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Marine corporal charged with murder, manslaughter in shooting of fellow Marine in DC barracks

A U.S. Marine has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide in the January shooting of a fellow Marine at the Corps’ Washington D.C. barracks.

Investigators say Lance Cpl. Andrew Johnson shot 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia in the head on New Year’s Day after pointing a pistol at Kuznia and pulling the “trigger in jest,” according to a charge sheet obtained by the Marine Corps Times.

MARINE, 20, KILLED IN DC BARRACKS SHOOTING IDENTIFIED

The Marines said the shooting happened at approximately 5 a.m., during a shift change. Kuznia, a native of Karlstad, Minn., was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 1.

Kuznia’s mother, Markelle, said at the time of her son’s death that he always longed to be a Marine.

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Riley Kuznia was shot and killed Jan.1 (Fox 5 D.C.)

“He just wanted to serve,” she recalled. “Ever since he was little, he talked about being a soldier.”

“When he got out [of the military], he was going to start his own construction business,” she added. “He said he wanted to give five years to his country.”

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted his condolences the day after Kuznia’s death was announced.

“We are forever grateful for your service to our state and our country,” Walz said. “May your family find peace and strength in outpouring of love and support from the community.”

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Marine spokeswoman Capt. Katie Kochert told the publication that Johnson will face a so-called Article 32 hearing later this month, where some or all of the charges could be dropped. Following the hearing, an officer will recommend whether Johnson will face a court-martial or receive administrative action.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Top Navy SEAL officer tells men ‘We have a problem’ in wake of scandals, controversies

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The U.S. Navy commander in charge of all SEAL teams told his men “we have a problem” in a memo written late last month after a series of scandals rocked the Naval Special Warfare community.

“Some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline and as a result and for good reason, our NSW [Naval Special Warefare] culture is being questioned,” Rear Adm. Collin Green wrote in the July 25 memo obtained by Fox News Thursday.

Green added that while “I don’t know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately. Good order and discipline is the foundation for every military organization and it is a leadership responsibility. As Commander, I own it. As Commodores, you also own it.”

NAVY SEAL PLATOON BEING SENT HOME FROM IRAQ OVER MISCONDUCT, REPORTS SAY

The letter does not specifically reference any incidents, which allegedly include drug use and heavy drinking, involving members of SEAL teams in recent months,

SEAL commanders have until Aug. 7 to “develop a plan of action” on how to fix the “problem,” according to the memo.

The letter was written the day after reports surfaced that a Navy SEAL platoon from San Diego, Calif., was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq because of a “deterioration of good order and discipline.”

The U.S. Special Operations Command said in a July 24 statement, “The Commander lost confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”

The statement did not describe the exact nature of the misconduct, but The Washington Post, citing two defense officials, told the newspaper that the SEALs involved in the incident had violated a general order against the use of alcohol.

The platoon that was ordered back to the U.S. is part of SEAL Team 7, whose members included Chief Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of war crimes charges last month but convicted of posing with a dead ISIS fighter, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Testimony during Gallagher’s court-martial revealed that members of SEAL Team 7’s Alpha Platoon routinely consumed alcohol during their 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to The Military Times.

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The same week the platoon was ordered back to the U.S, The Navy Times reported, citing an internal investigation, that six members of a Virginia-based SEAL team tested positive for cocaine use “and other banned substances” last year after repeatedly cheating to get around military drug tests.

Meanwhile, a Navy SEAL Team 6 member who was named Sailor of the Year in 2016 has been charged with impersonating other people via text to get nude pictures of women, the Virginian-Pilot reported last week.

In May, a Navy SEAL pleaded guilty in the hazing death of a Green Beret soldier, admitting to taking part in a late-night plot to break into 34-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer, put him in a chokehold and restrain him with duct tape during a deployment in Africa.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Matthews said that he, along with another member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and two elite Marine Raiders, carried out the “juvenile” attack on June 4, 2017, in Bamako, Mali.

Matthews’ attorney, Grover Baxley, said Melgar’s death was “an unforeseen accident that has dramatically impacted the lives of everyone involved.”

