CONFIRMED US preparing to attack North Korea

CONFIRMED: US ‘preparing to attack’ North Korea

Daily Telegraph claims US engaging in advanced planning for military strike against North Korea by ALEXANDER MERCOURISDecember 21, 2017, 18:48 An article in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph is reporting that the US is now very close to deciding on a list of options for military strikes against North Korea. The Daily Telegraph claims that its article is based on inside information provided to it by officials of the US and British governmens ………this newspaper talked to around ...

Impatient and Distracted The United States and NATO Under Trump

Impatient and Distracted: The United States and NATO Under Trump

Headlines about the future of transatlantic relations, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in particular, in late 2016 and early 2017 mostly warned of doom and gloom. Part of this sentiment could have been attributed to a sense of disorientation—even declinism—following the success of Donald J. Trump’s U.S. presidential bid. Whither NATO Under Trump During his presidential campaign, Trump did his fair share to sow doubts about U.S. commitment to the transatlantic alliance. In ...

LEIPHEIM, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 21:  A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint on November 21, 2006 in Leipheim near Ulm, Germany. Germany, the Netherlands and Finland are working together to strengthen European rapid response capabilities, based on the EU (European Union) Battlegroups concept, by providing a fully operational, multinational military unit for the EU during the first half of 2007.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Wary of Russia, Finns take another look at NATO

Moscow’s military assertiveness makes the alliance an issue in the upcoming presidential election. By REID STANDISH HELSINKI — For decades, Finland managed its delicate relationship with Russia by avoiding any move that could provoke the “sleeping bear” on its eastern border. Now, a retired senior diplomat is pushing his country to risk angering the beast — by joining the NATO military alliance. “This country deserves an open debate when it comes to foreign and security policy,” said ...

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan Boosting Military Ties

Iran and Azerbaijan have held the first meeting of a military cooperation working group, signaling growing defense ties between the two wary neighbors. On October 24 and 25 Baku hosted the first meeting of the Azerbaijani and Iranian Joint Working Group on Military Cooperation, led by Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Iranian Deputy Minister of Defense Hojatollah Ghoreishi. This working group was established back in 2015, on a visit by Iranian Defense Minister Hussein Dehgan ...

Norwegian Army Chief Europe Needs to Destroy Islam if they are Going to Survive

Norwegian Army Chief: Europe Needs to Destroy Islam if they are Going to Survive

Norwegian Army Chief Odin Johannessen warns that European countries must be reading and willing to fight against radical Islam in order to preserve the values that unite the continent. “I think we must be ready to fight, both with words, actions – and if necessary weapons – to preserve the country and the values we have in common,” Johannessen said in a speech to the Oslo Military Society on Monday. Citing the Islamist attacks in Paris, Johannessen said that, “Europe can no longer expect ...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia is behind terrorist attacks in Tehran

BREAKING: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia is behind terrorist attacks in Tehran

Sputnik News is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran. Earlier in the day, a group of four people in women’s clothes opened fire in the building of the Iranian Parliament, with a subsequent explosion. Another attack involving an explosion took place near the Imam Khomeini shrine. The Iranian Justice Ministry said earlier in the day that at least 12 people were killed and 39 injured in the attacks on the ...

WW3 is on the horizon. Turkey set to approve fast-track deployment of troops to Qatar

WW3 is on the horizon. Turkey set to approve “fast-track” deployment of troops to Qatar

Moments ago The Duran reported on reports that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the terrorist attacks in Tehran. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but it is common knowledge that Saudi Arabia is the main sponsor of ISIS, as it pushes to overthrow Assad in Syria. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are connecting the dots, and all roads are leading to Saudi Arabia. Turkey is aligned against Iran in Syria, but is now throwing its support clearly ...

Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism – Pentagon chief Mattis 2017

Iran is the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism

Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism – Pentagon chief Mattis Iran is the world’s “biggest state sponsor of terrorism,” US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, warning that Tehran’s actions are known to Washington and being watched closely. “As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world,” Mattis said at a press conference in Tokyo on Saturday. “I think it is wise to make certain that Iran recognizes that what it is doing is getting the ...

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The Logic of the Political Purge

Turkey’s president has arrested thousands of people to hang onto power. Can it work? The attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, could have been a promising moment, one that encouraged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pursue a decidedly more democratic path. He could have used the opportunity to educate his citizens on the merits of electoral, rather than military, solutions to political conflict. After every major opposition party came out against the coup attempt, he could have seized ...

