Archive for August, 2019

China rules out repeat of Tiananmen incident in Hong Kong

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Comments Off on China rules out repeat of Tiananmen incident in Hong Kong

China has issued yet another stern warning against weeks-long protests in Hong Kong, saying it will not sit idly by and watch as the unrest continues. The Chinese media, however, brushed off concerns about a possible “repeat” of the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown 30 years ago if Beijing moves to end the unrest in Hong […]

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Russia, Venezuela defense chiefs sign naval pact on warship port visits

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Comments Off on Russia, Venezuela defense chiefs sign naval pact on warship port visits

Defense chiefs of Russia and Venezuela have signed an agreement overseeing visits by warships of both nations to each other’s ports amid persistent US efforts to undermine the government in Caracas.

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A Syria safe zone will create more problems than it solves

Monday, August 19, 2019 Comments Off on A Syria safe zone will create more problems than it solves

The United States and Turkey have agreed on a way forward that may marginalize Kurdish forces.

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Listen to the Voices of Syria

Monday, August 19, 2019 Comments Off on Listen to the Voices of Syria

Over eight years ago, Syrian men, women, and children took to the streets, often holding hands or clutching roses, calling for political reform. Wahed, Wahed, Wahed, al-Shaab al-Suri Wahed, they chanted — “One, One, One, the Syrian People are One!” But the regime did not listen; instead, we were shot at, gassed, and later bombed. […]

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Wanted al Qaeda leader warns of Turkish influence on jihad in Syria

Monday, August 19, 2019 Comments Off on Wanted al Qaeda leader warns of Turkish influence on jihad in Syria

Yesterday, a jihadist Telegram channel published a short statement (seen below) attributed to Saif al-Adel, a wanted terrorist who has worked for al Qaeda since the 1990s. The message addresses the jihadist scene in Syria, specifically dealing with the controversies surrounding relations with Turkey and Turkish-backed rebel groups.

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US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on US team begins establishing op center in Turkey for ‘safe zone’ in Syria

A US delegation has arrived in Turkey to set up an operation center in the country for the stated purpose of creating a “safe zone” in Syria.

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Taliban, US End Latest Round of Talks Without Announcing Outcome

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban, US End Latest Round of Talks Without Announcing Outcome

The United States and the Taliban have concluded the eighth round of talks aimed at reaching an agreement between the two adversaries to end the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan and jumpstart intra-Afghan peace negotiations.

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South Korea Capable of Countering Missiles Tested by Pyongyang – Seoul

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on South Korea Capable of Countering Missiles Tested by Pyongyang – Seoul

The South Korean Armed Forces are capable of countering the short-range missiles that are now being tested by North Korea, a spokesperson for the South Korean presidential administration said on Monday.

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Chinese Police Trucks Seen in Hong Kong-Neighboring Shenzhen Amid Protests

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Chinese Police Trucks Seen in Hong Kong-Neighboring Shenzhen Amid Protests

Fears of Beijing intervening in the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests were raised Monday after footage emerged showing several armored trucks belonging to China’s People’s Armed Police traveling through Shenzhen, which borders the autonomous city.

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Report: Hypersonic, Dual-Capable Missiles Pose Huge Global Threat

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Hypersonic, Dual-Capable Missiles Pose Huge Global Threat

New missile technologies, including so-called hypersonic systems capable of traveling at more than 25 times the speed of sound, are fueling a new global arms race, according to a new report from analyst group the European Leadership Network.

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Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Vows To Make New Weapons Amid U.S. Suspicion Of Blast That Killed Five Scientists

Russia’s chief nuclear official has vowed to continue developing new weapons while attending a funeral on August 12 of five Russian nuclear researchers who were killed in an explosion in what U.S. experts suspect was a mishandled test of a new nuclear-powered engine.

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Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Bahrain has agreed to buy the US-built Patriot anti-aircraft and missile interceptor system, the Raytheon Company said in a press release.

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US inks deal to purchase Iron Dome missile systems from Israel

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on US inks deal to purchase Iron Dome missile systems from Israel

The US army has formally signed a contract to purchase two Iron Dome missile systems from Israel, according to a report.

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Pakistan’s PM vows to respond to any aggression in Kashmir

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan’s PM vows to respond to any aggression in Kashmir

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned India that Pakistan is prepared to respond to any aggression in the disputed region of Kashmir as tensions skyrocketed between the nuclear-armed rivals in the wake of New Delhi’s revocation of the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s Houthis attacked several positions belonging to southern separatists Wednesday, Arab media reported. The attacks occurred a day after a Houthi delegation met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly backed a resumption of stalled talks between rival Yemeni groups.

