A Tough National Defense Strategy

The National Defense Strategy, released this morning, may be the single most important document penned by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It encapsulates the Trump Administration’s defense policies in one place for the first time and provides guidance for the 2019 defense budget, to be released in a few weeks. That budget will mark the administration’s first… Please follow and like us:

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Fake news ABC suspends Brian Ross… for reporting fake news

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2017 – Fake news is in the news again. Friday morning, ABC “reporter” Brian Ross breathlessly proclaimed that candidate Donald Trump had “illegally” directed Michael Flynn to “collude” with the Russian government. This fake news was disastrously wrong and misleading on at least two counts. But it was enough to cause a Friday… Please follow and like us:

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Trump ‘Very Proud’ of Trip to Asia, Says Progress Made on Security, Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “very proud” of his five-nation, 12-day trip to Asia, asserting lots of progress was made on issues such as security and trade. In remarks delivered behind closed doors Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in Manila, Trump reiterated that North Korea remains a major global military threat. “North… Please follow and like us:

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At Least 8 Killed by New York Motorist in ‘Cowardly Act of Terror’

At least eight people were killed Tuesday and more than a dozen others were injured when a man drove a rented truck onto a busy bike path in New York City. “Based on information we have at this moment, this was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,”… Please follow and like us:

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Kurds lose more than oil as they cede control of Kirkuk in Iraq

The Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk has been under Kurdish control for several years. On Monday, Iraqi soldiers reclaimed it for Baghdad, and that’s a big deal. “It is a different Iraq today than it was two days ago,” says journalist Ben Van Heuvelen. “It’s a paradigm shift in Iraq akin to what happened in 2014… Please follow and like us:

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Islamic connection to Vegas shooting quickly rejected by FBI

Stephen Craig Paddock The shooter in Sunday night’s mass slaughter of 58 concert goers in Las Vegas, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, a man with no criminal history, is now being investigated for ties to Islam. There were 515 people reported injured in what was described by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo as a well-coordinated attack. ISIS… Please follow and like us:

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ISIS Makes $100 Million A Year Smuggling Antiquities

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) makes as much as $100 million annually by trafficking looted antiquities out of Iraq and Syria and selling them on the black market. The Wall Street Journal reported that while it was not possible to put a precise figure on the amount of revenue generated for ISIS by the trade… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Has a Major Stake in Libya’s Uncertain Future

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Still wracked by conflict six years after the fall of Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya is split between two rival governments. In the west is Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord, based in Tripoli, and in the east a regional government under the control of General… Please follow and like us:

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Russia threatens targeting coalition planes in Syria

Russia has said that it will treat all US-led coalition aircraft in the west of the Euphrates River in Syria as “targets” and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian warplane. Moscow only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces… Please follow and like us:

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America ‘Created ISIS,’ Says Iran’s Supreme Leader

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday accused the U.S. of creating the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), and called its war on the jihadist group “a lie.” “You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East … who created Islamic State?” Khamenei said, according to his official… Please follow and like us:

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U.K. Ends U.S. Intel Sharing After Manchester Leaks

British police investigating the Manchester bomb attack on Monday that left 22 people dead have stopped sharing information with U.S. authorities after a series of leaks to American media. U.K. officials were reportedly angered on Wednesday night after The New York Times published images from the scene of the bombing carried out by Islamic State militant… Please follow and like us:

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Ariana Grande Suicide Bomber Suspect Identified

Updated | A 23-year-old man has been identified as the suspected suicide bomber who detonated a device at Manchester Arena in England on Monday night. The explosion occurred in the immediate aftermath of an Ariana Grande concert as the sold-out, 21,000-capacity crowd was filing out of the venue, killing at least 22 people and leaving another… Please follow and like us:

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‘Mother of all bombs’ blasts ISIS… and the U.S. stock market

WASHINGTON, “The Pentagon said Thursday that it had used the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal against ISIS, prompting questions about what exactly this weapon is,” CNBC reported just minutes ago. This is apparently the first time the weapon has been used by the U.S. military. “Most of what is publicly available… Please follow and like us:

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Russia moving special forces into Libya

U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say that Russia has apparently been moving special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to a report by Reuters. The U.S. is concerned that such a Russian deployment may signify Russian support for Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a… Please follow and like us:

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Russia’s new game in Afghanistan

A resurgent Russia is making new inroads into Afghanistan, not in the way the former USSR did, but by aligning itself with some of the very extremists whose leaders were involved in the defeat of the Soviet Union’s decade-long invasion of Afghanistan. In December 2016, Moscow disclosed its contacts with the Taliban, the group that is… Please follow and like us:

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