Wednesday, July 26, 2017

U.S. Cities Planning And Preparing For A North Korean Nuclear Attack


L.A. Times: Duck and cover 2.0: How North Korea is prompting new efforts to prepare for a nuclear attack

Fleets of big black trucks, harbor boats and aircraft, equipped with radiation sensors and operated by specially trained law enforcement teams, are ready to swing into action in Los Angeles for a catastrophe that nobody even wants to think about: a North Korean nuclear attack.

American cities have long prepared for a terrorist attack, even one involving nuclear weapons or a “dirty bomb,” but North Korea’s long-range missile and weapons programs have now heightened concerns along the West Coast over increasing vulnerability to a strike.

“We monitor events all over the world and assess whether there is something that could impact us here,” said Capt. Leonard McCray, commander of the emergency operations bureau at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “North Korea is clearly one of them.”

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More News On The U.S. - North Korean Crisis

North Korea promises nuclear strike on US if regime is threatened -- CNN
North Korea could cross ICBM threshold next year, U.S. officials warn in new assessment -- Washington Post
North Korea Is Closer to Building a Nuclear-Capable ICBM Than We Thought -- VICE
Could North Korea have intercontinental nuclear missiles next year? -- John Bacon, USA TODAY
Armed Services chairman 'increasingly alarmed' at North Korea -- The Hill
War between US and North Korea is 'not unimaginable', says chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff -- The Independent
US ambassador reports progress on new North Korea sanctions -- AP
Hawaii just released a guide for how to survive a nuclear attack amid high tensions with North Korea -- Business Insider
Hawaii to test nuclear warning system amid North Korea's threats -- CNN

Tweets For Today




Should The U.S. Build Large (Or Small) Aircraft Carriers?

The USS Gerald R. Ford (Photo by Mark D. Faram)

Mark D. Faram and Geoff Ziezulewicz, Navy Times: What should the Navy's future carrier fleet look like?

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford — the most expensive warship in history — was commissioned on July 22, entering the fleet amid renewed debate and questions about the role of “super carriers” in 21st century maritime warfare.

Does the sea service need more Goliaths like the Ford, or would smaller, cheaper “light carriers” be better able respond to the geopolitical realities of today?

On the light carrier side of the debate is the amphibious assault ship America, a new class of warship currently steaming across the Pacific on its first regularly scheduled deployment. While the big-deck amphib is not long enough to embark a full carrier air wing, it can deploy with a tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys and will soon be able to carry F-35B Joint Strike Fighters.

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WNU Editor: The carrier debate continues.

Picture Of The Day


WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo gallery .... More Than 4,000 Photographs From The D-Day Invasion Of Normandy Are Now Available Online

Hat tip to Fred for this link.

U.S. Navy Releases Video Of U.S. Warship Firing Warning Shots At An Iranian Patrol Boat (Video)



Business Insider: US Navy releases video showing close call and machine-gun firing near an Iranian patrol boat

The US Navy on Tuesday released a video of what it called an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter between an Iranian patrol boat and the USS Thunderbolt in the Arabian Gulf.

The video shows the Iranian boat coming near the bow of the US ship, which the Navy said was within 150 yards. An official told Reuters the Iranian boat ignored attempts to communicate over the radio.

As the video shows, the Thunderbolt responded by firing short bursts from its machine-gun to the front of the Iranian vessel, until it veered away.

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WNU Editor: The first 30 seconds of the above video shows the Iranian vessel to be very close to the U.S. ship. The last dozen seconds shows the Iranian vessel far away .... but that is when the warning shots are fired. You would think that the warning shots would be fired when the vessel was close .... not far way. But this is only an edited 42 second version of what happened .... I suspect that there is more to this tape than what we are seeing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Venezuela's Senior Leaders Accuse The U.S. Of Plotting To Topple The Venezuelan Government



Franco Ordonez, Miami Herald: Venezuela accuses Rubio, CIA of plotting to topple Caracas government

WASHINGTON: Venezuela’s senior leaders charged Sen. Marco Rubio and the CIA of plotting to topple the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

With their country descending into crisis, Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada and Carlos Ron, the chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Venezuela, accused Rubio and CIA Director Mike Pompeo of secretly conspiring against Caracas so that Washington can install new leaders amenable to U.S. interests.

“What this group is trying to do with Venezuela is basically divide the government, recognize other leaders and foment a conflict with the Venezuelans,” Ron told a small group of reporters in Washington on Tuesday. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

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WNU Editor: The Venezuelan government is reacting to this report .... CIA chief hints agency is working to change Venezuelan government (The Independent). What's my take .... the Venezuelan government does not need the U.S. to topple their government .... they are doing an excellent job by themselves.

