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    Simulated attacks on a U.S. aircraft carrier replica by the Iranian military ostensibly to intimidate the United States backfired instead and left Iran in an embarrassing situation. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard ran the war games on a replica in the the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway connecting the Persian Gulf with the ocean. The military exercises were named "Prophet Mohammed 14th" and included the replica being encircled by speed boats and hit by missiles. But the mock ship appeared to have capsized as it was being towed after the war games. And because the waterway is so shallow, the replica will likely impair shipping through the Strait of Hormuz. ...
    U.S. security officials have said that the development of sea-launched nuclear missiles is necessary to combat Russia, which has been developing their tactical nuclear weapons. According to a July report by the State Department, Russia has continued to expand it’s “low-yield theater and tactical nuclear weapons,” while the U.S. retired it’s last sea-launched nuclear cruise missile (SLCM-N) in 2010, when the U.S. entered in the New START treaty with Russia that aimed to reduce nuclear arsneals. The report notes that Russia is potentially relying on the U.S.’s lack of nuclear “first-use weapons” as a strategic "coercive advantage" -- meaning the U.S. would not be able to respond to the use of low-yield theatre warfare without drastically escalating the conflict. UK SEEKING US CONGRESSIONAL...
    China recently made a move likely meant to flex its military muscles to the United States by sending warships and fighter jets to its military bases throughout the Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, according to Radio Free Asia. U.S. military forces will be sent to Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) drills, a military exercise from Aug. 13-17 in which nations throughout the Indo-Pacific region will participate. China Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam, which challenge Chinas claim to the South China Sea, are scheduled to take part in the drill. Australia is also expected to participate, and a Philippine naval vessel is already heading to the event. Last week, sophisticated fighter jets in Chinas...
    The White House on Tuesday raised concerns about escalating tensions in Libya, citing "foreign military involvement" in the nation's civil war. National security adviser Robert O'Brien said the U.S. "is deeply troubled" by the conflict in Libya and warned against unnamed foreign actors getting involved there. The statement did not name any particular nation despite the Pentagon previously calling out Russian mercenaries in the region. "We strongly oppose foreign military involvement, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, by all sides," O'Brien said in a statement issued by the White House. "The ongoing efforts of foreign powers to exploit the conflict – for example, by establishing an enduring military presence or exerting control over resources that belong to...
    Mandatory Credit: Photo by ARNO BURGI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10730669a) (FILE) – A High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or also Humvee) of the US armed forces in Europe drives from the Military History Museum through the city towards the Autobahn in Dresden, Germany, 01 June 2016 (reissued 02 August 2020). According to media reports, the US government wants to reduce the number of soldiers stationed in Germany by up to 12,000. US to withdraw up to 12,000 soldiers from Germany, Dresden – 01 Jun 2016 – ARNO BURGI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Most Germans are unconcerned by US plans to withdraw almost 12,000 troops currently stationed in the country, according to a new survey published on Tuesday. Angela Merkel’s government has expressed dismay at the...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has banned joint military exercises with the United States in the South China Sea, where American officials seek to aid the Philippines in territorial disputes with China. "President Rodrigo Duterte has a standing order to us, to me, that we should not involve ourselves in naval exercises in the South China Sea except our national waters, the 12-mile distance from our shores,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a briefing this week. That statement stiff-arms American efforts to forge a coalition to rebuff China’s claim to most of the South China Sea, one of the busiest waterways in the world. Beijing’s assertion of sovereignty comes at the expense of the Philippines and several other...
    Chinese naval exercises off the coast of the Philippines this summer finally forced the hand of President Rodrigo Duterte, if only for six months. Despite a friendly relationship with President Trump, the Filipino president had maintained a hard line against the United States while continuing to appease China. Promised Chinese economic investments, infrastructure development, and jobs were not forthcoming to boost the populist Duterte. Meanwhile, popular support for China is plummeting in the Philippines, and the Filipino military is growing concerned by Chinese activity near the disputed Spratly Islands. Duterte’s June 1 rapprochement with the U.S. was measured: a six-month delay in the suspension of a Visiting Forces Agreement set to expire with the U.S. Decades of close military-to-military...
    A Chinese official accused the U.S. of monitoring and harassing Chinese students and researchers at American campuses amid an ongoing crackdown on Beijing’s influence at universities, the AP reported Monday. “For some time, the U.S., with ideological prejudice, keeps monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining Chinese students and researchers, and making presumptions of guilt against Chinese researchers,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said according to the AP. “The U.S. actions have seriously violated the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens and severely disrupted the normal cultural and personnel exchanges between China and the U.S., which amounts to outright political persecution,” he said. The remarks come after multiple researchers and professors at American universities have been arrested on charges related to...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the U.S. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States. Wang said China had no intention of helping Juan Tang escape the country, but did not otherwise comment directly on the accusations against her. However, he said China urges the U.S. to “handle the case fairly in accordance with the law and ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests” due to Tang. “For some time, the U.S., with...
    CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim they shot down a U.S.-made drone over the country’s northern border with Saudi Arabia. The kingdom and the U.S. military on Monday did not immediately acknowledge losing a drone. Brig. Gen. Yehia Sarie, a Houthi military spokesman, said in a statement their air defenses downed an AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma drone Sunday over the district of Harad in Yemen’s northern Hajjah province. Footage later aired by the Houthi’s Al-Masirah satellite channel showed fighters gathered around the hand-launched drone, which appeared to have bullet holes in it. The battery-powered drone had a camera, also apparently struck by a bullet. Masking tape on its tail bore what appeared to be the palm-tree and crossed-swords logo of...
    BEIJING (AP) — China on Monday accused the United States of “monitoring, harassing and willfully detaining” Chinese students and researchers in the U.S. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s comments follow the denial of a bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military and Communist Party to gain access to the United States. Wang said China had no intention of helping Juan Tang escape the country, but did not otherwise comment directly on the accusations against her. However, he said China urges the U.S. to “handle the case fairly in accordance with the law and ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests” due to Tang. “For some...
    The search for eight missing US military service members off the California coast was called off after a 40-hour operation — with all now presumed dead, authorities announced Sunday. The seven Marines and one Navy sailor went missing Thursday when an amphibious assault vehicle sank in hundreds of feet of water during a training exercise. “It is with a heavy heart that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said on Twitter. “The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.” “All eight missing service members are presumed deceased,” the unit said in another post on Sunday. “Efforts will...
