Sunday, June 25, 2017

Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates June 25, 2017



AFP: Venezuela unrest: Anti-govt protests leave 75 dead in 3 months; 3,000 arrested

Caracas: A 22-year-old man was shot dead on Thursday during an anti-government protest in Caracas, becoming the 75th victim in three months of unrest over the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

The young man was killed during a demonstration in the capital's Altamira area, the public ministry said on Twitter, without specifying the type of weapon that killed him.

Opposition lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares said the man had been shot by a member of the National Guard.

Near-daily protests against Maduro began 1 April, with demonstrators demanding his removal and new elections.

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Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates June 25, 2017

Maduro Calls on Venezuela’s Military to Stop Protests -- Havana Times
Venezuelan opposition lays siege to air base -- ABC News/AP
Venezuelan president's opponents lay siege to airbase -- Al Jazeera
In Venezuela, clashes erupted in Caracas on Saturday as thousands of opposition protesters rally at La Carlota air base.
The grim video of a Venezuelan protester being shot on live TV -- Washington Post
Venezuelan protester shot dead at point-blank range by soldier -- CNN
For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are 'Like A War' -- NPR
As Venezuela body count rises, victim’s father tries to make it personal for Maduro -- Miami Herald
Venezuela’s Maduro Replaces Foreign Minister, Chief of Staff -- Venezuelanalysis
In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement -- Washington Post
Latin American presidents meet with Cardinal Parolin over crisis in Venezuela -- Rome Reports
Venezuelan Crisis Continues -- Evan Maguire, Spectator

Is It No Longer Possible For Any Country To Win A War?

Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Yuval Noah Harari, Time: Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from traffic accidents, obesity or even suicide. Whereas in early agricultural societies human violence caused up to 15% of all human deaths, and in the twentieth century it caused 5%, today it is responsible for only about 1%. Yet the international climate is rapidly deteriorating; warmongering is back in vogue, and military expenditure is ballooning. Both laypeople and experts fear that just as in 1914 the murder of an Austrian archduke sparked the First World War, in 2017 some incident in the Syrian Desert or an unwise move in the Korean Peninsula might ignite a global conflict.

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WNU editor: No country has been willing to get involved in an all-out war against an adversary for decades. But war and conflict is a part of human nature .... and while we may be living in an era of "peace", historically speaking .... these "peaceful times" do not last for a very long time.

Israel Launches A Second Day Of Strikes On Syrian Positions After More Spill-Over Fire Hits Israeli Positions



Haaretz: Report: Israel Strikes Syrian Army in Second Flare-up in Two Days

Israeli aircraft struck a Syrian army jeep in Golan Heights, Syrian army source tells Lebanon news outlet, after errant fire hits Israeli territory

Israel reportedly attacked a Syrian army unit in the northern Golan Heights on Sunday after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into Israeli territory, the second cross-border flare-up in two days.

Israeli aircraft struck a Syrian army jeep in the Syrian Golan, a Syrian army official told the Lebanese news outlet al-Mayadeen. The Israel Defense Forces haven't confirmed the report.

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More News On Israel Launching A Second Day Of Strikes On Syrian Positions After More Spill-Over Fire Hits Israeli Positions

Israel: Errant fire from Syria lands in Golan for 2nd day -- Washington Post/AP
Report: IDF strikes Syrian targets in response to second day of Golan spillover -- The Jerusalem Post
Israel strikes Syrian targets in response to cross-border fire -- Israel Hayom
Second time in 24 hours: Syrian fighting spills into Golan Heights -- Jerusalem Online
In state of panic, Syrian army tosses rules of caution aside -- Ron Ben-Yishai, YNet News

Qatar Wants The U.S. To Intervene In The Gulf Crisis And Urge The Arab States To Lift Their Blockade

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in May. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Hill: Qatar urges Trump to intervene in Gulf crisis

As the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf nears its first full month, Qatari officials are urging the White House to exert its considerable influence on the nations that have imposed a blockade on the tiny peninsular state.

Qatar is asking the U.S. to pressure Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to end the isolation that started June 5, when the countries abruptly cut diplomatic ties and closed all land, air and sea borders with the Gulf state.

Several ideas floated by Qatar include placing a hold on weapons deals and halting other contracts signed between the U.S. and those countries.

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WNU Editor: So .... Qatar wants the U.S. to step in and solve their issues and problems with their neighbours .... even when the U.S. said only two days ago that this is an issue solely between Qatar and its neighbours .... White House dubs Gulf crisis 'a family issue' (AFP). Here is an easy prediction .... the U.S. is not going to get involved.

