War

Video: Putin visits military drills in Russia

President Vladimir Putin on Monday observed a military exercise held in the Leningrad Region, as part of a surprise inspection to test the combat readiness of troops and ammunition of the Western and Central military districts. More than 1,800 servicemen, 30 tanks, some 20 airborne combat vehicles, five planes and 80 helicopters were involved in the exercise. It tested the military’s performance through drills in combat operations and liquidation of a presumed adversary; landing operations by paratroopers on guided parachutes and landing of tactical airborne troops for the isolation of a military operations zone; and the neutralization of an artillery unit or a logistics supply battalion.

China Knife Attack Shows Gun Control Makes The Vulnerable More Vulnerable

China Knife Attack Shows Gun Control Makes The Vulnerable More Vulnerable

On March 1st a group of attackers armed with knives stormed a Chinese train station, killing at least 29 and injuring more than 130 others before good guys with guns showed up to end the attack. According to NBC News, “four of the attackers were shot dead,” and “one was captured alive.” Yang Haifei was buying a ticket when attackers “dressed… Read more →

Ukraine conflict tests Obama's credibility on the world stage

Ukraine conflict tests Obama’s credibility on the world stage

The crisis in Ukraine has brought out a fresh round of critics of President Obama’s foreign policy who see a pattern emerging: the president tries to assert his authority and direct events on the world stage with empty threats, which inevitably have no follow through. With each instance, U.S. power grows weaker as foreign powers view Mr. Obama as the president who… Read more →

Alarm in Ukraine as Putin puts Russian troops on alert

(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin put Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s most powerful gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev.

Thousands of ethnic Russians, who form the majority in Ukraine’s Crimea region, demonstrated for independence for the peninsula that hosts part of Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet. They scuffled with rival demonstrators, mainly from the Tatar minority, who support the new authorities in Kiev.

With the political turmoil hammering Ukraine’s economy, the hryvnia currency tumbled 4 percent on Wednesday, with ripples spreading to Russia where the rouble fell to five-year lows and bank shares took a hit.

Ukraine’s central bank, which has been rapidly spending its hard currency to protect the hryvnia, said it had abandoned a managed exchange rate in favor of a flexible currency.

Moscow denounced what it described as the rise of “nationalist and neo-fascist sentiment” in Ukraine’s mainly Ukrainian-speaking western areas, where it said Russian speakers were being deprived of rights. It has repeatedly expressed concern for the safety of Russian citizens in Ukraine.

 

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Iran proposes joint naval exercise with Russia. Meant to check U.S. warships in region

Iran proposes joint naval exercise with Russia. Meant to check U.S. warships in region

TEL AVIV — After reportedly dispatching warships to the Atlantic Ocean, Iran has now offered Russia a proposal to carry out joint naval exercises in May, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The officials told KleinOnline that Moscow is considering the proposal but that there was no immediate decision from Russia. The officials said the proposal was likely a response to… Read more →

Bosnia unrest puts spotlight on broken peace accord

Bosnia unrest puts spotlight on broken peace accord

(Reuters) – Enver Mehmedovic spends his days behind an iron gate, guarding the factory he used to work in from its owner. Production lines that once produced ‘Dita’ detergent used in households up and down the former Yugoslavia now stand idle and Mehmedovic suspects that the tycoon from the Bosnian capital who bought the complex wants to sell off the… Read more →

US government reportedly ordering drone strikes based on cell phone location

US government reportedly ordering drone strikes based on cell phone location

The U.S. government reportedly is ordering some drone strikes based on the location of terror suspects’ cell phones — without necessarily confirming the location of the suspects themselves — raising concerns about missiles hitting unintended targets. The details were included in a report published Monday by journalist Glenn Greenwald’s newest venture, The Intercept. Though it previously has been reported that… Read more →

Report: 2013 Attack on California Power Station Was Likely Terrorist Rehearsal

Report: 2013 Attack on California Power Station Was Likely Terrorist Rehearsal

A sniper attack in April 2013 that disabled several transformers at a substation near San Jose, CA was “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred,” according to officials, and may have been a rehearsal for a broader wave of attacks designed to plunge the entire country into darkness, according to a report published Tuesday… Read more →

Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities

Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities

China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday. “The current and evolving counterpace threat posed by China to U.S. military operations in the Asia Pacific theater and outside is extremely serious,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a former State Department and National… Read more →