Update: K-Street always finds a way to make money .... As chaos envelops Venezuela, Caracas spends millions on lobbyists in Washington (McClatchy Washington Bureau).

More News On The Crisis In Venezuela

Maduro Says Vote On as Venezuela Opposition Calls 48-Hour Strike -- Bloomberg
High noon in Venezuela with strike then vote -- Digital Journal
Venezuela: Boycott of constitution overhaul vote urged -- Al Jazeera
Venezuelan agents seize two more court appointees: opposition -- Reuters
Former Spanish Leader Meets With Lopez to Broker Venezuela Peace -- Bloomberg
Venezuela’s economic and political crisis in charts -- Financial Times
In Venezuela today the nightmare of imposed equality and the horror of human misery is on full display -- Herb London, FOX News
Venezuela’s Freedom Fighters -- Miguel Rodriguez Mendoza, Project Syndicate

Russian Bombers Intercepted By NATO Fighter Jets Over The Black Sea

Tu-22 Backfire (YouTube)

Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: RAF typhoon scrambled to intercept Russian nuclear bombers over the Black Sea

* Russian Federation Air Force Tu-22 Backfire heading south to NATO air space
* The RAF Typhoon was sent from an air base in Romania to monitor the aircraft
* The Russian supersonic bomber were flying over the western Black Sea

A Royal Air Force Typhoon based in Romania has been launched as a response to Russian nuclear bomber operating near NATO airspace over the Black Sea.

Operating from the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta on the Black Sea coast, the RAF Typhoon responded to Russian Federation Air Force TU-22 Backfire strategic bombers heading south near NATO air space.

The Russian military jets were flying over the western Black Sea and were monitored by the Typhoon.

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Update: AIR SCARE RAF RAF Typhoons scrambled to see off two Russian jets racing towards Nato airspace in the Black Sea (The SUN)

WNU Editor: Definitely .... Russia Is Testing NATO in the Skies (Andrew Foxall, National Interest).

The Case Of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's And Her IT Aide Has Just Gotten Interesting



Daily Caller: Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aide Arrested At Airport After Transferring $300k To Pakistan From House Office

Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation.

The employees had wired $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union in a House office building to two individuals in Pakistan.

“On January 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm, an international wire transfer request form was submitted [at the Congressional Federal Credit Union] at the Longworth House Office Building in the District of Columbia, in the amount of $283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan,” according to a 10-page affidavit obtained by TheDCNF.

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Update #1: Wasserman Schultz aide arrested trying to leave the country (Politico)
Update #2: Wasserman Schultz staffer arrested trying to leave the country (The Hill)

WNU Editor: My first post on this story was on February 5, 2017 .... Rogue IT Staff Compromised The Computer Networks Belonging To U.S. House Intelligence And Foreign Affairs Committee Members (Febraury 5, 2017). I mentioned then that this could be a non-story .... or a really big story. Five months later ... this is becoming a big story. Equipment and hard drives deliberately destroyed .... EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home (Daily Caller). Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatening capital police that they would face the consequences if equipment was not returned .... Wasserman Schultz Threatens Capital Police With ‘Consequences’ Unless They Return Equipment (Washington Free Beacon). And now this attempt to flee the country but being stopped at the airport. Hmmm .... I have a nose for this .... this could be a case of mortgage fraud and theft .... or something more. If I was a betting man .... I am now saying that there is something more to this story. What is also revealing is that for the past few months this story has only been circulating in conservative media with the main stream media completely ignoring it .... which is surprising because of the media's non-stop focus on hacking and cyber warfare since last year's election. But that was then .... today .... they have clearly made the decision that this story must be followed.

This Is Why Russia Will Not Attack The West

Liza Peskov, daughter of Vladimir Putin’s press secretary. Instagram/stpellegrino

Mikhail Klikushin, Observer: Don’t Take Russians’ Threats Seriously Until You Know Where Their Kids Live

Children of high-profile politicians prefer posh lives in the West.

As Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, it’s Dmitry Peskov’s job to comment on important happenings in Russia.

Last Monday, he weighed in on Chechnya strongman Ramzan Kadyrov’s apocalyptic rant to HBO. In it, Kadyrov promised dire consequences if the U.S. attacks Russia. He said, “America is not so strong that we would consider it Russia’s adversary. We are the strong country and nuclear power. Even if they completely destroy our country, our nuclear missiles will automatically be launched. We will turn the whole world upside down and bend it over with its ass up.”

