Thursday, July 27, 2017

According To Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley These Are The Five 'Myths' Of Future Wars

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley

Army Times: Milley: Future wars will be long, they'll be fought on the ground, and spec ops won't save us

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley wants the American public to stop fooling itself when it comes to war, so he’s drawn up five ”myths” he says we need to let go of, pronto.

Milley shared his thesis with an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, and his take on it has evolved since he first started speaking about four slightly different myths of warfare back in 2015. The myths:

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WNU Editor: I am not a fan of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, but he is right on these "five myths".

U.S. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes And The ACLU Find Common Ground On Criticising The Obama Administration's Policy On 'Unmasking' Individuals?



The Hill: Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.

“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community.

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WNU Editor: The ACLU story is here .... Improper Obama-Era NSA And FBI Spying Detailed In Latest Declassification Of Memos (The Hill). I am always sceptical of U.S. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes .... he is a partisan Republican .... but when I see him and the ACLU complaining about the same thing .... the unmasking of U.S. individuals and surveillance/privacy concerns ..... it catches my interest. It should be noted that the Obama officials in question are all claiming that their reasons for why they requested these unmaskings involved national security concerns. The problem with this denial is that in the case of Susan Rice, when it become known that investigators wanted to look at her files on this issue, they were then told that they are at the Obama Presidential Library, and they are sealed for five years .... NSC Adviser Susan Rice’s Unmasking Documents Are Now At The Obama Presidential Library And Are Sealed For Five Years (June 20, 2017). Something is wrong here, and I am willing to bet that this story is not going to die.

Top U.S. Army General: North Korean Missile Capability Advancing Faster Than Expected



The Independent: Top US General says North Korean missile capability advancing faster than expected

'North Korea is extremely dangerous and more dangerous as the weeks go by,' says US General Mark Milley

North Korea’s ability to launch a missile capable of reaching the US is advancing significantly and faster than expected, a top US army official has said.

US general Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the Army, cautioned that "time is running out” for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis.

"North Korea is extremely dangerous and more dangerous as the weeks go by,” he said in remarks at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

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WNU Editor: To me .... what is happening in North Korea is a big story .... and General Milley's comments are important. But to the U.S. media, this is the big story .... Army chief learned of Trump transgender ban from news (The Hill).

General Mark Milley's entire talk at the National Press Club can be seen below.

More News On U.S. General Mark Milley's Remarks On North Korea

U.S. general: North Korea ICBM threat advancing faster than expected -- Reuters
US General: North Korea Advancing Faster Than Expected -- VOA
Time Running Out to Address North Korea's Threat - US General -- Sputnik
General Says North Korean Missile Launch 'Game Changer' -- Newsmax
'Time running out' to solve North Korea crisis – US Army chief of staff -- RT
Army chief: War with North Korea would be 'highly deadly' -- The Hill


Is The Trump-Russia Collusion Story Dying?


Ed Rogers, Washington Post: The quest to prove collusion is crumbling

While everyone is fixated on President Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.

As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of President Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.

Cable news airtime and in-print word count dedicated to the nonexistent collusion story appear to be dwindling. Democrats and their allies in the media seem less eager to talk about it, and when they do, they say something to the effect of “but, but, but … Kushner didn’t answer every question … He wasn’t under oath … There are still more witnesses … What about this or that new gadfly?” They are stammering. And it hasn’t taken long for news producers and editors to realize that the story is fading.

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WNU Editor: This story is far from finish .... there is after-all Robert Mueller's Special Commission and his army of "Democrat" lawyers who are investigating everything. But from a media point of view the intensity for this story has been dying for the past two months (summer-time blues?), and unless something new pops-up, will continue to lose public interest and news coverage.

Update: Another thing .... the above commentary was posted in the Washington Post!!!! Do they know something that we do not?

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 27, 2017



Robin Wright, New Yorker: Are We Nearing the Endgame with ISIS?

