Saturday, June 24, 2017

Israel Releases Videos Showing Airstrikes On Syrian Targets Today



Business Insider: Watch an Israeli airstrike take out a Syrian machine gun and 2 tanks

The Israeli Defense Forces released video on Saturday purporting to show its jets taking out a Syrian heavy machine gun and two tanks after mortar fire hit parts of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel said 10 projectiles from inside Syria had hit the Golan, the border area between Syria and Israel. Israel said it responded with airstrikes on the position the mortars came from and took out two Syrian army tanks, including one as it was preparing to fire.

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WNU Editor: By releasing this video the Israelis are sending a message to Syria and it aallies.

Europe Wants To Develop Their Own Sixth-Generation Fighter

German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon takes-off during the air policing scramble in Amari air base, Estonia, March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Reuters: Europe faces Herculean challenge to develop new fighter jet


Europe is embarking on an expensive and politically charged effort to develop a new combat jet that will shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs: Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen.

Two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters early talks had started on whether and how European countries could co-operate on a new sixth-generation fighter, which could involve a combination of manned and unmanned systems.

Though complicated by Britain's decision to leave the European Union, business executives and politicians at the Paris Airshow this week said U.S. President Donald Trump's cooler stance toward Europe had given the effort some fresh momentum.

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WNU Editor: Europe definitely has the expertise .... but do they have the monies/resources to commit to the development to such a project .... I just do not see it in today's age of austerity.

U.K. Parliament Hit By Cyber Attack Targeting MPs' Email Accounts



The Independent: Parliament hit by cyber attack as hackers attempt to access MPs' email accounts

Hackers launch ‘sustained and determined attack’ on all parliamentary user accounts

Hackers have targeted Parliament’s email system in an attempt to access the accounts of hundreds of MPs, Lords, aides and staff.

Security services are to shut down access for anyone not in Westminster as part of efforts to secure the network after the allegedly state-sponsored attack.

“The Houses of Parliament have discovered unauthorised attempts to access parliamentary user accounts,” a parliamentary spokesperson told The Independent.

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More News On The British Parliament Being Hit By A Cyber Attack That Is Targeting MPs' Email Accounts

Parliament hit by 'sustained' cyber-attack -- BBC
Cyber-attack on parliament leaves MPs unable to access emails -- The Guardian
UK parliament cuts e-mail access after cyberattack -- AFP
British lawmakers hit by 'sustained' cyber attack -- Reuters
MPs lose email access as Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack -- SKY News
British Parliament's Email Network Hit by 'Sustained' Cyberattack -- VOA
Cyberattack Hits U.K. Parliament, Limits MPs' Email Access -- Bloomberg
Britain Investigates After U.K. Lawmakers Hit by Possible Cyber Security Attack -- NBC
UK parliament hit by cyber attack -- The Hill

Qatar Dismisses Arab Demands As Diplomatic Spat Drags On



BBC: Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Qatar's foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable.

Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism.

Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

The UAE's foreign minister has suggested they may cut ties completely.

But Anwar Gargash added that the countries were not seeking to overthrow the Qatari leadership, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks, with Iran and Turkey increasingly supplying it with food and other goods.

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More News On Qatar Dismissing Arab Demands As Diplomatic Spat Drags On

Qatar casts aside list of demands by Arab states -- Financial Times
Qatar Shuns 'Unreasonable' Saudi-Led Demands To Cut Ties With Iran, Shut Al-Jazeera -- RFD
Qatar Says Demands Made by Four Arab States Not 'Realistic' -- US News and World Report/Reuters
Qatar: List of Demands from Saudi, Allies Not ‘Realistic’ -- Al Bawaba
Neighboring Arab Nations Slap Qatar With 13-Point List Of Demands -- Yahoo News
Saudi-Led Bloc Seeks Diplomatic Fix to Impasse With Qatar -- Bloomberg
UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar -- Washington Post/AP
UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands -- Reuters
Saudi Arabia is trying to make Qatar shutter Al Jazeera — and transform its foreign policy -- Zeeshan Aleem, VOX
The Gulf's Demands on Qatar Look Designed to Be Rejected -- The Atlantic
Why Qatar Unlikely to Bow to Saudi-Led Demand for Cutting Ties With Iran -- Sputnik

John Walker Lindh: Detainee #001 In The Global War On Terrorism Will Be Released In Two Years

Foreign Policy: John Walker Lindh, Detainee #001 in the Global War On Terror, Will Go Free In Two Years. What Then?

