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Charles Krauthammer: The price of powerlessness
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF August 24, 2016 @ 10:09amClick here to read more
WASHINGTON — This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now.
The reordering of the Middle East is proceeding apace. Where for 40 years the U.S.-Egypt alliance anchored the region, a Russia-Iran condominium is now dictating events. That’s what you get after eight years of U.S. retrenchment and withdrawal.
US service member killed in Afghanistan
By Source: CNN August 23, 2016 @ 9:45amClick here to read more
(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.
China Launches Satellite it Hopes Is Hack-proof
By VOA News August 18, 2016 @ 12:51pmClick here to read more
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.
Turning Point for NATO
By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow August 18, 2016 @ 12:45pmClick here to read more
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.”
Frayed IS Fighters Plot Strategy in Northern Syria
By VOA News August 18, 2016 @ 12:45pmClick here to read more
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.