    A CHINESE virologist who fled to the US as she feared she would be killed has claimed the coronavirus came from a military lab. Dr Li Meng-Yan, a specialist in virology at Hong Kong's School of Public Health, claims she "clearly assessed" Covid-19 came from a lab linked to the People's Liberation Army. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Dr Li Meng-Yan claims she 'clearly assessed' the virus can from a military labCredit: Fox News China has previously faced allegations that it covered up the early days of the coronavirus outbreak and has angrily dismissed claims the virus may have come from a lab. Dr Li however claimed the source of the outbreak was...
    Hey Russia experts — please stop trying to convince us President Trump is a Kremlin foil, and dig in on the real Russia challenges springing up all over the world. This week, Washington learned that the highly respected Brookings Institute had a supporting cast role in the now-debunked Steele dossier, which propelled FBI investigations of Trump’s campaign.  A major source of the faux dirty gossip was Igor Danchenko, a Ukrainian-born American resident who once worked at the Brookings Institute. As you recall, the Clinton campaign paid for the dossier via front law firms, and FBI agents then used it to get surveillance warrants. Heading Brookings at the time was Strobe Talbott. Talbott shared a house in Oxford in 1970 with future President Bill...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia placed bounties on American soliders is "hoax." Trump said on Friday: "It was never brought to my attention. I think it's another Russia hoax. "They've been giving me the Russia hoax, Shifty-Schiff and all these characters from the day I got here."   Most read in US NewsToo Sexy for Twitch?Did Lana's bikini get husband Rusev kicked off Twitch?LatestBLOODBATHFamily killed in murder-suicide pictured after dad 'shot wife, three kids & dog'PRES CLAIMSBill Clinton flew to Epstein 'orgy island' with 'two young girls', docs claimBOSTON BOMBER SPAREDBoston Marathon bomber has death sentence OVERTURNED in shock decisionTHE FUGITIVESCops hunt 'murderer' who tied bedsheet 'ropes' for death-defying prison break‘IMMEDIATE IMPEACHMENT’Trump could...
    The United States is preparing to pull more troops from Germany, days after President Donald Trump criticized the country for being “delinquent” on defense spending. U.S. Africa Command confirmed Friday it is in the early stages of moving its headquarters from the city of Stuttgart, where it has been located since the command was first stood up in 2008. “U.S. Africa Command has been told to plan to move,” its commander, Gen. Stephen Townsend, said in a statement. "While it will likely take several months to develop options, consider locations, and come to a decision, the command has started the process.” U.S. military officials have been looking for months at reducing the approximately 6,000 troops stationed in Africa.   ...
    Reuters July 31, 2020 0 Comments The United States will establish a permanent military presence in Poland as it deploys around 1,000 additional U.S. troops there, Poland’s Defence Ministry said on Friday. Poland is setting growing store by its bilateral defence relationship with its NATO partner, fearful of an increasingly assertive posture from Russia to the east since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. On June 12 last year, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed, with Polish President Andrzej Duda beside him at the White House, to send 1,000 more troops to his NATO ally. But negotiations on the details of where the troops would be stationed and how much Poland would pay dragged on for years. “We did...
    New US rules restricting exports to China to prevent sensitive technologies from being used by the Chinese military are the latest development in the deteriorating relationship between the two countries. And the worst is yet to come, legal experts say. The new rules, which went into effect on June 29, expanded requirements for US exporters to obtain licenses for goods intended for military purposes, including for weapon development, military aircraft or surveillance operations. The expansion, first introduced by the US Commerce Department in April, also banned exports to any entities in any relationship with China’s People’s Liberation Army, labelling them as potential military end users. While the rules, also applicable to Russia and Venezuela, have existed for more than a...
    In a 292-126 vote Thursday night, the U.S. House rejected an amendment by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that would have placed limits on U.S. military recruitment ads, according to a report. The more than 2-to-1 defeat of the Democrat’s plan means the military may continue posting recruitment ads on Twitch, a streaming platform popular with online gamers. Earlier Thursday on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez made an appeal to convince lawmakers to back her proposal. MADDEN 21 REMOVING WASHINGTON NFL NAME AND LOGO “War is not a game,” she wrote. “Twitch is a popular platform for children FAR under the age of military recruitment rules. We should not conflate military service with ‘shoot-em-up’ style games and contests. “The Marines pulled out of...
    An amendment proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that would ban the US military from recruiting on Twitch is now a potential amendment to the House Committee on Appropriations bill, which is part of the process in how the Pentagon’s annual budget is set. “Children should not be targeted in general for many marketing purposes in addition to military service. Right now, currently, children on platforms such as Twitch are bombarded with banner ads linked to recruitment signup forms that can be submitted by children as young as 12 years old,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the House floor Thursday. “These are not education outreach programs for the military.” The US military isn’t new to using streaming channels and video...
    A federal ban on military recruitment through the Twitch streaming platform has taken its first forward steps in Congress. After a vote in the House of Representatives, a draft of the ban is now officially a potential amendment of the House Committee on Appropriations bill, part of the process of setting the Pentagon’s budget. Approval of the amendment draft comes after the U.S. Army’s use of Twitch and Discord as a recruitment tool gained new visibility, with trolls racing to be banned from Army chat channels for asking about war crimes and Twitch itself stepping in to put a stop to recruiters’ use of misleading giveaway links. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed the draft of an amendment to the House...
    THE US Navy’s first black female fighter pilot who made history will receive her “Wings of Gold” during a ceremony on Friday. Lieutenant jg (junior grade) Madeline Swegle was welcomed as the military branch’s first black female Tactical Aircraft pilot after completing her Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus earlier this month. 2Lieutenant jg (junior grade) Madeline Swegle is seen here standing by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft following her final flight to complete the undergraduate Tactical Air (Strike) pilot training syllabus on July 7Credit: AP:Associated Press The Naval Air Training Command tweeted on July 9 that Swegle is the Navy’s “first known black female TACAIR pilot.” “MAKING HISTORY!” the Navy responded of Swegle’s achievement. Now, Swegle is set to...