As the head of the Chechen republic, a Muslim region only nominally governed by Moscow, Karyrov overstepped his authority by commenting on international politics.
According to Putin’s press secretary, Kadyrov’s words were “taken out of context,” and if one puts them “back into context, nothing outstanding was said.”

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WNU Editor: I have always joked that top Russian officials/businessmen/politicians may be barred because of sanctions from visiting the West .... but all of their kids have made the West their "second home" if not their "first home". The spots where their kids are living .... Switzerland, London and Paris, the French and Spanish Mediterranean coast, Miami, L.A. and San Francisco, a few in Vancouver and Montreal.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 25, 2017



Willis L. Krumholz, The Federalist: It’s Good For America, Not Russia, To Stop The CIA From Funding Syrian Jihadists

The idea that Russia orchestrated the Trump administration’s decision to end the CIA’s funding of jihadists is totally corrupt and offensive.

The latest batch of horse manure peddled by the mainstream media came after yet another anonymous leak from within the intelligence community to the Washington Post. On Wednesday last week, the Post reported that President Trump had ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to stop arming and training the rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The decision likely occurred last month, during a meeting in the Oval Office that included national security advisor H.R. McMaster and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. This was several weeks before a July 7 meeting that Trump was set to have with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who backs the Assad regime.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 25, 2017

Trump Is Striving For an Endgame in Syria -- Angelo Codevilla, RCW

As Temple Mount tensions persist, where’s Donald Trump? -- Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel

How a 1929 Dispute Frames Today's Temple Mount Conflict -- Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

Bombing the Rubble -- Tom Engelhardt, RCW/Tom Dispatch

US-China trade must be a two-way street -- SCMP editorial

The South China Sea’s untapped oil and natural gas are back in focus -- Steve Mollman, Quartz

Can the US get a foot in Vietnam’s door? -- Wendell Minnick, Shephard

Disputes Between Germany and Turkey Threaten to Affect NATO Mission -- Julian E. Barnes and Emre Peker, WSJ

Europe’s Next Crisis: The Balkans -- Walter Russel Mead, WSJ

Poland's President Is No Friend of the Opposition -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Can Macron avoid the Sarkozy trap? -- Dalibor Rohac, Politico

Don’t write off post-Brexit London just yet -- John Lloyd, Reuters

Donald Trump is the odd man out with Putin and Xi -- Alexander Gabuev, Financial Times

Why It’s Hard to Take Democrats Seriously on Russia -- James Kirchick, Politico

Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown? -- George Beebe, National Interest

World News Briefs -- July 25, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but Russia's engagement will be the "true test," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

The United States gave China a draft resolution nearly three weeks ago to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea over the July 4 missile launch. Haley had been aiming for a vote by the 15-member Security Council within weeks, senior diplomats said.

"We're constantly in touch with China ... Things are moving but it's still too early to tell how far they'll move," Haley told reporters, adding that she was pleased with China's initial response to the U.S. proposal because it showed "seriousness."

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MIDDLE EAST

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf.

Trump says won't let Assad get away with 'horrible' crimes.

Al Aqsa Mosque: Israel to replace metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site with 'smart' surveillance. Israel removes flashpoint metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site.

Muslims keep up shrine boycott despite Israeli concessions.

Russia says military police deployed to monitor Syria cease-fire.

Al-Qaida in Syria snuffs out competition in northwest.

Iran in no mood to renegotiate nuclear deal.

Houthi leader: Yemeni forces will take part in any future conflict with Israel.

Yemeni Houthis release video of missile launch on Saudi oil refinery.

Erdogan: Era of bowing to Western pressure is over.

Jordan mourners chant 'death to Israel' after deadly embassy shooting.

Israel removes Jerusalem metal detectors, Palestinians reject new measures.

ASIA

US ambassador reports progress on new North Korea sanctions. U.S. likely to target more Chinese entities over North Korea 'fairly soon': official.

US detects signs of new NKorea missile test.

China will protect border with India ‘at all costs’.

Dispatch from Doklam: Indians dig in for the long haul in standoff with China.

N. Korea threatens 'merciless' nuclear strike if U.S. targets Kim Jong Un.

China reinforcing border with North Korea amid tensions.

Vietnam halts South China Sea drilling 'after Chinese threats'.

China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea.

China shores up claim on South China Sea with high-tech cinema.

