Is Sri Lanka Easter Massacre a Bid to Revive Global Holy War?

No matter who carried out the coordinated massacre at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, the shock waves will be felt near and far. Source: Christopher Dickey NEW YORK—“It’s really a shame it had to come to this,” said an NYPD counterterrorism officer who was posted Sunday morning outside a Catholic church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Inside, the pews were filled with the faithful at Easter mass. I asked her if she and her colleague were there because hundreds of people were killed hours earlier, halfway around the world, at…

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Mexican Troops Draw Guns on American Soldiers at U.S. Border

Mexican troops drew guns on two American soldiers standing on the U.S. side of the border earlier this month, defense officials say. Military officials from the U.S. Northern Command said that “five to six Mexican military personnel questions two U.S. Army soldier who were conducting border support operations.” Washingtonexaminer.com reports: The soldiers were in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas. Officials confirmed that the Mexican troops were armed with what seemed to be assault riffles. They drew their weapons…

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Wire: North Korea Test-Fires New Tactical Guided Weapon

Source: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon. The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science. The agency reports that Kim said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.” The agency says Kim mounted an observation post to learn about the test-fire of the new-type tactical guided…

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U.S. sails massive, F-35-laden warship in disputed South China Sea

Source: Jesse Johnson In the latest show of military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. has apparently sailed its USS Wasp amphibious assault ship near a strategic reef claimed by Beijing and Manila that lies just 230 km (140 miles) from the Philippine coast. Filipino fishermen near the site known as the Scarborough Shoal initially spotted what appeared to be the massive U.S. vessel on Tuesday, according to ABS-CBN News. It said planes were seen landing and taking off from the ship, some 5 km (3 miles) away…

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Pakistan Warns Against India’s Arms Deal With Russia

India’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems, via a deal signed last year and worth $5.43 billion, has unnerved Pakistan, with Foreign minister Shah Mohammed Qureshi describing the S-400s as destabilizing weapon systems which could affect the region’s strategic stability. Delivery of the first S-400 system is likely to take place in 2020. New Delhi (Sputnik): Expressing his apprehension about the arms purchase by India, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mohammed Qureshi has called on global powers to be “mindful” of their responsibility in terms of arms supplies to the…

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China’s Next Naval Target Is the Internet’s Underwater Cables

(Bloomberg) — As the West considers the threat posed by China’s naval ambitions, there is a natural tendency to place overarching attention on the South China Sea. This is understandable: Consolidating it would provide Beijing with a huge windfall of oil and natural gas, and a potential chokehold over up to 40 percent of the world’s shipping. But this is only the most obvious manifestation of Chinese maritime strategy. Another key element, one that’s far harder to discern, is Beijing’s increasing influence in constructing and repairing the undersea cables that…

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Will Kurds merge with ISIS as U.S combines proxy forces to maintain dirty war against Syria?

U.S military footprint in north-east Syria. (Photo: Twitter) Finian CunninghamStrategic Culture Kurdish fighters have been used by the US to ostensibly defeat the remaining Islamic State holdouts in eastern Syria. But what is emerging is not a final defeat of the terrorists, more a redeployment to further destabilize the Arab country. Potentially, the Kurds could wind up not with the regional autonomy they desire, but as part of a rebranded American dirty war army whose ranks include the very terrorist the Kurdish militias have been successfully battling against. President Donald…

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Pence Warns Turkey Against Buying Russian Air Defense System

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Satellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base

Source: Bill Gertz Follow @BillGertz Commercial satellite images have provided the first photographs of a secret Chinese anti-satellite laser base in western Xinjiang province, along with other high-technology weapons facilities. The laser facility is located near a lake and is about 145 miles south of the Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The facility was discovered by retired Indian Army Col. Vinayak Bhat, a satellite imagery analyst who specializes on China. Read More Advertisements Rate this: Share this: Like this: Like Loading… Related Source

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The Russians Just Did A Fly-By Of Area 51

Source: The Drive The Russians are operating their Tu-154M aircraft configured for surveillance flights sanctioned under the Open Skies Treaty that allows member countries to conduct surveillance flights over each other’s territory relatively unimpeded. The aircraft are equipped with imaging equipment with specific limitations and monitors from the country being surveilled are onboard the flights to make certain the party complies with the parameters of the treaty. This latest series of Russian Open Skies flights are being conducted out of Great Falls, Montana and are covering a slew of strategic…

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Bombs Found on Corsica Ahead of Macron Visit – Report

