Zapad-17 officially begins today, though related combat exercises and military maneuvers have been going on for weeks. A rough total of 100,000 Russian (and Belarusian) troops will ultimately be involved in the Sept. 14-20 drills. Get started with the Washington Post’s Zapad preview, here. Moscow has “No invasions of neighboring countries planned,” a senior Russian defense leader reassures German news Deutsche Welle. “I want to state absolutely responsibly that no intrusions in the territory of neighboring countries are planned, the main goal of the exercises is to develop appropriate methods and use the armed forces to fight terrorism,” said Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin in an interview with DW. Read, here. “Western nations

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Zapad-17 officially begins today, though related combat exercises and military maneuvers have been going on for weeks. A rough total of 100,000 Russian (and Belarusian) troops will ultimately be involved in the Sept. 14-20 drills. Get started with the Washington Post’s Zapad preview, here. Moscow has “No invasions of neighboring countries planned,” a senior Russian defense leader reassures German news Deutsche Welle. “I want to state absolutely responsibly that no intrusions in the territory of neighboring countries are planned, the main goal of the exercises is to develop appropriate methods and use the armed forces to fight terrorism,” said Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin in an interview with DW. Read, here. “Western nations

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In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Tuesday it is time for North Korea to realize that ceasing its missile program is the “only acceptable future,” but that the United States is ready to “totally destroy” the country if it continues on this path of destruction toward the U.S. or its allies. “If this is not twisted enough, North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump said. “It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with North Korea, but would arm and supply a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.” (Twitter) “If the

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In his first address to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Tuesday it is time for North Korea to realize that ceasing its missile program is the “only acceptable future,” but that the United States is ready to “totally destroy” the country if it continues on this path of destruction toward the U.S. or its allies. “If this is not twisted enough, North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump said. “It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with North Korea, but would arm and supply a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.” (Twitter) “If the

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Trump is employing the “madman” strategy to dealing with a nuclear North Korea It’s an approach straight from his own heart — and the “Art of the Deal” And while it’s a legitimate strategy, it may end up proving disastrous Retired general David Petraeus cautioned that President Donald Trump’s “madman” approach to dealing with a nuclear North Korea may actually be a legitimate strategy — though it could ultimately prove disastrous. Speaking at the Intelligence Squared US debate at New York University with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot, Petraeus — who commanded US and NATO troops in Afghanistan and served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama

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Trump is employing the “madman” strategy to dealing with a nuclear North Korea It’s an approach straight from his own heart — and the “Art of the Deal” And while it’s a legitimate strategy, it may end up proving disastrous Retired general David Petraeus cautioned that President Donald Trump’s “madman” approach to dealing with a nuclear North Korea may actually be a legitimate strategy — though it could ultimately prove disastrous. Speaking at the Intelligence Squared US debate at New York University with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot, Petraeus — who commanded US and NATO troops in Afghanistan and served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama

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The U.S. Pacific Command recently detected and tracked what it assessed as a single North Korean ballistic missile launch last week, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning recently said. PACOM’s initial assessment is that the projectile was an intermediate range ballistic missile or IRBM, he added, which is a ballistic missile with a range of 1,864 miles to 3,418 miles. The missile posed no threat to North America or Guam, Manning told reporters during a briefing this morning. “Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including [South] Korea and Japan,” he added, “in the face of these threats remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack

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The U.S. Pacific Command recently detected and tracked what it assessed as a single North Korean ballistic missile launch last week, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning recently said. PACOM’s initial assessment is that the projectile was an intermediate range ballistic missile or IRBM, he added, which is a ballistic missile with a range of 1,864 miles to 3,418 miles. The missile posed no threat to North America or Guam, Manning told reporters during a briefing this morning. “Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including [South] Korea and Japan,” he added, “in the face of these threats remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday told CNN’s “State of the Union” that North Korea would be “destroyed” if it continues with its “reckless behavior,” including the most recent missile launch over Japan in retaliation of the United Nations Security Council sanctions. Haley also said the situation could be handed over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, after exhausting diplomatic channels, and that Mattis would “take care of it.” And Haley tweeted last week: “We cut 90 percent of trade and 30 percent of oil. I have no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis because I think he has plenty of options.” (Twitter) “We wanted to be responsible and go through all

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday told CNN’s “State of the Union” that North Korea would be “destroyed” if it continues with its “reckless behavior,” including the most recent missile launch over Japan in retaliation of the United Nations Security Council sanctions. Haley also said the situation could be handed over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, after exhausting diplomatic channels, and that Mattis would “take care of it.” And Haley tweeted last week: “We cut 90 percent of trade and 30 percent of oil. I have no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis because I think he has plenty of options.” (Twitter) “We wanted to be responsible and go through all

