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‘Bite your tongue’: Putin snaps at reporter question about ‘upcoming nuclear war’ | Washington Examiner

President Putin told a reporter to “bite your tongue” after she mentioned the topic of a possible nuclear war with the United States in the future. While Russia regularly accuses the U.S. of encircling their country, the president harshly stopped a reporter in her tracks, also saying “what are you talking about.” Foreign policy analysts in Russia have commented that ... Read More »

‘A cornucopia of goodwill’: troops in Syria get stockings stuffed with goodies delivered by helicopter | Stars and Stripes

A combined military mission delivered holiday cheer to U.S. troops at several camps in eastern Syria on Monday. It was called Operation Holiday Express. Wearing Santa hats and riding in Chinnoks (instead of sleighs), high-ranking officers and NCOs brought gifts and goodie bags, and surprise recorded video messages from home for men and women deployed to Deir el-Zour and Hassakeh ... Read More »

Mali conflict: Macron says 33 ‘terrorists’ killed by French troops | BBC

Picture of Malian soldiers marching together.

According to French President, Emmanuel Macron, 33 militants were killed in an operation in Mali by French forces. During a visit to the Ivory Coast, Mr. Macron announced this, reiterating his country’s commitment to fighting jihadists in the region. The main purpose of the visit was to celebrate Christmas early with French troops. Weeks ago, France had the biggest single-day ... Read More »

How top powers U.S., Russia, China compare with other militaries across the globe during the past decade | Newsweek

As 2020 approaches, emerging technologies and new political realities will continue to cause a fluctuating power dynamic between the U.S., Russia and China. According to a review of Global Firepower reports, the U.S. is the lead in the world in its military,  with Russia and China following closely behind. Ten years ago, things were slightly similar and slightly different. The ... Read More »

Esper: US troops can withdraw ‘with or without’ Afghan peace deal | Al Jazeera

A military working dog accompanies U.S. Soldiers conducting an inspection of an Afghan Border Police checkpoint near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, April 1, 2013. The checkpoint was built to block an insurgent infiltration route. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann/Released)

The announcement of the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan is expected before the end of the year. “With or without” a peace agreement with the Taliban, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, so a higher priority can be given to “strategic competition” with China. Esper wants to bring troops home ... Read More »

Multiple foreign armed groups involved in Libya conflict: UN | Al Jazeera

Libya has been full of conflict and civil war since 2011 when Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels. Following reports of Russian mercenaries getting involved in the fight, the UN has now reported the involvement of Sudan and Chad groups fighting on both sides. Five Chadian and four Sudanese armed groups were named, adding several thousand more troops to both ... Read More »

Russia banned from next Olympics and World Cup Soccer | Reuters

Russia has been banned from the next summer and winter Olympics, as well as the 2022 soccer World Cup after planting fake evidence in doping tests. The WADA concluded that the use of false evidence and tampering with online files was authentic. This is not the first time the country has been accused of altering drug tests. This will result ... Read More »

Beijing tells US to stop ‘flexing muscles’ in South China Sea as it sends new carrier | CNN

U.S. Navy in the South China Sea

The Defense Minister of China has said relayed a message telling the U.S. to stop flexing their muscles in the South China Sea, as well as a host of other issues. China has been accused of impeding on the freedom of navigation by regularly sailing warships throughout the area, as well as announcing the release of a new carrier to ... Read More »

‘Wherever Wagner goes destruction happens’: Libya’s GNA slams Russian role in conflict | Middle East Eye

Loyals to Libya's Government of National Accord

Turmoil in Libya has led to Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of the Government of National Accord to ask the U.S. for help in stomping out the local Islamic State group that is on the rise. Bashagha claims that Russia has sent the Wagner Group, a shadowy Kremlin-backed private military contractor, in an attempt to rebuild what remains of Muammar ... Read More »

Facebook removes wide-ranging Russian disinformation campaign targeting Africa | Hill

Facebook on a computer screen

Stanford researchers, in collaboration with Facebook have discovered multiple Facebook accounts, pages and groups that distributed disinformation to African nations during election periods or times of political instability.  The disinformation focused on delivering Russian-friendly messages and praised Russian foreign policies specific to the region. The nations targeted include the Central African Republic, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and ... Read More »