Politico: Trump in tweet: Clinton colluded to beat Sanders

After more than five months as president, Donald Trump is still talking about the 2016 election.

On Sunday morning, the president tweeted that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton "colluded with the Democratic Party" to beat Bernie Sanders.

"Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.

It's not clear why the president chose to revisit the 2016 campaign this morning or where his newfound sympathy for Sanders came from. However, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday launched an investigation asking former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to respond to allegations of "political interference" in the investigation of Clinton's private email server.

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Update: Trump: Hillary Clinton colluded with Democrats to defeat Bernie Sanders (The Hill)

WNU Editor: When I saw that tweet this morning I said to myself .... the Democrats are going to say nothing .... but the press is going to go bonkers .... which is what I think President Trump wanted before the Sunday morning news shows. Well .... from what I have already seen .... the press did not disappoint him.

Firm Behind Russian Dossier On President Trump A Democrat Front?

New York Post: Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators

A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.

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WNU Editor: This story is important because this Russian dossier was what the FBI used to justify a deeper investigation into then candidate Donald Trump .... Comey: Private Dossier Containing False Trump Allegations Drove FBI Counterspy Probe (Washington Free Beacon). And as for the media .... non-stop coverage and reporting of it to question Donald Trump's character .... a narrative that continued until the former MI6 agent who compiled the dossier admitted that the file that he compiled was never verified (no evidence) .... Ex-British Spy Admits That His 'Dirty' Dossier On Trump Was Not Verified (April 26, 2017). And as for the firm that paid for this dossier .... well .... WNU has been covering this story for almost 3 months, and it looks like it is starting to get the attention that it is due ....

The Company Behind The Russian Dossier On Trump Does Not Want To Cooperate With Congress (June 10, 2017)
Top U.S. Senator Wants Probe Of Firm Behind The Trump Dossier And Their Ties To Russa ((April 2, 2017)

U.S. Special Forces Are Now Focused On Capturing ISIS Leaders

Armed men in uniform identified by Syrian Democratic forces as US special operations forces are seen in the village of Fatisah in the northern Syrian province of Raqa on May 25, 2016. © Delil Souleiman / AFP

New York Times: Commando Raids on ISIS Yield Vital Data in Shadowy War

WASHINGTON — One late afternoon in April, helicopter-borne American commandos intercepted a vehicle in southeastern Syria carrying a close associate of the Islamic State’s supreme leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The associate, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, was a rare prize whom United States Special Operations forces had been tracking for months: a midlevel but highly trusted operative skilled in raising money; spiriting insurgent leaders out of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s besieged capital in Syria; and plotting attacks against the West. Captured alive, Mr. Uzbeki could be an intelligence bonanza. Federal prosecutors had already begun preparing criminal charges against him for possible prosecution in the United States.

As the commandos swooped in, however, a firefight broke out. Mr. Uzbeki, a combat-hardened veteran of shadow wars in Syria and Pakistan, died in the gun battle, thwarting the military’s hopes of extracting from him any information about Islamic State operations, leaders and strategy.

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WNU Editor: This is a major shift away from just launching drone/air strikes to kill ISIS/Al Qaeda leaders .... to now prioritising the retrieval of intelligence by catching them. I would just like to know who is responsible for the captivity of these targets when they are caught .... the Kurds? A U.S. base in Iraq under Iraqi control. Somewhere else?

World News Briefs -- June 25, 2017

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (3rd R) attends prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, inside a mosque in Hama, in this handout picture provided by SANA on June 25, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Syria's more confident Assad gives Eid prayers in Hama

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam's Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama on Sunday, the furthest he has traveled inside Syria in years, showing his growing confidence.

State television broadcast footage of Assad standing to pray in a large mosque in Hama behind its imam, with other clerics standing alongside and a large crowd of worshippers.

State news agency SANA quoted the preacher as saying that Assad's presence in the city for Eid showed that victory and the return of security were only "a few steps" away.

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MIDDLE EAST

Hundreds of civilians flee Mosul as IS loses grip on city.

Car bomb in Syria's Idlib province kills 10: war monitor. Deadly car bombing kills Syrian civilians in Idlib.

Syria frees almost 700 prisoners ahead of Eid festival, thousands held for political reasons.

Israel strikes Syrian military near Golan Heights. Israeli Air Forces attacked al-Nusra Front on Saturday in Golan Heights - source.

Iran foils 'plot to bomb religious centres'.

Yemen army makes more gains in Marib.

UN: Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak.

Turkey's Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar unlawful.

Saudi Arabia, other Gulf countries declare Sunday start of Eid al-Fitr.