    In a virtual testimony before congress Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., over allegations of advancing China’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities after refusing to work with the U.S. military. Google pulled out of an AI contract with the Department of Defense (DOD) in June 2018 after thousands of employees signed a petition addressed to Pichai, demanding that the company cease all involvement with the program known as Project Maven. Project Maven was an AI effort to study imagery that could lead to improved technology surrounding drone strikes during open combat. Google cited concerns over ethical principles surrounding AI. BIG TECH BACKLASH: APPLE, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, AMAZON CEOS GRILLED ON CAPITOL HILL “Project Maven was a collaboration between...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday accused a “delinquent” Germany of taking advantage of the US on trade and the military as his administration confirmed it was yanking 11,900 troops from the country in coming weeks. Speaking to reporters at the White House before departing for Texas, the president lashed at the European superpower for failing to pay its fair share of NATO fees and accused Germany of relying on the US to protect it from Russia. “Germany is delinquent. They haven’t paid their fees — they haven’t paid their NATO fees. They’re way off. They’ve been way off for years and they have no intention of paying it,” Trump said, referring to the military alliance born out of WWII....
    By Ryan Browne and Zachary Cohen | CNN The US is moving forward with President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, a decision that has attracted bipartisan congressional opposition and roiled key allies who see the move as a blow to NATO. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper acknowledged the plan will cost billions to execute when he formally announced the decision on Wednesday from the Pentagon. US defense officials said it will take years to relocate the troops. The plan to pull US troops from the long-time NATO ally has been met with broad bipartisan opposition amid concerns that it will weaken the US military’s position vis a vis Russia, however the Trump Administration has decided...
    Madison Summers July 29, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants leaders within top U.S. agencies to commit to not deploy federal agents to cities amid protests, noting specifically if President Donald Trump loses the upcoming election and does not leave office peacefully. Warren penned a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Attorney General William Barr, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday, where she called on them to stop Trump from turning the various agencies into his “personal militia.” “You are each responsible for the command of military or civilian troops and domestic law enforcement personnel in your agencies,” Warren wrote in the letter. “I urge you not to allow these...
    (CNN)Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps struck mock targets, including a replica of a US aircraft carrier, on Tuesday night during military drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The exercises, which included long-range ballistic missiles and drones, sent two US bases in Qatar and the UAE into high alert. Iran's long-range ballistic missiles have been a bone of contention between Tehran and its regional rivals, namely Saudi Arabia. In January, Iran responded to the US killing of general Qassem Soleimani by launching several rounds of ballistic missiles at US positions in Iraq, causing some material damage and injuring some troops. "At approximately 5:30 a.m. local time, Iran launched several ballistic missiles from Iran to the southern Arabian Gulf. Initial assessment...
    Iranian military fighter boats surround a mockup aircraft carrier during a war game in Strait of Hormuz – Shutterstock Iran has bombarded a replica US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz with missiles that caused so much commotion that the US military put two of its regional bases on alert.  Shortly after the mock carrier was blasted with missiles by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the US Navy condemned the drill as “irresponsible and reckless behaviour by Iran” that was intended to “intimidate and coerce”.  During the same drill, Iranian soldiers abseiled from a helicopter onto the replica ship, while anti-aircraft guns opened fire on a target drone.  The dramatic images were broadcast by Iranian state media, and also...
    American forces deployed to the Pacific are "highly vulnerable" to attacks from China, according to a senior GOP lawmaker who fears that Beijing could instigate and win a conflict with the United States. “The first thing that you'd have to do with certain pieces of our equipment is leave the area if China were to escalate this way,” said Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific. “That’s not exactly a position of strength,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. What equipment does he have in mind? “The Navy,” he replied. “You would basically end up in a situation where all of our planning, all of our...
    RUSSIAN intelligence services are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic via English-language websites, US officials have said. An anonymous source from the government told AP two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow's GRU military intelligence unit have been identified as responsible for a disinformation effort aimed at American and Western audiences. 7 Russia's President Vladimir PutinCredit: AP:Associated Press The US officials spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, and said the Russians were trying to exploit the coronavirus crisis that America is struggling to contain. The information had previously been marked as classified, but the officials said it had been downgraded so they could discuss it. Between late May and early July three websites published around...
    WASHINGTON - The United States and Australia said Tuesday they will expand military cooperation as tensions soar with China, presenting a common front between the allies.  Going ahead in Washington with annual talks despite the coronavirus pandemic, Australia's foreign and defense ministers offered clear, if more mildly stated, support for a hawkish shift on China by President Donald Trump's administration.  "The United States knows the threats that you and the rest of the free world face. And the United States stands with you in our unbreakable alliance," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Australian ministers during a joint news conference.  U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper hailed the participation of five Australian warships last week in exercises with a...
    China and the United States face a growing risk of stumbling into a conflict in the coming months, according to Asian officials who monitor Beijing’s foreign policy. “The tensions are very, very high,” an Indo-Pacific official said. “There is a possibility that some kind of simple misunderstanding can lead to some problems.” Officials from two other governments that work closely with President Trump’s administration offered similar assessments as the U.S. and China both have increased the pace of military operations in key Pacific hot spots. The U.S. military presence is regarded by allied countries as a deterrent to Chinese aggression, but the intensifying rivalry raises the prospect that saber-rattling will give way to a violent encounter that neither side truly...
    Australian defense and foreign ministers declared in Washington Tuesday that their country stands with the United States to resist China’s coercive economic and military actions in the Indo-Pacific, a show of force in the U.S. effort to gather Pacific allies to counter China’s aggressive behavior. “We both want the same kind of region,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne told members of the media at a socially distanced State Department briefing alongside the Australian defense minister, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We want it to be secure, we want it to be stable, we want it to be free, we want it to be prosperous,” she added. That prosperity has much to do with strengthening defense...
    Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica U.S. aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The exercises - dubbed 'Prophet Mohammed 14th' - were held near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global oil output.  State television reported the exercise on Tuesday, which is aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. The U.S. navy has condemned the military exercise as 'irresponsible and reckless'.   It comes a day after satellite images showed the aircraft carrier being towed by a tugboat to the strait from the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. An image grab from footage obtained from Iranian State TV on July...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military has acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year. A report released Tuesday substantiates allegations around the Feb. 2. airstrike. “We believe our operations caused the inadvertent death of one person and injury to three others who we did not intend to target,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Stephen Townsend said. The original report on the airstrike said one member of the al-Shabab extremist group was killed in the vicinity of Jilib. This is the second in a new series of quarterly reports the U.S. military issues on airstrikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths after coming under growing pressure from Somalis and human rights...
