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The Cold War is Back

Yesterday, an old cold war veteran reporter by the name of David Martin returned on 60 Minutes to focus on the renewed threat coming from a nuclear Russia. We’ve taken notice of this escalating level of Russian aggression, and their demonstrated willingness to use force to suit the nation’s ambitions. The Russians are clearly carrying out […]

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Jets pound Aleppo as UN discusses Syria escalation

The United States called Russia’s action in Syria “barbarism” while Moscow’s UN envoy said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now” as government forces relentlessly bombed the besieged city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation […]


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Pakistan ready to counter Indian attack

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned COAS General Raheel Sharif on late Tuesday night and discussed Occupied Kashmir and regional situation. Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS General Raheel Sharif also discussed the issue of Indian propaganda during their conversation. They said that Pakistan is all prepared to counter any adventure from Indian side and […]


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Ukraine Reports Russia Checks Nuclear War Readiness

Ukraine’s military intelligence claims Russia’s nuclear forces have begun training, simulating the conditions of a large-scale conflict. Kiev’s military intelligence posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday, reporting that Russia’s 33 Guards Rocket Army, based in the western Siberian city of Omsk, had kicked off a nuclear combat practice drill. “The aim of the exercise is […]


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Moscow denies Russian or Syrian planes hit aid convoy in Aleppo

Update – US: Preliminary finding that Russia hit aid convoy. Believes two Russian Su-24 jets carried out strike on aid convoy in Syria. Moscow (dpa) – Russia’s Defence Ministry denied Tuesday that Russian or Syrian aircraft carried out a strike that hit a UN humanitarian aid convoy in Syria’s Aleppo province, state-run TASS news agency […]


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Deadly aid-convoy bombing as ceasefire ends

Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended as it appeared the bloody five-year war was fully back on late on Monday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 32 people were killed in dozens of air strikes launched in and around Aleppo after the […]


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Dozens of Syrian soldiers reportedly killed in strike

A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman says 62 Syrian soldiers have been reported killed in a US-led coalition air strike on a military base. Major-General Igor Konashenkov says the air strike on Saturday took place near the Deir Az Zor airport in eastern Syria and was carried out by two F-16s and two A-10s. He did […]


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US and Russia agree to 48-hour truce extension

The US and Russia have said that a cessation of hostilities in Syria is largely holding and it should be extended by 48 hours, as the UN urged all sides to guarantee the security of an aid convoy, currently held-up along the Turkish border, into Aleppo. “There was agreement as a whole, despite sporadic reports […]


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South Korea warns: North preparing for another nuclear test

North Korea has completed preparations for another nuclear test, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. The news agency cited South Korean government sources who said the North may use a previously unused tunnel at its mountainous test site, according to Reuters. North Korea on Friday carried out its fifth and largest ever nuclear […]


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North Korea Claims Successful Nuclear Warhead Test

North Korea boasted Friday that is has “successfully” carried out a nuclear warhead explosion test, hours after South Korea reported an earthquake near its neighbor’s northeastern nuclear site. The North Korean regime has been striving to develop military nuclear capabilities and it appears Pyongyang has made a huge leap forward, despite several sets of U.N. […]


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North Korea’s missile, nuclear tests and the international response

Seoul (dpa) – North Korea has carried out its fifth nuclear test since it began its quest for nuclear arms in 2006, causing fresh concerns for its neighbours. A list follows of the most significant North Korean tests in the past decade, and the international response: October 9, 2006: North Korea carries out its first […]


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Possible Nuclear Detonation in North Korea

An earthquake registering over 5.0 on the richter scale was detected at a North Korean nuclear test site today, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center.


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U.S. and Russia Fail to Reach Syria Deal at G20 Summit

Diplomats from the United States and Russia met on the sidelines of the G20 economic summit on Monday but failed to reach an agreement that would bring an end to violence in Syria, officials said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met to discuss the ongoing crisis in the […]


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SYRIA – US and Russia fail to make deal on cooperation in Syria

The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation in order to try to restore a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing a joint news conference after more than nine hours of off-and-on talks in […]


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Turkey sends tanks into Syria

A Turkish-backed operation has begun to rid Syria’s northern border of ISIL militants and the Kurdish PYD, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed. Turkish tank units are said to have crossed into the neighbouring nation and intense bombardments are reported, with further aerial support provided by the US-led coalition. The Free Syrian Army also entered […]


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U.S. scrambles jets to protect its advisers in Syria

