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Govt. shutdown: US military ops continue while civilian services heavily affected

Despite the US government shutdown, military operations will continue as normal while non-essential civilian services will be heavily curtailed, SpaceX launches will be postponed and the tourism industry greatly impacted. The US government shut down Saturday after failing to reach an agreement on an approved budget for federal agencies. Government funding expired midnight Friday, sparking the start of the first ...

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2 pilots killed in helicopter crash as US military records 1st fatalities of 2018

Two US army pilots have been killed in a helicopter crash during training over the Californian desert, the Pentagon has announced. The AH-64 Apache chopper attached to the Army’s 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson, Colorado crashed in the California desert during a regular training flight. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, Lt. Col. Jason S. ...

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‘No other option’: Ankara will carry out military op in Syria’s Afrin, defense minister says

Ankara has no option but to carry out a military op in the Syrian enclave of Afrin, Turkey’s defense minister said. The operation has ‘de facto started’ with cross-border shelling, he added. Turkey would continue discussing its operation in Afrin with Russia, Nurettin Canikli said on Friday in  an interview with broadcaster AHaber. Read more The Turkish government considers Kurdish ...

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Russia eyeing private military companies market with new legalization bid

Russian MPs are expected within weeks to submit a new draft law regulating private military companies. There is a global market for such services, and some argue Russia is missing out by keeping citizens in a legal minefield. Private military companies (PMC) are the modern-day incarnation of the ages-old institution of mercenary companies – professional soldiers ready to prop up ...

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Syrian rebels urge US to ‘turn words into action’ & resume military aid

The Free Syrian Army is seeking the resumption of a suspended CIA military aid program, urging Donald Trump to “turn words into action” and confront what it claims is Iran’s expanding “hegemony” in the region, Reuters reports. The Free Syrian Army (FSA), an alliance of anti-government insurgent groupings, is trying to persuade the US to revive the defunct CIA program ...

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Trump’s craving for more nukes a ‘rip off’ that only benefits military industrial complex

The Trump administration’s blueprint for building more nuclear warheads to contain “strategic competitors” is a “rip-off” that only benefits manufacturers, not the American people, foreign policy analyst Robert Naiman told RT. The plan to expand the US low-yield nuclear arsenal, outlined in the draft of the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review leaked to the media, is an “outrageous and foolish” idea ...

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Threat of terrorist drone attacks is real, says Russian military after assault on base in Syria

Published time: 11 Jan, 2018 13:13 Edited time: 11 Jan, 2018 13:43 Terrorists have acquired advanced drone technologies and are now capable of launching attacks all over the world, the Russian Defense Ministry has warned, following an assault on Russian bases in Syria. Read more The threat of terrorists using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for attacks is not an unlikely ...

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US military should ‘feel ashamed’ over aircraft incidents – Okinawa governor

The US should be ashamed of its lack of control over its activities in Okinawa, the island’s governor said, referring to a series of incidents involving US military aircraft which has caused serious concern among locals. “I want them [the US military] to feel ashamed of their inability to be in control of what they are doing,” Okinawa governor Takeshi ...

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North & South Korea agree to reopen military hotline at landmark talks

Published time: 9 Jan, 2018 09:10 Edited time: 9 Jan, 2018 10:02 North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their military hotline, a South Korean government official told reporters. Much-anticipated intra-Korean talks, the first in two years, have been under way. Normal communications between the two Koreas, via the hotline, are expected to resume on Wednesday. Pyongyang had carried out ...

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Russian military to ‘drill’ enemy defenses with new gliding bomb

Published time: 8 Jan, 2018 15:17 Russia’s military is about to adopt a state-of-the-art aerial bomb, called ‘Drel’, or drill, which can be dropped by a bomber without entering an enemy’s airspace, due to the weapon’s ability to glide for dozens of kilometers. The head of Russian munitions developer Techmash, Vladimir Lepin, described ‘Drel’ as a “gliding bomb cartridge with ...

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