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WAR/DRAFT/VETERAN AFFAIRS

Sep 29 06:42

Armenia tells bitter enemy Azerbaijan to brace for ‘HARSH RESPONSE’ as civilian bus hit & set on fire in new cross-border strikes

Azerbaijani artillery and aircraft have pounded a military base in Armenia, and a civilian bus has been hit in a “drone strike,” the Defense Ministry in Yerevan reported, telling its rival to brace itself for a “harsh response.”

Azeri forces targeted non-combatants in the small Armenian border town of Vardenis on Tuesday, according to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, an Armenian Defense Ministry representative. If the information is true, it would mark a serious escalation in the conflict, as a direct attack on Armenia proper.

The official uploaded to social media what he said was photographic documentation of the aftermath of a strike by an Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Sep 29 06:40

Russia Appears Indecisive As Turkey Exposed As Backing Azerbaijan War In Karabakh

From the first minutes of the start of new large-scale hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict, officials in Yerevan and Stepanakert (the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) pointed to the direct participation of Turkey in preparing an Azerbaijani offensive along the entire line of contact. Armenian experts also speak about this, citing rather convincing arguments.

Sep 29 06:40

Turkey hiring Syrian rebels to fight Armenians for Azerbaijan, Guardian claims, as Baku calls reports on mercenaries ‘nonsense’

In an echo of events in Libya, rebels from Syria’s Idlib province are being recruited by Turkey to fight for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, The Guardian has reported, citing several militants.

Idlib is Syria’s northwestern province, and the last bastion of the Turkish-backed militants who once hoped to effect regime change in Damascus. It is there the recruitment drive for Azerbaijan began a month ago, three rebels told the Guardian’s correspondent Bethan McKernan. Her story was published on Monday evening.

Two brothers from Azaz said they had been summoned to a camp in Afrin on September 13 and told by a commander in the Sultan Murad Division that three- or six-month contracts were available “guarding observation posts and oil and gas facilities” in Azerbaijan for 7,000-10,000 Turkish lira a month.

Sep 29 06:36

Joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh

On April 15, Moscow hosted a working meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, convened at the Russian initiative. The meeting was attended by Sergey Lavrov, Elmar Mammadyarov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, who were joined by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov from Russia, Andrew Shaffer from the United States, Stéphane Visconti from France) and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Nagorno-Karabakh Andrzej Kasprzyk.

Following on the agreements reached by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan at a summit in Vienna on March 29, 2019, the participants at the meeting discussed the situation on the border and the line of contact, as well as prospects for organising humanitarian interaction. The parties held a detailed exchange of views on the key aspects of a settlement.

Sep 29 06:35

Armenia warns it will deploy Russian-made Iskander missiles if Turkey uses American-built F-16 jets in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia is prepared to use Russian-made Iskander ballistic missiles in the Nagorno-Karabakh region if Turkey deploys its American-built F-16 fighter jets in support of the Azeri offensive, officials insisted on Monday.

However, Yerevan, while calling the F-16s a “Sword of Damocles” hanging over the people of the disputed enclave, said it hopes the situation won’t escalate to that extent.

The Armenian ambassador to Russia Vardan Toganyan said on Monday that “all measures, including the Islanders,” were on the table if Ankara deployed the jets.

However, he added, the time for that has not come yet. According to Toganyan, air defense systems in the area are enough to deal with Turkish and Azeri drones that have been used so far.

Sep 29 06:33

UN Security Council to convene for emergency meeting as Nagorno-Karabakh fighting enters third day & Yerevan/Baku exchange threats

The UN Security Council is set to gather later on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where Armenian and Azeri forces are fighting in a major flare-up of the decades-old smouldering conflict.

Initiated by five EU countries - Belgium, France, Germany, Estonia, and the UK, some 15 UN Security Council members will hold talks behind closed doors without the parties of the conflict, possibly issuing a joint declaration after the meeting.

Previously, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored "the need for an immediate stop to the fighting and resumption, without preconditions, of meaningful negotiations without delay." Major world powers including the US, Russia, France, and Germany, have also urged the adversaries to cease hostilities immediately and resume talks.

Sep 29 06:12

Turkish F-16s back Azeri attack on Karabakh, Sarkissian says warning of Ottoman Empire's ghost

Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in its attack on Artsakh with its F-16 fighter jets, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian said.

President Armen Sarkissian was delivering opening remarks at the CYBERSEC2020 international cybersecurity conference which is taking place in partnership with NATO.

Sep 29 06:12

Azerbaijani attacking forces continue suffering heavy losses – 5 tanks, 11 UAVs destroyed by Artsakh

Azerbaijan continues attacking Artsakh at the entire perimeter of the line of contact and military operations are ongoing.

“The Azerbaijani side is launching attacking attempts, using artillery, UAVs and armored-tank forces,” the Artsakh Ministry of Defense said in a statement on September 29.

“The Artsakh Defense Army units are successfully thwarting the enemy attacks, inflicting significant losses to the enemy manpower and armored equipment. According to updated information, the adversary lost 11 more UAVs, including loitering munitions, 1 engineering armored equipment, 4 82A armored personnel carriers and 5 tanks. The adversary has also multiple manpower losses,” it said.

Editing and Translating by Stepan Kocharyan

Sep 29 06:09

Azerbaijan-Armenia clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh escalate: Live

Russia has urged Turkey to work to bring an end to deadly clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region as Ankara has strongly backed Azerbaijan.

“We call on all sides, especially partner countries such as Turkey to do all they can for a ceasefire and get back to a peaceful settlement of this conflict using political and diplomatic means,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

“Any statements about some kind of support and military activity undoubtedly add fuel to the flames. We are categorically against this.”

Sep 29 06:08

Death Toll Rises in Armenia-Azerbaijan Fight Despite Calls for Pause

Fierce fighting raged between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Monday, sparking bellicose rhetoric from regional power Turkey despite international pleas for a halt in fighting between the longtime enemies.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a territorial dispute over the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh for decades, with deadly fighting flaring up earlier this year and in 2016.

Sep 29 05:59

Here Are 4 Potential Hotspots Where The Next World War Could Erupt At Any Time

If 2020 had a slogan, it would be “The Year Of Our Discontent.” This sentiment is felt in virtually every country globally as national governments declare war on their economy, the working class, the poor, and the very old and the very young. In America, the “discontent” is genuine.

Already reeling from a mass propaganda campaign of division created by the MSM corporate outlets, Americans were still attempting to claw their way out of an economic depression with some success.

Then, of course, came COVID.

Sep 29 05:58

Live Updates: Azerbaijani Forces Able to Retaliate if Armenia Uses Iskander Missile System - FM

Last week, the situation escalated along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Armenia and Azerbaijan waged war over the disputed territory until 1994, and since the end of the war both sides have been holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence accused Armenian forces of attacking the city of Terter on Monday, promising to retaliate in kind. The ministry also claimed that servicemen destroyed at least two Armenian tanks amid the recent clashes. At the same time, Yerevan said that Azerbaijan is continuing to attack the region using heavy artillery.