The United States-led coalition scrambled fighters to protect U.S. advisers working with Kurdish forces after Syrian regime jets bombed the area, in the latest escalation of Syria’s bloody conflict, the Pentagon said Friday. Thursday’s air strike, conducted by two Syrian SU-24 attack planes, targeted Kurdish forces who were undergoing training from U.S. special operations advisers […]


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Ukraine puts border troops on full alert

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed all military units near Crimea and in the eastern Donbass region to be at the highest level of combat readiness in the wake of Russia’s allegations. All #Ukraine military units near Crimea, Donbass ordered by President to “highest level of combat readiness.” https://t.co/5utsbSaaew— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) August 11, 2016 […]


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Putin vows to ensure Crimea safety after alleged Ukrainian incursion

Moscow (dpa) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday vowed to take steps to ensure safety in Crimea, hours after Russian authorities accused Ukraine of attempting to attack critical infrastructure in the region with two Russians killed in related clashes. “We will certainly do our utmost to ensure safety of infrastructure and citizens. We will […]


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Ukraine Reports Russian Military Activity in Crimea

Ukraine has reported an increase in Russian military activity on the border with annexed Crimea as activists on the peninsula claim an armored column of Russian military vehicles has been spotted moving north into the region. Ukraine’s Deputy Minister on Crimean Affairs, Georgiy Tuka, said that the Russian government in Crimea has called for “military […]


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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missiles, Alarms South, Japan

Tensions in the Korean peninsula continue to accelerate as North Korea test-fired more ballistic missiles Wednesday in an apparent response to an advanced U.S. missile defense system, scheduled to be deployed in South Korea by end of 2017. The latest launches came only two weeks after the isolated country fired three ballistic missiles into the […]


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China wants to ‘bloody nose’ of U.S. in South China Sea

Elements of the People’s Liberation Army of China pressed Chinese President Xi Xinping for a stronger, military response to the ruling of The Hague tribunal on the South China Sea which said that China’s claims to the islands were baseless. “Some elements within China’s increasingly confident military are pushing for a stronger – potentially armed […]


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Turkish officers surround Incirlik air base

Some 7,000 police officers in heavy vehicles overnight Saturday surrounded the Incirlik air base in Turkey, which is used by NATO forces in Adana, in what a Turkish minister called a “security check”, Russia Today reports. While there was no official explanation for the move, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported earlier that Adana police had […]


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US Surveillance Plane Forced to Land in Russia

A US Boeing OC-135B aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Russia on Wednesday, citing issues with the landing gear. Pentagon officials said that the plane initially departed from a Russian runway in Ulan Ude to carry out a surveillance flight under the Open-Skies treaty. After doing so, it was noticed that the landing […]


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Russia, US Claim to Reach New Deal on Syria

Moscow (dpa) – Russia and the United States have reached new agreements on fighting terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “Agreements were made on practical steps that should be taken to effectively fight against terrorists, to prevent the so-called moderate opposition from remaining on terrorist-controlled territories,” Lavrov said after talks with […]


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Friends, enemies, friends again: Russia unfazed by Turkey crisis

Moscow (dpa) – As Russia gets ready to welcome Turkey’s president and the survivor of a coup attempt, officials in Moscow aren’t too perturbed about how these events will test the countries’ rekindled relations. Despite Turkey’s political unrest, relations with Russia have been on a gradual course of improvement since the leadership in Ankara apologized […]


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Russia Will Unveil Revamped Black Sea Fleet off Crimea

As tensions between Russia and NATO in the Black Sea continue to rise, Moscow is preparing to unveil its revamped Black Sea Fleet off the coast of Crimea. The Russian navy marks its annual holiday on the last day of July, which is usually celebrated in naval bases with a parade at the nearest large […]


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Turkey coup silence and pointing fingers at the West

Istanbul, Turkey – Ties between Turkey and its major allies could come under extreme strain after Ankara’s perceived lack of condemnation by the West as Friday’s bloody coup unfolded. Turkish officials have admonished what they say was official silence from world powers as rogue soldiers took to the streets and aircraft bombed key institutions Friday […]


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Reports of explosions and gunfire at Incirlik Air Base Unconfirmed

Incirlik Air Base, which is used to store tactical nuclear weapons for the NATO military alliance, says there is no truth to rumors of explosions and gunfire at the facility in southern Turkey. Credit: Google Rumors began to circulate on early Sunday morning that several explosions followed by gunfire had taken place at the air.


