Multiple Syrian targets being fired on from Turkey.

U.S., Russia, Iran Battle ISIS to Build Bases in Syria

Three of the leading international powers involved in Syria’s war—the U.S., Russia and Iran—are looking to expand and fortify their military presence in the country by building and upgrading foreign bases, with some already in the works. U.S. Special Forces has been involved in Syria for years and the U.S. appears to be broadening the […]

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Russia Points Missile at Ally China

Russia and China are joining forces for historic exercises in the Baltic Sea this month, but recent missile deployments along the two countries’ mutual border in the far east may indicate that both powers hold reservations about the other’s military growth. A fleet of Chinese warships conducted live-fire drills Wednesday in the Mediterranean Sea as […]


US, South Korea, Japan Call for Stiffer Sanctions Against North Korea

Leaders from the United States, South Korea and Japan agreed Friday to urge the United Nations to speed up the implementation of sanctions against North Korea following the country’s July 4 intercontinental missile launch. The three leaders are asking the international community to quickly implement all United Nation’s Security Council resolutions meant to punish North […]


G20 Summit Sparks Violent Protests

#Hamburg: Heavy riots in #Hamburg today. Rioters burning cars, looting and attacking the police. #Germany — WorldOnAlert (@worldonalert) July 7, 2017   See LIVE Video Special forces are moving in. #Schanzenviertel #G20 #Protests — Fanny Facsar (@FannyFacsar) July 7, 2017 HAMBURG, Germany — Anti-globalization activists clashed violently with police across the German port […]


North Korea Says it Can Destroy U.S. After Missile Test

North Korea has made the first, public step toward building a projectile capable of delivering a nuclear attack on the U.S.—and now it’s threatening to do just that if Washington doesn’t back off. After the reclusive, militarized country said Tuesday it launched its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), its neighboring rival, […]


N. Korea launches ICBM, US responds with “show of force”

Update 6:50pm EST – After further review, US confirms ICBM launch, responds with Korean “show of force” exercises, firing missiles into the sea. Emergency meeting requested at the UN. Update 3am EST – Despite US official statements, North Korea claims to have successfully launched an ICBM capable of reaching Alaska. Experts in South Korea, Japan, […]


Russia Says NATO Jet Buzzed Defense Minister’s Plane

Russian news agencies are reporting a NATO fighter jet buzzed a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday as it flew over the Baltic Sea, but was escorted away by a Russian escort jet. The NATO jet approached the defense minister’s jet while flying over neutral waters. The Russian jet flew in between […]


Syrian warplane shot down by US-led coalition

A Syrian warplane was shot down over Raqqa by the United States-led coalition after a Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Force, or SDF, fighters, according to a statement by the US-led coalition. The statement said the coalition shot down the Syrian plane in self-defense, after a number of SDF forces, which are […]


USS Fitzgerald collides with container ship

  USS Fitzgerald back home. Search and rescue continues for missing shipmates. USS Fitzgerald destroyer collides with the ACX Crystal merchant vessel. Incident occurred 56 nautical miles Southwest of Yokosuka. Damage suffered on her starboard side above and below the waterline. Some bridge damage reported, limiting communications with the destroyer. Navy crew is still fighting to […]


ISIS Drops Bombs on U.S. and Syrian Troops

The U.S.-led offensive against the Islamic State militant group’s (ISIS) de facto capital of Raqqa has been frustrated by the jihadists’ use of drones on the battlefield. The northern Syrian city is one of ISIS’s final strongholds in the region, and the group has put up fierce resistance as a Kurd-dominated coalition of Arabs and […]


Lithuania Launches 5,000-Strong Drill With NATO Allies

Lithuania is kicking off an international military exercise with more than 5,000 troops from nine of its allies across three different parts of the country, Baltic news site Delfi reports. The land-training drill also will include the 1,200-strong NATO battalion deployment in Lithuania. One of the foreign contributions is a German-led brigade in Rukla, a […]


U.S. Forces Are Helping Fight ISIS in the Philippines

U.S. Special Forces have joined the Philippine army in attempting to retake Marawi City from fighters loyal to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). The jihadists overran the city on May 23: in the ensuing battle, 58 troops, 138 militants and 20 civilians died. Speaking at a news conference in the southern city, military spokesman […]


US-backed forces start offensive to capture IS stronghold in Syria

Beirut (dpa) – US-backed Syrian forces Tuesday announced the beginning of an offensive on the city al-Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de-facto capital in the war-torn country. An official in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Syrian Kurds and Arabs allied with the US, said the alliance started “the major battle to liberate” al-Raqqa […]


