Iran calls Arab League crisis meeting a “distraction” from true enemy
dpa, Hamburg, Germany A statement from Arab leaders denouncing Iran for meddling in the region was met with contempt in Tehran on Friday, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman rejecting the “baseless claims.” “Saudi Arabia has used the holy month of Ramadan and the holy city of Mecca for political... Read more
EUCOM wants to use U.S. diplomats in mock crisis scenarios to better military exercises
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes U.S. European Command leaders are developing new military war games in coordination with some unconventional partners: American diplomats in Europe. “It provides the reality,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. John P. Healy, who leads EUCOM’s exercises and assessments division. “Before you get to any... Read more
Midwest tornadoes damage military homes at Wright-Patterson AFB, nine families displaced
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A dozen homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are uninhabitable after a tornado ripped through the Ohio base on Memorial Day, base officials said. In total, roughly 150 homes in the Prairies at Wright Field housing area were damaged, according to a news... Read more
Okinawa governor wants Air Station Futenma closed despite construction delays of replacement facility
Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi Stars and Stripes Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki has appealed to U.S. officials to shutter Marine Corps Air Station Futenma despite construction delays at its replacement facility and warned of civil unrest should the United States fail to take action. Tamaki wrote Friday to... Read more
U.S. turns to French drone manufacturer as trade war with China widens
Off-the-shelf drone technology is a hot item for the U.S. Military, and the dubious origin for many of these products -naturally, we’re talking about China- have narrowed down the number of companies that can provide for the world’s sole hyperpower. Fortunately, for us, we’ll always have Paris. Parrot, a... Read more
Kushner, other aids, head to Middle East this week to push Israeli-Palestinian peace deal
Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times After numerous false starts, the Trump administration is finally preparing to unveil its long-promised Mideast peace plan in coming weeks, and initial indications suggest it is aimed at pleasing Israel while offering financial incentives to the Palestinians but no pathway to statehood, their primary... Read more
Iran tried to interfere in 2018 midterm elections, set up fake social media accounts
By Gopal Ratnam CQ-Roll Call Iranians posing as Americans set up fake accounts on social media platforms between April 2018 and March 2019 and espoused policy views on both sides of the U.S. political spectrum, in a replay of the Russian playbook from 2016, according a report by the... Read more
Lawyers claim Iraqi evidence in extradition case is forged, say client is not an ISIS killer who shot an officer
Sam Stanton The Sacramento Bee The extradition hearing to decide whether accused ISIS killer Omar Ameen should be sent back to Iraq from Sacramento began Tuesday with his lawyers arguing there is no evidence Ameen killed a police officer there in 2014 or was even in Iraq at the... Read more
Trump says North Korean missile test did not violate an international treaty, runs counter to top advisors
Chris Sommerfeldt New York Daily News President Trump gave North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the benefit of the doubt Monday and claimed his isolated communist regime had not fired off ballistic missiles in violation of international treaties. Trump’s stunning denial, delivered at a press conference in Tokyo, puts... Read more
Army gets $800 million to upgrade Apache & find replacements for squad weapon
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a 2020 spending bill which will allow the U.S. Army to get some serious helicopter upgrades and replace the venerable M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. In a massive $750 billion spending bill, the move will authorize $806.8 million for refurbished AH-64E Apaches,... Read more
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