    The leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and three of her colleagues expressed their concerns to the chief of the federal police, Christopher Wray, by asking him in a letter to inform the elected representatives of the Congress about these “foreign interference “before August. Presidential security, US intelligence’s “number one objective” At the same time, the director of the intelligence agency, General Paul Nakasone, said on Monday that the security of the presidential election in November was “the number one objective” of the NSA, warning that the United States was ready to “act” in response to any cyber attack on the elections. “The number one goal of the National Security Agency and...
    The U.S. military has acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year. A report released Tuesday substantiates allegations around the Feb. 2. airstrike. “We believe our operations caused the inadvertent death of one person and injury to three others who we did not intend to target,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Stephen Townsend said. The original report on the airstrike said one member of the al-Shabab extremist group was killed in the vicinity of Jilib. WHAT IS THE AL QAEDA-LINKED AL-SHABAB TERRORIST GROUP? This is the second in a new series of quarterly reports the U.S. military issues on airstrikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths after coming under growing pressure...
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military has acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year. A report released Tuesday substantiates allegations around the Feb. 2. airstrike. “We believe our operations caused the inadvertent death of one person and injury to three others who we did not intend to target,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Stephen Townsend said. The original report on the airstrike said one member of the al-Shabab extremist group was killed in the vicinity of Jilib. This is the second in a new series of quarterly reports the U.S. military issues on airstrikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths after coming under growing pressure from Somalis and human...
    Passengers on an Iranian airplane “harassed” by a US fighter jet may sue the United States in Iran’s courts, the country’s judiciary has ruled. Iranian state media on Friday said several passengers on an Air Mahan flight from Tehran to Beirut were injured after the pilot was forced to rapidly change altitude to avoid a collision with a US F-15 fighter jet, Reuters reported. The US military has disputed this, saying the aircraft was flying at a safe distance from the airplane while performing a routine inspection of the flight. “All passengers on Mahan Air Flight 1152, Iranians and non-Iranian, can sue the terrorist US military — commanders, perpetrators, supervisors and deputies — in Iranian courts for moral and...
    Passengers on an Iranian airplane “harassed” by a US fighter jet may sue the United States in Iran’s courts, the country’s judiciary has ruled. Iranian state media on Friday said several passengers on an Air Mahan flight from Tehran to Beirut were injured after the pilot was forced to rapidly change altitude to avoid a collision with a US F-15 fighter jet, Reuters reported. The US military has disputed this, saying the aircraft was flying at a safe distance from the airplane while performing a routine inspection of the flight. “All passengers on Mahan Air Flight 1152, Iranians and non-Iranian, can sue the terrorist US military — commanders, perpetrators, supervisors and deputies — in Iranian courts for moral and physical...
    A MAN from Singapore has admitted to being a Chinese spy as tensions between the US and China grow increasingly hostile. Jun Wei Yeo has been charged with using his political consultancy in the US as a front to gather information for Chinese intelligence, according to US officials. 5A law enforcement officer stands guard at a back door where US law enforcement entered the Chinese consulate in HoustonCredit: AFP 5Relations between China and the US have growing increasingly tenseCredit: Getty Images - Getty In a separate incident, the US said a Chinese researcher accused of hiding her links to China's military was detained. The latest developments come as relations between Washington and Beijing have grown increasingly hostile. China previously ordered...
    A healthcare insurance company for members of the U.S. military had to apologize for accidentally telling over 600,000 people that they were infected with the virus when they were not. Tricare apologized for alarming several hundred thousand people because of a poorly worded email that implied the recipient was a coronavirus survivor. The email went out from Humana Military, a regional manager for Tricare. "As a survivor of COVID-19, it's safe to donate whole blood or blood plasma, and your donation could help other COVID-19 patients. Your plasma likely has antibodies (or proteins) present that might help fight the coronavirus infection," read the email. "Currently, there is no cure for COVID-19. However,...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A Singaporean man living in Washington D.C. has pleaded guilty to being an "illegal agent of a foreign power," prosecutors said Friday. Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, worked for Chinese intelligence for four or five years, recruiting Americans with access to sensitive information over the internet and commissioning them to write reports, which he then passed on to Beijing. "The Chinese Government uses an array of duplicity to obtain sensitive information from unsuspecting Americans," United States Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. "Yeo was central to one such scheme, using career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure Americans who might be of interest to the Chinese government. This is...
    A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty in the US to working as an agent of China, the latest incident in a growing stand-off between Washington and Beijing. Jun Wei Yeo was charged with using his political consultancy in America as a front to collect information for Chinese intelligence, US officials say. Separately, the US said a Chinese researcher accused of hiding her ties to China's military was detained. China earlier ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu. The move to shut down the diplomatic mission in the south-western city was in response to the US closing China's consulate in Houston. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the decision was taken because China was "stealing" intellectual property....
    (CNN)The Trump administration's militarized response to the protests in Portland and its rhetoric of war -- along with the President's threats to deploy federal law enforcement to other major cities -- pose a serious threat to both the American people and our democracy. Benjamin HaasJarring videos show law enforcement officers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plucking protesters from the streets of Portland and stuffing them in unmarked vehicles before driving away. The agents, clad in the same camouflage pattern that I wore as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan, are not readily identifiable either by name or by agency. US Customs and Border Protection -- an agency under the DHS -- admitted to being involved in arresting...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application she submitted so she could work in the U.S. was booked Friday into a Northern California jail and was expected to appear in federal court Monday. Sacramento County jail records show Juan Tang, 37, was being held on behalf of federal authorities after she was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service. It was unclear if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf. The Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against Tang and three other scientists living in the U.S., saying they lied about their status as members of China’s People’s Liberation Army. All were charged with visa...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military and intelligence leaders at an air base in southern Israel and held a video conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit came days after an air raid on the Syrian capital, Damascus, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, killed five foreign fighters, including a member of the Iran-backed Hezbollah. The Lebanese militant group has vowed to retaliate for the killing of its fighters in Syria, and in recent days...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military and intelligence leaders at an air base in southern Israel and held a video conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit came days after an air raid on the Syrian capital, Damascus, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, killed five foreign fighters, including a member of the Iran-backed Hezbollah. The Lebanese militant group has vowed to retaliate for the killing of its fighters in Syria, and in recent days...