Man tipped as China's future president ousted as Xi Jinping wields 'iron discipline'.

Oppression of Muslim minority continues in Myanmar.

Sri Lanka finalises $1.12 bn port deal with China.

AFRICA

New militia attack in Central African town kills two peacekeepers.

Angola's likely next president hits the campaign trail.

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections.

'Libyan rivals committed to ceasefire, elections'.

Four years into South Sudan’s civil war, sexual violence being perpetrated on ‘massive scale’, Amnesty report says.

Deepening food crisis pushes Nigeria's northeast closer to famine.

Call for Boko Haram peace talks masks ethnic tensions in Nigeria.

Nigeria has over 50% of the world's out-of-school children.

Tanzanian MP charged for calling president a 'dictator'.

Mali YouTube activist hurt in assassination bid.

Nelson Mandela: Ramlakan book on final days withdrawn.

EUROPE

Russia's Putin, Iraqi VP discuss tanks supply deal.

EU to Turkey: respect for rights 'imperative' to join bloc.

EU urged to call off Turkish accession talks.

Italy seeks 'code of conduct' for charity ships as death toll rises. Italy, NGOs argue over migrant rescue 'code of conduct'.

Europe-wide police operation saves hundreds of sex trafficking victims.

Poland's president signs controversial law despite protests.

Heated rhetoric ahead of EU-Turkey showdown.

Swiss chainsaw attacker arrested after international manhunt.

Vatican turns off historic fountains amid Rome drought.

AMERICAS

Kushner, Manafort meet with congressional investigators.

Trump lashes out at EU again on trade.

Trump 'disappointed' in attorney general, decision 'soon'. Trump rips into Jeff Sessions as being ‘very weak’ on Clinton, leakers.

Cheers, whoops for McCain’s return, then impassioned speech.

Colombia's ELN rebels propose three-month ceasefire.

Venezuela: Boycott of constitution overhaul vote urged.

Despacito stars condemn Venezuela's Maduro over political remix.

El Salvador issues warrants for guerrillas who killed US soldiers during civil war.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism.

Uruguay: Ex-Gitmo detainee also tried to travel to Russia.

Australian terrorists 'may be among 173 ISIS extremists planning to bomb Europe' in revenge of military defeats in the Middle East.

Children survive 'Islamic State' hungry and traumatized.

US soldier pleads not guilty to support for Islamic State.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Earnings, bank shares propel S&P 500 to record high.

US Commerce Secretary: NAFTA talks need quick outcome.

Google asks US court to block Canadian global delisting order.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' internet communication.

Jimmy Choo bought by Michael Kors in £896m deal.

IMF may soon be moving to China – Christine Lagarde.

Western Islamic State Fighters Are Now Fleeing The Middle East To Go Back Home

ISIS foreign members. Archival photo.

Nadette De Visser, Daily Beast: From ISIS-Lands to the Netherlands: Jihadists Try to Get the Press to Help Them Come Home

As Mosul falls and Raqqa comes under attack, European jihadists have decided they don’t really love death more than their enemies love life. But… nobody wants them back.

AMSTERDAM—Now that the self-proclaimed caliphate of the so-called Islamic State is falling apart in Syria and Iraq, many European jihadists are looking for ways to come home—and some of the Dutch ones have been reaching out to the media, hoping it will save their lives.

Just last week two fighters contacted TV shows in the Netherlands to announce their return to Dutch soil, a third contacted the police.

The grim irony of such a ploy is obvious. Many would-be holy warriors from European backgrounds have been associated with organizations that took journalists hostage, ransomed some, tortured and beheaded others. When they thought their groups were on a roll, jihadists bragged to their Western enemies “we love death as you love life.” And all too many times in France, Britain, Belgium, and Germany they have slaughtered innocents by the score.

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WNU Editor: The Islamic State's collapse has started a different type of "refugee crisis" .... Western Jihadists wanting to flee back home to escape justice for the crimes that they have committed in Syria/Iraq. Case in point .... German Girl Who Joined ISIS in Iraq Speaks: 'I Just Want To Go Home' (Newsweek). With time there is going to be a process to hold people accountable for the crimes that they committed .... the question that needs to be asked is .... when peace is finally restored in Iraq and Syria in a year, five years, or more .... will Western nations repatriate ISIS war criminals back to these countries to face judgement. I have my doubts that they will comply .... but I guess in the end they will (but) dependent on what will be the state of Syria and Iraq a few years from now.

