#US Army

Memorial Day is marked to honour all service members who sacrificed their lives for their country. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States
  • Memorial Day originated after the end of the civil war in the US that lasted four years from 1861 to 1865
  • Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day 

.Guantanamo, Cuba
The military prison houses around 40 detainees. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that closing the Guantanamo Bay prison is Biden's goal
  • In 2016, former president Donald Trump expressed his willingness to keep the prison open
  • Some detainees at the prison were promised their release during Barack Obama's tenure

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
President Joe Biden met with the Pentagon's top generals and civilian leaders. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI File)

  • Joe Biden promised the defense force to keep domestic politics out of the country's security
  • Biden termed China as the premier strategic threat to the United States
  • The task force was necessary "so that we can chart a strong path forward on China"

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden used the super bowl watch break on Sunday to call troops in Kabul and on the US Nimitz and thanked them for their services. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@potus)

  • 'We are forever in debt to those who sacrifice so much to keep us safe,' US President Joe Biden said
  • Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also thanked healthcare workers prior to Super Bowl in a taped message
  • They asked for a moment of silence to respect more than 400,000 Americans who died due to COVID-19

.Tampa, FL, USA
US Air Force bombers did a flyover above the stadium before the Super Bowl game in Tampa. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ @airlivenet)

  • A B-52 Stratofortress, a B1-B Lancer, and the B-2 Spirit ‘stealth’ bomber kicked off the Super Bowl game
  • All the aircrafts flew from their own base, made a formation in restricted airspace before the flyover
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers played against Kansas City Chiefs at their home stadium in Tampa

.Texas, USA
Eleven US soldiers were hospitalised at Fort Bliss hospital in Texas on Thursday after consuming antifreeze which they confused for alcohol. (Photo Credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • Soldiers drank antifreeze on last day of a 10-day training exercise, said spokesperson Lt. Col. Payne
  • The toxic liquid was identified as ethylene glycol
  • All the eleven soldiers belong to the 11th Air Defence Artillery Brigade

.Kabul, Afghanistan
The US currently has 2,500 troops stationed in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • Taliban failed to initiate peace talks with Kabul 
  • Us would roll back all its deployed in Afghanistan troops by May if Taliban fulfills the agreement
  • Pentagon already reduced the troops from 13,000 to 2,500

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
President Joe Biden said that America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The White House statement said that it is the responsibility of the administration to ensure there is no discrimination
  • Donald Trump in 2017 had overturned Obama's decision of having transgenders recruited in the US army 
  • Trump had claimed the Obama-era policy was disruptive and expensive

Under Trump, 455 miles of older wall have been replaced by newer, enhanced walls. (Photo: AP/PTI)

  • The wall is currently under construction by Corps of Engineers
  • A new proclamation by President Joe Biden says no more 'taxpayer dollars' will be directed towards the wall
  • The former US president had said that Mexico would be paying for the wall

.Kabul, Afghanistan
The group in recent days has rained down attacks on both the Afghan security forces and civilians. (Photo: AP/PTI)

  • The statement from Taliban came hours after the Pentagon's announcement of lowering the number of troops in Afghanistan
  • Incumbent President Donald Trump had earlier ordered the cutdown as part of fulfilling his election promise
  • In 2020, an agreement was signed in Qatar between the Taliban and US