US Pilot of F/A-18E Was Killed; Japan Will Not Support a US-led Coalition; Daesh Still Poses Global Threat

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U.S. Navy pilot killed in California crash was 33-year-old lieutenant

The fighter pilot who perished in the crash of his fighter jet in Death Valley National Park in California was identified by the U.S. Navy on Friday as Lieutenant Charles Walker, who had served in the armed forces for the past 10 years, Reuters reported.

The 33-year-old Navy aviator was killed when his F/A-18E Super Hornet, a single-seat aircraft, went down on Wednesday during low-altitude training exercises in the Rainbow Canyon area of the park, about 130 miles (210 km) west of Las Vegas.

His death was confirmed by the Navy the following day.

Sources: Japan won’t contribute ships to US Middle East maritime force

Japan will not send warships to join a US-led maritime force to guard oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz fearing a military response from Iran, but it may send patrol aircraft, said the Mainichi newspaper, citing unidentified government sources, MEMO reported.

But Japan may send warships independently to protect Japanese ships in the world’s most important oil artery, the newspaper said on Friday.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to collect information while working closely with the United States and other countries,” said Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, when asked about the report.

As its key Asian ally and a major regional naval power, Washington is keen for Japan, which is the world’s fourth-biggest oil buyer, to play a major role in its proposed maritime force.

Daesh still poses global threat, US officials say

Daesh remains a global threat despite losing the once vast territory it held in Syria and Iraq, US officials said in warning about persistent violence from underground cells and an expansion of militants into new areas, Arab News reported.

Ambassador James Jeffrey, the State Department envoy to the international coalition fighting Daesh, told reporters that thousands of the extremist organization’s members are scattered around Syria and Iraq, where officials see a “persistent, resilient, rural terrorist level of violence” in that country.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ousted Daesh militants from the last piece of their self-declared caliphate earlier this year. But “the Daesh brand lives on around the world,” State Department counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Sales said as he joined Jeffrey to provide an update on the fight against the organization.

“Daesh branches and networks now span the African continent from east to west and north to south,” Sales said. “They’ve increased the lethality of their attacks, they’ve expanded into new areas, and they’ve repeatedly targeted US interests.”

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