According to The Washington Post, the tragedy occurred after a long night of drinking and partying. Two SEALs and two Marine Raiders smashed their way into Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer because they purportedly wanted to teach him a lesson for leaving them behind in traffic on the way to a party at the French embassy.

One of the SEALs jumped on Melgar and put him in a chokehold while Matthews grabbed Melgar’s legs. The two Marines then duct-taped his legs together. When they moved on to Melgar’s wrists, they realized he had stopped breathing.

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In his memo, Green directed commanders “to engage everyone in your formations.”

He wrote, “I want all hands to understand that ‘we have a problem’ and that is our main effort and my top priority”

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Barnini Chakraborty and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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Rocket launcher discovered at BWI Airport; second found this week

Military equipment was seized at Baltimore Washington International Airport on Thursday — the second such seizure in days — after it was brought back on a military flight by a U.S. Air Force sergeant who kept it as a keepsake.

The rocket launch tube was discovered around 5:20 a.m. in the American Airlines baggage area of the airport, located in Maryland, the Office of the State’s Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad announced.

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A bomb squad seized an inert rocket launch tube at Baltimore Washington International Airport in Maryland on Thursday. (Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal)

Before being flown to the U.S., the “inert” equipment was inspected by U.S. military officials for safety and was “empty of any explosive hazard,” according to a press release from the office. It was returned to the country by a sergeant “as a souvenir of their service abroad.”

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Authorities said the tube “presents no immediate threat to anyone on the ground,” but noted “there is a slight chance that it could contain pressurized gas, and was therefore not allowed on the Sergeant’s connecting commercial flight.”

The rocket launch tube was taken in by the bomb squad “until it can be safely returned to the owner.”

2 TSA OFFICERS PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER OFFENSIVE DISPLAY DISCOVERED AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

TSA reminded passengers earlier this week not to bring explosives or devices that shoot explosives on airplanes — even if they’re just replicas — after finding a fake grenade and a real missile launcher at two different airports.

Earlier this week at BWI in Maryland, TSA agents found a missile launcher in someone’s checked luggage. That passenger said he was active military personnel traveling home from Kuwait and also wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir.

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TSA also discovered a grenade at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey in someone’s checked luggage. Explosives experts eventually determined that it was actually a highly realistic replica of a grenade.

“Military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags,” said the transportation agency, which did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment regarding Thursday’s equipment seizure.

Fox News’ Michael Hollan contributed to this report.

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F/A-18 Super Hornet crashes in California’s Death Valley, 7 hurt on the ground

Authorities say seven people on the ground have been injured in the crash of a Navy jet in California’s Mojave Desert.

Death Valley National Park spokesman Patrick Taylor says the seven were park visitors and have only minor injuries.

There’s no word yet on what happened to the pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, which went down during a training mission Wednesday morning.

US NAVY JET CRASHES NEAR BOMB TESTING RANGE IN CALIFORNIA, 7 INJURED, OFFICIALS SAY

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, an F/A-18D Hornet from the VX-9 Vampire squadron at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, flies out of what is known as Star Wars Canyon toward the Panamint range in Death Valley National Park, Calif. On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet crashed Wednesday in the California desert and a search-and-rescue operation was underway, officials said. The single-seat warplane went down at 9:50 a.m. during a routine training mission north of the China Lake base. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The crash occurred near a park area nicknamed Star Wars Canyon where fighter jets practice low-flying maneuvers and tourists often gather to watch.

The crash area is about 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) north of the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake.

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The aircraft was from strike fighter squadron VFA-151 stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley.

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Cleveland’s Civil War monument damaged, suspect sought

Police in Cleveland are searching for a suspect seen on video damaging the city’s 125-year-old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

The alleged crime happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the interior portion of the monument was closed for the day, Cleveland’s FOX 8 reported.

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A suspect is seen climbing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

Surveillance video shows three people walking around the monument, which includes a pedestal and a group of Civil War soldiers preparing to fire a cannon.

One of the three people then climbs the statue and breaks off a portion of the cannon, the station reported.

The broken piece was later recovered, according to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two men are seen around the base of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

The suspect will be charged with a felony under federal law, Ted Prosse, president of the city’s monument commission, told FOX 8.

The monument pays tribute to more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who served in the Civil War, the report said.

