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Navy’s top officer warns of increased Russian and Chinese activity in the Atlantic Ocean | Navy Times

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Atlantic Ocean became an afterthought for many military leaders. America’s naval forces pivoted toward other missions and have spent much of the post-9/11 era focused on terrorism and insurgencies in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. But as Russia’s rising military reasserts itself and Chinese forces ... Read More »

China, Russia prepare for strategic security talks in Moscow as pressure from United States grows | SCMP

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Yang Jiechi, a member of China’s Communist Party Politburo, will be in Russia from Tuesday to Friday to take part in the latest round of the China-Russia strategic security consultation, China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. He will co-chair the meeting with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Xinhua reported. Patrushev said earlier that Yang – a former state ... Read More »

Afghan forces target al Qaeda commanders in Helmand and Nangarhar | FDD’s Long War Journal

Afghan security forces killed seven al Qaeda members in Helmand, including one senior leader, and captured five more in Nangarhar during recent operations. Al Qaeda continues to operate in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban, despite the Pentagon’s claim that the two terror groups do not maintain a strategic relationship. Afghan Special Forces said that its troops killed Abdul Rahim Al-Mesri and ... Read More »

Harrowing Account Of How USAF C-130 Crews Snuck Into South Sudan To Evacuate Diplomats Under Fire | The Drive

In July 2016, three U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo planes raced south from Camp Lemonnier in the East African country of Djibouti to help members of the U.S. Embassy in South Sudan evacuate the country. Now, documents we’ve obtained describe a dangerous mission where crews dodged potentially hostile air defenses without appropriate countermeasures, battled aircraft trouble before and during ... Read More »

Turkish lawyers want to raid İncirlik Air Base and arrest U.S. Air Force officers | Air Force Times

A group of pro-government Turkish lawyers have reportedly filed charges against U.S. Air Force officers associated with İncirlik Air Base based on allegations that they are connected to a movement that attempted a coup d’état against Turkey’s government in July 2016. The lawyers are seeking a temporary halt to all flights leaving Incirlik Air Base — an important staging point for combat operations against ... Read More »

US braces for possible cyberattacks after Iran sanctions | Military Times

The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, cybersecurity and intelligence experts say. Concern over that cyberthreat has been rising since May, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, under which the U.S. and other world powers eased economic sanctions in exchange for curbs ... Read More »

Bangladesh: Armed men attack US ambassador’s car amid protests | DW

Armed men attacked a convoy of cars carrying the US ambassador to Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday, US embassy said in a statement on Facebook. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and her security team managed to leave the area unharmed, the statement said, adding that two security vehicles were damaged. The incident comes amid protests by students against lax road safety rules ... Read More »

In the wake of ISIS: Seeking to restore what is right and good for the Yazidis | The Hill

In May of 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain. Christians, Yazidis, and the Shabak sect of Shia Islam all call the area home, forming a unique cultural mosaic, a centuries-old tapestry of religious diversity. ISIS targeted these communities for genocidal extermination. In a battle ... Read More »

Osama bin Laden’s mother breaks her long silence | CNN

For the first time, Osama bin Laden’s mother, Alia Ghanem, has given an interview. Conducted in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, by Martin Chulov of The Guardian, the interview is noteworthy because bin Laden, the architect of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and his mother were exceptionally close. What Ghanem says in the interview is largely credible and tracks with the little that ... Read More »

Bomb Kills At Least 11 In Western Afghanistan | Radio Free Europe

Afghan officials say at least 11 civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in the western province of Farah, while another six died when unidentified gunmen stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad. Farah provincial governor spokesman Naser Mehdi told RFE/RL that about 40 people were also wounded when the explosion hit a bus that was ... Read More »