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Chinese Submarine Headed to Gulf of Aden For Counter Piracy Operations

China has sent a submarine to the Gulf of Aden to help in counter piracy operations — a first for the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) submarine fleet, according to the Chinese Ministry of National Defense. In a press briefing last week, ministry spokesman Col. Geng Yansheng confirmed a PLAN submarine was headed off the coast of Somalia to join ... Read More »

UPDATE 1-China facing growing U.S. pressure over Hong Kong protests

China is facing growing U.S. pressure to show restraint during mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with the issue to be raised in high-level bilateral talks, and a prominent U.S. lawmaker has expressed “grave concerns” over the troubles. A day after the United States backed calls by thousands of protesters for greater autonomy in selecting candidates for Hong Kong’s chief ... Read More »

Holiday turnout for Hong Kong protests could sway future of democracy protests

On the eve of what could be the biggest turnout yet in Hong Kong’s continuing protests, and a crucial test of wills on both sides, a demonstration that began with physical confrontation between authorities and pro-democracy demonstrators shifted Tuesday into a public relations duel aimed at the mass of undecided residents here. Three days into protests that have brought large ... Read More »

There is a military solution for everything

We are at war with extremism. It is a long war, and will continue well past my 50th birthday. The debate centered around the efficacy of force and cries for transparency into how it is used invariably create more problems than they solve. Going forward, it will be necessary to be far more secretive about the scope, location and duration ... Read More »

200 wounded, ill and injured service members competing in Colorado Springs, Colorado

By [email protected] () The 2014 Warrior Games officially opened today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, highlighted by a march of the more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans who will compete in the fifth annual competition. With 2,000 people in attendance, 2014 Paralympic sled hockey gold medalists Paul Schaus (Buffalo, New York) ... Read More »

Delay vote on authorizing airstrikes, key GOP lawmaker says

By the time Congress decides whether it wants to vote on authorizing new military intervention in Iraq and Syria, the fight could be over. On Sunday night, in a Washington Post editorial, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said lawmakers should weigh in on a new authorization for use of military force in the Middle East, but ... Read More »

Rogers: Sequestration ‘not compatible’ with ISIS war

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on Monday said potential across-the-board spending cuts at the Pentagon next year could be problematic as the U.S. battles the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “I don’t think sequestration and increased efforts in Syria, in Iraq are compatible,” Rogers said on WVLK 590’s “Kruser and Krew” radio program. Rogers was asked whether ... Read More »

Pelosi Says Boehner Should Start War Debate in Congress

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Speaker John Boehner to initiate a debate in Congress over granting President Barack Obama a new authorization to use military force to defeat Islamic militants. “Everybody in the country’s talking about it except for us,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said during a breakfast with Bloomberg News reporters and editors in New York today. ... Read More »

Ted Cruz Is Prepping a Foreign Policy-Focused Presidential Campaign

Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so. According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his candidacy stand out in what is guaranteed to be a ... Read More »

The Many, Many Ideas to Fix the Broken Security Clearance Process

In just a few months beginning mid-2013, the American people’s confidence in the federal government’s ability to administer security clearances was upended. First, cleared contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of classified data on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities. Then contractor Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 people at one of the most protected government facilities in the country: ... Read More »

AQAP Twitter-warrior killed in latest US drone strike in Yemen

Arabic media outlets and Twitter accounts linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced the death of an AQAP leader named Abd al Aziz al Omari as a result of a US drone strike in al Jawf on Sept. 26. Al Omari, a Saudi who went by a variety of noms-de-guerre, including Muslim al Azdi, Abu Omar al ... Read More »

Arab Twitter users dislike Iran even more than they dislike the US

After decades of bombings, invasions, and other military interventions, it’s no surprise that attitudes toward the United States are overwhelmingly negative in the Arab world. But according to a recent study, there’s at least one country that’s less popular than the US in the region—that would be Iran, at least on Twitter. (Israel was not monitored in the study.) Using ... Read More »

Iran to help Lebanon army fight extremists

Iran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups, a visiting senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. The announcement marks the first time that Iran has said it would give Lebanon military assistance. Tehran has offered help in the past but such offers did not materialize because of sharp divisions among Lebanese ... Read More »

Netanyahu Links Hamas With ISIS, and Equates ISIS With Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday called Hamas and the group known as the Islamic State “branches of the same poisonous tree,” and he said Iran was the most dangerous country in the world. Mr. Netanyahu, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly, said that just as the world would never allow Islamic State extremists to ... Read More »