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Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

Syrian militants seize border crossing with Israel-controlled Golan Heights.
By Danielle Haynes   |   Aug. 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

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QUNEITRA, Syria, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria seized the Quneitra border crossing into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, activists said.

The Syrian rebels included members of the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN three errant mortar rounds and small-arms fire crossed into Israeli territory during fighting Wednesday.

One IDF officer and one civilian were injured.



This isn't the first time Israel has been pulled into the three-year-long civil war in Syria, but Israel has said it has no interest in involving itself in that fight.

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Topics: Peter Lerner
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Army Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison demoted to brigadier general and forced to retire over mishandling of sexual assault complaint.
By Danielle Haynes   |   Aug. 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Army Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison was stripped of his rank and will be forced to retire due to his handling of a sexual assault complaint, the Army announced Wednesday.

Army Secretary John McHugh ordered Harrison to retire in October at the rank of brigadier general.

"Maj. Gen. Harrison was investigated and disciplined for failing to properly address a sexual assault allegation in his command," a statement from the Army said.

Harrison was suspended in June 2013 while in charge of U.S. Army forces in Japan for failing to investigate a reported sexual assault properly.

The U.S. military has come under fire in recent years for failing to fully investigate claims of sexual assaults within its ranks.

Under federal law, military officers may only retire at the pay grade at which they last served satisfactorily. With his demotion, Harrison is likely to get several hundred dollars less per month than he would have had he not been demoted.

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