    Washington (CNN)The US military has again accused Russia of sending weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, to Libya and sending Russian mercenaries to operate on the front lines of the conflict there."It is assessed that the Russian Federation continues to violate UN Security Council Resolution UNSCR 1970 by actively providing military equipment and fighters to the front lines of the conflict in Libya," US Africa Command, which oversees US military operations on the continent, said in a statement on Friday.US officials have long accused Moscow of using the Russian mercenary outfit known as the Wagner Group to fight in the Libyan civil war as part of an effort to extend Russia's influence in the oil-rich North African country while also establishing a...
    CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military accused Russia on Friday of supplying more weapons, air defense systems and mercenaries to Libya’s front lines to shape the outcome of the escalating proxy war in the North African country. The accusation comes as rival Libyan factions — backed by different foreign powers pouring weapons and fighters into the country — prepare to face off over the strategic coastal city of Sirte, which sits next to Libya’s oil-expert terminals and fields. The U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, said verified photographic evidence reveals Russia’s increased military support to boost commander Khalifa Hifter, based in eastern Libya, against the U.N.-supported government based in the capital, Tripoli, in the west. “The type and...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia dismissed U.S. and British claims that it tested an anti-satellite weapon in space and declared Friday that the accusations served to justify Washington’s own plans to deploy weapons in orbit. U.S. and British officials claimed Thursday that the July 15 test of an anti-satellite weapon signaled a continuing Russian effort to develop technologies that could threaten space assets of the United States and its allies. The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations, saying in a statement that the July 15 experiment didn’t threaten any other space objects and complied with the international law. It described the claims as part of an “information campaign to discredit Russia’s space activities and its peaceful initiatives aimed...
    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia dismissed U.S. and British claims that it tested an anti-satellite weapon in space and declared Friday that the accusations served to justify Washington's own plans to deploy weapons in orbit. U.S. and British officials claimed Thursday that the July 15 test of an anti-satellite weapon signaled a continuing Russian effort to develop technologies that could threaten space assets of the United States and its allies. The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected the allegations, saying in a statement that the July 15 experiment didn't threaten any other space objects and complied with the international law. It described the claims as part of an “information campaign to discredit Russia's space activities and its peaceful...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — A Chinese researcher, wanted on visa fraud charges and being harbored inside San Francisco’s Chinese Consulate, was in the custody of US Marshals Friday and being held in Sacramento. Senior US government officials told CNN Friday morning that Tang Juan — who had hidden her status as a member of the People’s Liberation Army while working as researcher at UC-Davis — had been taken into custody. A senior Justice Department official said Tang Juan, a researcher who said she was focusing on biology, “was a fugitive from justice until last night.” She has now been charged in Sacramento and is expected to make an appearance in court later on Friday. The FBI said on...
    Washington (CNN)Senior US government officials said Friday that a Chinese scientist who had been hiding in the country's San Francisco consulate after accusations of visa fraud is now in US custody and charged that Beijing has been using its diplomatic outposts to run an espionage network that targets US businesses, universities and research centers to steal intellectual property.Tang Juan, a researcher who said she was focusing on biology, "was a fugitive from justice until last night," a senior Justice Department official said, but has now been charged in Sacramento and is expected to make an appearance in court later today. US officials made the announcement just hours before Washington's deadline for Beijing to shutter its consulate in Houston, a move...
    China is engaged in “a concerted effort” to seed American colleges and universities with members of the People’s Liberation Army, according to federal officials who unveiled a clutch of visa fraud cases. “This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said Thursday. “We will continue to conduct this investigation together with the FBI.” The new charges include a case involving an officer in the PLA Air Force who was hiding out in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, the Justice Department said. The officer, Juan Tang, is one of four people accused of lying about their past military service during...
    Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday that he hopes to avoid an “expensive” US arms race with Russia and China, the White House said. Washington and Moscow are preparing negotiations on a successor to the New START treaty capping their countries’ nuclear arsenals. However, China has so far rejected pressure from the Trump administration to join the talks, saying that its arsenal is far smaller than that of the two former Cold War foes. In a call with Putin, Trump “reiterated his hope of avoiding an expensive three-way arms race between China, Russia, and the United States and looked forward to progress on upcoming arms control negotiations in Vienna,” a White House...
    A Chinese scientist suspected of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military has fled to China's consulate in San Francisco, the US says. Prosecutors allege that the case is part of a Chinese programme to send undercover army scientists to the US. On Wednesday the Trump administration ordered the closure of China's mission in Houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property. China condemned moves against its scientists and consulates in the US. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused the administration of using excuses to limit, harass or crack down on Chinese scholars in the country. Following the row over the Houston consulate, President Donald Trump threatened to close down more Chinese missions. In recent months he...
    The US Army has paused streaming video games on Twitch as an outreach and recruitment tool after facing criticism for banning viewers who asked its streamers about US war crimes. The pause was first reported by esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau who said the Army team was stopping streaming, social activity, and participation in the upcoming Twitch Rivals competition. Breslau said there was “no official time frame for a return” and that Twitch had not cancelled its official partnerships with US Army and Navy esports teams. “The team has paused streaming to review internal policies and procedures” A spokesperson for the US Army confirmed the news to GameSpot: “The team has paused streaming to review internal policies and procedures, as...
    Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here's what you need to know as you start your day ...China harboring fugitive military-linked biologist in US: FBI A biology researcher who falsely denied a role within the Chinese military to obtain a visa and gain entry into the U.S. is being sheltered in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, court documents filed by the FBI say.The filing is part of a document that cites other cases in which Chinese nationals allegedly lied on their U.S. visa applications by hiding their military affiliations. VideoTang Juan, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, indicated on her J-1 visa application that she "had never served in the military, but open source investigation revealed...
    The US government has indicted two Chinese nationals for long-running cyber espionage operations that aimed to net information on Covid-19 vaccines, military weapons and human rights activists, in what is the second Justice Department indictment against individuals from China in recent days. Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, were charged with 11 counts of conspiracy, identity theft and fraud related to operations carried out from China since 2009, some in conjunction with China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS), according to an indictment filed on July 7 with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and unsealed on Tuesday. Li and Dong’s alleged victims include the US Department of Energy and more than a dozen US defence...