In leaked correspondence from prison, the ‘American Taliban’ refuses to renounce terrorism, says he wants to move to Ireland.

On Nov. 25, 2001, two CIA officers discovered a bearded 19-year-old English speaker among a group of captured Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The bedraggled teen stood out. “Irish? Ireland?” a CIA officer asked the prisoner, who gave no reply.

He turned out to be an American. And hours later, one of his CIA interrogators was killed when the captured Taliban prisoners staged an uprising.

Photographed naked and bound, California-born John Walker Lindh became detainee #001 in the global war on terrorism and dubbed the “American Taliban.” Branded a traitor and terrorist back home, he was convicted of supporting the Taliban and sentenced to 20 years in prison in a media firestorm that captured the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 era.

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WNU Editor: He is going to be the first of many as their prison sentences run out. Sighh .... I prefer to remember Johnny Micheal Spann .... Remembering Johnny Micheal Spann (Legal Insurrection).

China And The U.S. Agree On The Need For A Denuclearised Korean Peninsula

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) May 28, 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS

Reuters: China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

"Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said on Thursday that the United States pressed China to ramp up economic and political pressure on North Korea, during his meeting with top Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs.

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui met Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during the talks. Yang later met with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House, where they also discussed North Korea, Xinhua reported.

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Update #1: US, China reaffirm alliance on North Korea: report (The Hill)
Update #2: China, U.S. reaffirm commitment to Korean Peninsula denuclearization (New China)

WNU Editor: A broad declaration .... but no specifics on how to achieve it. This is what China wanted.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo Is Interviewed By NBC



NBC: CIA Chief Pompeo: Trump Is a ‘Serious Consumer’ of Intelligence

Allegations that President Donald Trump is uninterested in intelligence briefings related to national security could not be "any more false," CIA chief Mike Pompeo told MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt in an exclusive interview that aired Saturday.

Trump “is a serious consumer of the product that the intelligence community delivers," Pompeo said.

“I cannot imagine a statement that is any more false than the one that would attribute President Trump not being interested in intelligence and facts when it comes to national security,” he added.

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WNU editor: In the above video the audio is out of sink .... but if following the CIA is your thing .... it is worthwhile to listen to. As to what is my take on his interview.... a bit disappointed .... there was nothing new revealed.

More News On CIA Director Mike Pompeo's Interview By NBC

CIA Director Mike Pompeo meets 'nearly every day' with Trump who is an 'avid consumer' of intelligence -- Washington Examiner
CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence -- The Hill
CIA Director Mike Pompeo: Trump is 'incredibly demanding' of the intelligence community -- Business Insider
CIA chief: Intel leaks on the rise, cites leaker 'worship' -- AP
Trump CIA director blames 'worship of Edward Snowden' for rise in leaks -- The Guardian
Mike Pompeo: Trump admin plans on "punishing" leakers -- Axios

Speculation Continues To Grow That Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would have been his first public appearance, at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/File Photo

Reuters: If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein.

Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi's title of "caliph", or overall commander of Muslims.

Russia's defense ministry said last week Baghdadi may have been killed in an air strike in Syria and Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian parliamentarian on Friday as saying the likelihood that he had been killed was close to 100 percent.

But armed groups fighting in the region and many regional officials are skeptical about the reports.

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WNU Editor: This is ominous (mind you it is an Iranian source) .... ISIS to Issue ‘Important’ Statement on Al-Baghdadi (Iran Front Page)

More News On Reports That Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead

Who could be Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's successor if he is confirmed dead? -- IBTimes
Saddam’s former army officer may become new IS leader -- Kurdistan 24
If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, this is who the next ISIS leader is likely to be -- Mirror.
Russian diplomat: There is a 'high probability' that al-Baghdadi was killed in May -- Military/AP
Russia: "High" probability ISIS leader "liquidated" in strike -- CBS/AP
Russia "almost" confirms ISIS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death -- International Business Times

This Is Why Russia Will Not Engage In An Air War Against The U.S. Over The Skies Of Syria

A US Air Force F-22 Raptor flies over the Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Jan. 27, 2016. US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook

Alex Lockie, Business Insider: Here's how an air war between Russia and the US in Syria would go down

After the US downed a Syrian jet making a bombing run on US-backed forces fighting ISIS, Russia threatened to target US and US-led coalition planes West of the Euphrates river in Syria.