B-52 Stratofortress sends Russia scrambling over the Baltic Sea

A U.S. B-52 flying over the international waters of the Baltic Sea sent Russia scrambling early Tuesday. An American B-52 “Stratofortess” flying near Russia’s border was too close for comfort to Moscow officials. Its air force went into action at 10 a.m. local time to escort the U.S. bomber, which can reach altitudes of 50,000 […]


World reacts to London terrorist attacks

London (dpa) – A number of world leaders and other high-profile figures have condemned Saturday night’s terrorist attacks on London. A selection of quotes: “I’m thinking with sympathy and solidarity in these hours of our British friends and all those in London … Today, regardless of all barriers, we are united in horror and grief, […]


London police respond to two terrorist attacks; at least one dead

British police said terrorist attacks in London late Saturday inflicted multiple casualties, with a vehicle running down pedestrians on London Bridge and people being stabbed nearby. Reuters reported at least one person dead. As the attacks unfolded, President Trump said on Twitter that the violence underscores the need for U.S. courts to uphold his travel […]


Huge truck bomb blast kills 90 in Kabul

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the “cowardly” truck bomb attack that ripped through the heart of Kabul’s diplomatic district, killing at least 90 people and wounding hundreds. The powerful explosion on Wednesday was described by officials as “one of the biggest” to have hit the Afghan capital. The explosives were hidden in a tanker […]


US launches missile test

The US military claims to have successfully intercepted an intercontinental-range missile for the first time. The test represents a critical milestone for the Pentagon’s defense system. The interceptor was launched from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and hit a test missile fired from the Pacific. The development comes amid heightened tensions […]


North Korea test-fires another ballistic missile

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Monday morning that landed in the ocean, the US military said. South Korea and Japan immediately protested the missile launch, the most recent test-firing by North Korea as it seeks to develop nuclear weapons that can reach US military bases. The missile was fired at 5:39 a.m. local […]


North Korea Launches Midrange Missile

South Korea’s military says North Korea has launched “what appears to be” a ballistic missile. The joint chiefs of staff in Seoul said the missile was fired Sunday afternoon from South Pyeongan province, and flew about 500 kilometers before landing in the sea. A White House official said ”We are aware that North Korea launched […]


Russia Slams Lithuania As Putin-Critics Fly In

Russia has accused Lithuania of being “openly adversarial” for hosting a conference where Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak. Khodorkovsky is one of Putin’s most famous opponents, becoming Russia’s richest man and a patron of Putin’s opponents in the late 1990s, before spending 10 years in jail on suspicious […]


Chinese jet 'flies upside down' over US sniffer plane

Two Chinese fighter jets have carried out what the US military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying over the East China Sea. US officials told CNN that one of the Sukhoi Su-30 jets that approached the WC-135 plane on Wednesday was flying upside down, […]


US-led Coalition Strikes Pro-Syrian Government Forces

The U.S.-led coalition has conducted airstrikes against pro-Syrian government forces near Syria’s border with Jordan. A U.S. defense official told VOA Thursday pro-Syrian government forces were operating in an “established deconfliction zone” near al-Tanf border crossing when a coalition commander on the ground deemed the force a threat to his troops. The coalition-backed troops used […]


Russian and Chinese Navies Join Forces for Baltic Drill

Russia and China will join forces for a Baltic Sea military drill in late July, rallying around 10 ships for another bout of muscle flexing in the tense region, state news agency Itar-Tass reported Tuesday. The exercise, Marine Cooperation 2017, the latest in a busy summer of drills, will span the last week of July […]


Trump’s ISIS War Set to Double Obama’s Civilian Deaths

The U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) under President Donald Trump is on track to cause double the civilian casualties than the operations of his predecessor Barack Obama, according to new analysis. Monitoring group Airwars, in a new figures provided to The Daily Beast, estimated that the coalition has killed over […]

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State Department War Crimes Office to Close

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is closing a decades-old office in the State Department that has helped seek justice for victims of war crimes. The Office of Global Criminal Justice advises the secretary of state on issues surrounding war crimes and genocide, and helps form policy to address such atrocities. It was established by President […]


PA leader warns Israel over Al-Aqsa

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday blasted Israel over the recent goings on in Jerusalem. He said that Israel, as the “occupying power”, is responsible for the current escalation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to comments carried by the Wafa news agency. Hamdallah warned of the “grave consequences” of Israel”s recent […]