Defense and National Security Overnight – Nation Celebrates 1 Year Since Capitol Riot


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We will reveal what is expected in his speech, as well as details on the Disciplinary hearings in the deadly 2020 sinking of an amphibious vehicle and the recent attacks on bases housing US troops in Iraq.

Biden to push for unity in January 6 speech

President Biden will speak on Thursday on the first anniversary of the January 6 riot on the responsibility he believes to be the former President TrumpDonald Trump Missouri State GOP Lawmaker Resigns for Florida Consultant Post had in the attack on the Capitol, according to the White House.

At Wednesday’s daily briefing, White House press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiBiden: Schools Should Stay Open Despite Omicron Biden Wave To Note ‘Historical Significance’ From Jan 6 To One Year Biden Suppresses Omicron Alarm, Urges Vaccinations MORE was asked if the president would address Trump’s role in the riot. She answered “yes”.

“Chaos and carnage”: “I would expect President Biden to lay out the significance of what happened on Capitol Hill and President Trump’s singular responsibility for the chaos and carnage we have seen,” Psaki told reporters.

“And he will forcibly push back the lie propagated by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and their own supporters, as well as distract from his role and what happened,” she added, referring to the repeated former president, of unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 elections were “stolen” from her.

Recognize the police: Biden and Vice President Harris will speak on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, a year after Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to stop Biden’s certification of victory in 2020.

The White House has previously said that Biden will mark the anniversary by emphasizing the historical significance of the day, recognizing the bravery of law enforcement and describing the work the country still needs to do to strengthen its democracy.

An effort for unity: Biden also plans to draw inspiration from one of the major themes he ran on during the 2020 presidential campaign: unity.

Psaki said Biden will deliver a forward-looking message on how to strengthen democratic institutions and bring Americans together.

“The president is going to tell the truth about what happened,” she said. “He will also talk about the work we still have to do to secure and strengthen our democracy and our institutions, to reject the hatred and lies we saw on January 6 and to unite our country. “

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Marines hold hearings on fatal shipwreck

Lt. Col. Michael Regner, the former battalion landing team commander, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, faces a commission of inquiry into the Camp Pendleton, Calif. Crash on Tuesday, according to the Marine Corps.

The audience was initially reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Another audience: Also at Camp Pendleton, an Administrative Separation Board will meet to review the unnamed former Platoon Sergeant of Bravo Company Platoon who was involved in the fatal crash.

The accident: Eight Marines and a Navy sailor were killed on July 30, 2020, when their vehicle quickly sank in 385 feet of water off the coast of San Clemente Island while training with the 15th Expeditionary Unit of marines.

The vehicle – which can weigh around 26 tonnes and was carrying 16 people – sank after starting to pick up water as it made its way from the island to its transport dock after an exercise.

A damning investigation: A Marine Corps investigation later revealed that the ship was one of many to have encountered mechanical problems on the island and while attempting to return its transmission failed. Water then began to fill the vehicle, but its commander waited too long to order the military to evacuate.

The investigation also revealed that Regner, who was relieved of his command in October 2020 following the crash – should have known the vehicles were in poor condition and should not have been used in the ocean.

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US troop base hit by rocket attack

Officials said in a statement that a rocket launcher with a rocket was found in a residential area in western Baghdad, according to The Associated Press.

The report adds that the neighborhood has been used in the past by Iranian-backed militias to fire rockets at Baghdad International Airport.

Three attacks in three days: The latest attack in Iraq is the third of its kind in three days, starting Monday with a attempted drone attacks against US forces.

This was followed by an attempted drone attack on the Ain al-Asad air base west of Baghdad on Tuesday.

In both cases, the drones were shot down.

U.S. officials believe attacks on U.S. forces are likely to increase in the days following the second anniversary of the American airstrike that killed Iranian senior general Qassem Soleimani, which took place on Monday.

Who is responsible?: Attacks were mainly carried out by Iranian-backed militias, Pentagon press secretary says John kirbyJohn KirbyOvernight Defense & National Security – Date set for US-Russian security talks Pentagon goes on GOP offensive on vaccine forces Navy to offer booster shots on stranded ship COVID-19 PLUS epidemic told reporters later Wednesday.

Kirby said the anniversary of Soleimani’s strike could be the reason for the surge in attacks, as could the US decision to keep troops in Iraq even though it ended its combat mission in the county.

About 2,500 US troops remain in Iraq in an advisory capacity.

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