ASIA

Pakistan oil tanker fire kills at least 148 as onlookers rush to gather leaking fuel.

Death toll from triple terrorist attacks in Pakistan rises to 85.

Fighting resumes in Marawi after Eid ceasefire.

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year.

Indian soldiers, suspected rebels, clash at Kashmir school.

India's Modi seeks personal rapport with Donald Trump on US visit.

PNG election: Corruption and economy are Peter O'Neill's biggest worries as polls open. Papua New Guinea: Corruption allegations highlighted in general elections.

US and China agree to denuclearize North Korea and say efforts to rid Kim of nuclear weapons should be 'complete, verifiable and irreversible'.

Thousands take to the streets of Pyongyang for mass rally marking North Korea's 'Day of Struggle' and 67 years since the start of the Korean War.

China urges Afghans, Pakistan to form crisis-management mechanism.

Reporter seeks justice for ‘white van’ torture in Sri Lanka.

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary.

AFRICA

Crisis in DR Congo worsens as death toll rises and refugees flee.

Haftar forces make gains in Libya's Benghazi.

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea.

South Sudan cancels independence day events.

Mali relaunches beleaguered peace process.

Mourners return to Mali resort hit by jihadists.

Egypt's president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia.

EUROPE

Ukrainian Army units shell Donetsk Republic in first hours of new ceasefire.

‘Unique people’: Putin recalls KGB times, wishes deep-cover agents good fortune.

UKParliament hit by cyber attack as hackers attempt to access MPs' email accounts.

Albanians go to the polls with focus on EU accession talks.

Merkel's conservatives widen lead three months before German vote.

Merkel challenger Schulz to outline German election strategy.

Woman driver is arrested after 'car ploughs into families gathering for Eid prayers near Newcastle mosque' leaving six people injured and sparking panic just a week at Finsbury Park attack.

AMERICAS

Number of refugees entering US drops by half under Trump.

Trump breaks with tradition, forgoes Ramadan dinner.

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers.

Venezuelan protesters, security forces clash at air base. Venezuela crisis: Anti-Maduro protests overshadow Armed Forces Day.

Argentina's former president Kirchner attempts political comeback.

At least 11 killed in Mexico's latest drug violence. Venezuelan president's opponents lay siege to air base.

Eight detained over Colombia shopping mall blast.

Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' ... again.


TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Commando raids on ISIS yield vital data in shadowy war.

Analysis: 2 US cases provide unique window into Iran’s global terror network.

US forces say they’ve killed ISIS financier.

ISIS group urges fanatics to carry out more lone-wolf and vehicle attacks 'without mercy' in the West in twisted posters showing a car crushing skulls.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

BIS warns of geopolitical events and four other risks that could undermine global upswing.

OPEC looks totally bewildered by the oil market.

There’s a surprising new champion of the stock market.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 25, 2017



Business Insider: CIA Director Pompeo: Trump asks me about North Korea every day

CIA Director Mike Pompeo addressed the imminent nuclear threat from North Korea during an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt which aired Saturday, saying the topic was "at the top" of President Donald Trump's mind.

Pompeo said he and Trump talk for almost an hour every day, and that "I hardly ever escape a day at the White House without the President asking me about North Korea and how it is that the United States is responding to that threat."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 25, 2017

Bannon: Trump’s strategy is ‘let the warfighters fight the war’ -- The Hill

Trump and His Generals -- Victor Davis Hanson

Trump's Great Faith In the Military Does Not a Strategy Make -- TIME

As White House defers to Pentagon, Congress mulls new checks on military power -- CNN

Russia to Take Retaliatory Measures in Case of US Withdrawal From INF Treaty -- Sputnik

Why Russia's Armata Tank May Never Be a Threat to NATO -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest

Expert: Russian Military Industrial Complex Struggling to Develop New Technology -- USNI News

How China's cyber command is being built to supersede its U.S. military counterpart -- Cyberscoop

Japanese warship takes Asian guests on cruise in defiance of China -- Reuters

Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December -- Alert 5

Bulgaria to start talks with Sweden over warplane purchase -- Reuters

No More Giveaways: US Wants Ukraine to Pay for Its 'Assistance' -- Sputnik

Murphy's Law: Do Not Underestimate Ukrainians -- Strategy Page

Air Force unimpeded by Qatar tensions -- The Spokesman Review

The U.S. Air Force Almost Rented a Squadron of A-10 Warthogs to Colombia -- The Drive

