both times the media were giving the finger to honest journalism.

Free press hates free speech

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to Georgetown University this week and gave a pivotal address on free expression. He paired it with a Washington Post op-ed, both times calling for “the freedom for people to express themselves.” And the news media were furious about it.

Think about that.

Facebook wasn’t subtle. It headlined his speech on its own site as “Mark Zuckerberg Stands for Voice and Free Expression.” It’s long past time that Big Tech did just that.

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To be fair, Zuckerberg also called for governments to deliver “new regulation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.”

Given the tendency of governments to restrict freedom (China!) that could become a global nightmare, just as it’s becoming one in Europe. Letting government just decide so-called “hate speech” would torch online free speech.

Journalists were critical of Zuckerberg’s “controversial” speech. “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason was typical: “Coming up, Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial comments about censoring politicians.”

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There are reasons why the press is upset about “controversial” speech. A Politico article by reporter Ryan Lizza this week noted how the big social media companies are viewed as dangerous to the left. “A consensus is emerging in Democratic politics that these platforms are the greatest threat to the party’s eventual nominee,” he wrote.

That’s because the left doesn’t dominate social media the way it does traditional news. That’s a big reason why journalists want Zuckerberg and others to restrict political speech. They want to beat Trump in 2020.

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Soldier who amputated leg to save tank crew: ‘It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me’

For one soldier, losing a leg in a freak accident is far from a tragedy. It’s an inspiration.

In fact, Army Spc. Ezra Maes, 21, says it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to him.

“I’ll probably say that for the rest of my life,”  he told Fox News this week.

“Every day I wake up and look at it, and I remember how close I was to losing it all. And I’m still here,” he said. “I managed to survive, and this is just the scar I walked away with.”

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Spc. Ezra Maes undergoes physical rehabilitation at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center’s cutting-edge rehabilitation center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

Maes was on a weeklong rotation in Slovakia while deployed to Poland last year. The armor crewman served as a loader for the main cannon of an M1A2 Abrams tank.

He and two crew members fell asleep in the tank one night only to wake up with the hulking machine slowly rolling downhill at 5 mph.

They quickly learned the parking brake had failed. The crew went through all the emergency procedures to get the tank to stop, but nothing worked, Maes recalled.

“We held on and hoped one of the trees stopped us,” he said. “And it did, for the most part.”

The tank picked up speed, rumbling up to 30 mph, but was slowed after hitting several trees, eventually crashing into an embankment.

Thrown across the tank, Maes’ right leg became lodged in the gearing under the tank. The driver smashed his head through the driver’s hatch and broke his back, and his gunner dislocated her leg and had a “nasty-looking cut on her inner thigh,” Maes said

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“I was pretty sore but not knocked out,” he said.

Maes focused on helping the other injured crew members. After seeing the cut on his gunner’s leg, he knew “we had to get it fixed right away.”

He started twisting and turning while lodged under the turret gearing, thinking his uniform was stuck.

“I felt a pop and a rip, and thought, cool, I tore a uniform piece off,” Maes said.

Then he noticed it wasn’t just his uniform that came off. Maes had self-amputated his leg to become dislodged from the gearing.

He did his best to spring into action but was quickly losing blood.

“I almost fainted on my way out” to help the crew, Maes recalled. They used their belts as tourniquets and started shock procedures, splashing cold water on their faces — “buddy aid,” Maes said.

The tank’s radios had been knocked out in the crash and their cell phones were dead or broken — except one.

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“That’s when we heard mine go off,” Maes said.

The gunner crawled to the phone and gave it to Maes, who summoned rescuers.

“Once they found us, it turned into a bunch of big jokes and laughs,” he said. “We were so happy to be getting care, and that we weren’t dead.”

When someone collected his severed leg, Maes managed to quip: “Hey, bring that back, I want it!”

Maes was taken to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then back overseas to San Antonio, Texas. He was later taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.

The specialist, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico, has since been immersed in physical and occupational therapy at the Center for the Intrepid, the medical center’s outpatient rehabilitation center. He does yoga up to three times a week, kayaks, works with service dogs — about anything he can do, he does, Maes said.

“It’s the most comprehensive care you can imagine,” he said.

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Candace Pellock, physical therapy assistant, with Spc. Ezra Maes at the Center for the Intrepid. (U.S. Army photo by Corey Toye)

He’s in the process of being fitted for a long-term prosthetic leg. It’s a permanent implant, similar to a dental implant, that will allow him to “clip in and go,” he said.

Iniitially stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in December 2016 after enlisting in the Army, Maes said he’s been given a second chance.

Maes, whose great-grandfather served in the Army, can now take his time and decide what to do next with his life. A big part of that will be inspiring and motivating people who are in similar situations.

“Your outlook can change everything. It’s 100 percent perspective,” he said. “I try and help as many people as possible who are in worse situations.”

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