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How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In October 2004, the European Commission offered Turkey a formal invitation to begin negotiations for membership in that exclusive club of democracies, the European Union. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had been in power for just two years at the time, hailed the commission’s offer as validation of its self-described Muslim Democrat worldview. Yet only a few years after that triumphant moment, Recep Tayyip Erdogan—who was prime minister for ...

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Introduction The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Cold War cornerstone of transatlantic security, has significantly recast its role in the past twenty years. Founded in 1949 as a bulwark against Soviet aggression, NATO has evolved to confront threats ranging from piracy off the Horn of Africa to human trafficking in the Mediterranean. But while the modern NATO is generally more recognized for its role beyond rather than within Europe, Russian actions in recent years, particularly its ...

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Recent Developments Territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the South China Sea continue to strain relationships between China and other countries in Southeast Asia and risk escalation into a military clash. The United States has sought to uphold freedom of navigation and support other nations in Southeast Asia that have been affected by China’s assertive territorial claims and land reclamation efforts. In the fall of 2015, the United States signaled that it will challenge China’s ...

Russia's New Conservative Allies in the US The 'Alt-Right' Phenomenon

Russia’s New Conservative Allies in the US: The ‘Alt-Right’ Phenomenon

For those that have been paying attention, the rise of the Alt-Right is as surprising, as it is entirely expected. What is the Alt-Right? If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle. But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been ...

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Counterterrorism or Repression? China Takes on Uighur Militants

China is trying to link Uighur militants to foreign-led extremist groups such as al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. Well, Lauren Dickey isn’t buying it. The alleged linkages are truly opaque and don’t presage future Uighur attacks on Chinese soil. What they do point to, however, is “counterterrorism with Chinese characteristics.” By Lauren Dickey for War on the Rocks This review was originally published by the War on the Rocks on 19 April 2016. A ...

Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Hami, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 2 July 2013.

China has vowed to ramp up patrols and crack down upon terrorist groups after staging large military exercises in the restive Xinjiang region following clashes that killed at least 35 people. Beijing also dispatched two high-ranking officials to the far western region following a top-level Communist Party meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping. We will step up actions to crack down upon terrorist groups and extremist organisations and track the wanted, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the partys Politburo Standing Committee, said after arriving in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi, Xinhua news agency reported. Meng Jianzhu, another senior party official, was also in Urumqi making detailed anti-terror arrangements, it said.

Deleted Xinjiang ‘Heroes’ List Revealed Details of Unconfirmed Clashes

An official list of Uyghur police officers who died last year in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region has confirmed details of previously unacknowledged clashes with members of the mostly Muslim minority group, sources say. The list, titled “Our Heroes” and published online on April 1 by China’s Ministry of Public Security, was taken down shortly after it became clear that many of those named had not been killed in the line of duty, but had died in traffic or drowning accidents or of ...

President Obama predicts more ‘setbacks’ in war

President Obama predicts more ‘setbacks’ in war

President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged problems with the fight against the Islamic State and conceded there would likely be more but used a visit to the Pentagon to reaffirm his overall strategy for battling the terrorist group that has declared its own state. “There will be periods of progress, but there are also going to be some setbacks,” Obama said, while flanked by the top brass. ...

An F-15E Strike Eagle flies over Afghanistan. The F-15E's primary role in Afghanistan is providing close-air support for ground troops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 169, Mostly Civilians, Across Yemen

Saudi airstrikes against Yemeni cities have been a daily occurrence over the past several months, but seem to be escalating greatly today, with a series of strikes leaving 169 people, mostly civilians killed nationwide in the attacks. The biggest single strike was against the city of Aden, where Saudi strikes hit a marketplace, killing 45 civilians within. 30 others, including 10 Houthi fighters, were reported killed outside of Aden in attacks on checkpoints. 54 people, many civilians, ...

The Pentagon’s Fight Over Fighting China

The Pentagon’s Fight Over Fighting China

The Joint Chiefs keep ordering up ambitious new war plans. But their biggest battle might be with each other. At first, it’s hard to see Operation Desert Storm as anything less than an unparalleled American military victory. The battleship U.S.S. Missouri began the campaign to forcibly remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait by firing four Tomahawk cruise missiles at military command and control centers in Baghdad in the early morning hours of January 17, 1991. “I’ll never forget the day we launched ...

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Turkey, Syria, and the United States: Quagmires Are Us

From: cfr.orgThis weekend Turkey and the United States took steps toward getting more heavily involved in the Syrian quagmire. First, after a year of protracted negotiations, Turkey agreed to allow the United States to use Incirlik airbase to conduct operations against the so-called Islamic State. In return, the Obama administration has agreed to the establishment of a “safe zone” in northwestern Syria that “moderate Syrian opposition forces” would protect along with Turkish and American ...

