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Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike | BBC

General Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military commander, has been killed by a US air strike in Iraq. Alongside local Iran-back militias, General Soleimani was killed early on Friday at Baghdad airport by a strike ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. Bolstering Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups and expanding Iran’s military presence in Iraq and Syria have ... Read More »

NYPD: Times Square safest place on Earth for New Year’s Eve | WFMJ

According to New York City’s counter-terrorism czar, the “safest place on Earth” on New Year’s Eve is Times Square. For the Eve’s festivities, thousands of police officers and specialized units were on duty.  The specialized units were armed with guns and “bomb-sniffing” dogs. The police also has drones to keep watch over the celebration in the area. These various security ... Read More »

U.S. contractors sued for allegedly paying ‘protection money’ to the Taliban in Afghanistan | CNBC

U.S. and other international contracting companies are being sued for paying protection money to the Taliban in Afghanistan, incriminating them in the death of American troops and civilians in the country. The suit claims the companies paid these bribes in exchange for the terrorist group to leave their business interests alone, leading them to be directly aiding and abetting a ... Read More »

U.S. sending additional forces to protect embassy threatened by protesters in Iraq | CNN

After attacks broke out in Baghdad by protesters in response to the airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the United States will send approximately 750 soldiers to the Middle East immediately. Under the direction of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force of the 82nd Airborne ... Read More »

This is what war looks like in 2029 | The Daily Beast

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act gives the U.S. military a budget twice as large as China’s and ten times larger than Russia. Experts have said this massive budget, however, is focused on the wrong weaponry, and the U.S. is going into 2020 at a military disadvantage. While the U.S. is still focused on planes, ships, and tanks, the rest ... Read More »

U.S. attacks Iran-backed militia bases in Iraq and Syria | BBC

In an effort to retaliate for the Iran-backed Iraqi militia attack that killed a U.S. civilian contractor, the U.S. has conducted air strikes in Syria and Iraq. According to the defense department, on Sunday weapons caches and command and control centres at five sites associated with Kataib Hezbollah were hit. 25 fighters were killed; 51 injured. Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary ... Read More »

N. Korea may launch ‘maximum gray-zone’ provocations for U.S. concessions in 2020: expert | The Korea Herald

According to a professor at the state-run Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Jun Bong-geun, North Korea may launch ‘maximum gray-zone’ provocations as a response to anger over the absence of U.S. concessions by Pyongyang’s self-imposed year-end deadlines. There might not be a full launch; Pyongyang might have difficulty gaining support from China and Russia if North Korea decides to go all ... Read More »

U.S. civilian contractor killed in Iraq base rocket attack: officials | Reuters

According to U.S. officials, on Friday, a U.S. civilian contractor was killed on a Iraqi military base near Kirkuk due to a rocket attack. The events also left several U.S. service members and Iraqi personnel wounded. Iraqi security forces are leading the investigation and the response. The wounded service members and personnel were lightly wounded and will be reporting back ... Read More »

ISIS at a crossroads | Washington Post

Eastern Iraq has been quietly acquiring more ISIS members as fighters and sleeper cells continue to grow. Attacks are still being carried out in other cities in the form of bombing assassinations since the death of Baghdadi. An unknown number of fighters, possibly in the thousands, are waiting in tunnels and caves as they build up their strength. Brig. Gen. ... Read More »

How ready are the Afghan forces after U.S. withdrawal | Military Times

Recent events have been unveiling the effectiveness of Afghan troops in their country and their readiness without U.S. troops. Over 72,000 Afghan forces were deployed on Election Day in September to patrol voting stations and fend off any terrorist animosity, enabling citizens to vote without fear of repercussions. President Ashraf Ghani has implemented numerous positive reforms, such as retiring those ... Read More »