North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (left) and South Korea's Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan Photo: AFP/Getty Images/EPASEOUL, Tuesday - After days of escalating military tensions between North and South Korea, the contentious countries have agreed to end a standoff, according to ABC News. The countries had been quarreling over a series of events that led to one of the most serious escalations of military intent in over five years.
The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, ordered a "quasi-state of war" and South Korea had raised its military readiness to the its highest level. The two Koreas fired artillery shells across their heavily-fortified border, known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and South Korea broadcast anti-North Korean messages over a loudspeaker. The exchange of fire did not result in any damages or injuries, but the two countries argued over who had fired first.
Had the military standoff escalated, the implications could have potentially sparked a global conflict, one that the United States Military might have intervened in. North Korea said it would lift its semi-state of war and said it "regret" causing injuries to South Korean soldiers from a landmine blast on Aug. 4. South Korea, starting on Tuesday, will stop its broadcasts over the border.
U.S. Army Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, speaks with reporters Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga., where she was scheduled to graduate Friday from the ArmyÂ’s elite Ranger School. Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver are the first two women to complete the notoriously grueling Ranger course, which the Army opened to women this spring as it studies whether to open more combat jobs to female soldiers. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)FORT BENNING, Ga. - Since 1972, only male soldiers were allowed to attend Ranger School, one of the most grueling tests the army has to offer. The two month course is so notoriously difficult that only 3 percent of soldiers ever finish it. Last Spring, for the first time, women were allowed to enroll. Recently, according to Yahoo News, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver were the first women ever to complete the training.
Griest, 26, of Orange, Connecticut, and Haver, 25, of Copperas Cove, Texas, will become the first women to wear the Army's coveted Ranger tab when they graduate alongside 94 male soldiers Friday at Fort Benning.
Currently, women are still unable to join infantry, armor and special forces units, but that could change next year after the Pentagon makes its recommendations. Haver and Griest — both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point — not only finished the course they started in April. They both had to start from scratch, having failed two previous attempts. Haver is an Apache helicopter pilot stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Griest is a military police officer and Afghanistan veteran stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.