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Live Updates: Military Attempts Coup in Turkey

  Reports/video of armed clashes in Malatya as Islamists attempt to enter Alevi neighborhood. Time Check 4:50pm est Sunday. Air Strike Reportedly Hits Coup Plotters At Airbase Near Ankara. Sputnik reports that 42 helicopters have gone missing, inciting fears of a 2nd coup attempt. Incirlik resumes operations according to the New York Times. Reports of […]


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Russian Threat Takes Center Stage at NATO’s Warsaw Summit

WARSAW, Poland—Russian aggression, radical Islamist terrorism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, Afghanistan. The list of challenges NATO leaders faced at the biennial summit here over the weekend was diverse, highlighting what some consider to be a post-Cold War moment of truth for the alliance to prove it still matters. Speaking to reporters Saturday, President Barack Obama […]


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Russia Accuses British MPs of ‘Audacity and Nastiness’

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has lashed out at U.K. parliament after its lower house published a report calling on the EU to extend anti-Russian sanctions. The U.S. and EU imposed trade sanctions on Russian businesses perceived to be close to the Kremlin in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. The sanctions have been […]


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Russia Provokes US On The High Seas, Almost Rams US Destroyer

Russian Frigate Yaroslav Mudry repeatedly passed within unsafe distances June 17 of USS Gravely in the Eastern Mediterranean, at one point risking a collision. Russia denied provoking the U.S., alleging the Gravely was the ship at fault. U.S. officials confirmed to Reuters the Russian frigate “repeatedly crossed the stern of USS Gravely at close proximity” […]


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China, Russia pledge ‘unswerving’ partnership

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 25, 2016.[Photo/Xinhua] China and Russia vowed to unswervingly deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination during the talks between the two heads of state on Saturday afternoon. Chinese President Xi […]


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Air strikes kill civilians in Syria’s Deir Az Zor

Syrian and Russian air strikes have killed at least 47 people, including 31 civilians, in an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria, a monitor has said. Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that Saturday’s raids hit the town of Al Qurayyah in Deir Az Zor province. At least 31 […]


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Russia Is About To Put Nukes Right On NATO’s Border

Sources close to the Russian military say the Kremlin will likely deploy nuclear-capable missiles directly on NATO’s border, including its newly annexed territory in Crimea. The missile of concern is the SS-26 Stone, or “Iskander,” named after Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great. The short-range ballistic missile is custom-built to defeat air defense systems, such as […]


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North Korea Fires Missile

Yonhap News reports that North Korea attempted to fire off a missile from its east coast, near Wonson. It was believed to have been an intermediate range Musadan missile, according to the news network. A US military spokesman has verified the report in statement saying that it had detected the launch. Earlier reports indicated that […]


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NATO Sends Clear Message to Putin

Thousands of American troops have been taking part in a large-scale military exercise on NATO’s front-line state of Poland, which borders Vladimir Putin’s Russia, its close ally Belarus, and war-torn Ukraine. The message is unmistakable—letting Moscow know that the U.S. and its allies take its treaty obligation to defend Eastern Europe seriously. The 10-day Polish […]


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Russia Refutes NATO Claims Of Military Transparency Violation

The Russian Defense Ministry hit out at NATO Wednesday after the bloc accused the country of hindering military transparency in Europe by conducting snap exercises. The ministry also said that NATO was using so-called “Russian threat” to create panic, and showing the country as an enemy. Earlier Wednesday, after a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, […]


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ISIS Radio: Orlando Shooter ‘Soldier’ of U.S. Caliphate

The Islamic State militant group’s (ISIS) radio station on Monday called the gunman who a day earlier entered an Orlando nightclub with an assault rifle and killed at least 50 people “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.” ISIS’s referral to 29-year-old Mateen as a “soldier” of the group’s ‘caliphate’, territorially centered in […]


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50 dead after mass shooting in Orlando, ISIS takes credit

50 have been reported dead, with another 53 injured, in what authorities are calling a “domestic” terror attack on a bar in Orlando, Florida. Islamic State media on the other hand, is taking credit for the attack. Authorities report that they had interviewed the gunman, Omar Mateen, a few weeks ago, but at the time […]


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Russia deploying troops to western border

NATO, worried about Russian actions in Ukraine an its aggressive military maneuvers worldwide, especially in the Baltic Sea, has been exercising large numbers of troops in former Soviet and Warsaw Pact territory to deter any Russian thoughts of westward expansion. Russia has vowed to respond to NATO’s visible buildup with a shift in forces of […]


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Russia Fears NATO ‘Global Strike’ From West

NATO is laying the groundwork in Eastern Europe for a “global strike” against Russia, the deputy head of the Defense Council in Russia’s upper house of parliament has declared. “They have very serious plans on the framework of devising a so-called global strike,” lawmaker Franz Klintsevich said. “NATO takes our old Soviet bases in the […]