The American diplomat Brett McGurk is the central player in the seventy-two-nation coalition fighting the Islamic State, a disparate array of countries twice the size of nato. He has now worked all of America’s major wars against extremism—in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria—under three very different Presidents: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump. McGurk served in Baghdad after the ouster of Saddam Hussein; he used his experience clerking for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the Supreme Court to help draft Iraq’s new constitution. President Bush brought McGurk back to Washington to serve on the National Security Council and help run the campaign against Al Qaeda. President Obama tapped him to work Iraq and Iran at the State Department. McGurk was visiting Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, when isis seized nearby Mosul. In 2015, he became Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter isis. President Trump kept him on.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 27, 2017

When ISIS Is Destroyed, the Islamic State's Ruins May Give Rise To a New Al-Qaeda -- Tom O'Connor, Newsweek

China’s Weaponization of Trade -- Brahma Chellaney, Project Syndicate

When the spied-upon become the spies -- Todd Crowell, Asia Times

Ten lessons from North Korea’s nuclear program -- Richard N. Haass, The Strategist

Analysis: 64 years after the Korean War, the world’s coldest and most dangerous peace -- Michael D. Mosettig, PBS

North Korea's war of words with the world -- Julian Ryall, DW

North Korea must feel full weight of US sanctions, pressure — now -- Anthony Ruggiero, The Hill

With Kagame Set for Another Re-Election, Can Rwanda’s Stability Survive Him? -- Jonathan W. Rosen, WPR

Why Europe is so angry over the big Russia sanctions bill -- Zeeshan Aleem, VOX

Trump emboldens friendly foreign leaders, leaves foes wary -- AP

Is Sectarian Strife Brewing in Azerbaijan? -- Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog

Q&A: A look at why the Taliban seem to be unstoppable -- Kathy Gannon, AP

More Than Cigars and Rum: Why Cuba Matters -- James Stavridis, Foreign Policy

Trump administration is right to sanction Maduro’s henchmen in Venezuela -- Miami Herald editorial

Is Space The Final War-Fighting Frontier? -- Michael Krepon, Arms Control Wonk

World News Briefs -- July 27, 2017 (Evening Edition)



Reuters: U.S. says Iran rocket test breaches U.N. resolution

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an action the United States said breaches a U.N. Security Council resolution because of its potential use in ballistic missile development.

Iranian state television showed footage of the firing of the rocket, mounted on a launchpad carrying pictures of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The rocket launch violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday.

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MIDDLE EAST

Arab League chief says Israel risks igniting 'religious war'.

Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia's presence there for half a century.

Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border.

Eyeing Deir al-Zor, Syrian army advances on Islamic State town.

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city.

Syrian fighters in Raqqa uncover ISIS drone factory.

Russia says 4 military police battalions deployed to Syria.

ISIS is using booby-traps to preserve the chaos as its 'caliphate' shrinks in Iraq.

Report: Iran successfully launches satellite-carrying rocket.

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections.

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aides amid crisis.

Israel U-turns on al-Aqsa mosque security after Palestinian protests. Al Aqsa Mosque: Palestinians celebrate in the streets as Israel removes security equipment.

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem.

ASIA

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing.

UN urges Maldives to end parliament blockade.

Afghan forces sustain heavy casualties in Taliban assault on southern base.

Afghan forces battle to retake district from Taliban.

North Korea purges Beijing embassy after diplomat caught watching K-drama.

Kim Jong-nam murder suspects to plead not guilty.

Report: North Korea's elite plugged in online, not isolated.

US gives surveillance planes to Philippines.

Japan's defence minister to resign over scandal: media.

AFRICA

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash.

Mugabe's wife calls for him to name successor.

Nigerian soldiers killed in battle with Boko Haram.

Al-Shabaab militants ban starving Somalis from accessing aid.

UN Security Council backs plan agreed by Libya rivals.

Libyan forces warn ISIL is regrouping.

EU migrant crisis: France plans asylum 'hotspots' in Libya.

Rebel leader excluded from South Sudan peace process.

Egypt's Al-Azhar sets up advice kiosk in subway station to counter militancy.

German army helicopter crashes in Mali on UN mission, two dead.

Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency.

EUROPE

EU warns of possible delays to Brexit talks, London confident of schedule.

Swedish PM Lofven drops two ministers over IT crisis. Swedish government faces no-confidence crisis over IT leak.

Putin: New US sanctions on Russia illegal & extremely cynical.

EU concerned over U.S. sanctions on Russia.

