Sunday, June 25, 2017

Top Democrat Criticises President Obama's Response To Russian Hacks



Reuters: Top Democrat slams Obama administration's response to Russian hacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Sunday criticized the administration of former President Barack Obama for not taking earlier and tougher action against Russia for its alleged hacks aimed at swaying the Nov. 8 election for Donald Trump.

"The Obama administration should have done a lot more when it became clear that not only was Russia intervening, but it was being directed at the highest levels of the Kremlin," said Representative Adam Schiff on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

The Obama administration imposed sanctions in December on two Russian intelligence agencies over their alleged involvement in hacking political groups during the election, but those sanctions were too little, too late, Schiff said.

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Update #1: Key Democrat Agrees With Trump: Obama Should Have Acted on Hacks (Bloomberg)
Update #2: The truth about Russia, 'hacking' and the 2016 election (The Hill)

WNU Editor: Representative Adam Schiff can complain all that he wants on what President Obama should have done .... but as the above Hill post outlines .... there is still no evidence that Russia was successful in hacking and altering the vote or vote totals of the last election. And as to the question .... was Russia trying to discredit the U.S. election .... probably .... but even to this day no evidence has been publicly provided on what did they exactly do to discredit it. Fake news and bots is not enough to compete against the massive news coverage and advertising campaigns during the campaign .... and as for the release of Podesta's and DNC emails .... that just revealed to everyone how corrupt the Democrat primary system is. Yup .... I can see it now .... President Obama making an address to the nation telling everyone that Russia is undermining the electoral process by revealing how corrupt the Democrat primary process for President is .... I can see that going over well.

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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Israel Releases Videos Showing Airstrikes On Syrian Targets Today



Business Insider: Watch an Israeli airstrike take out a Syrian machine gun and 2 tanks

The Israeli Defense Forces released video on Saturday purporting to show its jets taking out a Syrian heavy machine gun and two tanks after mortar fire hit parts of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel said 10 projectiles from inside Syria had hit the Golan, the border area between Syria and Israel. Israel said it responded with airstrikes on the position the mortars came from and took out two Syrian army tanks, including one as it was preparing to fire.

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WNU Editor: By releasing this video the Israelis are sending a message to Syria and it aallies.

Europe Wants To Develop Their Own Sixth-Generation Fighter

German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon takes-off during the air policing scramble in Amari air base, Estonia, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Reuters: Europe faces Herculean challenge to develop new fighter jet


Europe is embarking on an expensive and politically charged effort to develop a new combat jet that will shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs: Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen.

Two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters early talks had started on whether and how European countries could co-operate on a new sixth-generation fighter, which could involve a combination of manned and unmanned systems.

Though complicated by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, business executives and politicians at the Paris Airshow this week said U.S. President Donald Trump's cooler stance toward Europe had given the effort some fresh momentum.

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WNU Editor: Europe definitely has the expertise .... but do they have the monies/resources to commit to the development to such a project .... I just do not see it in today's age of austerity.

U.K. Parliament Hit By Cyber Attack Targeting MPs' Email Accounts



The Independent: Parliament hit by cyber attack as hackers attempt to access MPs' email accounts

Hackers launch ‘sustained and determined attack’ on all parliamentary user accounts

Hackers have targeted Parliament’s email system in an attempt to access the accounts of hundreds of MPs, Lords, aides and staff.

Security services are to shut down access for anyone not in Westminster as part of efforts to secure the network after the allegedly state-sponsored attack.

“The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts,” a parliamentary spokesperson told The Independent.

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More News On The British Parliament Being Hit By A Cyber Attack That Is Targeting MPs' Email Accounts

Parliament hit by 'sustained' cyber-attack -- BBC
Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails -- The Guardian
UK parliament cuts e-mail access after cyberattack -- AFP
British lawmakers hit by 'sustained' cyber attack -- Reuters
MPs lose email access as Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack -- SKY News
British Parliament's Email Network Hit by 'Sustained' Cyberattack -- VOA
Cyberattack Hits U.K. Parliament, Limits MPs' Email Access -- Bloomberg
Britain Investigates After U.K. Lawmakers Hit by Possible Cyber Security Attack -- NBC
UK parliament hit by cyber attack -- The Hill

Qatar Dismisses Arab Demands As Diplomatic Spat Drags On



BBC: Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Qatar's foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable.

Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism.

Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

The UAE's foreign minister has suggested they may cut ties completely.

But Anwar Gargash added that the countries were not seeking to overthrow the Qatari leadership, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks, with Iran and Turkey increasingly supplying it with food and other goods.