But while Russia has some advanced surface-to-air missile systems and very agile fighter aircraft in Syria, it wouldn't fare well in what would be a short, brutal air war against the US.

The US keeps an aircraft carrier with dozens of F/A-18E fighters aboard in the Mediterranean about all the time and hundreds of F-15s and F-16s scattered around Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan.

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WNU Editor: This .... in a nutshell .... is why Russia will not engage against the U.S. in Syria ....

.... According to Omar Lamrani, a senior military analyst at Stratfor, a geopolitical analysis firm, Russia has "about 25 planes, only about ten of which are dedicated to air superiority (Su-35s and Su-30s), and against that they’ll have to face fifth-gen stealth fighters, dozens of strike fighters, F-15s, F-16s, as well as B-1 and B-52 bombers. And of course the vast US Navy and pretty much hundreds of Tomahawks."

In short .... it all comes down to numbers.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 24, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis (right) and Army Gen. John Nicholson (left), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

David Petraeus and Michael O’Hanlon, WSJ: Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle

Trump’s early approach holds promise if backed with a sustained, and sustainable, commitment.

Can the U.S. succeed in Afghanistan? Not without a sustained, and sustainable, commitment. President Trump’s decision to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to add several thousand more U.S. troops to the 8,400 currently deployed is encouraging—but only if it is a first step in a comprehensive approach.

Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, should also receive greater leeway in the use of U.S. and NATO air power. And officials should remain open to the possibility of reconciliation with some insurgents, probably just those that break off from the central Taliban.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 24, 2017

The Danger of Mission Creep in Syria -- Emma M. Ashford, National Interest

Trumplomacy: Is there a Mideast strategy beyond arms sales? -- Barbara Plett Usher, BBC

All Signs from Trump Point to a Coming Conflict with Iran -- John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus

A new Ottoman Empire? -- Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom

Saudi power shift risks skidding on oil slick -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

Sea of sarin: North Korea’s chemical deterrent -- Reid Kirby, Atomic Bulletin of Scientists

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea? -- Robert E. Kelly, National Interest

Are China and the United States Headed for War? -- Ian Buruma, New Yorker

India Challenges China’s Intentions on One Belt, One Road Initiative -- Harsh V Pant, Yale Global Online

Who Will Abandon Taiwan Next? -- Fabrizio Bozzato, Lowy Institute

A year after Brexit, in figures -- Ginger Hervey, Politico

Ukraine's Naftogaz Hopes For Final Win Over Gazprom -- Oleg Varfolomeyev, RCW/Eurasia Daily Monitor

To Deal with the Russians, America Must Think Like the Russians -- Bruce Allyn, National Interest

Venezuela's Maduro confronts perils of his reliance on the military -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM

Mexico: Is the state spying on journalists? -- Viola Träder, DW

Why the stock market keeps going up, up, up -- Charles Gasparino, New York Post

World News Briefs -- June 24, 2017



Reuters: Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.

U.S.-trained urban warfare units were channeling their onslaught along two perpendicular streets that converge in the heart of the Old City, aiming to isolate the jihadist insurgents in four pockets.

The week-old battle in the Old City is turning into the deadliest of the eight-month U.S.-backed campaign to take back the northern city, which fell to the militants in June 2014.

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MIDDLE EAST

Hundreds of civilians flee Mosul as IS loses grip on city. In Mosul, ghostly civilians emerge from Old City hell.

Raqqa: The desperate fight for Islamic State group's 'capital'.

Israel strikes Syrian positions after fire toward it.

Attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca is foiled as suspect blows himself up after a gunfight with Saudi security forces as Ramadan nears climax.

Iran, Qatar send Saudis support after bombing near Mecca.

Qatar protests 'unreasonable' ultimatum from neighbors. Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic.

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia.

UAE: Arab states don’t seek ‘regime change’ in Qatar.

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US.

UN: 1,310 dead in Yemen cholera epidemic. Cholera cases in Yemen may rise up to 300,000 - UN.

ASIA

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85. Dozens killed in two separate attacks in Pakistan on eve of Eid.

Afghans suffer deadliest Ramadan since 2001.

China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization.

Second North Korean soldier defects to South in a month.

Otto Warmbier: North Korea dismiss 'groundless' accusations US man died from torture.