'Counter-sanctions possible, trade war between EU & US would be very bad' - German economy minister.

Russia ready to work with non-NATO states that border the Baltic: Putin.

Italy moving quickly on plan to deploy ships to Libya.

Georgia ex-leader Saakashvili stripped of Ukraine's citizenship.

Crew of anti-migrant boat held in Cyprus over 'people-smuggling'.

AMERICAS

Scaramucci ignites fierce White House fight: ‘Shiv in ribs’?. Scaramucci rips into White House colleagues: report.

AP EXCLUSIVE: Sessions not stepping down unless asked.

US House, Senate Republicans reach deal to move sanctions bill.

Scaramucci says senior leaders take leak crackdown seriously.

Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions: White House aide.

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears.

Three killed in Venezuela as opposition strike begins.

Avianca suspends flights to Venezuela amid crisis.

Just 5 percent approve of Brazilian leader Temer's government: poll.

Cuba celebrates National Rebellion Day.

First Nations leader urges Canada to prosecute 'out of hand' hate speech.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabab associate.

Kashmir militant leader announced as head of new al-Qaida-linked cell.

EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Falling tech stocks pull US indexes off their record highs.

In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos.

Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates as world's richest person.

Volkswagen shrugs off cartel allegations.

Facebook posts jump in profits, eyes Messenger, WhatsApp growth.

Ransomware 'here to stay', warns Google study.

If Looks Could Kill

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White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and newly appointed Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, right, listening as President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday. PHOTO: T.J. KIRKPATRICK FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Wall Street Journal: Scaramucci Says Split With Priebus May Not Be Reparable

Amid power struggle, White House won’t say if Trump still has confidence in his chief of staff

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s newly appointed communications director publicly acknowledged his power struggle with the White House chief of staff and said their differences may be too wide to bridge.

Anthony Scaramucci, who joined the White House last week and reports directly to the president rather than to the chief of staff, as is customary, said in a CNN interview that he and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus have been at odds.

“We have had differences. When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other,” he said, referring to a comment he made last week. “Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along.” He continued: “I don’t know if this is reparable or not, that will be up to the president.”

Mr. Scaramucci indicated to The Wall Street Journal that he has spoken to Mr. Trump about his differences with Mr. Priebus. Asked in a text message Thursday morning when he would make his case to the president, Mr. Scaramucci responded: “I spoke to him twice today.”

Mr. Priebus didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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WNU Editor:
The above picture is priceless. If President Trump's intent was to find someone to stir the shit .... it looks like he has found that person.

U.S. Accuses Russia Of Using Facebook To Spy On French President Macron's Election Campaign

Regis Duvignau/File Photo

Reuters: Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. Congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Facebook said in April it had taken action against fake accounts that were spreading misinformation about the French election. But the effort to infiltrate the social networks of Macron officials has not previously been reported.

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Update #1: Russian Spies Used Facebook To Trick Macron Allies: Report (Newsweek)
Update #2: Facebook helped blunt Russian meddling in French elections (Endgadget)

WNU editor: When you scroll down this Reuters report you find the following gem ....

.... Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the French election by hacking and leaking emails and documents. U.S. intelligence agencies told Reuters in May that hackers with connections to the Russian government were involved, but they did not have conclusive evidence that the Kremlin ordered the hacking.

They admit that they have no evidence .... but that is OK .... we blame Russia anyway .... and the rest of the news media and pundit class follows.

When I was growing up people who thought like this were laughed out of the room .... today .... government policies, news reporting, intelligence analysis .... it is all based on opinions, one's prejudices,  and what do they feel at the moment. And to back their point of view .... rush to find like-minded people and point to them and say that they must be right because these people think like me.

What Is The Russian Reaction To The U.S. Debate And Coverage On President Trump's Decision To Ban Transgenders From Serving In The Military

Graphic by Samantha Lee (Business Insider)

Business Insider:  'What is going on in soulless USA?': Russian media fawned over Trump's transgender ban

In a country where a TV station once said it'd buy its gay citizens "a one-way ticket overseas," Russian media followed Trump's tweets about banning transgender people from serving in the US military closely.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that transgender individuals would not be permitted to serve in the US military "in any capacity" due to the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" their service would allegedly cause.