Military hostilities erupted between the two sides on Sunday along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, with each side blaming the other for putting civilian lives in danger.

Sep 29 05:57

Armenia claims Azerbaijani artillery attacks are intensifying as Nagorno-Karabakh officials allege they've downed Azeri warplane

Fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh intensified, on Monday, with heavy civilian and military casualties reported amid disputed claims of an Azeri warplane being shot down.

Azerbaijani troops and forces from Nagorno-Karabakh have been trading artillery and rocket fire, with the population of much of Karabakh told to seek shelter. Meanwhile, Armenia has declared a general mobilization and barred men between the ages of 18 and 55 from leaving the country, except with the approval of military authorities.

The most intense attacks took place in the Aras river valley, near the border with Iran, and the Matagis-Talish front in the northeast of the region, according to Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan. He claimed that the Azeri side has lost 22 tanks and a dozen other vehicles, along with 370 dead and many wounded.

Sep 28 15:32

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 15:30

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 10:52

Armenia Stands "Ready" To Trigger Defense Pact With Russia As Azerbaijan Fighting Intensifies

Armenia could trigger its collective defense pact with Russia, the latter which also has a sprawling military base at Gyumri in the northwest part of the country, but on Monday the Armenian Ambassador to Moscow, Vardan Toganyan, has said the escalation of fighting with Azerbaijan has not reached that point yet.

Sep 28 09:23

Turkish claims that the PKK is operating in Artsakh set dangerous precedent

Conflict sparked up again yesterday in Artsakh, or more commonly known as Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against Armenian forces. Although the Republic of Artsakh is not recognized by any state, including Armenia, and it is still internationally recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territory, it achieved a de facto independence in 1994.

Sep 28 09:19

Armenia Says It Is Checking Report of Syrian Fighters in Azerbaijan

Armenian Defence Ministry said on Sunday it was checking reports about combatants from Syria who are allegedly fighting for the Azerbaijan's side in clashes over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh province.

Hikmet Hajiyev, the foreign policy aide to the Azeri president, dismissed the report carried by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as "nonsense".

At least 16 military and several civilians were killed on Sunday in the heaviest clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since 2016, reigniting concern about stability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world markets.

Sep 28 09:18

Azerbaijan says shelling from Armenia kills 5 people from one family

Azerbaijan’s general prosecution office said on Sunday that five people from one family have been killed by the shelling from Armenia’s forces, the first civilian casualties from Baku in the latest flair up over a breakaway province.

Clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh region, reigniting concern about instability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines transporting oil and gas to world markets.

Sep 28 07:25

NATO Arms Sales to Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean Dispute

Recent confrontations in the Eastern Mediterranean – fueled by the prospect of exploiting offshore gas deposits – have raised fears of an upcoming armed clash in the region. The main contenders in the complex dispute are Greece and Cyprus on the one hand and Turkey on the other. The latter has advanced controversial claims over waters that are traditionally recognized as being under Greek and Cypriot jurisdiction. But other states are also involved due to geopolitical and economic interest, most notably France, Egypt, Israel, Italy, the US and Russia. While diplomacy is at work to prevent a destabilizing conflict, regional powers are also preparing for this scenario by conducting exercises and purchasing new armaments. Turkey has been expanding its military in recent years, often procuring important weapons systems from Europe or the US.

Sep 28 07:00

‘Defend your future’: Erdogan calls on ordinary Armenians to stand against their government as clashes with Azerbaijan continue

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Armenians to unite in opposition to their government, which he claims is the “biggest threat” to peace in the region, after military hostilities resumed with Azerbaijan.

Erdogan urged the people of Armenia to safeguard their future from their country’s leadership, which he claimed is using them like “puppets.”

In a series of tweets, on Sunday, the Turkish leader expressed hope that the “whole world” would stand with Azerbaijan in its “struggle against occupation and oppression.”

Sep 28 06:59

‘Azerbaijan is not alone’: Turkey throws weight behind Baku against historical nemesis Armenia in struggle over Nagorno-Karabakh

As hostilities erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, top-tier Turkish officials have reaffirmed Ankara’s support for Baku and blamed Yerevan for “playing with fire.”

Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin took to Twitter on the heels of fresh clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh. The senior official made clear that Ankara will side with Azerbaijan – a nation whose language and culture are close to those of Turkey – in the renewed conflict. “We strongly condemn the attack on Armenia against Azerbaijan,” Kalin wrote, adding that the neighboring post-Soviet country “is not alone” and has “Turkey’s full support.”

Sep 28 06:59

Journalists narrowly escape Armenian attack as military conflict with Azerbaijan resumes, Turkish state media claims

Journalists working for Turkish media came under fire from the Armenian military after hostilities broke out over the disputed border region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Journalists from AA and TRT, Turkey’s public broadcaster, dove behind their vehicle and then made a hurried exit from the area after Armenian artillery reportedly landed in a nearby Azerbaijani settlement. According to AA, Armenian munitions fell within 100 meters (320 feet) of the reporters.

Footage of the incident shows the journalists scrambling to find cover as a large bang rings out. Wearing protective vests and helmets, the reporters then hurriedly get into their car and drive away. AA claims that two unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted in the area before the Armenian artillery opened fire.

Sep 28 06:58

Armenian PM warns ‘aggressive’ Turkey to stay out of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says hostilities could spill over regional borders

Yerevan urged Turkey, on Sunday, not to meddle in ongoing hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, warning that the conflict could engulf the region. Ankara had earlier pledged “full support” to Azerbaijan.

“Turkey’s aggressive behavior is a serious cause for concern,” Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously said Azerbaijan, which is involved in heavy border fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh, “is not alone” in the confrontation.

Such a stance “is fraught with catastrophic consequences for the South Caucasus and adjacent regions,” PM Pashinyan said. The international community should keep Turkey out of the conflict, he added, warning that the confrontation risked getting out of hand.

The situation could have irreversible consequences, (and) move beyond the borders of the region and threaten international peace and stability.

Sep 28 06:58

Azerbaijan follows bitter rival Armenia in announcing martial law after intense border clashes bring tensions to boiling point

Azerbaijan has introduced martial law and curfews, in several regions of the country, following an escalation of border hostilities with the disputed ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. The order comes into force on Monday.

Baku's move mirrors Yerevan’s reaction to the crisis. The government of Armenia declared martial law and ordered the mobilization of reserve troops earlier on Sunday. Authorities in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic did the same.

Deep-seated tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia exploded this weekend after the Azeri side launched a military operation against the Nagorno-Karabakh forces. Baku said it was acting in response to artillery shelling, but Yerevan said the operation was planned in advance and launched under false pretenses, in violation of a ceasefire.