    What if a drone-launched, precision-guided Hellfire missile or fighter-jet air-dropped bomb was heading directly toward a designated enemy target, but it was disabled or its trajectory was suddenly jammed, altered or thrown off-course? Even worse, what if its flight path were sabotaged, taken over, or directed toward a friendly target? Or imagine a dismounted infantry unit is navigating rigorous, uneven terrain while under enemy fire, when their hand-held GPS location device showing friendly and enemy troop locations was cut off or fed false information? While there naturally continue to be ongoing efforts to “harden” GPS signals against enemy interference, these types of concerning scenarios may become even more likely to take place under one dangerous scenario. The problem is what...
    AN ANIMATED video on Iraqi television depicting a giant fist destroying American military tanks and coffins being flown home appears to send a threatening message to the U.S.  The chilling, minute-long video aired on Etejah TV on Monday, begins by showing rows of coffins wrapped in American flags inside a helicopter taking off in the desert. 2The animated video shows U.S. military vehicles blown up by a giant fist that emerges from the groundCredit: Etejah TV A message that translates to #expel_ the_occupation flashes.  In another scene, a gigantic fist wrapped in flags of Iraq and the pro-Iran Hizbullah Brigades militia emerges from the ground and knocks out military vehicles with the American flag.  Again, the #expel_ the_occupation caption is...
    Alex Henderson July 22, 2020 6:41PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Although the federal law enforcement officers who have been attacking George Floyd protesters in Portland, Oregon are not acting on behalf of the U.S. military, they have been wearing military-like camouflage. And Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, is expressing concerns about their attire and believes the American public should be able to distinguish between military troops and police officers. The Military.com website reports that on Tuesday, July 21, Hoffman told reporters, "We want a system where people can tell the difference. I can say unequivocally there are no Department of Defense assets that have been deployed to, pending deployment to, or we're...
    Although the federal law enforcement officers who have been attacking George Floyd protesters in Portland, Oregon are not acting on behalf of the U.S. military, they have been wearing military-like camouflage. And Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, is expressing concerns about their attire and believes the American public should be able to distinguish between military troops and police officers. The Military.com website reports that on Tuesday, July 21, Hoffman told reporters, “We want a system where people can tell the difference. I can say unequivocally there are no Department of Defense assets that have been deployed to, pending deployment to, or we’re looking to deploy to Portland.” Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Oregon Gov. Kate...
    FLIGHTS over Taiwan by the Chinese military are part of escalating preparations to take over the island, its foreign minister has said. The warning come amid calls in the US for new laws that would allow American troops to defend Taiwan in the event that China invades. 3 3Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said that flights near the island by the Chinese military were now an almost daily occurrenceCredit: AFP Speaking today, Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu told reporters that China is now sending planes near the island on an almost daily basis. "Looking on the long-term trend, China appears to be gradually stepping up its military preparedness, especially in the air or on the waters near...
    Hong Kong (CNN)United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that Washington is counting on Asian partners to help rein in an increasingly aggressive China, as two of the US Navy's most powerful warships conducted drills with allies in the Indian and Pacific oceans.Esper accused Beijing of bullying nations around the Pacific, depriving countries with claims in the South China Sea of fishing rights and trillions of dollars of oil and gas revenue. He also accused China of "brazen disregard of international commitments.""Make no mistake, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has been engaged in this sort of behavior for many years," Esper said. "But today, its true intentions are on full display for all to see." US Secretary of...
    (CNN)A US service member died Tuesday in Syria, according to a military press release.The service member was assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led military coalition that's fighting ISIS, the release said.The release did not identify the service member, noting that it was standard policy "to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities after the next of kin have been notified." Initial reports indicated the incident was not due to enemy contact, and the incident is under investigation, the release added.Another service member died in Syria earlier this year. Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, from Wilmington, North Carolina, died in January in Deir ez-Zor province, according to a release from the US...
    The U.S. government has charged a visiting Stanford University researcher of  visa fraud in connection with a plan to conceal her membership in the Chinese military.  Federal prosecutors said Monday 38-year-old Song Chen lied on her visa application in 2018 to work at Stanford as a neurologist.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said Song indicated on the application that she served in the Chinese military from September 2000 to June 2011 and worked at a Beijing hospital.  Prosecutors said, however, she was a member of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) when she entered the U.S. in December 2018 and that her claim of working in a Chinese hospital “was a cover for her true employer,...
    THE US and China could easily "stumble" into World War Three through a tit-for-tat in the South China Sea, war game simulations have predicted. The warning comes after years of escalating tensions between the two countries in the area, one of the most coveted bodies of water in the world. 4A fleet of US Navy ships conducts an exercise in the South China SeaCredit: US NAVY 4Warships and fighter jets from China's People's Liberation Army Navy take part in a military displayCredit: Reuters 4Tensions between the two countries have escalated in recent yearsCredit: AFP or licensors Last week saw US aircraft carriers sail through the South China Sea after Washington accused Beijing of a "campaign of bullying". In...
    The United States and Indian navies on Monday conducted joint military operations in the Bay of Bengal as the rivalry between America and China continues to intensify in the region. The U.S. Navy said Tuesday it would conduct other military exercises this week involving allies Japan and Australia. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADDS 11 COMPANIES TO SANCTIONS LIST OVER UIGHUR OPPRESSION, INCLUDING SUPPLIERS FOR US FIRMS  The cooperative exercises with India involved the Nimitz carrier strike group, which consists of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton, and two guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Ralph Johnson. On the Indian side, the destroyer INS Rana, two stealth frigates named INS Sahyadri and INS Shivalik, and the missile corvette INS Kamorta participated in the exercises. The nuclear-powered aircraft...
    By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering “adjustments” to its military presence in South Korea and around the globe as it shifts from years of countering insurgencies and militants in the greater Middle East to focusing on China, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday. Esper said he has issued no order to withdraw from South Korea. Without discussing specifics, Esper said he favors more emphasis on rotational deployments, as opposed to permanent stationing, of American troops “because it gives us, the United States, greater strategic flexibility in terms of responding to challenges around the globe.” The U.S. has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a bulwark against North Korea, but the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering “adjustments” to its military presence in South Korea and around the globe as it shifts from years of countering insurgencies and militants in the greater Middle East to focusing on China, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday. Esper said he has issued no order to withdraw from South Korea. Without discussing specifics, Esper said he favors more emphasis on rotational deployments, as opposed to permanent stationing, of American troops “because it gives us, the United States, greater strategic flexibility in terms of responding to challenges around the globe.” The U.S. has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a bulwark against North Korea, but the U.S.-South Korea treaty alliance is under great...
