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Globe-trotting U.S. special ops forces have already been deployed to 137 nations in 2017<p>The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne.” And soon their guidon — the “colors” of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group — would be adorned with the …

War

US claims warning over possible Syria chemical attack averted strike

Russia warns US of proportional response to any preemptive measures against Syrian forces as US official calls intelligence behind warning ‘far from conclusive’<p>US defence secretary James Mattis has said that Syria appears to have heeded a warning from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons …

Syrian Civil War

6 trigger points: How the conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war

The United States' next ground war in the Middle East might erupt without warning<p>The long-simmering conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war. The battlefield is the desert expanse of eastern Syria where civil war has raged for the last five years. Tehran wants to …

War

Battle for Mosul "nearing endgame" with ISIS about to be ousted, says Defence Secretary as NATO ministers meet in Brussels

The battle for Mosul is nearing the “endgame”, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon declares today.<p>ISIS’s ( Daesh ) three-year grip on their Iraqi …

War

The back door to a new arms race

The military hailed a successful missile defense test in May. Here's why it could make us less safe.<p>On May 30, after years of planning, the Department of Defense intercepted a mock intercontinental ballistic missile, the first successful test of its ground-based program against an ICBM-range …

War

China launches Asia's biggest post-WWII warship

The Type 055 "Renhai" is headed out to sea<p>On June 28th, the first Type 055 "Renhai" guided missile destroyer (DDG) was launched in the Changxing Jiangnan Shipyards in Shanghai. Measuring about 180 meters long and over 20 meters wide, the Type 055 destroyer displaces about 12,000-14,000 tons at full …

Military

What next in Afghanistan? Europe seeks U.S. leadership

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European allies will tell U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Thursday they are willing to help step up NATO's mission in Afghanistan - but only if the United States is clear on its strategy, diplomats said.<p>The United States wants to send 3,000-5,000 more troops to …

War

Closing Bases Would Strengthen the U.S. Military

The Pentagon wants to cut costs, but the House won't let it.<p>The House is working on the military budget for 2018, and the Pentagon is not pleased. Not only does the plan fall short of the "historic" boost in spending promised by President Donald Trump, but the proposal doesn’t even include one of …

War

‘Honor our contract’: Lawmakers press Trump not to deport foreign-born military recruits

Three lawmakers are pressing President Trump and the Pentagon to intervene on a proposal to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 immigrant military recruits in a bid to shield them from deportation.<p>Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) will propose an amendment to constrain the Pentagon from eliminating …

War

Front Defense VR Immersive Bunker Defence Game Demonstrated (video)

Virtual reality headset owners looking for an immersive battlefield experience may be interested in Front Defense VR which is being created by …

War

President Washington's Indian War

The destiny of the American West was far from manifest in 1791. President George Washington’s new administration faced a broiling frontier war in the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions, where Indian nations had long been resisting American settlement. Aiming at a sphere of influence in the area, …

History

Record-breaking sniper shot saved Iraqi lives: special forces officer

The sniper who shattered the record for the longest confirmed kill also saved lives, the deputy commander of Canadian special forces said.<p>Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were gathering for an attack on an …

War

$800 Million Later, Joseph Kony Is Still a Threat

The Pentagon says it won its war against the Lord’s Resistance Army. But the notorious rebel group is far from a spent force.<p>Last month, the Pentagon …

War

No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at military post

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama.<p>The emergency calls Tuesday came from within the Redstone Arsenal base near Huntsville and led the installation to tweet a warning …

War

China just launched its 'new generation' naval destroyer

China's military on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically-built destroyer, state media said, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy.<p>The 10,000-tonne warship was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said, making it the first of …

China

Australian commando on how to build a special forces body

Australian commando on how to build a special forces body<p>Instagram/ @scottevennett<p>In order to be Commando fit, you need the total package. You need …

War

Barents Sea: Battle Stopped Hitler's Fleet

At first glance, the Battle of the Barents Sea seems insignificant, a minor World War II naval battle in which a couple of destroyers were sunk. Yet …

Military History

Nominee for Pentagon’s No. 2 Backs Sending Ukraine Some Weapons - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy defense secretary has endorsed providing defensive weapons to Ukraine, a reversal from past U.S. policy …

War

Kosovo war crimes court clears way for indictments

A court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo's war for independence has approved its rules of procedure and …

War

Qatar accused of military escalation

Bahrain has accused Doha of a "military escalation" in the crisis that has embroiled the region, warning there would be consequences after Turkey …

War

Unexploded WWII bomb found in Germany

A prison in the south-eastern German city of Regensburg is being evacuated after an unexploded bomb from World War II was found near the site.<p>The …

War

U.S. Military Sending Warship to Israel, Spy Planes to Syria After Chemical Weapons Report

As the Pentagon claims it has evidence Syrian forces were preparing a chemical attack, the U.S. is sending spy planes and an aircraft carrier to the …

Syrian Civil War

Attorney General to decide if Theresa May can be prosecuted for war crimes

The Attorney General is considering whether legal action can be brought against Theresa May for having plans in place to use nuclear …

War

US watching for further moves by Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US military has ships and aircraft in place to strike Syria if ordered to do so by President Donald Trump, but so far it does not appear as if the Syrian government has made any further moves toward a chemical weapons attack, several defense officials have told CNN.<p>For now, …

War

COMMENTARY: Parsing ‘combat’ from ‘non-combat’ isn’t as hard as we’re making it

Words matter. The meanings we assign to words matter. And this is especially true when lives are on the line.<p>Story continues below<p>Last week, the …

War

Understanding the moral anguish of our veterans

Moral injury is what happens when traumatic events cross a soldier's moral boundaries, leaving them to deal with the permanent psychological, …

War

Web geeks needed to tackle "grey" cyber warfare, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon tells Royal United Services Institute

A “grey war” is being waged online as cyber attacks sweep the globe - with “geeks” needed to confront the threat, Defence Secretary Sir Michael …

Cyberwarfare

The Syrian war's worst kept secret that could become Israel's nightmare

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an interview with a Syrian rebel commander and half a dozen fighters, who confirmed the worst …

Middle East

Australia advances G550 surveillance fleet plans

Australia is advancing with its planned acquisition of up to five Gulfstream G550s adapted for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and …

Electronic Warfare

How We Can Protect Ourselves from Putin’s Aggression

A center of excellence on hybrid warfare should be sited in Ukraine.

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