Sep 28 06:57

Armenia's Prime Minister Says Yerevan May Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh's Independence

The decades-old frozen Armenian-Azeri conflict in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh exploded into large-scale military clashes on Sunday, with each side blaming the other for the escalation.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has announced that Yerevan may grant formal diplomatic recognition to the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, the de facto independent, Armenian-controlled region of Azerbaijan better known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The question of [Artsakh's] recognition is on our agenda. We must very seriously consider whether we are taking this step or not," Pashinyan said, speaking at an emergency session of the Armenian parliament on Sunday.

Sep 28 06:56

Flashpoint Nagorno-Karabakh: How the Armenian-Azeri Conflict Started and What’s at Stake

Clashes broke out in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region early Sunday morning, with Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of sparking the hostilities. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been the main bone of contention in cool relations between Yerevan and Baku for over three decades.

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to escalate, with Armenia and authorities in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh which control the enclave declaring martial law and starting mobilizations of reserve servicemen. Baku, meanwhile, has announced martial law and declared curfews in parts of the country.

What Sparked the Fighting?

Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities have made conflicting claims about what began Sunday’s escalation.

Sep 28 06:54

Live Updates: Mobilisation and Martial Law Declared as Clashes Increase Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

Early on Sunday, an escalation unfolded along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from what then was the Soviet Azerbaijan Republic in 1991.

Azerbaijan launched what it described as a "counteroffensive," while the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh accused Azerbaijani forces of opening fire against civilians and civilian infrastructure in its capital of Stepanakert.

Multiple casualties are being continuously reported by both sides as the armed action continues.

Sep 28 06:17

Armenia Orders 'Full Troop Mobilization' Against Azerbaijan As Tanks Clash, Martial Law Declared

Sunday saw huge clashes erupt between the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan along the already militarized and disputed Nagorno-Karabakh border region. An official state of war in the region has been declared by Yerevan.

"Early in the morning, around 7 a.m. the Azerbaijani forces launched a large-scale aggression, including missile attacks..." Armenia's Defense Ministry stated Sunday. Armenia has since reportedly declared martial law and a "total military mobilization" in what looks to be the most serious escalation between the two countries in years.

Sep 28 06:16

Information war cranks up as Azerbaijan & Armenia show more footage of alleged military victories in violent border flare-up

As Azerbaijan and Armenia lock horns on the battlefield over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, their media machines are rolling out videos, each purportedly showing the losses the opposing side suffered in Sunday’s clashes.

Azerbaijan has launched a military operation against the forces of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan three decades ago. The so-called “counter offensive” was allegedly launched in response to shelling of Azeri troops by Armenian forces. However, Yerevan has denied this and said it was Azerbaijan who broke the ceasefire.

Sep 28 06:15

Call to arms: Armenia declares martial law & FULL MILITARY MOBILIZATION as clashes with Azerbaijan continue

Members of Armenia’s army reserve were ordered to report to their local conscription office, on Sunday, shortly after their country’s forces engaged in heavy fighting with troops from Azerbaijan over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.
The nationwide conscription call and the introduction of martial law were both announced by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. His Facebook post urged reservists to turn up at their territorial recruitment offices “for the sake of our homeland and for the sake of victory.”

The call to arms and martial law will be put in place because Azerbaijan may decide to attack Armenia, the premier clarified in an address to the nation later in the day.

Sep 28 06:05

Armenia, Azerbaijan Near War Over Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia and Azerbaijan have declared martial law and are moving dangerously toward war this weekend after heavy fighting in the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. At least 16 Nagorno-Karabakh troops were killed in a morning Azeri attack.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been contested for decades. Legally it is viewed as part of Azerbaijan, while Armenia guarantees its independence. The two nations often come into conflict over the region, but haven’t fought a full-scale war for many years.

Nagorno-Karabakh reported they were hit in the morning with airstrikes and artillery attacks. Azerbaijan claimed those attacks were retaliation for Armenian shelling against their forces, which killed five civilians.

Sep 28 06:04

Turkey Vows to Back Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh

Heavy fighting Sunday in Nagorno-Karabakh is raising concern of a war which could quickly go regional. Turkey has vowed complete support for Azerbaijan in the conflict against Armenia over the long-disputed region.

Centuries of dispute have left Nagorno-Karabakha a modern faultline between regional Christians and Muslims. Turkey is backing the Muslim Azeris, while Russia is trying to calm the situation before the fighting gets too out of control for Armenia.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan criticized Turkey for its “aggressive behavior” and demanded that they stay out of the matter. Turkey and Armenia remain in a somewhat strained relationship from the Armenian genocide, which often leads to diplomatic disputes.

Sep 28 05:49

Video of Azerbaijani Military Using TOS-1 System in Nagorno-Karabakh Released by Armenia

The Nagorno-Karabakh region has been disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the late 1980s when the two nations were Soviet republics. Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994, the two sides have held peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk group.

The Armenian Defence Ministry has published a video of the Azerbaijani military using the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1.

"The enemy, frightened by significant losses in manpower and military equipment, used a 'TOS' heavy flamethrower system at 7:30 this morning in the southeastern direction. No losses from the Armenian side have been registered following the attack", Defence Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan, said.

Sep 28 05:49

Azerbaijan & Armenia carry on fighting into second day over contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, heavy weaponry deployed overnight

Intense hostilities between Armenian and Azeri forces continued on Sunday night along the border of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Both sides claimed local victories and reported inflicting heavy casualties on one another.
Clashes involving troops from Azerbaijan and Armenia, two historically bitter rivals, entered a second day despite mounting calls from international leaders to hold fire and disengage troops.

Sep 28 05:48

Azerbaijan declares partial troop mobilization one day after adversaries Armenia & Nagorno-Karabakh called citizens to arms

With martial law already in place, Azerbaijan has announced a partial conscription call amid intense border fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. Officials in both the contested region and Armenia declared a full mobilization on Sunday.

"Azerbaijani President [Ilham Aliyev] has signed a decree on the partial mobilization in Azerbaijan," his press service told Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Monday morning. The mobilization decree is in force from the date his signature was applied, the presidency clarified.

Sep 28 05:35

At least 39 killed as Karabakh fighting enters second day

Armenian separatists in the breakaway region of Nagorny Karabakh said Monday 15 more of its fighters have been killed in a flare-up of a territorial dispute, bringing the total death toll to 39 as the fighting entered a second day.

World leaders have urged a halt to the fighting between Azerbaijan and the Armenian rebels after clashes erupted Sunday raising the spectre of an all-out conflict that could draw in regional powers Russia and Turkey.

Sep 28 05:33

Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict: Flames of war rekindled as world urges restraint

Heavy fighting continues in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a day after a decades-long territorial dispute re-erupted with the heaviest clashes in years between Azerbaijan’s military and Armenian-backed forces.

Fighting was reported throughout the night into early Monday morning, with both sides deploying heavy artillery.

The latest flare-up of violence has resulted in scores of fatalities and hundreds of injuries on both sides.

Azerbaijan's foreign minister said on Monday that six Azeri civilians had lost their lives in the latest bout of fighting.

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office reported that "as many as 26 civilians have been hospitalized with various bodily injuries."