If Assad asks, China can deploy troops to Syria

If Assad asks, China can deploy troops to Syria

Christina Lin timesofisrael.com Turkey-backed Chinese Uyghur terrorists are gaining a stronghold in Syria from which to launch attacks on China. A new article reported that 3,500 Uyghurs are settling in a village near Jisr-al Shagour that was just taken from Assad, close to the stronghold of Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) that is in the Turkey-backed Army of Conquest. They are allegedly under the supervision of Turkish intelligence that has been accused of supplying fake passports to ...

Lock and Load - NATO Deploys Fully Armed Eurofighters to Russian Borderspg

Lock and Load: NATO Deploys Fully Armed Eurofighters to Russian Borders

NATO continues its military buildup in close vicinity to Russia: for the first time since the inception of the Ukrainian crisis, German Eurofighters are set to patrol the Baltic Airspace with full ammunition. U.S soldiers walk next to a Patriot missile defence battery during join exercises at the military grouds in Sochaczew, near Warsaw. The NATO Baltic air-policing mission has been carried out by its member states since 2004, when Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania acceded to the military ...

NATO Is Presiding Over Putin’s Division of Europe

NATO Is Presiding Over Putin’s Division of Europe

NATO has a new sense of purpose. At least, that’s the message coming out of the latest meeting of the alliance’s 28 defense ministers, who gathered in Brussels on June 24 to 25. Ash Carter, the U.S defense secretary, speaking in Berlin on June 22 during the first leg of his trip to several European capitals before landing in Brussels, described the new “play book” that would allow NATO to deal with Russia. This play book would involve “an adaptive and agile NATO,” he said, and would be about ...

NATO says training centre in Georgia is step to membership

NATO says training centre in Georgia is step to membership

MARGARITA ANTIDZE | theglobeandmail.com TBILISI — Reuters  NATO said a new training centre opened in Georgia on Thursday would help the former Soviet republic to move closer to membership in the military alliance, a prospect sharply opposed by neighbouring Russia. Georgia's government has long hoped to join the alliance. But Russia, which fought a 2008 war with Georgia over two Moscow-backed breakaway regions, has said such a move would threaten its security. "The inauguration of the ...

Now NATO’s Prepping for Hybrid War

Now NATO’s Prepping for Hybrid War

Like the US, the alliance as a whole is readying forces for a full range of combat scenarios — and planning a historically complex exercise. Marcus Weisgerber is the global business reporter for Defense One, where he writes about the intersection of business and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for nearly a decade, previously as Pentagon correspondent for Defense News and chief editor of ...Full Bi o Tens of thousands of troops, hundreds of ...

Cold War Redux - Do you want to fight in World War Three?

Cold War Redux: Do you want to fight in World War Three?

    The rhetoric coming of Washington is pushing us dangerously close to a world changing scenario. In the following episode of CrossTalk, Peter Lavelle discusses the way Russia andPutin are being framed by Western governments and mainstream media with guests including Chris Hedges. The dangers of ignoring historical context when reporting ‘news’ is examined, along with the pure ‘imperial hubris’ of NATO. Some have dubbed the rhetoric as ‘The let’s Hate Russia Propaganda ...

The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans for a Baltic Battle Against Russia

Exclusive: The Pentagon Is Preparing New War Plans for a Baltic Battle Against Russia

foreignpolicy.com BY JULIA IOFFE But the really troubling thing is that in the war games being played, the United States keeps losing. For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its contingency plans for armed conflict with Russia. The Pentagon generates contingency plans continuously, planning for every possible scenario — anything from armed confrontation with North Korea to zombie attacks. But those plans are ...

All-Out War - Is NATO Preparing For ‘Final Offensive’ In Ukraine?

All-Out War: Is NATO Preparing For ‘Final Offensive’ In Ukraine?

SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 BY 21WIRE R Editor’s Note: We bring to the attention of our readers this incisive article by Prof. James Petras first published by GR in November 2014. The article points with foresight to the development of an all out civil war in Eastern Ukraine. It also points to the political complicity of Germany. James Petras Global Research There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine [November 2014]: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes ...

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe

NATO’s rapid response Spearhead Force in Europe might reach 40,000 troops, a tenfold growth from the initial 4,000-strong force deployed last year, the military alliance’s chief said. Most of these troops will be stationed near Russian borders. “NATO defense ministers … [will] make a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the 13,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) to 30,000 or 40,000 troops,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. The decision is to be ...