China worried Modi-Trump talks might cover South China Sea.

South China Sea: Former CIA director David Petraeus says Australia must 'be firm' with China.

China landslide: Fears more than 120 people buried, sparking massive rescue effort.

AFRICA

Egypt's Sisi ratifies handover of islands to Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's military training camp in Somalia to open soon.

Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF.

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus.

UN to send experts to investigate DR Congo violence.

Mali relaunches beleaguered peace process.

South Sudan cancels independence day events.

EUROPE

Shhh...EU leaders try to take migration feud off table, for now.

Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy.

Was Russian hacking of Ukraine's power grid a test run for U.S. attack?.

London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests. UK fire safety crisis expands; Hundreds evacuated in London.

UK Parliament hit by cyber-attack.

EU nations including Germany and France refuse to back Britain over island row.


Schwarzenegger and Macron join forces in swipe at Trump.

AMERICAS

Number of refugees admitted in US drops by 50 percent under Trump.

Poll: Trump approval rating rebounds.

Congress ignores White House pressure to tweak Russia sanctions bill.

Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia.

US Marines will meet a 'swift response' if they dare intervene, says Venezuelan official.

Venezuela faces food and medical supply shortage.

Colombia's ELN rebels announce release of kidnapped Dutch journalists.

Corruption charges against Brazil's Temer expected to come in waves: source.

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump considering Camp David-style summit to unite Arab leaders to fight terrorism.

Bali bombing: Guantánamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack.

US most wanted terror leader may have fled Philippine city: army.

Counterterrorism Director: Al Qaeda remains No. 1 terrorism concern to U.S..

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global financial crisis a decade ago still casts shadow over Singaporean investors: Survey.

9.5 trillion reasons gold and silver are looking more lustrous than ever.

Russia's fighter jet makers 'not afraid' of U.S. competition in India.

Mark Zuckerberg's snub of White House could backfire as Europe goes after U.S. Internet giants.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 24, 2017

An armed Russian SU-27 Flanker confronts a U.S. RC135U. Photo via U.S. EUCOM

Newsweek: Is Russia Ready to Fire at US Military Jets in Syria?

Russia has warned that it will now consider American jets in western Syria “air targets,” after a U.S. Navy aircraft shot down a Syrian regime jet on Monday. Russia and the U.S. are both active in the Syrian civil war, but Moscow backs the regime of Bashar al-Assad, while Washington supports anti-regime rebels.

The Russian ministries of defense and foreign affairs both threatened to sharpen their response to U.S. military actions in Syria after Monday’s downing by “tracking” U.S. jets and severing communication channels with American forces operating in Syria. However, Russia experts are skeptical as to whether Moscow will take action or is relying more on harsh rhetoric to appear stronger.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 24, 2017

Here’s How An Air War Between The US And Russia Over Syria Would Go Down -- Alex Lockie, Task & Purpose/Business Insider

Analysts: Russia's Military Threats Mainly Bluster, but Conflict Risk Rising -- VOA

U.S. military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use' -- Reuters

U.S.: Russia Gave Heads-Up About Syrian Cruise Missile Strike -- US News and World Report

North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM: U.S. officials -- Reuters

South China Sea: Chinese Military Planes Raise New Concerns Of Conflict in Asia -- Newsweek

Aequs doubling Rafale output aiming to triple annual sales by 2020 -- Defense News

German officials meet with Lockheed to talk F-35 at Paris Air Show -- Defense News

German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House -- Spiegel Online

Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers' list -- Reuters

Trump administration reportedly OK's sale of 33 unarmed drones to India -- FOX News

The Art of the U.S.-India Aircraft Carrier Deal -- Bimal Sareen, The Diplomat

Maritime Mystery: Why A U.S. Destroyer Failed to Dodge a Cargo Ship -- NYT

Fitzgerald: When A Big Ocean Gets Small -- US Naval Institute

Navy fighter jets aren't consistently providing pilots with high-quality breathing air, report says -- Virginia Pilot

Thunderbird F-16 pilot, team passenger in ‘good condition’ after crash -- WHIOTV7

U.S. Military’s Vital ‘Doomsday Planes’ Damaged in Tornado -- NBC

F-35s Worth the Hype After All? -- American Interest

The Army Is Looking For A Special Artillery Shell That Can Totally Paralyze Enemy Cities -- Michael Peck, National; Interest