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Turkish Air Force launches fresh strikes on PKK

Istanbul (dpa) – The Turkish Air Force has launched fresh strikes on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in south-east Turkey and northern Iraq, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Sunday. Citing unspecified security sources, Anadolu said airstrikes were carried out against the PKK in Turkey’s Diyarbakir and Hakkari provinces, while in Iraq Turkish planes attacked […]


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Russian Jet Crashes in Syria, Possibly Shot Down

(Unconfirmed)   There are rumors circulating on social media that suggest another Russian jet has been shot down just South of Aleppo in Syria, an area where Islamist rebel fighters are battling the Syrian army and Iranian-backed forces. Preliminary reports state that the plane was an Su-24, a supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the Soviet Union and put […]


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NATO to Deploy Four Battalions in Poland and Baltics

NATO will deploy four battalions in Poland and the Baltics, Polish Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz announced on Tuesday, public broadcaster Polskie Radio reports. The alliance previously announced that it will introduce a multinational force that will tour through Eastern Europe, conducting exercises with national troops. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has repeatedly said the size […]


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China ‘to press US’ on maritime issues

Talks in Beijing also expected to consider Korean nuclear issue Beijing will pressure Washington over maritime issues during the upcoming annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as the United States’ increasing military presence in the South China Sea is among China’s major concerns, officials told China Daily. China will bring up topics related to its major […]


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Memorial Day: Thanking those who have served

MISSOURI, May 29, 2016 – Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To veterans and families who have lost love ones in service to their country, it is a reminder of those who died in the service of their country so that we can enjoy the freedoms […]


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US Special Forces Engage ISIS in Syria

  Preliminary reports suggest that US Special Forces troops have engaged ISIS on the ground near Raqqa, Syria, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). One SDF fighter told a reporter that that these are “US special operations forces and this is why you cannot follow them or take pictures.” SDF field commander Hawkar Kobane said that […]


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US rejects Russia proposal for joint Syria air strikes

The United States has rejected a Russian proposal to carry out joint air strikes against armed opposition groups in Syria. “We do not collaborate or coordinate with the Russians on any operations in Syria,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters on Friday, explaining that Washington and Moscow have separate military objectives. The US […]


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U.S. weighs joint airstrikes with Russia in Syria

Russia is proposing a battle plan for Syria which includes joint air operations with U.S. forces to target Islamic extremist groups in the country, a significant step which could change the tenor of the ongoing war there. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu unveiled the offer Friday, which included details on how Moscow, Washington and Damascus […]


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Chomsky: Russia-US Atomic War Threatens Nuclear Annihilation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Leading American political analyst and philosopher Noam Chomsky said the rising tension between Russia and the United States might lead to a nuclear war that could cause the end of mankind. In an interview with Democracy Now, Chomsky warned that the recent of “near collisions” between Russian and US forces amid a growing […]


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NATO Intercepts Russian Aircraft Near Estonia For The Second Time This Week

  The RAF fighter jets took to the skies to investigate five unidentified aircraft flying in international airspace along the northern and western borders of Estonia. The RAF jets, which have been deployed in Estonia since April, initially shadowed two Su-27 Flanker fighters and an IL-20 ‘Coot-A’ Reconnaissance aircraft to the north of Estonia when […]


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Russia condemns US missile-defence systems in Europe

Poland has broken ground at a site designed to hold interceptors for a US missile-defence system in the north of the country, drawing criticism from Russia. NATO says it forms part of a wider system to protect Europe and the US from threats from the Middle East. “Europe, and by extension NATO, is facing a […]


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Royal Air Force Typhoons intercept Russian aircraft near Baltics

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets have carried out their first intercept of Russian aircraft in this round of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission (BAP). The jets, which deployed to the region less than three weeks ago, were scrambled from Amari air base in Estonia, to intercept three Russian aircraft approaching the Baltic states. The […]


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Russia vows defensive measures as NATO, US inaugurate missile base

Moscow/Deveselu, Romania (dpa) – Russia vowed Thursday to take defensive measures against a missile defence system being developed by NATO and the United States, as top Western officials gathered in Romania to inaugurate a new US facility built for the shield. Moscow believes that the system, which has been years in the making, could be […]


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China Scrambles Fighter Jets Over US Destroyer in the South China Sea

  The USS William P. Lawrence, a US Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, prompted the Chinese military to scramble fighter jets and dispatch three warships, after the destroyer came within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea. There were no engagements, but the Chinese military repetitively told the destroyer to leave […]


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US Warship Sails Near Disputed Reef In South China Sea