In 2015, three suspects were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution after damaging the monument, Cleveland.com reported.

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Cleveland’s Civil War monument damaged, suspect sought

Police in Cleveland are searching for a suspect seen on video damaging the city’s 125-year-old Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

The alleged crime happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after the interior portion of the monument was closed for the day, Cleveland’s FOX 8 reported.

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A suspect is seen climbing the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

Surveillance video shows three people walking around the monument, which includes a pedestal and a group of Civil War soldiers preparing to fire a cannon.

One of the three people then climbs the statue and breaks off a portion of the cannon, the station reported.

The broken piece was later recovered, according to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two men are seen around the base of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland on Wednesday evening. (Surveillance video)

The suspect will be charged with a felony under federal law, Ted Prosse, president of the city’s monument commission, told FOX 8.

The monument pays tribute to more than 9,000 Cuyahoga County residents who served in the Civil War, the report said.

In 2015, three suspects were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution after damaging the monument, Cleveland.com reported.

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California charity that sends care packages to troops misused money, lawsuit states

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing a military charity that sends care packages to active-duty troops and its directors of self-dealing and illegal electioneering, as well as falsely inflating its effectiveness and using some veterans’ likenesses without permission.

Becerra says Move America Forward misled donors about where their money was actually going and broke IRS rules related to its status as a 501 (c)(3) charity. He is seeking to remove Move America Forward’s chairman and three high-ranking officers from their positions, ban them from running charities in California and to have them pay restitution to the charity along with any court costs.

“Our troops and their commitment to our country should never be used for deceitful gimmicks,” Becerra said in a statement. “Preying on donors’ support for military service members and veterans with deceptive marketing not only hurts generous donors, but also hurts military families. These actions taint the good work done by the many honest charities in California that support our troops and veterans.”

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The suit names Move America Forward’s Chief Strategist Salvatore Russo, Chairman Melanie Morgan, Executive Director Shawn Callahan and Director Howard Kaloogian as defendants. Move America Forward denied any wrongdoing in a statement Wednesday, saying it passed multiple IRS audits.

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“All of the accusations have been TOTALLY FALSE and misrepresent the truth,” the release said. “Now, the AG is resorted to a politically motivated and highly negative public relations campaign to demean and destroy an organization that has sent over 450 tons of care packages to the troops in harm’s way throughout the world and into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The lawsuit alleges that Move America Forward allowed multiple for-profit companies run by Russo and Callahan to use its office space free-of-charge while some of those companies “charged fees for services” to the charity.

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One of those was a now-defunct LLC called “The Campaign Store,” which Becerra alleges would receive online donations to Move America Forward, then charge a fee to deposit them in charity’s bank account. Becerra says this was a way for Russo to skim money from donations. The Campaign Store was based rent-free out of Move America Forward’s offices, the lawsuit says.

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Becerra also says the conservative marketing and consulting firm Russo Marsh & Associates, Tea Party Express and Move America Forward Freedom Political Action Committee also had improper relationships with the charity, which is tax-exempt and therefore can’t engage in political activity. In 2012, the suit alleges, Move America Forward issued formal press releases endorsing then-Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., who later resigned from Congress after admitting to tax evasion, and Josh Mandel, who unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for U.S. Senate from Ohio that year. The endorsements “were produced on Move America Forward letterhead that prominently displays the ‘MoveAmericaForward.org logo,” the lawsuit says.

In all, the lawsuit says Move America Forward received more than $11.3 million in charitable contributions between 2008 and 2015. Of that amount, $2.65 million was paid to various for-profit companies operated by Russo.

The lawsuit also accuses the charity of lying to donors in February 2013 by saying it was raising money to send care packages to Marines serving in Afghanistan. In fact, the suit says, the Marines who got the packages were deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Move America Forward is also accused of taking images used in solicitation materials from other military charities, including Operation Gratitude and AdoptAPlatoon, as well as using an injured veteran’s name and story without permission to solicit donations on at least one occasion.

Move America Forward also falsely claimed to have a partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the lawsuit says.

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Move America Forward, which was founded in 2004, says it will prevail in the lawsuit.