    (CNN)The US is working to bolster Ukraine's navy, a force that was decimated by Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014, an effort that comes as Moscow strengthens its own forces in the region in a buildup that some officials see as a threat to NATO's southeastern flank.The ramped up effort to help Ukraine includes a military exercise that begun Monday called "Sea Breeze," which is taking place days after Russia launched major military drills in the region involving nearly 150,000 troops, dueling shows of force that underscore the tensions between NATO and Moscow.That tension has been further fueled in recent days as the US has accused Moscow of a wide range of activities, including cyber-attacks on organizations involved in coronavirus...
    After protests spread across the US following the death of George Floyd, President Trump threatened to send in the army to end the unrest. Mr Trump said he has the power to send in the military if cities and states fail to solve the problem themselves. Getty ImagesIf a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary...then I will deploy the US militaryDonald TrumpUS PresidentProtests have continued in Portland, Oregon, for more than 50 days - and the city's mayor says there are "dozens, if not hundreds, of federal troops" deployed there who aren't welcome. It's unclear if the camouflaged federal forces in Portland are military personnel, but state governors are questioning if the federal...
    Breitbart Texas obtained video on Friday showing what appears to be a battalion-sized unit of specialized gunmen in heavily armored vehicles with the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG). The footage presents the group as an elite special forces unit. A two-minute video shows approximately 100 gunmen in military-style uniforms next to a long line of factory-made armored trucks and SUVs, Breitbart reported. The video also reveals a large contingent of the gunmen armed with specialized military-grade weapons including some belt-fed .50 caliber machine guns. In many ways, this heavy-company sized unit is better armed and equipped than Mexico’s own security forces. TRIPWIRES & TRIGGERS-VIDEO-This is the ELITE GROUP of CJNG cartel. We have warned for years of the tradecraft and...
    Twitch they have few elements in common – none, many could argue – an unknown and obscure relationship was evident in recent weeks. “data-reactid =” 19 “> Although at first glance the US Armed Forces and the transmission platform Video gamers on Twitch have few elements in common – none, many could argue – an obscure and obscure relationship was evident in recent weeks. Although they are publicly sponsors of the platform, a journalistic investigation revealed that Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel were spending hours using Twitch’s military channels, with the aim of identifying potential recruits from the United States military corps. The nation. They are professional players, tend to be friendly, and talk frequently about how much they...
    It was one of the most notorious espionage scandals of the late 20th century and, perhaps, the largest so far in the troubled history of relations between Cuba and the United States. At dawn on September 12, 1998, 10 Cuban intelligence agents were detained by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of an operation against the Wasp Network, a ring of spies that the Fidel Castro government had infiltrated since beginning of the decade in South Florida. The story seemed to have ended when the last three spies left in U.S. jails were returned to Havana in December 2014, as part of the relationship thaw announced by Obama and Castro. Wasp Network, in English) starring Edgar Ramírez,...
    The US Pentagon in designing a mini space station that will be used for research and development, training and operational missions. The Department of Defense has awarded a contract to the Sierra Nevada Corporation, allowing the aerospace firm to transform its Shooting Star transport vehicle into an orbital outpost. Shooting Star is a 16-foot cargo craft designed to hold 10,000 pounds and was originally developed for NASA resupply mission to the International Space Station. The firm and the Pentagon group is eye 2021 for when the craft will take flight for its first demonstration mission to the International Space Station. However, experts have raised concerns that combined with the US Space Force this space station could mean 'Starship Troopers' are...
    The U.S. Department of Defense is effectively banning the display of the Confederate flag at military installations, the agency announced Friday in a statement that does not mention the flag or the ban. “The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols,” the statement said. The statement described the U.S. banner as “the principal flag we are authorized and encouraged to display.” The statement also said, “Service members and civilian employees are authorized to display or depict representational flags that promote unity and esprit de corps.” Officials described the move as a creative way to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag...
    The Confederate flag can no longer be flown on US military properties after the Pentagon issued a new policy to reject displays of "divisive symbols". Defence Secretary Mark Esper did not name the flag in a memo announcing the rules, but the policy effectively bans the secessionist banner. The Confederacy was the group of southern states that fought to keep slavery during the US Civil War. Recent protests have renewed calls to ban the Confederate flag across the US. In his memo to senior defence leaders, Mr Esper said: "Flags are powerful symbols, particularly in the military community for whom flags embody common mission, common histories, and the special, timeless bond of warriors." He said that the US 'Stars and...
    After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon on Friday will ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn't mention the word ban or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo obtained by The Associated Press, was described by officials as a creative way to bar the flag's display without openly contradicting or angering President Donald Trump, who has defended people's rights to display it. Signed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday night, the memo lists the types of flags that may be displayed at military installations. The Confederate flag is not among them — thus barring its display without singling it out in a "ban." Details of the policy,...
    Twitch has intervened to stop the US Army using fake prize giveaways on its esports channel to redirect viewers to army recruitment pages. The practice was brought to light by a report from The Nation on the use of esports as a recruitment tool by the American military. The US Army, Navy, and Air Force all field esports teams comprised of active and reserve personnel who stream on Twitch and chat with young viewers about life, video games, and the opportunities afforded by military service. “Esports is just an avenue to start a conversation,” Major-General Frank Muth, head of the army’s recruiting command, told ThinkTech Hawaii recently. “We go out there and we have a shared passion for esports...
    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (KABC) -- A federal team of doctors arrived at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage Thursday to assist with the hospital's staffing shortage.The hospital is swamped with COVID-19 patients amid a surge in cases, prompting the U.S. Air Force to send a 21-person team of medical personnel.The team is undergoing some training and plan to be ready to care for patients by Saturday.Dr. Alan Williamson, the hospital's chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs, told ABC News earlier this week they're "close" to a breaking point.As of late Thursday night, the intensive care unit was at capacity.Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worriesEMBED More News Videos The CDC director said Wednesday that he's fine...
    Members of the army, uniformed and civilian, are strictly prohibited from partaking in overt political actions. These guidelines exist to maintain them centered on their mission — defending the nation. However apparently, somebody within the US Military’s Fairness and Inclusion Company has forgotten the principles. With a course titled “Operation Inclusion,” the company is selling the road that in the event you help imposing immigration regulation, or say issues like “all lives matter,” you then’re a white supremacist. GOP Rep. Mo Brooks blew the lid when he discovered the company had organized two seminars to re-educate all the uniformed and civilian personnel at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Brooks demanded a direct investigation into “Military personnel illegally utilizing federal authorities assets...