A U.S. navy warship sailed close to Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea Tuesday, a U.S. Department of Defense official said. The move comes just days after a senior Chinese diplomat said that international criticism against China over its claim of disputed islands in the South China Sea will rebound like a […]


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U.S. Fighter Jets Join Finnish and Swedish Exercise

U.S. Air National Guard fighter jets have joined exercises by non-aligned Finland and Sweden, in a larger push to strengthen ties with the Nordic states, Finland’s Air Force reports. Around 150 U.S. personnel and six Boeing F-15 fighters from the Oregon National Guard arrived at Finland’s Rissala air base, in its eastern region of Karelia […]


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Moscow To NATO: Russia Will Defend Its Interests

A strong Russia should not be feared, but the country will defend its interests in the face of a threat, the Kremlin said Thursday. The comments follow warnings this week from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter that the military alliance NATO should consider increasing its presence on the Eastern European borders with Russia as Moscow […]


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Putin Ally Accuses New NATO General of “War Hysteria”

Less than a week into the job, NATO’s new head of U.S. European Command, General Curtis Scaparrotti, has already riled allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Scaparrotti succeeded retiring general Philip Breedlove on Tuesday and gave a defiant speech, branding Russia “aggressive” and saying NATO will be “ready to fight should deterrence fail.” Alexei Pushkov, […]


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New NATO supreme allied commander: Alliance should arm Ukraine

In a little covered news story that could have major ramifications for the geopolitical landscape, the new Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, says the alliance should possibly arm Ukraine in its struggle against pro-Russian separatists in East Ukraine. This is a game changer for the Kremlin […]


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Russia vows reponse to NATO plans in Poland and Baltics

Russia will take retaliatory measures if NATO deploys more battalions in Poland and the Baltic states and will reinforce its western and southern flanks with new divisions, officials said. Andrei Kelin, a department head at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday that the proposed NATO deployment spoken of by various officials was a source of […]


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Possible NATO Expansion Amid Russian Aggression

The NATO military alliance may increase its presence on the eastern borders of Europe in response to perceived aggression from Russia, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. Carter’s remarks come as tensions have built between NATO and Russia over the annexation of Crimea as well as Moscow’s nuclear ambitions and military build-up along the […]


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NATO and Russian Submarines Crossed Paths

The Krasnodar of the Russian Navy, has collided with another Submarine that originated from Poland, according to Russian news channel Ren TV. The incident allegedly happened a few days ago in the Baltic Sea. According to Polish and Russian media, the Krasnodar suffered little damage and was able to return to a base near St. Petersburg. Some sources […]


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Syria civil war: 150 US soldiers enter Kurdish region

At least 150 US soldiers have entered Kurdish-controlled territory in northeastern Syria, the government’s official news agency has reported. The state news outlet SANA on Thursday said officials at the country’s foreign ministry rejected the presence of the soldiers at the Rmelan area calling it “illegitimate”. “This intervention is rejected and illegitimate, and it happened […]


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Putin Is Exploiting Migrant Crisis, Says Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama believes his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is exploiting Europe’s migrant crisis and the rise of the far-right to divide the West, broadcaster CBS has reported. Speaking on CBS in an interview shown on several of the network’s news programmes, Obama told interviewer Charlie Rose that, although Europe was more directly impacted […]


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Obama announces 250 new military personnel for Syria

US President Barack Obama has said he plans to send 250 more troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the number of Americans working with local Syrian forces. ” I’ve decided to increase US support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria … I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 US personnel in Syria, […]


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Russian Military Jets Fired on Israeli Planes in Syria

Russian fighter pilots have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft in Syria, according to the the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is now planning to better coordinate with Russia to avoid such incidents. Yedioth Ahronoth did not specify when or where the attacks took place, Reuters reports. Russia […]


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Russia: US account of Baltic military encounter «not true to reality»

Moscow (dpa) – The Russian military on Saturday dismissed reports of a dangerously close encounter between a US reconnaissance plane and a Russian jet over the Baltic Sea as “not true to reality.” A spokesman for the US European Command, responding to a question from CNN, had accused the Russian Su-27 of performing “erratic and […]


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Russian attack jets repeatedly buzz US Navy warship in Baltic Sea

WASHINGTON — A pair of Russian fighter jets and a Russian military helicopter repeatedly buzzed a U.S. Navy warship at close range earlier this week in the Baltic Sea, ignoring radio warnings and temporarily disrupting the ship’s flight operations. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Wednesday that two Russian fighter jets flew “dangerously […]


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North Korea ‘tests new ballistic missile engine’