If implemented, the move would be a direct reversal of former President Barack Obama's 2016 decision to allow people of all genders to serve openly.

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WNU Editor: I am right now in Montreal, and the coverage here and in the U.S. is (especially yesterday) overwhelming. It's one of the top 3 stories .... and IMHO very negative towards President Trump (overwhelmingly negative in Canada). According to the above Business Insider story .... this story is also being covered extensively in Russia. I checked my Russian news sites, blogs, social media favourites, etc .... and yes .... the story is being covered .... but the coverage is spotty and what is being posted is buried in the back pages. On Russian social media .... at least those sites that interest me .... it is being ignored.

Hat tip to Fred for the above Business Insider link.

Is There A Kurdish LGBT Military Unit Fighting Against The Islamic State?

Kurdish forces fighting ISIS have formed the first LGBT fighting unit to fight the terror group in northern Syria

Daily Mail: 'These faggots kill fascists': Army of international volunteers form first LGBT fighting unit to 'smash the ISIS caliphate' as photos show them raising rainbow flag in Raqqa

* Creation of Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA, was announced
* Group exists to 'smash the gender binary... and advance the sexual revolution'
* Believed to be fighting for International Revolutionary People's Guerrilla Forces
* TQILA said it could not stand by as ISIS punished and killed homosexuals in Syria

Kurdish forces fighting ISIS have formed the first LGBT fighting unit to fight the terror group in northern Syria.

The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army, or TQILA, exists to 'smash the gender binary... and advance the sexual revolution', according to an online statement announcing its creation.

It continued: 'The images of gay men being thrown off roofs and stoned to death by Deash [ISIS] was something we could not idly watch.'

The statement was released by the International Revolutionary People's Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), an anarchist movement made up of foreign fighters battling ISIS alongside a Kurdish militia known as the YPG.

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Update #1: 'The Queer Insurrection': Coalition forces fighting Isis in Syria form first LGBT unit (The Independent)
Update #2: 'These faggots kill fascists': LGBT+ army TQILA are taking the fight to Isis (International Business Times)

WNU Editor: Who to believe? The Western press is saying yes, that there is such a unit .... but Kurdish authorities are calling this a bogus story .... Kurdish-led forces deny reports of LGBT unit fighting IS in Syria (Kurdistan 24).

U.S. Backed Syrian Fighters Now Control Half Of Raqqa



FOX News: ISIS: As US-backed Syrian fighters take half of Raqqa, terror group maintains influence

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of Raqqa from ISIS, moving closer to liberating the city once deemed the capital of the terror group's so-called "caliphate" -- but the Islamist network still has the ability to launch and inspire attacks against Western targets worldwide.

The capture of Raqqa would be a huge loss for ISIS, both in a symbolic and territorial sense, after the group earlier this month lost the Iraqi city of Mosul. But the total liberation of Raqqa is still far off despite the progress.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian army is not far away .... Syrian army advances against Islamic State southeast of Raqqa city in push to reach Deir e-Zor (Syria:Direct).

More News On U.S. Backed Syrian Fighters Now Controlling Half Of Raqqa

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city. -- AP
US-backed Syria force ousts ISIL from half of Raqqa -- The National/AFP
US-supported Syrian fighters control almost half of Raqqa: report -- The Hill
ISIS is rapidly losing control of Raqqa, its headquarters in Syria -- USA Today
At least 29 civilians killed in US-led air strikes on Raqqa -- TRT
Air attacks, shelling kill civilians in Syria's Raqqa -- Al Jazeera
SDF fighters battle ISIS suicide car bombs to liberate Raqqa -- RUDAW
Syrian fighters in Raqqa uncover ISIS drone factory -- Military Times
UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria's Raqqa since April 1 -- AP
Smugglers Lead Civilians Fleeing Raqqa into Deadly Situations -- Asharq Al-awsat
Syrian government secretly cooperating with Kurds in Raqqa: Reports -- Kurdistan 24

Russian President Putin On New U.S. Sanctions: 'Will Need To Respond To These Actions'

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, at the Hotel Punkaharju in Savonlinna, Finland, July 27, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

RT: Putin: New US sanctions are cynical, destroy international law

The new round of US sanctions against Russia is “extremely cynical,” President Vladimir Putin said, accusing Washington of using its political advantage for business purposes.