“Shame on Attorney General Becerra for his unrelenting harassment,” the charity’s statement said. “We look forward to our day in court for all the facts to come to light and for our opportunity [to] clear our name so that we can continue with our business of supporting our brave men and women of the military.”

An investigation from June 2018 to June 2019 revealed that over 1,000 charities in California have names relating to the military and 554 were found to be delinquent, California Senior Assistant Attorney General Tania Ibanez said. Only half have fixed the problem. The office sent cease-and-desist orders to 498 charities that have not registered with the state.

Ibanez said veterans are the group most likely to be exploited, followed by firefighters and police officers.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Venezuelan fighter jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ Navy aircraft over Caribbean Sea, US military says

A U.S. Navy intelligence aircraft was “aggressively shadowed” by a Venezuelan fighter jet over the Caribbean Sea on Friday in a move that U.S. officials are calling “unprofessional” and endangered the safety of those on board.

The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said Sunday in a news release that a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft was flying a mission in international airspace when it was approached “in an unprofessional manner” by the Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter plane.

“After reviewing video documentation, we have determined the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission,” SOUTHCOM said in a statement.

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SOUTHCOM said that the U.S. “routinely conducts regionally-supported, multi-nationally recognized and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and those of our partners.”

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The Venezuela SU-30 Flanker “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft on Friday over the Caribbean Sea, according to U.S. military officials. (SOUTHCOM)

The EP-3 aircraft was “adhering to international standards and rules” at the time of the incident, SOUTHCOM said.

SOUTHCOM also shared a video of how close the Venezuelan fighter jet got to the Navy plane on Twitter.

The Navy plane, an EP-3 aircraft is generally used by the Navy for anti-Submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare and has a range of 2,380 nautical miles, according to a Navy fact sheet.

The incident underscored rising tensions between the two nations. The U.S. backs opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan officials claimed the aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace without notification and was “a clear provocation” in addition to being in violation of international treaties. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Twitter the incident happened around midday on Friday, and created a safety risk for commercial aircraft from the country’s main airport.

The Venezuelan  Operational Strategic Command also shared a map of where the incident took place.

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SOUTHCOM said that the “unprofessional” act demonstrated a continued action by the Maduro regime to “undermine internationally-recognized laws and demonstrate its contempt for international agreements authorizing the U.S. and other nations to safely conduct flights in international airspace.”

“Despite the Venezuelan people’s suffering, his nation’s vital infrastructure crumbling, and children starving, Maduro chooses to use his country’s precious resources to engage in unprovoked and unjustified acts,” SOUTHCOM said.

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​The Venezuela SU-30 Flanker that “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft endangers and jeopardized the mission, according to U.S. military officials. (SOUTHCOM)

SOUTHCOM added the action by Venezuela “demonstrates Russia’s irresponsible military support to the illegitimate Maduro regime and adds to Maduro’s growing legacy of reckless and negligent behavior, which undermines international rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking.”

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The incident over the Caribbean Sea came just over a month after a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane over the Mediterranean Sea three times in what the Navy called an “irresponsible” manner. The U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft was flying in international airspace on June 4 at the time of the intercepts, Navy officials added.

The Russian SU-35 “conducting a high-speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft” that caused turbulence “put our pilots and crew at risk,” according to a statement from the Navy’s 6th Fleet. The entire encounter lasted almost 3 hours and the U.S. plane was not trying to “provoke this Russian activity.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Venezuelan fighter jet ‘aggressively shadowed’ Navy aircraft over Caribbean Sea, US military says

A U.S. Navy intelligence aircraft was “aggressively shadowed” by a Venezuelan fighter jet over the Caribbean Sea on Friday in a move that U.S. officials are calling “unprofessional” and endangered the safety of those on board.

The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said Sunday in a news release that a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II aircraft was flying a mission in international airspace when it was approached “in an unprofessional manner” by the Venezuelan SU-30 Flanker fighter plane.

“After reviewing video documentation, we have determined the Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission,” SOUTHCOM said in a statement.

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SOUTHCOM said that the U.S. “routinely conducts regionally-supported, multi-nationally recognized and approved detection and monitoring missions in the region to ensure the safety and security of our citizens and those of our partners.”