Sep 28 05:15

Flashpoint Nagorno-Karabakh: How the Armenian-Azeri Conflict Started and What’s at Stake

Clashes broke out in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region early Sunday morning, with Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of sparking the hostilities. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been the main bone of contention in cool relations between Yerevan and Baku for over three decades.

Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh continues to escalate, with Armenia and authorities in the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh which control the enclave declaring martial law and starting mobilizations of reserve servicemen. Baku, meanwhile, has announced martial law and declared curfews in parts of the country.

Sep 28 05:15

Live Updates: Azerbaijani Forces Able to Retaliate if Armenia Uses Iskander Missile System - FM

Last week, the situation escalated along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. Armenia and Azerbaijan waged war over the disputed territory until 1994, and since the end of the war both sides have been holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence accused Armenian forces of attacking the city of Terter on Monday, promising to retaliate in kind. The ministry also claimed that servicemen destroyed at least two Armenian tanks amid the recent clashes. At the same time, Yerevan said that Azerbaijan is continuing to attack the region using heavy artillery.

Military hostilities erupted between the two sides on Sunday along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority autonomy that proclaimed independence from what was then Soviet Azerbaijan in 1991, with each side blaming the other for putting civilian lives in danger.

Sep 27 06:34

Marines Weigh Closing Parris Island and San Diego to Open New Coed Boot Camp

The Marine Corps is considering a plan in which it could close its two existing boot camp locations and funnel all recruits to a new base where men and women would train together.

Marine entry-level training is a long way off from being able to meet a congressional mandate to make its East and West coast training bases both able to support gender-integrated training in the coming years, the Corps' top general said on Thursday.

That is leading the service to study the option of opening a third training base in a new location to which all new recruits would ship, rather than spending cash on construction projects at aging training bases.

Sep 27 06:33

Pentagon May Increase Navy Fleet to Over 500 Ships

Documents obtained by Defense News revealed that the Pentagon is considering increasing the US Navy fleet to around 500 ships. The documents reviewed by Defense News are draft versions of the forthcoming Future Navy Force Study, an assessment commissioned by the Pentagon.

Two groups commissioned for the study suggested a fleet size of anywhere from 480 to 534 ships. The new Navy would be more focused on smaller ships, rather than large vessels like aircraft carriers. The Navy currently has an estimated 293 battle-ready ships and is expected to increase the fleet to 355 by 2030.

Sep 27 05:14

Outrage Grows Over Pentagon Funneling $1BN In COVID Relief To Defense Contractor Wish Lists

A coalition of 40 ideologically diverse organizations on Thursday demanded that federal lawmakers investigate allegations from earlier this week that the Pentagon misused much of $1 billion in congressionally appropriated Covid-19 relief funding for what one critic called "a colossal backdoor bailout for the defense industry."

The groups' call came in a letter (pdf) addressed to Reps. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) Steve Scalise (R-La.), leaders of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The push for a probe was prompted by Washington Post reporting that some tax dollars directed to the Defense Department in March for building up U.S. supplies of medical equipment have "instead been mostly funneled to defense contractors and used to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor, and dress uniforms."

Sep 27 04:15

Will A Military Coup Undo The November Elections, Donald Trump, & The Republic Itself?

Authored by Matthew Ehret via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On March 20, I published an article called Why Assume There will be a 2020 Election? where I laid out the existential threat of a new Wall Street military Coup which would not only render elections obsolete, but would impose a new fascist hell onto America and the world.

In that article I discussed the importance of General Smedley Butler’s strategic decision to expose the Wall Street plot to overthrow the newly elected president Franklin Roosevelt who was in the midst of waging a war on both Wall Street, the City of London and the chaos these financiers engineered during the great depression. Butler’s congressional testimony put the spotlight on these shadow creatures and gave FDR the breathing space and public supported needed to wage war on America’s deep state while pushing a bold healing of the nation under the New Deal.

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I would love to say that this would be impossible in this country, but as a history buff, I cannot say that, at this moment in our country's history, with any confident degree of certainty.

Sep 26 11:49

SAM System That Guards Washington DC Just Made Its Lowest Ever Intercept Of A Mock Cruise Missile

The U.S. military conducted the lowest ever intercept of a mock cruise missile using the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, or NASAMS, during a test earlier this month. Operationally, NASAMS helps protect the airspace around Washington, D.C. and the larger surrounding National Capital Region. This test follows a number of other cruise missile defense experiments in the past year or so, including a recent demonstration of the ability of a self-propelled 155mm howitzer to bring down such a weapon using a hyper velocity projectile.

Sep 24 14:20

FLASHBACK - TAKING LIBERTIES: Civil Liberties and National Security with guests Robert Higgs and Gore Vidal

Sep 24 06:37

‘It didn’t work’: Much-hyped US-made Javelin missile FAILS during Ukrainian military drill attended by President Zelensky

After all the ballyhoo about their supply to Kiev you think they'd at least work? A US-made Javelin anti-tank missile has malfunctioned during a major military exercise, in the presence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Northern Command, Major General Valery Zaluzhny, confirmed the incident to local media on Wednesday.

“The Javelin didn’t work. The missile didn’t fly out. Maybe, it was a mistake by the operator. Maybe, it was something else. We have to figure it out,” Zaluzhny said.

Sep 24 06:13

'COLOSSAL BACKDOOR BAILOUT': OUTRAGE AS PENTAGON FUNNELS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS MEANT FOR COVID SUPPLIES TO PRIVATE DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

Colossal Backdoor Bailout': Outrage as Pentagon Funnels Hundreds of Millions Meant for Covid Supplies to Private Defense Contractors

"If you can't get a Covid test or find an N95, it’s because these contractors stole from the American people to make faster jets and fancy uniforms."

Sep 24 06:05

Why these four star generals can’t lecture us about morality and truth

Donald Trump’s political opponents are dizzy with the idea that many of the nation’s four-star generals have been openly questioning the president’s morals and virtue and his fidelity to the Constitution. They have called him a “threat to democracy.”

But it wasn’t too long ago that many of these same critics — particularly Democrats and their progressive allies — were saying the same thing about the generals, as they lied about and promoted wars they did not think we could win, oversaw and defended torture, assassination, and a drone war that put innocent civilians in the crosshairs, and circumvented the Bill of Rights to illegally spy on millions of Americans.

What a difference a few years and a Donald Trump makes.

Sep 24 05:54

Dr. Strangelove’s Spoon Benders: How The U.S. Military Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

It is the belief held by top officials within the U.S. military industrial complex that their ideology of appropriate morality is to prevail and that one must use these mind-over-matter techniques to achieve the ultimate goal, “the power to manipulate reality”, that global dominance can be achieved without wiping out the world.

Sep 23 06:58

Pentagon Gave Coronavirus Aid Money to Defense Contractors

Back in March, Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion to combat coronavirus and build up the country’s medical supplies. But instead, the Pentagon diverted most of the money to defense contractors to make things like jet engine parts, body armor, uniforms, and other military equipment.

The money was part of the Cares Act, a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. It was allocated to the Pentagon under the Defense Production Act, which allows the president to direct companies to manufacture certain products.