Dismissal of Bid Protest Clears Way for New Army Sidearm -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

US Army to hold competition for Patriot radar replacement -- Defense News

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense -- Missile Threat

Space Warfare: America could soon have a new branch of the military protecting outer space -- FOX News

House lawmakers want space-based missile defense strategy -- Defense News

US Tech Firms Give Up Security Secrets For Access To Russian Market -- Daily Caller

Wikileaks: The CIA can remotely hack into computers that aren’t even connected to the internet -- Quartz

I trained a neural network to create CIA malware codenames -- The Next Web

Army busts another general for improper relationship with woman -- Washington Post

Missing Shiloh sailor who was discovered hiding transferred to brig -- Navy Times

How Trump is empowering the military -- and raising some eyebrows -- CNN

The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer -- Andrew Tarantola, Endgadget

How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China -- Patrick Tucker, Defense One

Sights from around the Paris Air Show -- Defense News

Israel Launches Air Strikes On Syrian Positions After Spillover Fire In Syria Hit The Golan Heights

A picture taken from the Golan Heights on September 10, 2016, shows smoke rising from the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab. Israeli aircraft struck Syrian army positions after fire from its war-torn neighbor hit the Golan. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)

Times of Israel: Syrian shells land in Golan Heights, sparking IDF strikes

Syrian shells land in Golan Heights, sparking IDF strikes

Israel complains to UN, hits back at Assad regime tanks and post, after apparent errant fire from fighting near the border

Several mortar shells exploded in an open area in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria Saturday afternoon, the army said, leading to retaliatory air strikes.

The army said the mortars appeared to be errant fire from Syrian factions fighting each other across the border. Around 10 impacts were identified in Israeli territory, around the Quneitra area.

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More News On Israel Launching Air Strikes On Syrian Positions After Spillover Fire In Syria Hit The Golan Heights

IDF strikes Syrian targets in response to Golan crossfire -- The Jerusalem Post
Israel attacks Syrian tanks in response to wayward projectiles -- Ynetnews
Israel launches air raid on Syria in return for fire: Army -- Daily Star/AFP
Spillover fire from Syria reaches northern Israel -- Jerusalem Online
Israel tells civilians to steer clear of Syria border -- ABC News/AP
Israeli warplanes target 2 Syrian tanks over spillover cross-border fire -- RT
Several Syrian Projectiles Fall on Israeli Part of Golan Heights – IDF -- Sputnik

Two U.S. Military 'Doomsday Planes' Damaged By Tornado

The Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post © Keith Allison / Wikipedia

NBC: U.S. Military’s Vital ‘Doomsday Planes’ Damaged in Tornado

WASHINGTON — Two of the U.S. Military's E-4B planes — commonly called the "Doomsday Plane" — were damaged and knocked out of service recently in a tornado at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, according to two U.S. military officials.

The E-4B is the military's National Airborne Operations Center and if there is a national emergency or attack, the plane would serve as the command and control hub for the president, secretary of defense and joint chiefs.

The planes were damaged on June 16, the officials said. The military has four E4-Bs in the fleet so now half of the fleet is not operational.

The officials said the mission can still be accomplished with the two aircraft grounded.

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More News On Two U.S. Military 'Doomsday Planes' Being Damaged By A Tornado

Two USAF E-4B "Doomsday Planes" Damaged In Tornado At Offutt Air Force Base -- The Drive
Air Force Says Tornado Damaged 2 'Doomsday' 747s -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes
Air Force 'doomsday' planes damaged in tornado -- CNN
Tornado damaged two U.S. Air Force E-4B 'doomsday' planes -- UPI
Pentagon’s nuke-proof ‘Doomsday’ planes damaged by tornado -- Japan Times/AFP
Heavy tornado cripples 2 US ‘Doomsday Planes’ -- RT
Tornado damaged at least 10 jets as it tore through Offutt Air Force Base -- Omaha World Herald

A Look At Why Canada Produces Some Of The Best Snipers In The World


Washington Post: How Canada’s small military produced deadly, record-breaking snipers

Canada is not known, at least not in popular culture, for its military might. Fewer than 70,000 active soldiers serve in the country’s armed forces, whose size and strength have been mocked over the years by American and Canadian commentators alike. The United States, by comparison, has about half a million active soldiers in the Army alone, and hundreds of thousands more across the other branches. By American standards, Canada’s roughly $20 billion defense budget is minuscule.