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Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 18, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider/Released) U.S., Japanese and South Korean forces on Monday flew several fighter jets

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Munitions from a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and Republic of Korea Air Force bilateral mission explode at the Pilsung Range, South Korea, Sept 18, 2017. The U.S. and ROKAF aircraft flew across the Korean Peninsula and practiced attack capabilities by releasing live weapons at the training area before returning to their respective home stations. This mission was conducted in direct response to North Korea’s intermediate range ballistic missile launch, which flew directly over northern Japan on September 14 amid rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. (U.S. Army photo by SSgt. Steven Schneider/Released) U.S., Japanese and South Korean forces on Monday flew several fighter jets

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 South Korea’s defense minister is publicly boasting that it will create a new “decapitation unit” called the Spartan 3000 with the express intent of taking out North Korean leadership, The New York Times reports. The brigade-sized unit of between 2,000 and 4,000 soldiers will be established by year’s end, The Times reported the defense minister, Song Young-moo, as saying, adding that the military was already “retooling” helicopters and transporting planes to be able to penetrate North Korean airspace at night. It’s out of the ordinary for a senior government leader to publicly say they are working on a plan to assassinate a foreign head of state. But there’s an interesting reason

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 South Korea’s defense minister is publicly boasting that it will create a new “decapitation unit” called the Spartan 3000 with the express intent of taking out North Korean leadership, The New York Times reports. The brigade-sized unit of between 2,000 and 4,000 soldiers will be established by year’s end, The Times reported the defense minister, Song Young-moo, as saying, adding that the military was already “retooling” helicopters and transporting planes to be able to penetrate North Korean airspace at night. It’s out of the ordinary for a senior government leader to publicly say they are working on a plan to assassinate a foreign head of state. But there’s an interesting reason

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More than four stories below the entrance of 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade headquarters at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, teams of soldiers provide around-the-clock, real-time surveillance of the tactical ballistic missile threat on the Korean Peninsula. Despite their moniker that conjures thoughts of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, these soldiers fully understand their real-world mission, and the vital role they play. The Dungeon Dragons of the Dragon Brigade are essential in monitoring, receiving and disseminating information to ensure U.S. ballistic missile defense is ready to fight tonight. The Fire Direction Center, in concert with the soldiers that work in the Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer

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More than four stories below the entrance of 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade headquarters at the Osan Air Base in South Korea, teams of soldiers provide around-the-clock, real-time surveillance of the tactical ballistic missile threat on the Korean Peninsula. Despite their moniker that conjures thoughts of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, these soldiers fully understand their real-world mission, and the vital role they play. The Dungeon Dragons of the Dragon Brigade are essential in monitoring, receiving and disseminating information to ensure U.S. ballistic missile defense is ready to fight tonight. The Fire Direction Center, in concert with the soldiers that work in the Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer

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This is a breaking story. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. The Japanese government, NHK and South Korea’s Yonhap News are reporting that North Korea launched a ballistic missile and has likely flown over Japan. The Japanese government is telling its people to stay away from anything that could be missile debris. (Twitter) The North Korean launch comes hours after North Korea threatened to blow the United States to “ashes and darkness” and has said it will “sink” the country of Japan, following a United Nations resolution that bans 90 percent of its exports. (Twitter) Earlier this week on Tuesday, North Korea promised the U.S. would “suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in

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This is a breaking story. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. The Japanese government, NHK and South Korea’s Yonhap News are reporting that North Korea launched a ballistic missile and has likely flown over Japan. The Japanese government is telling its people to stay away from anything that could be missile debris. (Twitter) The North Korean launch comes hours after North Korea threatened to blow the United States to “ashes and darkness” and has said it will “sink” the country of Japan, following a United Nations resolution that bans 90 percent of its exports. (Twitter) Earlier this week on Tuesday, North Korea promised the U.S. would “suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in

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North Korea has now threatened to blow the United States to “ashes and darkness” and has said it will “sink” the country of Japan, following a United Nations resolution that bans 90 percent of its exports. The sanctions were passed unanimously this week by the U.N. Security Council following North Korea’s sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). On Thursday, the state-run Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee out of Pyongyang said the U.N. Security Council should be dissolved, according to a Reuters report, as it is a “tool of evil” composed of “money-bribed” countries that do what the U.S. tells them

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North Korea has now threatened to blow the United States to “ashes and darkness” and has said it will “sink” the country of Japan, following a United Nations resolution that bans 90 percent of its exports. The sanctions were passed unanimously this week by the U.N. Security Council following North Korea’s sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). On Thursday, the state-run Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee out of Pyongyang said the U.N. Security Council should be dissolved, according to a Reuters report, as it is a “tool of evil” composed of “money-bribed” countries that do what the U.S. tells them

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