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Iraq's al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government.<p>The move, announced by al-Sadr and Hadi …

Middle East

Largest battle yet in Yemen as Arab alliance fights to retake Red Sea port from Iran-backed Houthis

Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday launched an assault on Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year …

Middle East

'Harebrained': National Security Council owns up to widely derided Trump video

The National Security Council has said that it made the video Donald Trump showed to Kim Jong-un at their Singapore summit on Tuesday in an unorthodox effort to persuade him of the benefits of denuclearisation.<p>The four-minute video in Korean and English was made in the style of an extended action …

Donald Trump

Months before the US invaded Iraq, CIA agents were on the ground and knew there were problems to come

On March 20, America celebrated — if that's the right word for it — the 15th anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, one of the most well-executed projections of US military might in history. Despite fears that we were underestimating Saddam Hussein's capabilities (not to mention an elaborate $250 …

War

Saudi-led alliance set for battle in biggest Yemeni port

ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition geared up on Tuesday for a military assault on Yemen's main port, preparing to launch by far the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital.<p>The United Arab Emirates, a member of …

Middle East

Summit Day: What happened at historic Trump-Kim meeting?

It was the greatest show on earth — at least for today and according to its main protagonists, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>That a global audience from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond was agape at such a once inconceivable tete-a-tete in the wake of threats of …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump says US to stop 'war games' with South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military will stop "war games" on the Korean Peninsula, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, as he announced details of his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>Exercises carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by …

North Korea

To Ambush and Kill American Green Berets, Al Shabaab Diverted a River

The Somali rebels knew where the U.S. Special Operators and their allied troops would have to deploy. By flooding terrain, they left them little …

Africa

India refuses to endorse China’s Belt and Road Initiative

India was the only country in the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on June 10 which refused to endorse China’s ambitious Belt and Road …

China

Before Kim Meets Trump, China Gets Jittery About North Korea’s Intentions

BEIJING — In the sudden rush of diplomacy involving North Korea, China has appeared to have the upper hand, hosting the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, twice before his long-anticipated Singapore summit meeting with President Trump even begins.<p>Yet as Mr. Kim prepares to finally meet Mr. Trump in …

North Korea

Iraqi Armored Brigade Ditches U.S. M1 Abrams For Russian T-90 Tanks

The change in equipment comes after the United States put restrictions on the M1's use to keep them out of the hands of Iranian-backed militias.<p>Iraqi …

Middle East

If Russia Invades, US Special Operations Forces Have an Unconventional Plan to Liberate the Baltics

DOLASZEWO, Poland—In less than 72 hours, U.S. special operations forces transformed a nondescript reserve base at this village in the bucolic Polish …

Military

The French Navy Stands Up to China

As we steamed through the disputed Spratly Islands, a voice demanded we radio our intentions.<p>‘This is China warship calling,” a voice bellowed out over the radio. “The Nansha islands are under Chinese sovereignty. What are your intentions?” The reply from the French military vessel, where I was on …

China

China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.<p>The …

Military

Can and will Iran strike Israel?

Israel today has fewer people and resources than Iraq had in the 1980s, but Iran knows that Israel is a regional power with a formidable …

Middle East

Deep in the Pentagon, a secret AI program to find hidden nuclear missiles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclear-capable missile, as well as track and target mobile launchers in North Korea and elsewhere.<p>The effort has gone largely unreported, …

Artificial Intelligence

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes meeting of Afghan clerics who had just condemned terrorism

KABUL — A suicide bomber killed 14 people Monday outside a large gathering in Kabul during the holy month of Ramadan where top religious figures had just condemned suicide attacks as violations of Islam.<p>The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a website linked to the radical …

Afghanistan

Kim Jong Un is reportedly extremely afraid of assassination around the Trump summit — and he's right to be

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly fears being assassinated on his way to Singapore to meet with President Donald Trump, a trip that will take him further outside of his country than he's been since taking power in 2011.<p>Kim is "extremely worried about security at the summit and is fearful …

North Korea

UK sends 'strongest of signals' on free navigation in South China Sea

Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said on Sunday that the UK has deployed three ships to the Asia-Pacific this year to send the “strongest of signals” on the importance of freedom of navigation and to keep up maximum pressure on North Korea.<p>His comments on board the Royal Navy’s HMS …

China

US releases video of HIMARS strike that killed 50 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

On the 24th of May, dozens of Taliban leaders were congregating in a building located in the Musa Qala district of Afghanistan. The U.S. military authorized a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System strike on the meeting place, which killed at least 50 Taliban insurgents, according to U.S. …

Afghanistan

Syria's Assad threatens to attack area under U.S.-backed Kurds

Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened to attack a region held by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying in an interview broadcast on Russia Today on Thursday that American troops should leave the country.<p>The remarks reflect that despite pressure on multiple fronts, Assad is …

Middle East

Report: Iranian forces, Hezbollah prepare to leave southern Syria

The report comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the Syrian army should be the only force on the southern border …

Middle East

How spies can use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and texts

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam the country and the world, security experts and U.S. officials say.<p>Federal officials acknowledged the privacy risk to Americans in a …

Surveillance

In symbolic nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command changes name

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Wednesday renamed its Pacific Command the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, in a largely symbolic move underscoring the growing importance of India to the Pentagon, U.S. officials said.<p>U.S. Pacific Command, which is responsible for all U.S. military …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

US Marines kill more than 70 Taliban leaders in Afghanistan

U.S. Marines in Afghanistan killed dozens of Taliban leaders last week using rocket artillery after tracking them to a meeting in volatile Helmand Province, according to the top American general in Afghanistan Wednesday.<p>U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the …

Afghanistan

The man sent by North Korean leader to U.S. for high-level talks

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - Kim Yong Chol landed in New York on Wednesday as the most senior North Korean envoy to hold talks with American officials on U.S. soil in 18 years.<p>The former spy chief is a trusted adviser to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, playing a pivotal role in preparations for a …

North Korea

Why Nicolás Maduro Clings to Power

Even as crisis consumes him, the president of Venezuela knows he has no alternative but to remain entrenched in Caracas.<p>It’s difficult to describe the state of Venezuela today without coming across as a little hysterical. Phrases like “zombie movie set” and “post-apocalyptic hellscape” keep turning …

Venezuela

Hamas says Gaza ceasefire reached following intense fighting with Israel

<b>Jerusalem (CNN) —</b> Hamas said Wednesday that Palestinian militant groups would agree to a ceasefire if Israel also agreed to abide by one, following the biggest exchange of fire in Gaza since the 2014 war there.<p>The comments, made by a member of Hamas' political bureau, Khalil Al Hayya, came after …

Israel

The Iranian regime may be entering a death spiral

It started last week as an ordinary session in the Majlis, Iran’s parliament. But then, in the course of a speech, Mohammad Reza Pour-Ebrahimi, …

South Asia

US calls emergency UN Security Council meeting over strikes on Israel

The U.S. on Tuesday called for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the recent mortar and rocket fire directed at Israel …

Israel