North Korea says it has carried out successful ground tests of a new engine for its intercontinental ballistic missiles. The jet test of a new type of high-power engine was ordered and attended at an unspecified date by leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news […]


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Russian Ukraine War Would Last Four Days: Putin Ally

The speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament has said Ukraine would last “a maximum of four days” in open conflict with Russia, state news agency RIA Novosti has reported. Sergey Naryshkin, speaker of the Duma and leading member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, spoke to Russian lawmakers and visiting German political […]


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Armenia warns of war with neighbour Azerbaijan over disputed region

Moscow (dpa) – The sudden surge of violence in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has the potential to cause an all-out war between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said Monday. The two former Soviet republics have fought for decades over the disputed region, populated primarily by Armenian Christians but recognized by the […]


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More US troops for eastern Europe

The news The US Army has announced it is to send more troops to eastern Europe. The Pentagon says it is in response to an “aggressive” Russia. Extra armoured brigade deployed 4,200 extra soldiers 9-month tour of duty A total of three continuously present “More capable, more present, more modern” Fears of Russian “revanchism” Relations […]


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North Korea Ready For War ‘Right Now’: Official

North Korea is poised to start a war with the United States “right now” after Washington held joint military exercises with South Korea, North Korean Foreign Minister Lee Su-yong warned Monday. He said Pyongyang could not “sit idle in the face of the U.S. threat.” “At present, a situation has developed on the Korean peninsula […]


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Trump: Would conduct first nuclear strike

Donald Trump told the New York Times he’d be willing to use nuclear weapons as a first strike option. …Trump outlined his views on foreign policy and said he would be willing as an “absolute last step” to use a nuclear weapon first in an altercation with another country. “[I]t’s the biggest problem the world […]


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North Korea’s propaganda video shows US under attack

A video released by the North Korean website DPRK Today depicted a nuclear attack on Washington as an angry Pyongyang retaliated against joint military drills between South Korea and the Unites States. The four-minute video, titled “Last Chance,” showed a digitally created scene of a missile fired from a North Korean submarine into the streets […]


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Everything We Know About ISIS In Brussels

Following Tuesday morning’s deadly blasts in Brussels, all fingers are pointing toward the Islamic State group. The attacks, which left a total of at least 26 people dead, came just days after the arrest of alleged ISIS affiliate Salah Abdeslam, who was a prime suspect in last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris. But was Abdeslam’s […]


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Ukraine pilot convicted over Russian journalist murders

A Russian court has found a captured Ukrainian pilot guilty of killing two Russian journalists in a mortar strike in eastern Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko faces up to 23 years in prison for the deaths of the reporters after Monday’s guilty verdict. The Ukrainian officer was captured in the summer of 2014 while fighting in a […]


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Russian Strikes Continue Despite Pull Out Order

Russia’s air force is continuing with airstrikes in Syria, despite President Vladimir Putin’s order to pull out most of the troops deployed there, state news agency RIA Novosti reports. Although Putin ordered the pull back of the “main part” of Russia’s deployment to Syria earlier this week, no exact figures or schedule for their return […]


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US Army Plans Stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia: Hello China

HUNTSVILLE, AL: The Army plans to stockpile equipment in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Pacific countries yet unnamed that will allow US forces to deploy there more rapidly, because key supplies and gear will already be in place. The new caches will be well…


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Russia Hails Syrian ‘Success’

The announcement Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia is pulling the bulk of its military contingent out of Syria was covered extensively by Russian state-controlled media as Kremlin-loyal officials jumped to hail the decision as a victory and stress that Russia would continue to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. A […]


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At Least 27 Dead In Ankara Blast

A large explosion rocked Turkey’s capital city on Sunday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 75 others, according to the governor’s office in Ankara. Officials suspect that the explosion, which occurred in Guven park in the Kizilay neighborhood of Ankara, is the result of a car bomb. Several cars and one bus were were […]


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North Korean Sub Reportedly Missing

North Korea lost contact with one of its submarines earlier this week, three U.S. officials familiar with the matter told CNN Friday. The U.S. is unsure whether the missing vessel is adrift at sea or has sunk, officials said. The U.S. military had been watching the submarine operate off North Korea’s east coast when the […]


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North Korea Says it has Nuclear Missile Capability, Fires Into the Sea

The US Defense Department says it is monitoring a situation closely after North Korea fired two short range missiles into the East Sea. The missiles were fired early Thursday morning (Korean time) from the North Hwanghar Province, flying 300 miles before hitting the waters North-East of Wonsan. This was in response to the large exercises […]


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Obama pressed to respond to Iranian missile tests

