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US service member killed in Afghanistan

Published by: Source: CNN

(CNN)--A US service member was killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, NATO coalition authorities said.

The US service member who was killed in Lashkar Gah was part of the existing 500 troops already in Helmand Province working to do counter terrorism training and advise missions, according to a coalition official.
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China Launches Satellite it Hopes Is Hack-proof

Published by: VOA News

China has launched the world's first satellite into orbit using a technology to send communications back to Earth that it hopes will be secure from hackers.

 

The satellite was launched into space Tuesday from a military base in Gansu province in the northwest Gobi Desert.

 

The 600-plus-kilogram satellite, dubbed Micius after a 5th century B.C. Chinese philosopher and scientist, will circle the Earth every 90 minutes.

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Frayed IS Fighters Plot Strategy in Northern Syria

Published by: VOA News

WASHINGTON — Pushed from their strategic stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria in recent days by U.S.-backed forces, retreating Islamic State fighters are scrambling over how and where to next make a stand.

 

Islamic State militants are becoming increasingly trapped in pockets along the Turkish border and are reportedly resorting to desperate measures, according to analysts and commanders of forces fighting Islamic State (IS).

 

After months of fighting for Manbij, held by IS for nearly two years, U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance forces are bent on pursuing IS in other pockets that remain under its control. Losing Manbij was a severe blow to the militants, according to the Pentagon and local commanders.

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At Least Six Dead in Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Turkey

Published by: VOA News

At least six people are dead and more than 120 more wounded after two car bombs exploded near police stations in eastern Turkey early Thursday morning.

 

The first car bombing took place in Van province, killing a police officer and two civilians and wounding dozens more, including 20 police officers. A few hours later, another car bomb exploded in the garden of the Elazig police station, killing three people and injuring at least 100 others.

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Turning Point for NATO

Published by: Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow

During the Cold War, the U.S. accounted for 50 percent of NATO military spending; today, the U.S. accounts for more than 75 percent. If we remove U.S. defense spending from the picture, NATO members spend, on average, just 1.3 percent of GDP on their armed forces. In fact, at last month’s NATO summit in Warsaw, the alliance bluntly noted that only five of NATO’s 28 members “meet the NATO guideline to spend a minimum of 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.” With Moscow menacing Europe and starting Cold War 2.0, this has to change.

 

There has always been a capabilities gap between the U.S. and its NATO allies. But there can no longer be a commitment gap. As the Warsaw Summit communique concluded, “Our overall security and defense depend both on how much we spend and how we spend it.”

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