If the US implements new sanctions against Russia, “it will be particularly regrettable because this would be an act of aggravation and exceptional cynicism,” Putin said.

“It's an obvious attempt [by the US] to use its geopolitical advantages in the competitive struggle with the goal of ensuring its economic interests at the expense of its other allies,” he added.

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WNU Editor: There is a lot of truth to this .... Russia risks decades of low growth under U.S. sanctions: Putin adviser (Reuters). And if this report is true .... Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions: White House aide (Reuters) .... expect U.S. - Russian relations to then enter a very "cold chill".

More News On Russian President Putin's Remarks On New U.S. Sanctions

US-Russia sanctions: Vladimir Putin says we will have to retaliate at some point -- The Independent
Putin says Russia will respond to 'insolence' of US sanctions -- Digital Journal/AFP
Putin: We'll have to retaliate against 'illegal' U.S. sanctions -- Reuters
Putin decries 'anti-Russian hysteria' in US -- CNN

Human Rights Watch: 'Iraqi Troops Executed Dozens of Prisoners in Mosul'

Several bodies of alleged ISIS fighters in the foreground, near the Tigris River in Mosul’s Old City executed by Iraqi soldiers identified as from the army’s 16th Division. © 2017 Private

Reuters: U.S.-trained Iraqi army unit committed war crimes in Mosul: HRW

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - A U.S.-trained Iraqi army division allegedly executed several dozen men in the final throes of the battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul's Old City, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

The watchdog urged the U.S. government to suspend all support for the 16th Division of the Iraqi army pending an investigation into what it called war crimes, evidence of which was seen by two international observers.

Reuters could not independently verify the claims because Iraqi authorities have restricted media access to the Old City since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State on July 10. Spokesmen for the Iraqi government and military could not be reached for comment.

Islamic State made its last stand in the Old City after nine months of urban warfare with Iraqi forces who are backed by a U.S.-led coalition.

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More News On Allegations From The Human Rights Watch Group That 'Iraqi Troops Executed Dozens of Prisoners in Mosul'

Iraq: US-Trained Forces Linked to Mosul War Crimes -- Human Rights watch
US-trained Iraqi army unit 'linked to Mosul war crimes' -- Al Jazeera
US-trained Iraqi unit carried out Mosul executions: HRW -- AFP
Rights Group Alleges US-Trained Iraqi Troops Executed Dozens of Prisoners in Mosul -- VOA
US Trained Unit in Iraq That 'Committed War Crimes' in Mosul Battle -- Newsweek

Britain Plans To Send Its Newest Aircraft Carrier To The South China Sea Next Year


A British warship will sail through the South China Sea next year, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said. Reuters/Russell Cheyne

The Guardian: Britain's new aircraft carriers to test Beijing in South China Sea

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson commits ‘colossal’ carriers to embarking on freedom of navigation exercises in pointed remarks

Boris Johnson has committed the UK’s two brand new aircraft carriers to freedom of navigation exercises in the fiercely contested waters of the South China Sea.

In a pointed declaration aimed squarely at China, whose island-building and militarisation in the sea has unnerved western powers, the British foreign secretary said that when the ships came into service they would be sent to the Asia-Pacific region as one of their first assignments.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese are not going to be amused.

More News On Britain Planning To Send Its Newest Aircraft Carrier To The South China Sea Next Year

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing -- Reuters
British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to deploy to the Pacific -- UK Defense Journal
South China Sea: Britain to deploy 'colossal' warships to test Beijing's territorial claims -- ABC News Online
Britain to send warship to South China Sea to exercise 'right' to freedom of navigation -- International Business Times
New British Warships Head to South China Sea to Send Beijing a Message -- Newsweek
UK to Send Brand New Ships to Disputed South China Sea for Drills -- Sputnik International

US Pacific Fleet Commander: Will Launch A Nuclear Strike On China If President Trump Ordered Me To



Reuters: Hypothetically speaking, U.S. Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered.

The fleet spokesman later said the question was asked as an "outrageous hypothetical".

Admiral Scott Swift was speaking at the Australian National University in Canberra when he was asked whether he would be prepared to launch a nuclear attack on China if ordered to do so by Trump.