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More News On Qatar Dismissing Arab Demands As Diplomatic Spat Drags On

Qatar casts aside list of demands by Arab states -- Financial Times
Qatar Shuns 'Unreasonable' Saudi-Led Demands To Cut Ties With Iran, Shut Al-Jazeera -- RFD
Qatar Says Demands Made by Four Arab States Not 'Realistic' -- US News and World Report/Reuters
Qatar: List of Demands from Saudi, Allies Not ‘Realistic’ -- Al Bawaba
Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands -- Yahoo News
Saudi-Led Bloc Seeks Diplomatic Fix to Impasse With Qatar -- Bloomberg
UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar -- Washington Post/AP
UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia is trying to make Qatar shutter Al Jazeera — and transform its foreign policy -- Zeeshan Aleem, VOX
The Gulf's Demands on Qatar Look Designed to Be Rejected -- The Atlantic
Why Qatar Unlikely to Bow to Saudi-Led Demand for Cutting Ties With Iran -- Sputnik

John Walker Lindh: Detainee #001 In The Global War On Terrorism Will Be Released In Two Years

Foreign Policy: John Walker Lindh, Detainee #001 in the Global War On Terror, Will Go Free In Two Years. What Then?

In leaked correspondence from prison, the ‘American Taliban’ refuses to renounce terrorism, says he wants to move to Ireland.

On Nov. 25, 2001, two CIA officers discovered a bearded 19-year-old English speaker among a group of captured Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The bedraggled teen stood out. “Irish? Ireland?” a CIA officer asked the prisoner, who gave no reply.

He turned out to be an American. And hours later, one of his CIA interrogators was killed when the captured Taliban prisoners staged an uprising.

Photographed naked and bound, California-born John Walker Lindh became detainee #001 in the global war on terrorism and dubbed the “American Taliban.” Branded a traitor and terrorist back home, he was convicted of supporting the Taliban and sentenced to 20 years in prison in a media firestorm that captured the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 era.

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WNU Editor: He is going to be the first of many as their prison sentences run out. Sighh .... I prefer to remember Johnny Micheal Spann .... Remembering Johnny Micheal Spann (Legal Insurrection).

China And The U.S. Agree On The Need For A Denuclearised Korean Peninsula

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 28, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Reuters: China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

"Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said on Thursday that the United States pressed China to ramp up economic and political pressure on North Korea, during his meeting with top Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs.

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui met Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during the talks. Yang later met with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House, where they also discussed North Korea, Xinhua reported.

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Update #1: US, China reaffirm alliance on North Korea: report (The Hill)
Update #2: China, U.S. reaffirm commitment to Korean Peninsula denuclearization (New China)

WNU Editor: A broad declaration .... but no specifics on how to achieve it. This is what China wanted.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Is Interviewed By NBC



NBC: CIA Chief Pompeo: Trump Is a ‘Serious Consumer’ of Intelligence

Allegations that President Donald Trump is uninterested in intelligence briefings related to national security could not be "any more false," CIA chief Mike Pompeo told MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt in an exclusive interview that aired Saturday.

Trump “is a serious consumer of the product that the intelligence community delivers," Pompeo said.

“I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false than the one that would attribute President Trump not being interested in intelligence and facts when it comes to national security,” he added.

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WNU editor: In the above video the audio is out of sink .... but if following the CIA is your thing .... it is worthwhile to listen to. As to what is my take on his interview.... a bit disappointed .... there was nothing new revealed.

More News On CIA Director Mike Pompeo's Interview By NBC

CIA Director Mike Pompeo meets 'nearly every day' with Trump who is an 'avid consumer' of intelligence -- Washington Examiner
CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence -- The Hill
CIA Director Mike Pompeo: Trump is 'incredibly demanding' of the intelligence community -- Business Insider
CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship' -- AP
Trump CIA director blames 'worship of Edward Snowden' for rise in leaks -- The Guardian
Mike Pompeo: Trump admin plans on "punishing" leakers -- Axios

Speculation Continues To Grow That Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo

Reuters: If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein.

Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims.

Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.

But armed groups fighting in the region and many regional officials are skeptical about the reports.

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WNU Editor: This is ominous (mind you it is an Iranian source) .... ISIS to Issue ‘Important’ Statement on Al-Baghdadi (Iran Front Page)

More News On Reports That Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

Who could be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's successor if he is confirmed dead? -- IBTimes
Saddam’s former army officer may become new IS leader -- Kurdistan 24
If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, this is who the next ISIS leader is likely to be -- Mirror.
Russian diplomat: There is a 'high probability' that al-Baghdadi was killed in May -- Military/AP
Russia: "High" probability ISIS leader "liquidated" in strike -- CBS/AP
Russia "almost" confirms ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death -- International Business Times

This Is Why Russia Will Not Engage In An Air War Against The U.S. Over The Skies Of Syria

A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016. US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook

Alex Lockie, Business Insider: Here's how an air war between Russia and the US in Syria would go down

After the US downed a Syrian jet making a bombing run on US-backed forces fighting ISIS, Russia threatened to target US and US-led coalition planes West of the Euphrates river in Syria.