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The Venezuela SU-30 Flanker “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft on Friday over the Caribbean Sea, according to U.S. military officials. (SOUTHCOM)

The EP-3 aircraft was “adhering to international standards and rules” at the time of the incident, SOUTHCOM said.

SOUTHCOM also shared a video of how close the Venezuelan fighter jet got to the Navy plane on Twitter.

The Navy plane, an EP-3 aircraft is generally used by the Navy for anti-Submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare and has a range of 2,380 nautical miles, according to a Navy fact sheet.

The incident underscored rising tensions between the two nations. The U.S. backs opposition leader Juan Guaido’s attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan officials claimed the aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace without notification and was “a clear provocation” in addition to being in violation of international treaties. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Twitter the incident happened around midday on Friday, and created a safety risk for commercial aircraft from the country’s main airport.

The Venezuelan  Operational Strategic Command also shared a map of where the incident took place.

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SOUTHCOM said that the “unprofessional” act demonstrated a continued action by the Maduro regime to “undermine internationally-recognized laws and demonstrate its contempt for international agreements authorizing the U.S. and other nations to safely conduct flights in international airspace.”

“Despite the Venezuelan people’s suffering, his nation’s vital infrastructure crumbling, and children starving, Maduro chooses to use his country’s precious resources to engage in unprovoked and unjustified acts,” SOUTHCOM said.

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​The Venezuela SU-30 Flanker that “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft endangers and jeopardized the mission, according to U.S. military officials. (SOUTHCOM)

SOUTHCOM added the action by Venezuela “demonstrates Russia’s irresponsible military support to the illegitimate Maduro regime and adds to Maduro’s growing legacy of reckless and negligent behavior, which undermines international rule of law and efforts to counter illicit trafficking.”

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The incident over the Caribbean Sea came just over a month after a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane over the Mediterranean Sea three times in what the Navy called an “irresponsible” manner. The U.S. P-8A Poseidon aircraft was flying in international airspace on June 4 at the time of the intercepts, Navy officials added.

The Russian SU-35 “conducting a high-speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft” that caused turbulence “put our pilots and crew at risk,” according to a statement from the Navy’s 6th Fleet. The entire encounter lasted almost 3 hours and the U.S. plane was not trying to “provoke this Russian activity.”

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.

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Remains of more than 20 American service members killed in bloody WWII battle return home

More than 20 American service members who were killed in a bloody World War II battle are finally back on U.S. soil – and are one step closer to getting the burials they rightfully deserve.

An Air Force plane carrying the remains of 22 who died during the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 – which took place on and around the remote island of Betio in the Pacific – landed Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The caskets containing the remains, which were draped in American flags, were then carried off the aircraft by Marines as part of a ceremony.

“We welcome home more than 20 American servicemen still unaccounted for from the battle of Tarawa during World War II,” Acting Defense Secretary Richard V. Spencer said. “We do not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and it is our duty and obligation to return our missing home to their families and the nation.”

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Service members and guests stand as “Taps” is played over transfer cases carrying the remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. (AP)

Forensic archaeologists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) are now working to identify the remains and notify the next of kin, the Defense Department says. They are believed to belong to members of the 6th Marine Regiment who died during the last day of the 76-hour battle, the Associated Press reports.

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The remains were found in March by History Flight, a nonprofit group that has helped bring home 272 individuals from the battle site since 2015.

On Nov. 20, 1943, more than 18,000 U.S. Marines and sailors were sent to secure Betio Island, part of the nation of Kiribati’s Tarawa atoll.

“Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated,” the DPAA says.

“Servicemen killed in action were buried where they fell, or placed in large trench burials constructed during and after the battle,” it added. “These graves were typically marked with improvised markers, such as crosses made from sticks, or an up-turned rifle.”

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U.S. Marines carry transfer cases holding the remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II, during what is known as an honorable carry conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), in a hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. (AP)

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Around 3,000 Japanese soldiers and 1,000 Korean laborers were killed during the battle and their remains, the DPAA says, have sometimes been found comingled with those of Americans.

As of today, more than 72,000 Americans who were involved in World War II remain unaccounted for, according to the Defense Department.

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