Republicans want to make it easier for vets to buy guns, keep them off background check list
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Two bills protecting the Second Amendment rights of veterans need to be debated by the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, according to Republican members of the committee, who sent a letter last week to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif. The bills... Read more
Senate confirms Mark Esper as new Defense Secretary, first permanent replacement since December
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Mark Esper as defense secretary, ending seven months of turmoil about who would secure the top job at the Pentagon and lead the U.S. military. Esper was confirmed in a 90-8 vote by the Senate. Sens. Amy Klobuchar,... Read more
China could turn a massive Cambodian resort into a military base
By Philip Heijmans Bloomberg News Along pristine Cambodian beaches, past parades of elephants in its largest national park, sits an area half the size of Singapore that is raising alarm bells among military strategists in the U.S. and beyond. Dara Sakor, a $3.8 billion China-backed investment zone encompassing 20%... Read more
Trump says he could end Afghan war in a week, doesn’t want to because 10 million people would die
dpa, Hamburg, Germany President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States could win the the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan in just seven days but that it would require killing too many people. Trump made the remarks before a White House meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan,... Read more
After tanker is hijacked by Iran, U.K. moves Islamic Republic to top of threat list
Arab News, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia The UK could come under attack from Iranian-backed terror cells if the ongoing Gulf crisis worsens and relations between London and Tehran continue to deteriorate, intelligence sources have said. Senior intelligence officers in the UK now rank the Islamic Republic only behind Russia and... Read more
Iran arrests 17 nationals, claims they are CIA spies
By Ramin Mostaghim and Nabih Bulos Los Angeles Times Iran claimed Monday that it had smashed a CIA spy ring on its soil, saying some of the 17 Iranian nationals netted by authorities had already been sentenced to death. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, in an interview... Read more
Judge throws out Bergdahl’s appeal over President Trump tweets
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes A military court has rejected an appeal by former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to dismiss his convictions due to comments by President Donald Trump that included calling the soldier a traitor who should be shot. Bergdahl’s lawyers argued to the U.S. Army Court... Read more
Secretary Defense nominee Mark Esper clears Senate committee
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Army Secretary Mark Esper’s nomination to be the next defense secretary was approved Thursday in a voice vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Esper’s nomination now moves to a full Senate vote, which Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the committee chairman, has said... Read more
Blame Canada: Senator accidentally revealed American nuclear sites in Europe
A Canadian senator revealed secret information concerning the location of over 150 American nuclear bombs across Europe, making its rounds around the world before being deleted. Canadian Senator Joseph Day included the classified information, which effectively exposed the location of around 150 B61-12 gravity bombs across Europe and likely... Read more
North Korea threatens to call off talks if U.S.-South Korea military drills go on
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo North Korea hinted Tuesday that long-stalled working-level denuclearization talks with the United States due to be restarted soon could be halted and nuclear and missile tests restarted if the U.S. goes ahead with planned joint military exercises with South Korea. In a statement carried... Read more
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