Counter-terror prosecutors in Paris opened a probe after two bombs were found near government buildings on Corsica days before the French president’s visit to the island, media said. The “explosive charges” were found in front of the treasury and the department of public finances in Bastia commune, according to the BFMTV. 🔵🔴Je condamne fermement cette tentative d’attaque lâche contre un centre des finances publiques à #Bastia. Tout mon soutien aux agents de la @dgfip_officiel. Attaquer un centre des impôts c’est attaquer la République. Je souhaite que les auteurs soient retrouvés…

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US, Russia, China and India Can Shoot Down Satellites

Source: European Space Agency, Indian Times, Nikkei Asian Review On March 27, 2019 India conducted Mission Shakti which was a successful anti-satellite missile test. In 2008, China had a successful anti-satellite missile test. It is like the European Space Agency, Japan and the UK have anti-satellite missile capability. [embedded content] Advertisements Rate this: Share this: Like this: Like Loading… Related Source

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SYRIA: Suspected Al Qaeda chemical attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh bells ring in defiance

Nabel Alabdalla, commander of the volunteer Syrian National Defence Forces in Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley) Vanessa Beeley21st Century Wire Al Skeilbiyyeh – on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces embedd to the north of the villages.  HTS is a poorly disguised rebrand of Al Qaeda or Nusra Front in Syria and now controls the majority of Idleb province and…

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WW3: US Hints at Deploying Troops to Venezuela in Russia Showdown

The U.S. military could be deployed to Venezuela, as the White House confirms “all options” are still on the table with regards to Russia’s presence in the country. Earlier, the Trump administration criticized the arrival of Russian military aircraft in Caracas, with Vice President Mike Pence calling it an “unwelcome provocation.” Sputniknews.com reports: US President Donald Trump, in turn, demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela, while at the same time did not exclude the use of military force by the US in the country. US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott…

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India Successfully Tests Satellite-Killer Missile

NEW DELHI—India said it successfully tested a satellite-destroying missile, signaling its growing military ambitions by joining the small group of countries with weapons to carry war into space. With the Wednesday morning test—which destroyed an Indian satellite orbiting around 186 miles up—the South Asian nation became the fourth to prove capable of targeting the thousands of satellites circling the Earth, crucial links for communication, military and intelligence networks. The others are the U.S., Russia and China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the development in an afternoon address to the…

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BREAKING: Israel Attacks Aleppo, Helping Terrorist Ground Forces

Syrian air defenses engage incoming hostile Israel missiles. ALEPPO, SYRIA (00.15) – Israeli fighter jets appear to have launched a fresh attack against Syria, this time firing air to ground missiles at multiple targets in the northern province of Aleppo. Primary Israeli targets include Aleppo International Airport, and Nayrab Airbase. The Syrian air defense systems have engaged Israeli missiles over the City of Aleppo, shooting down approximately 12 incoming targets. According to independent Middle East news agency Muraselon, multiple explosions were heard surrounding of Aleppo International Airport, as well as…

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US Navy Getting Ten Robotic Combat Ships

The US Navy is buying a new breed of armed unmanned surface combat ships that will add more sensors and weapons to the current fleet. These will be 200-foot to 300-foot ships that displace 2,000 tons. The Navy plans to buy two large drone ships a year from FY2020-2024 for a total of about $2.7 billion. The corvette-sized USVs are being developed to field different types of sensors and, eventually, vertical launch system (VLS) cells for a variety of guided missiles. Advertisements Rate this: Share this: Like this: Like Loading……

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US Ships Again Provoke Beijing by Sailing Through Strait of Taiwan

Beijing is already threatening retaliation over Washington’s expected sale of dozens of F-16s and tanks to Taiwan. But as if ties between the world’s two largest economies hadn’t already been sufficiently strained, the Navy and Coast Guard again provoked the Chinese leadership on Sunday when they sailed two ships – identified as the Navy destroyer Curtis Wilbur and the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf – through the Strait of Taiwan. According to Reuters, the gesture, which is part of a redoubled US effort to flex its muscles near Chinese waters, should…

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Russia Lands Troops in Venezuela

Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow. An Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet and an Antonov AN-124 military cargo plane left for Caracas on Friday from Russian military airport Chkalovsky, stopping along the way in Syria, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.  Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second…

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Israel mobilizes after Gaza rocket attack, escalation looms

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — An early morning rocket fired from the Gaza Strip demolished a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. The military quickly mobilized troops and called up reserves, setting the stage for a potential major conflagration shortly before Israel’s upcoming elections. The rocket destroyed a residential home in the farming community of Mishmeret, north of the city of Kfar Saba, wounding six members of a family. The Magen David Adom rescue…

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