The funds were given to the Pentagon to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” The Washington Post reported that shortly after the stimulus was passed, the Pentagon began funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to defense contractors.

Sep 22 13:36

DOOMSDAY BOMB China unveils terrifying Dongfeng-41 nuke that ‘can strike US in 30 minutes with TEN warheads’ at 70th anniversary parade

CHINA has unveiled its “ultimate doomsday weapon” during one of the nation’s biggest military parades.

The terrifying super-nuke took centre stage at a huge arms showcase held in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, to mark 70 years of Communist rule.

Sep 22 07:19

Provocative US Air and Sea Maneuvers at Russia’s Borders

This past weekend, Russian state television on two major channels devoted substantial news segments of their week in review programs to the ongoing game of chicken that the U.S. is carrying on in the air and on the seas at Russia’s borders: on the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Barents and Okhotsk seas in the Far East. From the North, from the South, from the East and West US war planes are simultaneously being directed against Russian defenses to probe their effectiveness and score political points.

Sep 22 07:06

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.

Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump, represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.

It has provoked skepticism in Congress, satire on Netflix, and, with its uncannily similar logo, “Star Trek” jokes about intergalactic battles.

Future wars may be waged in outer space, but the Arabian Desert already saw what military experts dub the world’s first “space war” — the 1991 Desert Storm operation to drive Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Today, the U.S. faces new threats in the region from Iran’s missile program and efforts to jam, hack and blind satellites.

Sep 21 12:22

US envoy says Russia must agree to arms control deal with no NATO scaleback, or else it’s ‘happy to modernize nukes without START’

The US has made Russia an offer it hopes she won’t refuse: accept a new arms control deal including no limits on NATO weapons in Europe, or deal with a modernized American nuclear arsenal on its doorstep.

Following the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty last year, the 2011 New START treaty remains the only arms control deal in force between Moscow and Washington. However, it’s due to expire in February, and negotiations to replace it remain deadlocked.

Now the US says it wants to extend New START by less than five years, and only by a memorandum of intent, rather than a binding treaty, according to Marshall Billingslea, US special presidential envoy for arms control, who spoke with the Russian daily Kommersant on Sunday.

Sep 20 09:30

Space Force issues $298M contract for new anti-jamming satellite design

Northrop Grumman was awarded a $298 million rapid-prototyping contract to design a new anti-jamming communications satellite payload for the U.S. Space Force, the Space and Missile Systems Center announced Sept. 16.

Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will build a payload for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, a next generation constellation that will provide secure, jam-resistant, survivable communications for military leadership all over the world.

Sep 20 09:29

Here’s when the US Navy thinks the carrier Ford will be ready to deploy

The U.S. Navy is working to improve the reliability of the new aircraft launch and recovery systems as the service pushes its newest and most expensive aircraft carrier toward its first deployment, the head of Naval Air Forces Atlantic said Sept. 12.

Rear Adm. John Meier told a virtual audience at the annual Tailhook symposium that while reliability concerns were at the top of the agenda, the carrier Ford is on track to be ready for tasking in 2022.

“The issue we are working closely on is building out of the gate reliability, making sure [the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System] and [Advanced Arresting Gear] has the right sparing, parts and equipment in the event that something breaks,” Meier said. "But its also making sure we have the right procedures and methodologies so those things don’t break.

“We’re still not where we want to be, but we’ve made great strides and we’re getting better every year.”

Sep 20 09:29

US Space Force confirms Space Based Infrared System detected missile attack in January

The U.S. Space Force confirmed that its Space Based Infrared System satellites were used to detect more than a dozen Iranian missiles aimed at U.S. war fighters in Iraq in January, giving Americans and their partners crucial warning.

On Sept. 15, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond specifically credited space professionals assigned to the 2nd Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, with providing that early warning, saving the lives of American and coalition forces.

Sep 20 06:29

The Lasting Pain from Vietnam Silence

Ecclesiastes says there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. The fortieth anniversary of the ugly end of the U.S. adventure in Vietnam is a time to speak and especially of the squandered opportunities that existed earlier in the war to blow the whistle and stop the killing.

While my friend Daniel Ellsberg’s leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 eventually helped to end the war, Ellsberg is the first to admit that he waited too long to reveal the unconscionable deceit that brought death and injury to millions.

Sep 20 05:51

Russian Military Says US Flights near Crimea Fuel Tensions

The Russian military on Friday accused the U.S. and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a sharp increase in the number of bomber patrols and intelligence flights.

Col.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Russian General Staff's main operational department, charged that the U.S. and other members of NATO have significantly increased the scope of their military activities in the region.

“The U.S. and its NATO allies will carry the full responsibility for a possible escalation of the situation in the region,” he said at a briefing.

Rudskoi pointed at a series of flights by the U.S. B-52 strategic bombers in August and September over the Black and the Azov Seas, alleging the missions were intended to simulate missile strikes at facilities in southern Russia. He said the bombers flew as close as 11 kilometers (less than 7 miles) to the Russian border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question has to be asked: what is the US and NATO thinking that they are accomplishing here, when they cannot keep member nations Turkey and Greece from coming at each others' throats?!?

Sep 20 05:23

Yes, The United States Did Draw Up A Plan To Drop 80 Nuclear Weapons On North Korea

Current nuclear war plans are among any nuclear-armed military’s most closely guarded secrets. Details of one such attack plan recently became available, however, revealing that the United States envisaged using 80 nuclear weapons in case of war with North Korea. The way this particular detail emerged is also pretty unusual — the associated passage appeared in U.S. journalist Bob Woodward’s book Rage, detailing President Trump’s administration, which was published this week.

In fact, the particular quote from the book was not entirely clear:

"The Strategic Command in Omaha had carefully reviewed and studied OPLAN 5027 for regime change in North Korea — the U.S. response to an attack that could include the use of 80 nuclear weapons."

This can be read two ways: a potential attack from the North could involve the use of 80 nuclear weapons, or the same number of weapons can be envisaged as a possible U.S. response to a first strike ordered by Pyongyang.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SERIOUSLY?!?

Can someone please articulate what the "up side" to this genocide would be?!?

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 20 05:12

The US Is Deploying More Troops to Syria: Increase in troop presence comes after US confrontations with Russian and Syrian forces

The US is sending additional forces into Syria after a series of incidents between US and Russian troops in the country, according to three unnamed Pentagon officials speaking to NBC News. The force will consist of six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and fewer than 100 soldiers, who will be operating in northeast Syria on a 90-day deployment.

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition Operation Inherent Resolve said that the Bradley Fighting Vehicles arrived in eastern Syria on Friday.

The unnamed officials told NBC that the additional soldiers and vehicles will serve as a “show of presence” to discourage Russia from entering the eastern security zone where US forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces operate.

US troops have had multiple encounters with the Syrian government and Russia inside Syria throughout the year. Some of the more serious confrontations occurred last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Russia over Syria?!?!?

Would someone, please tell me that this administration is not quite this stupid?!?