How the U.S. Army counters North Korea threats -- CBS News

US Military: Islamic State Problem 'Not Getting Better' in Afghanistan -- VOA

US Army Chief Wants Vladimir Putin to Let Russia's Nervous Neighbours Watch His War Games -- Newsweek

The Navy's New Mini-Carriers Balance Air Power and Beach Assaults -- War Is Boring

The Navy's new powerhouse of the seas: US military shows off its new 99,000 ton aircraft carrier that can make hairpin turns at high speeds with 6,000 sailors on board -- Daily Mail

Naval Air: U.S. Carriers Disabled By Friendly Fire -- Strategy page

House subcommittee adds 5 Navy ships to Trump request -- Washington Examiner

Navy Taps Admiral To Lead Investigation Into USS Fitzgerald Collision -- Task & Purpose

Pentagon May Replace Its Doomsday Planes And "Air Force Two" With One New Type -- The Drive

The future of the Air Force is fighter pilots leading drone swarms into battle -- Popular Science

Air Force Announces Who's Eligible for New 'R' Device -- Military.com

US Preps for Limitless War With Proposed New ‘Space Corps’ -- Sputnik

Air Force B-2 to Get New Digital Nuclear Weapons & Air-Ground Missiles -- Scout Warrior

Los Alamos lab improperly sent ‘special’ nuke material by air -- Albuquerque Journal

A disturbing broken link in the nuclear weapons chain -- Washington Post editorial

Five Myths About a Controversial Nuclear Weapon -- Frank A. Rose, War on the Rocks

Why There Are No Military Solutions to North Korea: A conflict with chemicals and nukes would be unacceptably terrible -- Geoff Wilson, War Is Boring

Information Warfare: The Cell Phone Revolution -- Strategy Page

Are We In A New Cold War? -- Tom Porter, Newsweek

Why America loses wars it starts -- Harlan Ullman, Observer

21 All Too Real Plot Ideas For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ -- Jared Keller, Task & Purpose

Poll: Are U.S. Voters Grow Weary Of Russia Probes?

The Hill: Poll: Voters grow weary of Russia probes

A majority of voters believe the Russia investigations are damaging to the country and are eager to see Congress shift its focus to healthcare, terrorism, national security, the economy and jobs.

Those are the findings of the latest Harvard-Harris Poll survey, provided exclusively to The Hill, which paints a complicated picture of voters’ opinions about the numerous probes that have engulfed the White House.

Sixty-four percent of voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country. Fifty-six percent of voters said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia.

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WNU editor: I cannot say that I am surprised. The FBI and other U.S. government institutions has been investigating this story since last year. and there still is no "smoking gun" that the Trump campaign team colluded with the Russians. Unsubstantiated allegations can only go so far .... and it looks like the tipping point of voter interest has already been reached. The problem for the Democrat leadership is that they have raised expectations among their base that the days of President Trump are limited .... that his crimes would result in his removal. What is going to happen when they cannot deliver. I think that is something that they are starting to feel very uncomfortable with about now.

The results of the Harvard-Harris Poll is here.

Update: Some Democrats are getting it .... Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia (The Hill).

Knife Training With South Korean Navy SEALs (Video)



WNU Editor: Intense video. The above video is from this story .... Watch the intense knife training South Korea’s Navy SEALs go through (Business Insider).

Is The USS Enterprise (CV-6) The Best Navy Ship Ever?

USS Enterprise (CV-6) in Puget Sound, September 1945. Wikipedia

Robert Farley, Business Insider: Why USS Enterprise Is The Best U.S. Navy Ship Ever

In May 1938, the U.S. Navy commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the seventh ship to bear the name in American service. The second of three sisters, Enterprise made a central—perhaps the central—contribution to the war effort in 1942. The U.S. Navy began 1942 with six fleet carriers (excluding the small Ranger, which served in the Atlantic). Over the course of the year, Japanese aircraft and submarines would sink four of those carriers and put a fifth (USS Saratoga) out of action for long periods of time. Enterprise fought with distinction in most of the major battles of 1942, and survived to contribute for the rest of the war.

In short, USS Enterprise (CV-6) was the finest ship ever to serve in the U.S. Navy.

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WNU Editor: She was engaged in numerous naval battles and she survived the war .... that in itself is quite an accomplishment.

In An Interview Filled With Revelations A Top Israeli Cyber Expert Discusses How To Stop Russia And Other Hackers And Why The Internet Needs To Be Overhauled

Professor Isaac Ben-Israel during a 2011 press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing the establishment of a national bureau to focus on Israel's information protection capabilities and supervise development of the cyber sector (Kobi Gideon / Flash90.)