But while Russia has some advanced surface-to-air missile systems and very agile fighter aircraft in Syria, it wouldn't fare well in what would be a short, brutal air war against the US.

The US keeps an aircraft carrier with dozens of F/A-18E fighters aboard in the Mediterranean about all the time and hundreds of F-15s and F-16s scattered around Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan.

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WNU Editor: This .... in a nutshell .... is why Russia will not engage against the U.S. in Syria ....

.... According to Omar Lamrani, a senior military analyst at Stratfor, a geopolitical analysis firm, Russia has "about 25 planes, only about ten of which are dedicated to air superiority (Su-35s and Su-30s), and against that they’ll have to face fifth-gen stealth fighters, dozens of strike fighters, F-15s, F-16s, as well as B-1 and B-52 bombers. And of course the vast US Navy and pretty much hundreds of Tomahawks."

In short .... it all comes down to numbers.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 24, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis (right) and Army Gen. John Nicholson (left), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon, WSJ: Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle

Trump’s early approach holds promise if backed with a sustained, and sustainable, commitment.

Can the U.S. succeed in Afghanistan? Not without a sustained, and sustainable, commitment. President Trump’s decision to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to add several thousand more U.S. troops to the 8,400 currently deployed is encouraging—but only if it is a first step in a comprehensive approach.

Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, should also receive greater leeway in the use of U.S. and NATO air power. And officials should remain open to the possibility of reconciliation with some insurgents, probably just those that break off from the central Taliban.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 24, 2017

The Danger of Mission Creep in Syria -- Emma M. Ashford, National Interest

Trumplomacy: Is there a Mideast strategy beyond arms sales? -- Barbara Plett Usher, BBC

All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran -- John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus

A new Ottoman Empire? -- Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom

Saudi power shift risks skidding on oil slick -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

Sea of sarin: North Korea’s chemical deterrent -- Reid Kirby, Atomic Bulletin of Scientists

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea? -- Robert E. Kelly, National Interest

Are China and the United States Headed for War? -- Ian Buruma, New Yorker

India Challenges China’s Intentions on One Belt, One Road Initiative -- Harsh V Pant, Yale Global Online

Who Will Abandon Taiwan Next? -- Fabrizio Bozzato, Lowy Institute

A year after Brexit, in figures -- Ginger Hervey, Politico

Ukraine's Naftogaz Hopes For Final Win Over Gazprom -- Oleg Varfolomeyev, RCW/Eurasia Daily Monitor

To Deal with the Russians, America Must Think Like the Russians -- Bruce Allyn, National Interest

Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM

Mexico: Is the state spying on journalists? -- Viola Träder, DW

Why the stock market keeps going up, up, up -- Charles Gasparino, New York Post

World News Briefs -- June 24, 2017



Reuters: Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.

U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets.

The week-old battle in the Old City is turning into the deadliest of the eight-month U.S.-backed campaign to take back the northern city, which fell to the militants in June 2014.

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MIDDLE EAST

Hundreds of civilians flee Mosul as IS loses grip on city. In Mosul, ghostly civilians emerge from Old City hell.

Raqqa: The desperate fight for Islamic State group's 'capital'.

Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it.

Attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca is foiled as suspect blows himself up after a gunfight with Saudi security forces as Ramadan nears climax.

Iran, Qatar send Saudis support after bombing near Mecca.

Qatar protests 'unreasonable' ultimatum from neighbors. Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic.

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia.

UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar.

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US.

UN: 1,310 dead in Yemen cholera epidemic. Cholera cases in Yemen may rise up to 300,000 - UN.

ASIA

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85. Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid.

Afghans suffer deadliest Ramadan since 2001.

China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization.

Second North Korean soldier defects to South in a month.

Otto Warmbier: North Korea dismiss 'groundless' accusations US man died from torture.

China worried Modi-Trump talks might cover South China Sea.

South China Sea: Former CIA director David Petraeus says Australia must 'be firm' with China.

China landslide: Fears more than 120 people buried, sparking massive rescue effort.

AFRICA

Egypt's Sisi ratifies handover of islands to Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's military training camp in Somalia to open soon.

Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF.

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus.

UN to send experts to investigate DR Congo violence.

Mali relaunches beleaguered peace process.

South Sudan cancels independence day events.