US Defense Secretary Mattis Wants The Pentagon To Refocus Military Training On ‘War-Fighting’ And Not On 'Senseless' Exercises

U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis leaves a news conference after a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 29, 2017. Eric Vidal, Reuters

FOX News: Mattis moves to refocus military training on ‘warfighting,’ after complaints on ‘senseless’ exercises

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants to overhaul military education and training to “regain” the art of warfighting following complaints by thousands of servicemembers that their time is being wasted by hours of mandatory training, according to a new memo obtained by Fox News.

The training that is the subject of complaints covers everything from alcohol use to active shooters to sexual harassment to stress management.

Addressing the service secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces, Mattis has ordered the formation of a new working group to “determine changes to military personnel policies” to “equip more ready and lethal forces.” The working group will include the second in command of each branch of the U.S. military and report to the deputy secretary of defense and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Update: Mattis: Get unnecessary training off warfighters’ backs (Military Times).

WNU Editor: Duh!!!!

Former Intelligence Chiefs Criticise President Trump. Former CIA Director Brennan Encourages Government Officials To Not Follow President Trump's Orders On Robert Mueller



CNN: Brennan: Officials should refuse to fire Mueller if asked to by Trump

(CNN)Former CIA Director John Brennan says government officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if they are told to by the White House.

"I think it's the obligation of some executive branch officials to refuse to carry that out. I would just hope that this is not going to be a partisan issue. That Republicans, Democrats are going to see that the future of this government is at stake and something needs to be done for the good of the future," Brennan told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at the Aspen Security Forum.

Brennan was appearing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men, who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. "Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don't come any better, " Brennan said. He added that "If Mueller is fired, I hope our elected reps will stand up and say enough is enough."

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WNU Editor: During President Obama's term he and the intelligence community were always being accused of "politicising intelligence" .... and they in turn went out of their way to deny such claims. Six months after the inauguration of President Trump .... what we now see are these former intel chiefs going out of their way to be as political as possible .... even telling government officials to dis-obey the President. It took some time .... and there is nothing wrong to state your opinion .... but it is good to see the true nature of these people now coming out in such a public manner.

More News On Former Intelligence Chiefs "Tearing Into" President Trump

Former spy chiefs tear into Trump -- Politico
Former Obama spy chiefs upbraid Trump for his remarks about his intelligence agencies -- Washington Post
Angry Former Spy Chiefs, Anxiety, and Discord Over Trump at a Security Forum -- The New Yorker
'In Some Respects, We're A Nation In Crisis Right Now,' Former CIA Director Says -- NPR
Former CIA Director Calls For A Coup If Trump Fires Mueller -- Zero Hedge

Afghan Taliban Claiming That Russia Is Supplying Them Weapons



Daily Mail: Taliban fighters admit that Russia is supplying them with weapons putting Putin at odds with the West again

* Taliban fighters claim in new video that Russia supplied them with weapons
* Militants in Afghanistan can be seen with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns
* Russia has previously denied it trades with the Taliban in the war-torn country
* US general John Nicholson said in April he was 'not refuting' claims that Russia supplies arms to the militants

Taliban fighters have claimed that Russia is supplying them with weapons including snipers and heavy machine guns.

America's top general in Afghanistan said earlier this year that he was 'not refuting' reports Moscow was providing support, including weapons, to the militant group.

Kremlin chiefs have previously denied trading with the Taliban. But new footage, obtained by CNN, appears to show fighters in possession of improved weaponry which the militants claim was supplied by Russian government sources.

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WNU Editor: Personally .... I would be shocked if the Russian government is supplying the Taliban with weapons. Because of the 1980 - 1988 Soviet-Afghan war .... Russian sentiment towards Afghan militants/Taliban/etc. is overwhelming negative. If Putin authorised such an arrangement .... the blow-back from the Russian public will be enormous. The Kremlin has denied these reports .... and the CNN report that broke this story admits that the weapons could have come from anyone. But these weapons are there, and the origins of where they came from are still unknown.

