24 Feb 2017

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

“Not in a generation has the enmity run this deep, according to Sergey Rogov, the academic director of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, in Moscow. ‘I spent many years in the trenches of the first Cold War, and I don’t want to die in the trenches of the

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24 Feb 2017

Trump wants to make sure U.S. nuclear arsenal at ‘top of the pack’

“President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the ‘top of the pack,’ saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea

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24 Feb 2017

Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, say Malaysian police

“The substance used in the killing of Kim Jong-nam was a ‘VX nerve agent’, a highly toxic liquid used only in chemical warfare, Malaysian police have said.” Source: Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, say Malaysian police | World news | The Guardian

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24 Feb 2017

Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria

“A Pentagon-led plan to defeat Islamic State, due in draft form by Monday, will look beyond Iraq and Syria to include the threat from jihadists around the world fueling the conflict, America’s top general said on Thursday.” Source: Pentagon plan to defeat Islamic State to look beyond Iraq, Syria |

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24 Feb 2017

Dunford: US looking at ‘long-term commitment’ to Iraq

“The US military is contemplating a long-term presence in Iraq to stabilize the country after the anticipated defeat ISIS, America’s top military officer said Thursday.” Source: Dunford: US looking at ‘long-term commitment’ to Iraq – CNNPolitics.com

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23 Feb 2017

Egypt provides South Sudan with arms and ammunition: al-Bashir

“Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir has ruled out the direct involvement of the Egyptian arm in South Sudan’s conflict but said Cairo provided President Salva Kiir with weapons and ammunition.” Source: Egypt provides South Sudan with arms and ammunition: al-Bashir – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

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23 Feb 2017

Russia military adds new branch: Info warfare troops

“Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its muscle by forming a new branch of the military — information warfare troops.” Source: Russia military adds new branch: Info warfare troops – Fifth Domain | Cyber

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23 Feb 2017

U.S. Marines Head to Norway and Australia

“U.S. Marines are being deployed to Norway and Australia, ostensibly as part of standard procedure, but also to respond to two emerging threats, Russia and China. “ Source: U.S. Marines Head to Norway and Australia | The Cipher Brief

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23 Feb 2017

Russia: Damascus must agree to U.S. concept for Syria safe zones

“Russia is open for dialogue with the United States on safe zones in Syria but believes that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government, Moscow’s top diplomat said Wednesday.” Source: Russia: Damascus must agree to U.S. concept for Syria safe zones

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23 Feb 2017

Turkey mulls purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system

“In what would be a snub to NATO, the Turkish government has said it may buy the Russian-made S-400 for its near-mystery program to build the country’s first long-range air and anti-missile defense system.” Source: Turkey mulls purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system

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