The US Navy’s amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland has successfully tested a new high-energy laser weapon that can destroy aircraft mid-flight, the Navy’s Pacific Fleet said in a statement May 22.
Remember when we were all told that somehow President Trump is actually Putin’s “useful tool” and Russian “asset”? For those keeping track, first Trump dumped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), then as of Friday he nixed the Open Skies Treaty, and now even New Start is said to be on the chopping block.
And now it’s the very same newspaper that peddled Russia-Trump drivel for years (among many others) revealing the administration is actually exploring conducting a nuclear test for the first time in 28 years ultimately as a “message” to Russia and China.
The Washington Post reports it was under serious discussion during a last Friday (May 15) “deputies meeting” of senior national security officials at the White House.
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The proposal is said to have been shelved for the time being, or as one Congressional aide criticized bitingly: “There are still some professionals in the room who told them this is a terrible idea, thank God.”
According to an anonymous senior administration official cited in The Post the proposed US “rapid test” could provide clear leverage in arms negotiations with Russia and China for a White House conceived trilateral arms control deal. Admin officials have long said, whether related
A brief overview of the recent developments in Libya:
Government of National Accord (GNA) forces reportedly captured the bases of Hamza, Takbali from the Libyan National Army (LNA); GNA forces reportedly captured Asabiah and Mazdah from the LNA; The LNA shot down a Bayraktar TB2 in the Shuwayrif area; A supposed Russian prviate military contractor was killed by GNA forces in southern Tripoli on May 22. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Libya On May 21, 2020 (Map Update)
A brief overview of the recent developments in Afghanistan:
On May 21, the convoy of Chaparhar district (Nangarhar province) governor Mohammad Seddiq Dawlatzai was attacked by a suicide bomber. The governor and his sun were wounded; Government forces captured Qari Shafi, also known as Hafiz Omeri, in the Shindand district of Herat province. The detainee is a Taliban military commander and member of the Taliban’s leadership commission; “146 civilians were killed and 430 others were wounded”in attacks “initiated by the Taliban” during the holy month of Ramadan,” the Office of National Security Council reported on May 22; 67 service members of the army, police and local militia switched side to the Taliban in Balkh, Baghlan, Paktika and Logar provinces, the group said. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Military Situation In Afghanistan On May 21, 2020 (Map Update)
On May 22, security forces eliminated 6 ISIS terrroists in Russia’s Republic of Dagestan. The operation took place in the Hasavurt district of the republic. At least one member of security forces was injured during the clashes. A large number of weapons and ammunition was seized on the site.
The St. Petersburg-based Severnaya Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) floated out the Project 22350 third-built and second serial-produced frigate Admiral Golovko, the Shipyard told TASS on Friday.
“The frigate Admiral Golovko has been put afloat,” the Shipyard said.
The Severnaya Shipyard earlier built two Project 22350 frigates. The frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov has been in service with the Northern Fleet since July 2018. The frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov has completed its trials and is preparing for its delivery to the Russian Navy. The frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Isakov is currently under construction at the Shipyard.
On April 23, 2019, the Severnaya Shipyard laid down two modernized Project 22350 frigates. Two more frigates are expected to be laid down soon.
Project 22350 frigates carry two Kalibr-NK and/or Oniks universal shipborne launchers of eight missiles each. The frigate Admiral Gorshkov is taking part in the trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile.
Project 22350 frigates are expected to become the Russian Navy’s most advanced warships in their class. These frigates displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29
The pending confrontation over the fuel shipments from Iran to Venezuela, likely to occur in the next couple of weeks, will almost certainly cause a major conflagration in at least one and possibly two regions if the US attempts to intercept the shipment by force. Iran would almost definitely take a proportionate response – as its responses to the British capture of an Iranian tanker last year and the US assassination of Qasem Suleimani earlier this year made clear – and Venezuela may well do the same given the frequency, arrogance and destructiveness of US military and paramilitary attacks and provocations. Venezuela has announced that it will provide a naval escort for the vessels transporting the fuel shipments once they reach the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone, though its naval forces are no match for the US in a worst case scenario (unless the country has managed to obtain intermediate range missiles, and/ or long range anti-ship missiles, from one of its allies, namely Iran, Russia or China)…
Amidst the worldwide pandemic induced scare most of us have probably lost track of all the other potential dangers which still threaten international peace and stability. Allow me to list just a few headlines which, I strongly believe, deserve much more attention than what they got so far. Here we go:
Military Times: “5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics“ Time: “5 Iranian Tankers Head to Venezuela Amid Heightened Tensions Between U.S. and Tehran“ FoxNews: “Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela in effort to undermine US sanctions“
Notice that Military Times speaks of “US pressure tactics”, Time of “tensions” and FoxNews of “efforts to undermined US sanctions”?
I don’t think that this is a coincidence. Folks in the US military are much more in touch with reality than the flag-waving prostitutes which some people call “reporters” or “journalists”.
Furthermore, the US has embarked on a new policy to justify its acts of piracy on the high seas with something called Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) all under the pretext of the war on drugs. To get a better understanding of the context of these developments I