But don’t let those numbers fool you.

Despite its small size, Canada is known for producing well-trained, highly skilled soldiers, who have long fought alongside American and British counterparts in major world conflicts, including the current fight against Islamic State militants.

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WNU Editor: Just a correction in the above BBC tweet. The Canadian sniper killed he ISIS militant in Iraq not Afghanistan.

China Fears That Special Counsel Robert Mueller Will Soon be Focusing On Them


Washington Times: Beijing fears anti-China sentiment in U.S. from Mueller investigation

The political hysteria sweeping Washington over allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election is reverberating in China. The communist government is worried that a similar wave of anti-China sentiment will take hold in the United States.

According to China watchers in and out of government, what Beijing fears most is that special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, will add White House dealings with China to his investigation of Russian election meddling.

One main effort of the Chinese government is trying to tamp down the fallout from news reports that first surfaced in March revealing a company owned by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was planning to sell a stake in a Manhattan skyscraper to the Chinese state-connected insurance company Anbang for $400 million.

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WNU Editor: I am sure that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be looking at the role that Russian money may have had in influencing President Trump or members of his team .... especially in New York City real estate. But the real money is not Russia .... its China .... and in my opinion it is probably one of the most under-reported stories (Chinese finance and investment in real estate) in American business today. My prediction .... the Chinese have every right to be concerned that the focus will soon be shifting to them.

Russia Destroyed And Removed Materials That Could Have Been Useful In Russian Probe

A Russian compound, which was ordered to be closed and vacated, is seen in Upper Brookville, Long Island, New York, on Dec. 30, 2016. REUTERS/RASHID UMAR ABBASI

CBS: Russians destroyed and removed material from shuttered compounds, officials say

WASHINGTON -- When U.S. officials entered shuttered Russian compounds in Maryland and New York last December, they found damaged materials that could have been used in intelligence gathering and that former officials say could have been useful in the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The compounds, which had been used for decades as retreats for Russian diplomats, were shut down by the Obama administration as part of a package of punitive measures in response to Russia's meddling in the election. The White House expelled 35 diplomats, saying at the time they were targeted because of ongoing harassment of U.S. personnel in Russia.

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Update: Material useful to Russia probe destroyed in US compounds: report (The Hill)

WNU Editor: How can the media make the claim that the destroyed equipment and empty filing cabinets at these former Russian compounds could have helped in the Russian probe is beyond me .... but they are making it.

President Obama Under Fire From Both President Trump And Democrats For Doing Nothing About Russian Election Meddling


Daily Mail: 'Why didn't he do something about it?' Trump twists knife into Obama following claim former president KNEW Russia was trying to hack the election but was too fearful to act

* Trump has criticized Obama's handling of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election
* President told Fox & Friends Weekend in an interview to air Sunday that he had only just learned Obama may have known about Russian hacking attempts
* Trump appeared to be referring to a Washington Post story that claimed the CIA had intelligence last August that Putin had ordered the hack
* He hit out at Obama saying 'should have done something about it'
* Report claimed Obama was worried that taking measures against Russia would make it look like he himself was manipulating the election
* He decided to deliver warnings to Moscow but left countermeasures until after the November election

Donald Trump has hit out at Barack Obama following claims the former President had knowledge of Russia trying to hack the US election but allegedly failed to do anything about it.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Trump win the US presidential race.

Trump has now spoken out about the claims and questioned why Obama refused to act in an interview that is set to air Sunday on Fox & Friends Weekend.

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WNU Editor: The media narrative now is that President Trump is admitting that the Russians tried to influence the election .... Trump appears to admit Russia interfered in the US election in a tweet criticizing Obama (Business Insider). I see it differently .... I see President Trump as someone who cannot resist poking at President Obama and telling him that he basically "chocked". As for the Democrats who do believe that the Russians were successful in influencing the election results .... they must be beyond livid .... and that probably includes Hillary Clinton.

More News On President Obama Under Fire From Both President Trump And Democrats For Doing Nothing About Russian Election Meddling

Trump slams Obama for doing 'nothing' about Russia before the election -- The Hill
Trump questions Obama's response to 'election meddling by Russia' -- ABC News
Frustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response -- The Hill
Democrats Back Trump Assertion That Obama Administration Is Responsible for Failing to Halt Russia Election Meddling -- Newsweek