Republican lawmakers demanded Tuesday the Obama administration hold Iran accountable for testing ballistic missiles in apparent violation of U.N. resolutions. “While international sanctions against Iran are being lifted, Iran fired ballistic missiles in violation of international resolutions yet again,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican. “Time and again, Iran has violated international agreements […]


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North Korea threatens nuclear strike against U.S., South Korea

North Korea threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against South Korea and the U.S., including the American homeland, over the two nations’ joint military exercises. In a statement Monday on the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang said the annual military exercises were a pretext for war, and that the situation on the peninsula had […]


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North Korea orders nuclear weapons readiness, warns enemies

Seoul (dpa) – North Korea’s nuclear weapons should be ready for use at “any moment,” leader Kim Jong Un said, according to state media on Friday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. The order came after the United Nations imposed its strongest sanctions yet on Pyongyang, in response to a nuclear test carried out […]


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Syria Hit By Countrywide Blackout: State TV

Syria experienced a countrywide blackout on Thursday for unknown reasons, Syrian state television reported. “Electricity has been cut across all provinces and teams are trying to determine the reason for this unexpected cut,” state news agency SANA announced, citing an electricity ministry source. The station added that crews were attempting to fix the problem and […]


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Saudi official: Ground operation in Syria was discussed

Defense ministers from the international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS) group, led by the United States, discussed the possibility of a Syrian ground incursion two weeks ago, an aide to Saudi Arabia’s defense minister quoted by Reuters said on Monday. He stressed, however, that a decision on the issue has not yet been made. […]


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Ukraine’s President Warns of Return to Full-Scale War

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has warned of the danger of the recent flare up of violence in eastern Ukraine devolving into full-scale conflict, news site Ukrainskaya Pravda reports. Speaking at an event at the Ivan Chernyakhovsky National Defense University on Tuesday, Poroshenko addressed the state of the ceasefire, signed by Ukraine, Russia and rebel leaders […]


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Intelligence: Russia Preparing for Amphibious Assault on Mariupol, Ukraine

The 9th Motorized Rifle Regiment from Novoazovsk is preparing for an amphibious landing near Mariupol, according to Ukrainian intelligence. The regiment has reportedly been enhanced by 1st Army Corps units, which includes the 810th Separate Marine Brigade of the Coastal Defense Troops of the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet. The intelligence suggests that the command of […]


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US Strikes ISIS Camp In Libya, At Least 40 Killed

UPDATE: 7:10 a.m. EST – A U.S. military spokesman confirmed that the airstrikes were conducted and that they were targeted against a Tunisian militant linked to attacks in Tunisia last year, a report by Reuters said. As many as 40 people were killed in the airstrike, the Reuters report added. Original story: U.S. warplanes attacked […]


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Syria-Turkey Border Tensions Escalate

Bulldozers rumble along a patch of vacant land in the town of Nusaybin, digging up large piles of thick mud. The construction of the trench-like holes is a part of the Turkish military’s effort to counter the buildup of a Syrian regime air base just across the border and to keep the civil war from […]


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Turkey’s Capital Rocked By Large Explosion: Reports

A large blast believed to have been caused by a bomb struck Ankara on Wednesday, injuring several people, according to media reports and a Turkish official. The blast was caused by a vehicle exploding, the official told Reuters. The Dogan news agency said that the explosion occurred near military residences in the Turkish capital, the […]


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Turkey Shells Kurdish Forces For A Second Day

Turkey’s army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed fighters for the second straight day on Sunday in northern Syria, according to Al Jazeera. The attack came after Turkey bombed the Kurdish militia Saturday and demanded that it retreat from the territory it had seized. Two fighters died in the Saturday incident, the Syrian Observatory for Human […]


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Saudi Arabia Massing Troops In Turkey, On Verge Of Invading Syria

War Monitor is still seeking to validate some reports presented in this article. Saudi Arabia took its first step in preparing an invasion of Syria by moving ground forces and fighter aircraft to Turkey’s Incirlik base. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the move on Saturday, just two days after Saudi Arabia said the decision […]


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Turkey eyes Syria ground invasion with Saudis

Turkish artillery on Saturday shelled areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria held by Kurdish forces, a monitor said, as Ankara said it could launch a ground assault alongside Saudi troops. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish artillery struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh airbase recently taken by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units […]


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Russian PM Warns of World War if Troops Sent Into Syria

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned of the possibility of a permanent or “world war” if countries begin sending ground troops to Syria, in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt. Medvedev is currently in Munich for diplomatic talks on the Syria crisis, which have so far split participants into two camps: those opposed to […]