    Members of the military, uniformed and civilian, are strictly prohibited from engaging in overt political activities. Those rules exist to keep them focused on their mission — defending the nation. But apparently, someone in the US Army’s Equity and Inclusion Agency has forgotten the rules. With a course titled “Operation Inclusion,” the agency is promoting the line that if you support enforcing immigration law, or say things like “all lives matter,” then you’re a white supremacist. GOP Rep. Mo Brooks blew the lid when he learned the agency had organized two seminars to re-educate all of the uniformed and civilian personnel at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Brooks demanded an immediate investigation into “Army personnel illegally using federal government resources to distribute...
    (CNN)The US has "several" intelligence indications that Iran has put portions of its air defense system on "high alert" in recent days, following unexplained explosions at key facilities tied to the country's military and nuclear programs, according to a US official who is closely tracking developments. The change in alert status means Iranian surface-to-air missile batteries would be ready to fire at targets perceived to be a threat.The official would not say how the US picked up on these indicators, but American satellites, spy planes, and ships routinely operate in nearby international airspace and waters where they continuously monitor Iranian activity.Several US military officials declined to publicly comment on whether the US has intelligence related to Iran's alert status.The US...
    Reuters July 16, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Army wants to remove any sort of divisive symbols from military bases, the Army secretary said on Thursday, suggesting the Pentagon was close to a broader policy barring such symbols from all military installations. A number of military services, including the Marine Corps, have already banned the display of Confederate flags even as President Donald Trump has said that flying the flag is “freedom of speech.” “Anything that is a divisive symbol, we do want to take those of our installations and that sort of thing out of our formation,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters without specifying the symbols. Asked if that would include specifically identifying Confederate flags as divisive...
    A NURSING assistant-turned-serial killer wept as she admitted to murdering seven US military veterans with insulin injections. Reta Mays, 46, shook, wept and said "Yes sir" when asked by a West Virginia judge if she was guilty of the killings on Tuesday – but she wouldn't say why she did it. Reta Mays said 'Yes sir' when asked by a West Virginia judge if she was guiltyCredit: AP:Associated Press One of Mays' victims, George Nelson Shaw SrCredit: Family of George Nelson Shaw SR. She said she also murdered Kirk McDermottCredit: Family of Kirk McDermott Mays pleaded her innocence until the Clarksburg hearing after being confronted with the mounting evidence against her and now faces a life sentence. She admitted to...
    The United States and China have long been at odds over maritime freedom in the South China Sea, but this week marked the first time that Washington made an official policy shift to clamp down on Beijing's activity – calling it "illegal" and thus opening the legal floodgates to a potential military response. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the U.S. is "making clear: Beijing's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them." "Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral...
    By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa urged the government on Wednesday to pressure the U.S. military to do more to stop an escalating coronavirus outbreak at American bases there that has infected more than 130 Marines. Gov. Denny Tamaki flew to Tokyo to ask Defense Minister Taro Kono to share the concerns of local communities that host American bases and urge the U.S. military to be more cooperative with them. Tamaki complained that U.S. military officials have refused to provide details of infections among U.S. service members, citing confidentiality and a risk of terrorist attacks. He said 36 more cases were reported at Camp Hansen, one of several U.S....
    TOKYO (AP) — The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa urged the government on Wednesday to pressure the U.S. military to do more to stop an escalating coronavirus outbreak at American bases there that has infected more than 130 Marines. Gov. Denny Tamaki flew to Tokyo to ask Defense Minister Taro Kono to share the concerns of local communities that host American bases and urge the U.S. military to be more cooperative with them. Tamaki complained that U.S. military officials have refused to provide details of infections among U.S. service members, citing confidentiality and a risk of terrorist attacks. He said 36 more cases were reported at Camp Hansen, one of several U.S. bases on Okinawa...
    CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military on Wednesday accused Russian mercenaries fighting on the side of eastern Libya forces of planting land mines and improvised explosive devices in and around the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, said verified photographic evidence shows “indiscriminately placed booby traps and minefields” around the outskirts of Tripoli and all the way east toward the strategic coastal city of Sirte since mid-June. There was no immediate comment from Russia or the Wagner Group, a Kremlin-backed private security company that has been implicated in the conflict in the North African country. Moscow has repeatedly denied playing any role on Libya’s battlefields. AFRICOM said it assessed that the Kremlin-backed company introduced the weapons into...
    You’ve heard of defund the police. Now, defund the Confederates. Congressional Democrats are on the march against Confederate symbolism inside the U.S. Capitol and on military bases across the country. They’re targeting annual spending bills which fund the government. Purse strings are the ultimate authority in Congress. You want to understand how lawmakers feel about a given program or policy? Follow the money. Did Democrats spend $4 on a given item when Republicans would spend $6? Or vice versa? How much money Congress spends dictates policy, whether it be federal appropriations for a warship or upkeep of a Confederate statue. Twelve annual appropriations bills fund the government each fiscal year. The furor over controversial figures is central to five of...
    Washington (CNN)The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the US has withdrawn from five bases in Afghanistan and reduced the size of its forces there as part of the agreement it entered into with the Taliban earlier this year. "US forces in Afghanistan remain in the mid-8,000s and five bases formerly occupied by US forces have been transferred to our Afghan partners," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. "US military presence in Afghanistan remains focused on capabilities -- not numbers. We maintain the capabilities and authorities necessary to protect ourselves, our Allies and partners, and US national interests," Hoffman said.The statement makes no mention of the Taliban's continued links to al Qaeda, something referenced in a Defense Department report earlier...
    WASHINGTON - Former commanders of the U.S. forces in Korea mourned a legendary Korean War hero, General Paik Sun-yup, who died last Friday at 99. They hailed South Korea’s first four-star general as a hero and mentor.   “He was a hero, diplomat, patriot, and friend. He was a mentor to me when I served as the Commander in Chief of the Combined Forces Command and remained a friend and leader thereafter,” General (Ret.) John Tilelli told VOA Korean service on Friday. Tilelli, who commanded the U.S. Forces in Korea from 1996 to 1999, remembered Paik as a leader who “loved his soldiers,” who remembered their names and battle positions decades after the war. The Commander of USFK also...