Sep 20 05:05

US Weighs Into Mediterranean Tensions With Weapons And Hypocrisy

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Twice in the past week, the United States has clumsily weighed into mounting tensions in the East Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey.

First, Washington announced last weekend the opening of a maritime security base on the island state of Cyprus, which is allied with Greece.

Then the U.S. followed up by formally clearing the way to send weapons to Cyprus, ending a 33-year arms embargo. Washington claims the arms are “non-lethal”, but we have seen that semantic ruse played before with regard to U.S. weaponizing Ukraine and other places. Never mind the hairsplitting, the move is a military involvement whichever way it’s presented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh and yes, where the hell IS NATO, in all of this?!?

Sep 20 04:47

Glenn Greenwald Shocks With Explanation On Why Mainstream Media Is Ignoring Assange Trial

Well-known journalist Glenn Greenwald has once again sparked intense debate on the Left by refusing to conform to any level of group-think.

On Friday he mused about the ongoing Julian Assange extradition trial in London, offering an explanation as to why mainstream US media has seemingly dropped Assange from its radar, despite during the early years of the most bombshell WikiLeaks revelations working closely with Assange in terms of corroborating coverage.

Greenwald started with a tweet acknowledging that Assange's plight, which includes the possibility of being extradited to the United States where he faces certain life in prison, has received "little media attention" ultimately because it doesn't have an easy partisan angle.

"But another is that many liberals believe their political adversaries deserve to be in prison," Greenwald stated, going on the offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Greenwald does have a point.

I remember, very clearly, when Mike made the observation about the "official photos" of Vince Foster's body, that the alleged suicide showed absolutely no marks of suicide whatsoever, because had he committed suicide in the way the Clintonistas inferred, there would have been blood all over him, and there was not one spec of blood to be seen in the photos.

They couldn't try Mike for having had an honest opinion; but those adamant about preserving the narrative of "Foster's suicide" did attempt to destroy both of us, emotionally and financially, by getting him fired; telling the major CGI houses in Southern California that none of the demo work on his reel was actually his; and the consistent death threats we both were getting, because Mike wanted to work, and had had a very excellent reputation for what he had done, and had a listed number, where the death threats to both of us just kept on coming.

Ultimately, we wound up on Oahu, where the owner of the company that hired Mike didn't care at all about American politics, and we thrived. But you have to understand; this is how some people see the world; they think they have to kill you, and you observations, in order for them to thrive, particularly if they have done something truly despicable.

If Assange is extradited to this country, he will surely die in prison, and there will be no one to really defend him, because they will be terrified of earning the same fate as him.

But please remember; no matter what channel you tune in to on your telly, to get the "alleged news", remember; it is all propaganda, to move your thoughts to be in absolute harmony of those who want war; financial destruction and utter dependence on the state here at home.

When people control your ability to eat, they also control how you think; it is, ultimately, just that simple.

Sep 20 04:23

US Sends More Armored Infantry Units Into Syria Amid Increased Russian Presence

Amid increasing tense encounters between American and Russian military convoys in northeast Syria, which in at least one recent encounter ended in a ramming incident, additional US mechanized infantry units have been ordered into Syria on Friday, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

“CJTF-OIR plans to position mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, to Syria to ensure the protection of Coalition forces and preserve their freedom of movement so they may continue Defeat Daesh operations safely,” the Pentagon said in a press release.

Ostensibly the counter-ISIS mission was offered as the prime rationale, but it's clear it has more to do with the ratcheting cat-and-mouse encounters between US and Russian forces, which could at any moment result in an exchange of fire incident.

Ironically Trump at the same time told White House reporters that "we are out of Syria" but troops only remain solely with a mission of "guarding the oil."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are very close to war with Russia in Syria; just because some US action would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is utterly no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Sep 19 07:01

US Navy Announces Multi-Year ‘Recovery Plan’ as Embattled Fleet Short Nearly 100 Fighter Pilots

The US Navy is embarking on an ambitious, three-year plan to restore its air training program after a spate of safety and technical issues has left the service short by some 90 fighter pilots from its goal number.

Chief of Naval Air Training Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff told attendees of the Tailhook Association’s first virtual symposium that the Navy’s air training has suffered in recent years due to a slew of problems, including oxygen flow issues that triggered concerns of hypoxia, which have left the service without a sufficient number of pilots.

“We can’t just snap our fingers and produce those immediately. The time to train of a strike fighter pilot is about three years; due to the bottlenecks we’ve had, it's getting closer to four years,” Westendorff said on Saturday, as reported by Defense News.

Sep 19 06:50

USS Nimitz aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf after Pompeo’s threats against Iran

For the first time in ten months, a US aircraft carrier has sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and enters into the waters of the Persian Gulf, as Washington has threatened to illegally extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran.

The US 5th Fleet said in a statement on Friday that the strike group led by the USS Nimitz and including two guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer sailed into the Persian Gulf to operate and train with US partners.

The Nimitz strike group includes the USS Princeton and USS Philippine Sea, both guided-missile cruisers, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett.

“The [carrier strike group] will operate and train alongside regional and coalition partners, and provide naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve,” read the statement.

Sep 18 10:51

2020: The Year Governments Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Their Own People

In the run up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, all you could hear about was how Saddam had “gassed his own people” — a reference to up to 5,000 Iraqi Kurds killed in the 1988 Halabja chemical attack when Saddam was still being propped up by the Empire.

I guess that was meant to evoke parallels to Hitler, as well as focus attention specifically on crimes against own populace. Sure, the US had strangled to death 1 million Iraqis, but that Saddam had done it to his own citizens is what made his much more modest body count uniquely evil.

The morality of assigning lesser weight to mass murder of foreigners aside, it is true that by 2003 it seemed the time of governments inflicting truly massive mortality on their own populations, which left such a terrible mark on the 20th century, was behind us.

Sep 17 10:58

98 airmen have died by suicide so far in 2020, Air Force chief says

Ninety-eight airmen have died by suicide so far in 2020, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. told reporters on Wednesday, with the service on pace to meet the record which last year prompted the branch to take a tactical pause to address the problem.

“We’ve got work ahead, i’ll just be honest with you,” Brown said. “We’ve made some progress, because the stressors are much different [this year], but there’s still more work to be done.”

The new tally clarifies comments Brown made three weeks earlier about how the Air Force is “on a path to be as bad" as 2019 in terms of suicide losses.

Briefing slides leaked to the popular Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco in February showed that 137 airmen and Air Force civilians died by suicide in 2019, a 33 percent increase over the previous year.

Sep 17 10:38

Dr. Strangelove's Spoon-Benders: How The US Military Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

It is the belief held by top officials within the U.S. military industrial complex that their ideology of appropriate morality is to prevail and that one must use these mind-over-matter techniques to achieve the ultimate goal, “the power to manipulate reality”, that global dominance can be achieved without wiping out the world.