"The answer would be yes," he said.

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WNU Editor: The answer should not surprise anyone .... but it is causing a stir in the media.

More News On US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift Admitting That He Will Launch A Nuclear Strike On China If President Trump Ordered Him To

What if Trump Ordered a Nuclear Strike on China? I’d Comply, Says Admiral -- NYT
US admiral stands ready to obey a Trump nuclear strike order -- AP
U.S. admiral says he would be willing to launch a nuclear strike on China NEXT WEEK if Trump ordered it -- Daily Mail
I’d launch nukes at China on Trump's orders, says US Pacific Fleet chief -- RT
US Pacific Fleet Commander says he'd nuke China next week if Trump ordered him to -- Shanghaiist
'If Trump Asked, We'd Nuke China Next Week,' Says US Navy Fleet Commander -- Newsweek

World News Briefs -- July 27, 2017



Reuters: Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia's presence there for half a century

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show.

The original deal, signed in Damascus in January, sets out the terms under which Russia can use its Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province which it has used to carry out air strikes against forces opposing President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin approved the agreement on Wednesday, after the two chambers of the Russian parliament backed it earlier this month, according to the government's official information portal.

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MIDDLE EAST

Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border.

Eyeing Deir al-Zor, Syrian army advances on Islamic State town.

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city.

Syrian fighters in Raqqa uncover ISIS drone factory.

Russia says 4 military police battalions deployed to Syria.

ISIS is using booby-traps to preserve the chaos as its 'caliphate' shrinks in Iraq.

Report: Iran successfully launches satellite-carrying rocket.

AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections.

Isolated Qatar hires firm founded by Trump aides amid crisis.

Israel U-turns on al-Aqsa mosque security after Palestinian protests. Al Aqsa Mosque: Palestinians celebrate in the streets as Israel removes security equipment.

ASIA

Afghan forces sustain heavy casualties in Taliban assault on southern base.

Afghan forces battle to retake district from Taliban.

North Korea purges Beijing embassy after diplomat caught watching K-drama.

Kim Jong-nam murder suspects to plead not guilty.

Report: North Korea's elite plugged in online, not isolated.

US gives surveillance planes to Philippines.

Japan's defence minister to resign over scandal: media.

AFRICA

Nigerian soldiers killed in battle with Boko Haram.

Al-Shabaab militants ban starving Somalis from accessing aid.

Libyan forces warn ISIL is regrouping.

EU migrant crisis: France plans asylum 'hotspots' in Libya.

Rebel leader excluded from South Sudan peace process.

Egypt's Al-Azhar sets up advice kiosk in subway station to counter militancy.

German army helicopter crashes in Mali on UN mission, two dead.

Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency.

EUROPE

Swedish PM Lofven drops two ministers over IT crisis. Swedish government faces no-confidence crisis over IT leak.

Putin: New US sanctions on Russia illegal & extremely cynical.

EU concerned over U.S. sanctions on Russia.

'Counter-sanctions possible, trade war between EU & US would be very bad' - German economy minister.

Russia ready to work with non-NATO states that border the Baltic: Putin.

Italy moving quickly on plan to deploy ships to Libya.

Georgia ex-leader Saakashvili stripped of Ukraine's citizenship.

Crew of anti-migrant boat held in Cyprus over 'people-smuggling'.

AMERICAS

US House, Senate Republicans reach deal to move sanctions bill.

Scaramucci says senior leaders take leak crackdown seriously.

Trump could seek 'tougher' Russia sanctions: White House aide.

Three killed in Venezuela as opposition strike begins.

Avianca suspends flights to Venezuela amid crisis.

Just 5 percent approve of Brazilian leader Temer's government: poll.

Cuba celebrates National Rebellion Day.

First Nations leader urges Canada to prosecute 'out of hand' hate speech.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabab associate.

Kashmir militant leader announced as head of new al-Qaida-linked cell.

EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates as world's richest person.

Volkswagen shrugs off cartel allegations.

Facebook posts jump in profits, eyes Messenger, WhatsApp growth.