EUROPE

Shhh...EU leaders try to take migration feud off table, for now.

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy.

Was Russian hacking of Ukraine's power grid a test run for U.S. attack?.

London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests. UK fire safety crisis expands; Hundreds evacuated in London.

UK Parliament hit by cyber-attack.

EU nations including Germany and France refuse to back Britain over island row.


Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump.

AMERICAS

Number of refugees admitted in US drops by 50 percent under Trump.

Poll: Trump approval rating rebounds.

Congress ignores White House pressure to tweak Russia sanctions bill.

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia.

US Marines will meet a 'swift response' if they dare intervene, says Venezuelan official.

Venezuela faces food and medical supply shortage.

Colombia's ELN rebels announce release of kidnapped Dutch journalists.

Corruption charges against Brazil's Temer expected to come in waves: source.

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump considering Camp David-style summit to unite Arab leaders to fight terrorism.

Bali bombing: Guantánamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack.

US most wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city: army.

Counterterrorism Director: Al Qaeda remains No. 1 terrorism concern to U.S..

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global financial crisis a decade ago still casts shadow over Singaporean investors: Survey.

9.5 trillion reasons gold and silver are looking more lustrous than ever.

Russia's fighter jet makers 'not afraid' of U.S. competition in India.

Mark Zuckerberg's snub of White House could backfire as Europe goes after U.S. Internet giants.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 24, 2017

An armed Russian SU-27 Flanker confronts a U.S. RC135U. Photo via U.S. EUCOM

Newsweek: Is Russia Ready to Fire at US Military Jets in Syria?

Russia has warned that it will now consider American jets in western Syria “air targets,” after a U.S. Navy aircraft shot down a Syrian regime jet on Monday. Russia and the U.S. are both active in the Syrian civil war, but Moscow backs the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while Washington supports anti-regime rebels.

The Russian ministries of defense and foreign affairs both threatened to sharpen their response to U.S. military actions in Syria after Monday’s downing by “tracking” U.S. jets and severing communication channels with American forces operating in Syria. However, Russia experts are skeptical as to whether Moscow will take action or is relying more on harsh rhetoric to appear stronger.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 24, 2017

Here’s How An Air War Between The US And Russia Over Syria Would Go Down -- Alex Lockie, Task & Purpose/Business Insider

Analysts: Russia's Military Threats Mainly Bluster, but Conflict Risk Rising -- VOA

U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use' -- Reuters

U.S.: Russia Gave Heads-Up About Syrian Cruise Missile Strike -- US News and World Report

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM: U.S. officials -- Reuters

South China Sea: Chinese Military Planes Raise New Concerns Of Conflict in Asia -- Newsweek

Aequs doubling Rafale output aiming to triple annual sales by 2020 -- Defense News

German officials meet with Lockheed to talk F-35 at Paris Air Show -- Defense News

German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House -- Spiegel Online

Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers' list -- Reuters

Trump administration reportedly OK's sale of 33 unarmed drones to India -- FOX News

The Art of the U.S.-India Aircraft Carrier Deal -- Bimal Sareen, The Diplomat

Maritime Mystery: Why A U.S. Destroyer Failed to Dodge a Cargo Ship -- NYT

Fitzgerald: When A Big Ocean Gets Small -- US Naval Institute

Navy fighter jets aren't consistently providing pilots with high-quality breathing air, report says -- Virginia Pilot

Thunderbird F-16 pilot, team passenger in ‘good condition’ after crash -- WHIOTV7

U.S. Military’s Vital ‘Doomsday Planes’ Damaged in Tornado -- NBC

F-35s Worth the Hype After All? -- American Interest

The Army Is Looking For A Special Artillery Shell That Can Totally Paralyze Enemy Cities -- Michael Peck, National; Interest

Dismissal of Bid Protest Clears Way for New Army Sidearm -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

US Army to hold competition for Patriot radar replacement -- Defense News

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense -- Missile Threat

Space Warfare: America could soon have a new branch of the military protecting outer space -- FOX News

House lawmakers want space-based missile defense strategy -- Defense News

US Tech Firms Give Up Security Secrets For Access To Russian Market -- Daily Caller

Wikileaks: The CIA can remotely hack into computers that aren’t even connected to the internet -- Quartz

I trained a neural network to create CIA malware codenames -- The Next Web

Army busts another general for improper relationship with woman -- Washington Post

Missing Shiloh sailor who was discovered hiding transferred to brig -- Navy Times

How Trump is empowering the military -- and raising some eyebrows -- CNN

The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer -- Andrew Tarantola, Endgadget

How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China -- Patrick Tucker, Defense One

Sights from around the Paris Air Show -- Defense News