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Saudi Arabia: We are Prepared for War on the Ground in Syria

Kerry thanked King Salman for expressing his desire to fight ISIS on the ground The adviser to the Saudi minister of defence’s office Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri said that Saudi Arabia is prepared for a land war in Syria and this statement came days after Riyadh announced its willingness to provide ground forces to fight […]


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North Korea launches rocket

Seoul (dpa) – North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday just hours after the South Korean Defence Ministry said the reclusive country moved forward its time frame for the launch. The rocket was launched from a facility in north-western North Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing the South Korean military. The South […]


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German Politician Suggests Police Shoot Refugees

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has drawn criticism after leader Frauke Petry said police could use their weapons on refugees illegally entering the country, the Local reported Monday. Petry made the remarks Saturday and Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of the AfD, has been defending the position online ever since. “The use of […]


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Turkey Calls Out Russia For Violating Airspace — Again

Turkey and Russia don’t appear to be taking the weekend off from their ongoing dispute. The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced Saturday it had summoned the Russian ambassador to condemn a Friday incident in which it claims a Russian plane purposefully violated its airspace. Yeni Şafak reported a Russian Su-34 jet flew over Gaziantep in south […]


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Checkpoints Set Up Around Oregon Refuge After Arrests

Hours after the arrest of half a dozen activists who had been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon for several weeks, the FBI and state police set up checkpoints around the site. The FBI announced the checkpoints early Wednesday morning, saying they were “out of an abundance of precaution” to “better ensure the […]


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Europe faces threat of more Paris style terrorist attacks

AMSTERDAM – The terrorist group Islamic State is planning large scale Paris-style terror attacks, focusing primarily on Europe, the head of European Union’s police agency Europol warned on Monday. “The so-called Islamic State has developed a new combat style capability to carry out a campaign of large scale attacks on a global stage with a […]


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ISIL ‘posts UK video threat’

The Islamist extremist group ISIL has posted a video on the internet making an apparent threat to attack Britain. The unverified footage contains images of UK MPs backing airstrikes in Syria. The package also purports to show the last statements of nine of the people who took part in the Paris attacks in November. There […]


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Biden: U.S. prepared for a military solution in Syria

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Saturday that the U.S. and Turkey were prepared for a military solution in Syria if a political settlement isn’t possible, prompting an aide to clarify that he was referring only to the Islamic State terrorist group. The latest round of Syria peace talks are scheduled to begin on Monday […]


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Turkish Troops Enter Syria

Update (1/20 4:30pm EST) – The Islamic State is fending off attacks from all sides in Syria, and there are growing indications that a Turkish ground invasion could add to the group’s list of concerns. The Turks are determined to clear the Islamic State from a corridor of land stretching along the Syrian side of […]


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Iran vows to defy new US missile sanctions

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Monday promised Tehran will continue building its controversial ballistic missile program in “defiance” of new US sanctions. “We will respond to such propaganda stunts and measures meant to harm by more robustly pursuing our lawful missile program and promoting our defense capabilities and national security,” said Ansari, […]


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Rockets strike Turkish school near Syria border

Rockets have struck a school in Kilis, a town in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, killing at least one female staff member and injuring several others, including a student. Police were investigating Monday’s explosion, which government officials blamed on rockets fired from across the border in Syria. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from the […]


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China Joining the War Against ISIS

Defense officials revealed on Wednesday that China’s military will likely dispatch troops to take part in the global campaign against Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq. China is worried about a growing trend among the Uyghur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of western China, which has increasingly become a hotbed of […]



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10 Million Refugees Heading To Europe

The massive surge of refugees in Europe hailing from the Middle East and Africa has barely scratched the surface for the number of asylum seekers who will come to the continent, a German politician warned Monday, the Express reported. It is the European Union’s fault that as many as 10 million more will come to […]



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Governor Declares State Of Emergency in Charlotte

The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte. Violence erupted for a second night as protests escalated over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man. Governor Pat McCrory has sent in the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. Sixteen police officers were injured during the riots and […]


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Claim: Russian Strike Results in US Casualties inside Syria

Sources very close to the DEFCON Warning System are confirming earlier reports that a Russian Warship carried out cruise missile strikes against a US-operated intelligence bunker inside Syria. We originally received this information via Fars News yesterday and dismissed the information. Today we received high level sourced information confirming that an event had happened but […]


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U.S. ‘Outraged’ Over Aid Convoy Attack

The US government has expressed “outrage” over an attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo that, a war monitor says, left 12 dead. The UN has confirmed that the convoy was hit near the town of Urm al-Kubra, without giving details. But activists say an air strike hit the trucks hours […]