David Horowitz, Times Of Israel: To stop Russia and other hackers, we need to overhaul the internet, says top Israeli cyber expert

Internet pioneers didn’t need to prioritize defending against cyber warfare, but we must, says Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, who developed Israel’s cybersecurity agencies and hosts next week’s prestigious Tel Aviv Cyber Week 2017

The professor and ex-general who runs Israel’s prestigious annual cybersecurity conference, and who was central to the establishment of Israel’s pioneering cyber protection agencies, is calling for a radical overhaul of the internet in order to counter cyber warfare.

In the course of a wide-ranging interview with The Times of Israel ahead of next week’s Tel Aviv University “Cyber Week 2017,” which will include presentations by serving and former US administration cyber officials, Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel said he had absolutely no doubt that the Russian government meddled successfully in the US presidential elections, and that Moscow sought in vain to influence the recent French presidential elections.

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WNU Editor: This interview from one of Israel's top cyber experts is a gold mine of revelations and information on cyber attacks, hacking, the internet, etc.. A must read.

Hat tip to Fred for this link.

Drone Pilots And Hackers Are Being Recognised By The U.S. Air Force For Their Service

Capt. Ryan Jodoi flies an MQ-9 Reaper as Airman 1st Class Patrick Snyder controls a full-motion video camera at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, March 13, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

Business Insider: The Air Force is updating its awards to recognize drone pilots and hackers

US airmen tasked with jobs like surveillance and cyber operations have a growing role on the battlefield, even though they are often physically distant from it.

To ensure that kind of work is recognized, the Air Force has introduced new hardware for its service men and women.

"As the impact of remote operations on combat continues to increase, the necessity of ensuring those actions are distinctly recognized grows," Defense Department officials said in a memo published on January 7, 2016.

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WNU Editor: Drone pilots are now playing a critical role in almost every conflict that the U.S. is in now .... it is only natural that they be recognised for what they are doing. As for hackers .... the main stream media is certainly making the case on how important they are with each new report of a cyber attack.

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Can Iran Lay The Groundwork To Develop A Nuclear Weapon Very Quickly?

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Jack Caravelli and Sebastian Maier, The Hill: Has Iran laid the groundwork to develop nuclear weapons on a moment's notice?

Hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough at its signing in July 2015, Iran’s nuclear agreement with leading members of the international community—formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—has achieved some notable short-term successes, many in Iran’s favor. Most, not all, of Iran’s nuclear activities are either frozen or highly circumscribed. In exchange, Iran is reaping the benefit of receipt of billions of dollars in previously frozen assets as well as a return to international commerce where Europe and China, among others, are seeking to invigorate trade and investment with the theocratic regime. This will be a boon for Iran’s chronically mismanaged and struggling economy.

The bad news is that it is misleading to conclude that Iran’s nuclear ambitions have been shuttered or that those ambitions will no longer pose a threat to the security and stability of the Middle East or beyond. This is because the agreement has finite limits, ranging from 10 years to 15 years depending on the issue

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Update: Iran Developing Advanced Nuclear Capabilities, Reducing Time to Weapon (Washington Free Beacon)

WNU Editor: It was always known that should Iran decide to restart their nuclear program, they could do it very quickly. As for Iran's chief nuclear chief ... he is not optimistic on the future of this agreement .... “Iran Deal Survival Hinges on West’s Change of Course” (Iran Front Page). More here .... Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia (The Guardian).

Picture Of The Day

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Shipbuilding Scene
A crane moves the USS John F. Kennedy's lower stern into place at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia, June 22, 2017. The ship, 50 percent structurally complete, is the second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier. Navy photo by John Whalen

Israel Positions Itself To Continue Leading As The Premier Air Power In The Middle East

U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Erik D. Anthony.

Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics Mechanics: Israel Doubles Down on High-Tech Air Power

New fighters, more roles for unmanned aircraft, and a new fifth generation missile.

Israel is cementing its lead as the premier air power in the Middle East with the introduction of new fifth-generation fighters, new helicopters, and a new aerial refueling tanker project on the horizon. The country is also fielding a new "fifth generation" guided missile capable of defeating defenses—even the active protection systems that protect tanks.

Since it was founded in 1948, Israel has fought more than a half-dozen wars against neighboring Arab states including Egypt, Syria, and Iraq, not to mention "nonstate actors" such as Hamas and Hezbollah. With the assistance of the United States the tiny country maintains the most highly trained and best equipped armed forces in the region.

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WNU Editor: Iran is not a aviation threat. The only other countries in the region that may be able to match the Israelis is Saudi Arabia and Turkey .... but their focus is elsewhere.