Update: The Taliban have also gotten their hands on US Special Forces weapons .... Taliban seen with SCAR rifle commonly carried by American commandos (Military Times). More here .... How Did Taliban Fighters Get Their Hands On US Special Operations Gear? (Task & Purpose)

More News On Reports On The Afghan Taliban Claiming That Russia Is Supplying Them Weapons

Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban -- CNN
Russia 'could be arming the Taliban', according to newly emerged video -- The Independent
Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban -- The Hill
Taliban fighters claim Russia is giving them weapons -- NYPost
Russian heavy weaponry seen in hands of Taliban fighters -- Washington Times
Russia Is Arming Taliban in Afghanistan, Afghan Reports Say As New Videos of Russian Guns Emerge -- Newsweek
New video purports to show that Russia is arming the Afghan Taliban -- The Week
Taliban Obtains New Weaponry Funded By Russian Government, Says Report -- The Inquisitr
Russia Could Be Arming Taliban In Afghanistan: Report -- International Business Times

Top U.S. General: U.S. Might Use Force Against North Korea As Early As This Fall



Gordon G. Chang, Daily Beast: Top U.S. General Hints at Military Action Against North Korea in a ‘Few More Months’

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. might use force against North Korea as early as this fall. Did you hear that, Pyongyang? How about you, Beijing?

Several media outlets have reported that Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said over the weekend that war with North Korea was not “unimaginable.” What has gone unreported is that he also suggested the administration is giving diplomacy only “a few more months.”

Dunford’s comments, sure to be heard in Beijing and Pyongyang, come as the Trump administration is hinting, with various degrees of subtlety, that it is willing to kill Kim Jong Un, the North Korean despot.

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More News On Gen. Joseph Dunford's Remarks On North Korea

War between US and North Korea is 'not unimaginable', says chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff -- The Independent
US General reveals how 'horrific' war between United States, N Korea would play out -- 7 News
Joint Chiefs chairman: North Korea top concern for U.S. -- UPI
‘Horrific’ War With North Korea May Still Happen, Gen Dunford Says -- Task & Purpose
North Korea is Able to Launch a 'Limited Missile Attack,' Warns Top US General -- Time

US Special Representative For Ukraine Says The U.S. Is Considering Sending Arms To Ukraine



BBC: US considering arms to Ukraine, says envoy Volker

The new US special representative for Ukraine says Washington is actively reviewing whether to send weapons to help those fighting against Russian-backed rebels.

Kurt Volker told the BBC that arming Ukrainian government forces could change Moscow's approach.

He said he did not think the move would be provocative.

Russia warned that anything that heightened tension could jeopardise a solution to the conflict.

Mr Volker, a former US permanent representative to Nato, was given the role in Kiev earlier this month.

"Defensive weapons, ones that would allow Ukraine to defend itself, and to take out tanks for example, would actually help" stop Russia threatening Ukraine, he said in a BBC interview.

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WNU editor: If the U.S. sends weapons to Ukraine to help Kiev launch another offensive against Russian-Ukrainian rebels in the eastern part of the country .... sighhhh .... this is only going to guarantee a resumption of another all-out-fill-scale Ukraine war.

More News On The US Special Representative For Ukraine Saying The U.S. Is Considering Sending Arms To Ukraine

New Envoy Volker Says U.S. Considering Sending Arms To Ukraine -- RFE
Special envoy: US may send arms to Ukraine -- Politico.eu
Trump Wants to Arm Ukraine Against Russia, Says New US Special Envoy -- Newsweek
Kremlin - U.S. arms supplies to Ukraine would set back peace efforts -- Reuters
Washington Considering Arming Ukraine, But Does Not Think It's 'Provocative' -- Sputnik

U.S. Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots At Iranian Patrol Boat In The Persian Gulf



Reuters: U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian vessel near the northern Arabian Gulf on Tuesday after the vessel came within 150 yards (137 meters), a U.S. official told Reuters.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots after the Iranian vessel ignored radio calls and the ship's whistle. The Thunderbolt was being accompanied by several U.S. Coast Guard vessels.

The Iranian vessel appeared to be from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the official added.

Years of mutual animosity had eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year as part of a deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. But serious differences remain over Iran's ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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More News On U.S. Navy Ship Firing Warning Shots At An Iranian Patrol Boat In The Persian Gulf

Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship -- AP
US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel -- AFP
US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf -- CNN
Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship -- Navy Times
Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in 'tense encounter' -- USA Today
US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Persian Gulf -- FOX News
US Navy ship fires warning shot at armed Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf -- The Hill
US Defense Officials: Warship Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Military Vessel -- VOA
BREAKING NEWS: US Navy patrol boat fires warning shots at Iranian naval ship after it comes within 150 YARDS during 'tense encounter' in the Persian Gulf -- Daily Mail
US Navy fires warning shots at Iranian ship in Gulf -- BBC
US Navy ship fires multiple warning shots at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf -- ABC News
USS Thunderbolt Fired Warning Shots at Iranian Patrol Boat to Protect U.S. Guided-Missile Cruiser Vella Gulf -- USNI News