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes.

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Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Turkey established its first military base in Qatar in 2017, on the basis of a bilateral security agreement signed in late 2015, with the base said to be part of a broader security effort by the two countries to confront unspecified “common enemies.”

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Mexico urges U.S. to designate El Paso shooting as terrorism

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Mexico urges U.S. to designate El Paso shooting as terrorism

Mexico’s government on Wednesday amplified its assertion that the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, was an act of terrorism against Mexicans, urging the United States to ensure the attack was designated as such.

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For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Years after their parents left Belgium and France to join the Islamic State, 18 children were taken from squalid refugee camps in Syria and flown recently to new lives in Belgium and France, drawing widespread attention in those countries as examples of Europe grudgingly accepting the children of its jihadis.

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Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

IRGC chief says Lebanese proxy group honed skills fighting in Syrian civil war, claims US-led efforts to undermine Tehran’s regional influence have backfired.

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Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has criticised a US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Washington’s military build-up in the Gulf was aimed at “creating division and emptying the treasuries” of countries in the region.

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Actions In Kashmir Are Latest Conflicts In The Long-Disputed Region

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Actions In Kashmir Are Latest Conflicts In The Long-Disputed Region

On August 3, 2019, Indian authorities and Kashmir’s government ordered thousands of tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave Indian-administered Kashmir, warning of a “terror threat” against Hindu pilgrims heading to the Amarnath shrine. Officials claim that armed militants backed by Pakistan were planning an attack on the annual pilgrimage. While the Indian government has deployed […]

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Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran over possible talks with Washington.

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked.

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ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

An enormous fire raged across several wheat fields outside this town on July 6. It was a dry summer day and dark smoke towered over the countryside as the flames spread across the farmland. Some locals watched in awe at the inferno. Others tried to fight back with shovels and rakes. They had little success. […]

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Pentagon: Da’esh Slight Comeback Causing Stir in Region

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Pentagon: Da’esh Slight Comeback Causing Stir in Region

A Pentagon report that the Islamic State terror group is making a resurgence in both Syria and Iraq is causing bit of a stir in the region, where most governments would like to see a definitive end to its saga.

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Khamenei’s Nuclear Fatwa is a Deception, a Ploy and a Lie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Khamenei’s Nuclear Fatwa is a Deception, a Ploy and a Lie

If history is anything to go by, the Supreme Leader’s statement is barely worth a pinch of salt. It is notable that that the first time Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons took place right after his government was caught red-handed pursuing secret nuclear activities and enriching uranium in two clandestine nuclear […]

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Panic Buying And Toxic Rocket Fuel: What Exactly Happened At A Russian Missile Test Site?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Panic Buying And Toxic Rocket Fuel: What Exactly Happened At A Russian Missile Test Site?

There are reports of panic buying of iodine drops in Severodvinsk. Emergency officials reported a spike in background radiation. The White Sea bay where both the shipbuilding port and the regional capital Arkhangelsk are located has been ordered closed for swimming and fishing, due to the presence of toxic rocket fuel.

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Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Tokyo is reportedly considering its own operations and has no plans to join a US-led coalition tasked with securing oil shipping routes amid tanker seizures in the region.

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NATO Completes Upgrade of Aegis Ashore Missile System in Romania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on NATO Completes Upgrade of Aegis Ashore Missile System in Romania

NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania, which the military alliance said was purely defensive in nature.

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China’s New Naval Base: Cambodia

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on China’s New Naval Base: Cambodia

“[Scepticism] has grown louder recently, with the release of satellite images from the European Space Agency showing that the runway for the site’s airport is far longer than is required for civilian aircraft” — Andrew Nachemson, Cambodia-based journalist, South China Morning Post, March 5, 2019.

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Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Turkey is reportedly considering the possible purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets after Washington suspended Ankara’s membership in its F-35 program.

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Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Hamas has distanced itself from Saturday’s botched attempt to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip by arguing that the four terrorists who were killed by the IDF had acted independently.

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Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence after one tossed a hand grenade at Israeli troops on Saturday, the military said.

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What do white supremacists and ISIS recruits have in common?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on What do white supremacists and ISIS recruits have in common?

On the surface, white supremacists and Islamic State recruits would not seem to have much in common. One group embraces a racist, anti-immigrant ideology and is mobilized by fear that a majority of people in the United States will soon no longer be white.

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