• Asia PacificIndian Army soldiers on patrol in Kashmir

    Indian and Chinese Troops in Deadly Border Clash

    Three Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off on the Chinese border, the Indian army said Tuesday, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.

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  • AfricaCongo soldiers next to a ADF booby trap

    Six Killed as Militia Torches Homes in East DR Congo: Local Official

    Six civilians were killed and dozens of homes were torched in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo blamed on the notorious ADF militia, a local official said Monday.

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  • Middle EastEUTM-Mali trains FAMa personnel

    Dozens of Malian Troops Dead or Missing in Jihadist Attack: Military Sources

    Dozens of troops were either killed or are missing after jihadists ambushed their convoy in central Mali, military sources said on Monday.

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  • Middle EastJoint US-Turkey ground patrols in Syria

    Drone Strike in Syria Kills Two Jihadist Leaders: Monitor

    A drone attack in northwestern Syria killed two commanders of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group on Sunday, a war monitor said.

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  • AfricaSwedish Armed Forces in Mali

    Two UN Peacekeepers Killed in Attack in Northern Mali

    Gunmen have killed two UN peacekeepers in a region of northwestern Mali wracked by jihadist violence, the UN said Sunday.

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  • Politicsfort a.p. hill army base

    The 10 US Army Bases Named for Confederate Officers

    The protests across the United States sparked by the death of George Floyd have reignited moves to rename US Army bases honoring military figures of the pro-slavery Civil War South. President Donald Trump has said he will “not even consider” renaming the bases, which he described as “part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.” Despite Trump’s opposition, a Republican-led Senate committee approved an amendment on Wednesday requiring the Pentagon to rename the bases within three years. These are the 10 bases in question. All of them are located in Southern states that were part of the Confederacy during the 1861-1865 Civil War: Camp Beauregard  Camp Beauregard in Louisiana is a training center for the Louisiana National Guard. It is named after General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818-1893), who was known as “The Little Napoleon” and whose troops fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, the first salvo of the Civil War. Fort Benning Fort Benning in Georgia is home to the US Army Infantry School. It is named after Brigadier General Henry Benning (1814-1875), an ardent secessionist who argued for the “superiority” of the white race. Fort Bragg Fort Bragg in North Carolina …

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  • Africaboko harm blast

    Jihadists Kill Dozens in Northeast Nigeria Attacks

    Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group killed dozens of people in the latest of a flurry of bloody attacks in northeast Nigeria, local sources said Sunday.  Inhabitants of remote Goni Usmanti village told AFP that fighters gunned down 38 people in a raid on Saturday and set a truck ablaze, killing an unknown number of passengers.  Security sources and residents said at least 15 people, including nine soldiers, died hours later in a second attack by the jihadists on the town of Monguno, 40 miles away.  The killings are the latest in a spike of assaults by fighters believed to be from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction after they massacred 81 people at a village in the area on Tuesday. Jihadists in pickup trucks on Saturday shot dead fleeing residents in Goni Usmanti after brief clashes with members of a local government-backed militia, sources said.  “The insurgents killed 38 people, including six vigilantes who put up a fight before they were overpowered,” local self-defense group leader Babakura Kolo said. Resident Grema Nuwaisu gave the same toll and said the fighters had also opened fire on a lorry loaded with traders, burning the vehicle and those inside.  …

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  • NuclearDongfeng-41 intercontinental strategic nuclear missiles group China

    China, India Increasing Their Nuclear Arsenal, Doing Significant Modernization 

    Nuclear powers continue to modernize their arsenals, including India and China, researchers said Monday, warning that tensions were rising and the outlook for arms control was “bleak.” “The loss of key channels of communication between Russia and the USA… could potentially lead to a new nuclear arms race,” said Shannon Kile, director of the nuclear arms control program at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and co-author of the report. Russia and the US account for more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. Kile was referring to the future of the New START treaty between the US and Russia, which is set to expire in February 2021. It is the final nuclear deal still in force between the two superpowers, aimed at maintaining their nuclear arsenals below Cold War levels. “Discussions to extend New START or to negotiate a new treaty made no progress in 2019,” the SIPRI researchers noted. At the same time, nuclear powers continue to modernize their weapons while China and India are increasing the size of their arsenals. “China is in the middle of a significant modernization of its nuclear arsenal. It is developing a so-called nuclear triad for the first time, made …

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  • Middle EastSmoke rises from the site of an attack after a massive explosion the night before near the Green Village in Kabul, September 2019.

    Four Killed in Kabul Mosque Blast: Government

    At least four people were killed after a blast ripped through a crowd during Friday prayers at a mosque in Kabul, Afghan officials said.

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  • Middle EastIraqi soldiers train on M1 Abrams tanks

    US to Reduce Troops in Iraq ‘Over Coming Months’

    The United States promised Thursday to reduce troops from Iraq over the coming months after talks with Baghdad, where lawmakers have pushed for their withdrawal.

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