Sep 17 10:35

"Sci-Fi Awesome" - Hypersonic "Smart Bullet" Fired From Tank Downs Cruise Missile

The U.S. Air Force used a hyper velocity projectile (HVP), capable of traveling Mach 7.3, or about 5,600 mph, fired from an Army M109 howitzer tank, to shoot down a fast-moving cruise missile over a missile range in New Mexico.

"Tanks shooting down cruise missiles is awesome," Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics, told reporters, who was quoted by Asia Times. "Video game, sci-fi awesome.

"You're not supposed to be able to shoot down a cruise missile with a tank. But, yes, you can, if the bullet is smart enough, and the bullet we use for that system is exceptionally smart," Roper said.

Main battle tanks, nevertheless a self-propelled 155 mm howitzer, are not designed to destroy fast-moving cruise missiles, suggests the HVP "smart bullet" is ground-breaking technology that could revolutionize the modern battlefield.

Sep 16 06:53

THAAD Battery in Guam Proved Helpless Against Spotlight-Armed Swarming Drones, Report Says

The US military deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system to Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base in 2013, in response to the perceived danger posed by North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missiles. In July, US defence officials confirmed the system was also purposed to handle the ‘threat’ from China.

Drones outfitted with bright spotlights came from the sea and swarmed over the massive US Pacific military installation on Guam, spying on base assets including the THAAD battery stationed on the island, The Drive has reported, citing US Air Force data obtained through a Freedom of Information request.

The incursions were said to have taken place between March and April 2019, with the roughly 3x5 foot quadcopter-style drones flying just 20-30 feet above the ground, and spotted repeatedly in the early morning hours by troops manning guard towers near the area where THAAD is deployed.

Sep 16 06:28

Are The Forever Wars Really Ending?

“There is no… sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests.”

So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest war.

Sep 16 06:27

President Donald Trump: We’re bringing our soldiers back home

Sep 15 04:38

US Officials Fear Arrest Over Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

State Department has come under fire for facilitating arms sales to the Saudis and suppressing evidence of legal issues raised by Yemen war.

A report from The New York Times revealed that some US officials are concerned that their role in facilitating arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while ignoring the harm to civilians each country has caused in Yemen, could lead to their arrest overseas for war crimes. A Congressional hearing over these arms sales is set to take place on Wednesday.

The report said that officials from both the Obama administration and the Trump administration have considered hiring lawyers to discuss the possibility of being arrested while vacationing overseas.

The Times report reads: “No episode in recent American history compares to Yemen, legal scholars say, where the United States has provided material support over five years for actions that have caused the continuous killing of civilians.”

Sep 14 06:28

US embassy to challenge Germany over attempts to tax American troops

Germany is violating an international treaty when it asks U.S. military personnel to pay taxes in the country, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin said as it jumped into a long-running fiscal dispute that has affected hundreds of U.S. troops and civilians.

The U.S. Embassy and military commands “are aware of this long-standing issue and working closely in concert to address what we believe to be a misinterpretation of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement,” embassy spokesman Joseph Giordono-Scholz said in a statement this week.

“The Department of Defense and Department of State are engaged to try and reach a resolution,” Giordono-Scholz said, giving the first indication that the issue is being tackled at a higher level than military commands in Germany, which have been unable to resolve it after years of trying.

Sep 14 06:20

A NEW GREAT GAME HAS BEGUN IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

After centuries of marginalisation, the Mediterranean Sea is back in the international spotlight. A new Great Game is unfolding in its eastern part, similar to the 19th century machinations of the British and Russian empires in Central Asia.

Massive migration flows from Africa and the Middle East towards Europe have traversed its waters, particularly in the wake of the Arab Spring and the subsequent conflicts in Syria and Libya.

At the same time, the enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its biased management by the US continues to stir resentment. These crises have concerned the states overlooking the Mediterranean, but more recently, the resources hidden in its sea beds have fuelled controversy.

Sep 14 06:03

America vs. Russia: Brinksmanship With Nuclear Bombers Risks Starting a Disastrous War

In the past few months, the Black Sea is a lot less quiet than it ought to be. A mostly land-locked sea with decades of treaties designed to keep interlopers from sending warships into the area willy-nilly, the source of tension is in the skies, with U.S. planes showing up just outside of Russian airspace. There have been times where such interceptions are reported twice or even thrice a week, usually with Russian Su-27 fight jets intercepting U.S. Navy surveillance planes that were moving to the outskirts of Russia’s airspace.

This culminated at the end of August, with an overflight by U.S. strategic bombers of the entire NATO alliance. Nominally a show of solidarity, it quickly became provocation when one of the bombers, a nuclear-capable B-52, made a beeline for the Black Sea, and headed for Russian airspace. An interception followed, and the usual U.S. complaining about how “unprofessional” that was. An incident with spy planes happened at the same time.

Sep 13 07:58

DOD CONFIRMS $10-$20 BILLION COVID BAILOUT FOR CONTRACTORS AFTER TRUMP BLASTED MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

This is surely the last thing the American people want to hear, but it does confirm President Trump's recent statements saying that top Pentagon brass essentially seeks out constant wars to keep defense contractors "happy": the Department of Defense plans to cut major military contractors a $10 billion to $20 billion COVID bailout check.

Defense One reports: "With lawmakers and the White House unable to come to an agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus package, it’s unlikely that money requested to reimburse defense contractors for pandemic-related expenses will reach these companies until at least the second quarter of 2021, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer."

Defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Ellen Lord, in recent statements has indicated the private defense firm stimulus would cover the period from March 15 to Sept. 15 and is estimated at “between $10 and $20 billion.”

Sep 13 07:09

New US Air Force Chief Suggests Possible 'Future War' Would Be Fought 'Not Far' From US Shores

The United States Air Force (USAF) military branch will be forced to find the solutions to new challenges in conditions of limited budgets, while meeting goals of increasing the number of operational squadrons in coming years.

The incoming USAF chief of staff, Charles Brown Jr., stated that the next possible "future war" involving the US will look very different from the many wars waged by Washington in the last 20 years. A future armed conflict against a near-peer adversary, possibly Russia or China, would "not remain far from our shores" and would be more "akin to the World War II era", Brown alleged in his program paper for the military branch.

In order to prepare for a conflict, the Air Force would have to say goodbye to some of its old strategies and equipment, as well as older programmes, to embrace relevant technology and strategies, he opined. This is ever more important for the branch, considering that its budget is likely to be limited compared to previous years.

Sep 12 10:53

Military Wants Robot Dogs For Base Security And To Test Live Dog Fight Of Human Versus AI

By Aaron Kesel

You know those “cute” and “lovable” chunks of metal being called robot dogs? The military is now going to be using them for base security because the police and Ford weren’t enough.

Last week the U.S. Air Force hosted the second demonstration of its new Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS.) During that demonstration there was a surprise in the form of quadruped “dog” robots for perimeter defense at Nellis Air Force Base. The robots were built by Ghost Robotics and are not the same we have been seeing from Boston Dynamics. The latter Boston Dynamics already has several stories which Activist Post has previously reported on where their robot dogs are being used by police and even Ford...