Ransomware 'here to stay', warns Google study.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 27, 2017

A leading concept for the future battlefield has machines do the fighting, with human troops conducting special operations and civil affairs. (1st Lt. Jason Uhlig)

Todd South, Military Times: Warfighters will be machines in concept of future battlefield

The future battlefield will likely contain autonomous robots, lasers and countless drones but beyond the equipment that grabs everyone’s attention at least one military leader says a framework for how to fight in that new arena is what’s most important.

Gen. David Perkins, commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, shared the evolving “Multi-Domain Battle” concept to a crowd of more than 150 military leaders, government representatives and scientific thinkers at the third annual “Mad Scientist” conference at Georgetown University Tuesday.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 27, 2017

The US Army’s Next Big 5 Must Be Capabilities, Not New Platforms -- Defense One

Battlefield 2050: Army Prepares for Future Fights -- Yasmin Tadjdeh, National Defense

Iran Successfully Sends Simorgh Launch Vehicle to Space -- Sputnik

Eight Indian Submarines Lack Second Periscopes, Says Top Auditor -- Sputnik

Russia's New and Unrealistic Naval Doctrine -- Dmitry Gorenburg, War on the Rocks

Russia Building Forces in South to Meet NATO 'Threat' -- Damien Sharkov, Newsweek

Pentagon on Alert as Russia Preps for Huge Military Exercise -- RCD

Japan ends probe of US Navy ship collision; no input from US -- Stars and Stripes

German military helicopter crashes in Mali, two peacekeepers killed -- Reuters

China resorting to 'coercive practices' to achieve goals: CIA -- Economic Times

China's Military Could Leave US Navy Dead in the Water With New Sea Drones -- Newsweek

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing -- Reuters

British supercarrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to deploy to the Pacific -- UK Defense Journal

UK launches new mini defense and security review -- Defense News

US, Indonesia Conclude Military Exercise -- The Diplomat

Navy announces fix to Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System -- Navy Times

EMALS Catapult Fixed But Won’t Reach Ford Until 2019 -- DoD Buzz

US Navy's 'Star Wars' mach 6 railgun goes mobile: Radical new weapon set for its first tests outside the lab -- Daily Mail

The Navy is preparing its railgun for the future of war -- Popular Science

Watch The Navy Blow Up Pretty Much Everything On Its China Lake Weapons Range -- The Drive

Airmen Fighting ISIS Talk Future Electronic Attack Aircraft EC-X -- DoD Buzz

US 'approach to defending our country in cyberspace ... is broken' -- C4ISRNet

U.S. treads water on cyber policy as destructive attacks mount -- Reuters

US Air Force Wants Robots Watching Twitter -- Defense One

Trump Says Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military -- NYT

Why does the US military buy so much Viagra? -- BBC

Congress' defense budgeting headed toward 'colossal crackup' -- Defense News

Report to Congress on the U.S. Role in the World -- USNI News

U.S. defense companies lift forecasts amid growing security concerns -- Reuters

CIA on Chinese cyberspying -- Washington Times

More Citizens Must Qualify to Be Warriors -- James Hogg, RCD

220 Year-Old USS Constitution Leaves Dry Dock Following Two-Years of Repairs -- USNI News

U.S. Multi-Million-Dollar Anti-Missile Defense Test Failed Due To A Sailor's Error



Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics: Oops! Multi-Million-Dollar Missile Test Failed Because a Sailor Pushed the Wrong Button

The test of the new ballistic missile interceptor last month met up with human error.

Last month an expensive test of a system designed to shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles failed. Now we know that failure was because of human error, according to a report by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

The test was the second involving the latest version of the SM-3 interceptor, a key platform in America's missile defenses. It took place off the coast of Hawaii at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on June 21, 2017 at 1:20 AM Eastern . The destroyer USS John Paul Jones—equipped with the SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor, AM/SPY-1 radar, and version 9.C2 of the Aegis Combat System—was supposed to shoot down an incoming simulated ballistic missile.

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WNU Editor: Yup .... blame the poor little sailor in some little room for pushing the wrong button on why the test failed.

More News On The Latest U.S. Missile Defense Failure

Sailor error led to failed US Navy ballistic missile intercept test -- Defense News
Failed missile defense test result of human error: report -- The Hill
US sailor had just one job ... -- The Australian
Sailor’s error ruins $100 million US missile test -- The Times