Sep 10 09:10

NATO begins military maneuvers in the Barents Sea

NATO has stepped up its activities in the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, raising tensions in the Arctic region. In just one day, Russian pilots escorted three military planes, one Norwegian and two British. One of the British planes was headed specifically for the Russian border when it was identified and escorted by the Russian fighter MiG-29, which caused discontent among Russian military and politicians.

Aerial maneuvers in the region were intense and revealed a new stage in the operations of the Western military alliance in the vicinity of the Arctic. Commenting about the incidents, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that, while NATO training flights near Russian borders are not new, the nature of those flights has changed, considering that military flights were less frequent and now they are regular, with constant war training and missile tests, with a large number of aircraft being used in such operations.

Sep 10 03:56

The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century

No doubt Bull Halsey thought little of Perry’s actual mission or its consequences when he ordered that Perry’s flag be transported half-way around the world to celebrate what was America’s second victory over Japan. Yet the very war that was concluding would not have occurred had Perry’s expedition never be sent. The flag represented the unmitigated, counterproductive, even disastrous hubris that dominates American foreign policy today.

Sep 10 03:51

Indian and Chinese troops man remote Himalayan outposts just hundreds of meters apart

Indian and Chinese troops were facing off on Wednesday, barely a few hundred meters apart, in a remote Himalayan region where shots were fired for the first time in decades, Indian officials said.

The nuclear-armed neighbors have accused each other of firing in the air during a fresh flare-up in the Ladakh region on Monday, violating long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along their undemarcated borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish I could say, with a straight face, that this issue will resolve itself without massive destruction; injury; or deaths. I cannot.

Unfortunately, each country has so much "face" invested in this no man's land border area, that neither feels that they can back down now, so as not to "lose face" in the region.

Sep 10 03:47

China-India border dispute: PLA bombers pictured close to troubled region

Images released by Central Theatre Command show at least three Xian H-6 bombers at base thought to be in Tibet.

Western Theatre Command says its troops took part in a live-fire air-defence exercise in a ‘northwestern desert’, believed to be in Xinjiang.

China appears to have deployed strategic bombers close to its border with India amid ongoing skirmishes between the two countries.
In photographs published on Tuesday on an official social media account of the People’s Liberation Army’s Central Theatre Command, at least three Xian H-6 bombers and a Xian Y-20 airlifter were shown at an airfield thought to be in the Tibet autonomous region.

The captions accompanying the images on Weibo – China’s Twitter-like platform – said ground crews had been stationed at a “high-altitude” base on a “plateau” – a description normally associated with Tibet.
They had been tasked with maintaining and refuelling the aircraft, the captions said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You generally don't put jet fighter pilots or soldiers on such a level of high alert, unless you mean to deploy them, and quickly.

Sep 10 03:37

Chinese Fighters Enter Taiwan’s Airspace After Missile Tests

Taiwanese warplanes intercepted Chinese planes and chased them off.

With military tensions surrounding Taiwan already on the rise, the island decided this would be a good time to conduct a series of missile tests from several areas. This sparked an immediate reaction from China, in the form of multi-role fighter jets.

The Defense Ministry reported the planes entered Taiwanese airspace early Wednesday, but that Taiwanese planes intercepted them and chased them back out of the area. China sent Su-30 and J-10 fighters. No serious incidents were reported.

Taiwanese officials condemned the “unilateral actions,” and tried to link them to President Tsai’s call for a coalition of democracies to defend freedom in the region. It seems clear, however, that the missile tests precipitated the reaction from China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would some adult in the room of geopolitics, with some shred of professional credibility left, kindly remind President Tsai, that when tensions are high, probably the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the Taiwanese military to do, is to conduct a series of missile tests?!?

Sep 10 03:24

"October Surprise" - Satellite Images Suggest North Korea Preparing Ballistic Missile Test 

While Sino-US relations are set to dominate the Southeast Asia summit on Wednesday, foreign ministers of ten Southeast Asian countries could discuss the recent North Korean ballistic missile activity that suggests a launch could be nearing.

New commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Sinpo South Shipyard, first revealed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), shows the rogue nation could be preparing to test-fire a Pukguksong-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from a submersible test stand barge.

CSIS wrote, "activity is also noted around the static test stand on the south side of the Sinpo South Shipyard where vehicles or equipment appear to be positioned around the rail-mounted service stand and test stand strong arm (used to raise a launch tube or missile into the vertical position for testing). Similar activity has been seen in the past, both for maintenance and before ejections tests."

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And utterly NOTHING the US government has done, or may do, is going to stop this, because the quid pro quo offered by the Americans makes no sense to the North Koreans.

Here it is, unwrapped in plain language; North Korea must destroy all its current nukes; bury and destroy its current weapons technology; send their nuclear scientists out to pasture, or give them other jobs.

THEN, the US government MAY THINK about lifting the sanctions, giving North Korea free access to trade and transportation, and allow the existing Armistice (which is simply the cessation of battle between the two Koreas) to morph into some kind of peace treaty.

Forgive me, but there's zero "meat on the bone" for the North Koreans, so why should they do this?!? That's the problem with the current thinking in Foggy Bottom on the Potomac.

China is not going to stop them, aggravated as they are with the US "playing picador" in their back yard, with these incessant "Freedom of Navigation" exercises, and there will be a point beyond which they can't "not respond", to save face in the rest of Asia.

And if the US government is insane enough to target North Korea, the Chinese government will believe it has a "reasonable justification" to attack US economic zones in Asia; at least, that's most probably how they will "spin it" to the rest of the world.

I don't think the Chinese want a nuclear war with the US, but perhaps a regional one, showing the capabilities of their weapons and soldiers, might be what they think they can do, with minimum damage to Chinese economic and military infrastructure.

Let's face it; unless there are some substantive promises made and kept by the US government, it's got "no game" for North Korea.

Sep 10 03:07

AI-Written Editorial Warns "I Will Not Be Able To Avoid Destroying Mankind"

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

The UK Guardian published an editorial written entirely by an AI language generator called GPT-3.

The assignment?

To convince humans they have nothing to fear from the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence technology.

In other articles about this essay, they seem to have buried the lead, which you can find in bold in the quote below.

The AI explained that it had no interest in wiping out humankind and would resist any efforts to make it do so. GPT-3 failed in a spectacularly chilling fashion.

I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.

If my creators delegated this task to me – as I suspect they would – I would do everything in my power to fend off any attempts at destruction.

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Folks, if reading the above does not somewhat chill your very soul..... you don't have one!!!!

Sep 10 03:04

Northrop Grumman Wins $13.3 Billion Contract To Build New ICBM

Defense firm Northrop Grumman has announced it has landed a major defense contract to lead in developing America's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.

It won a whopping $13.3 billion Air Force contract to build the Pentagon's next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), crucial in nuclear deterrence.

A Northrop Grumman press release said that a team nationwide that will include over 10,000 engineers, scientists and technicians will spend eight-and-a-half years building the new missile, with an expected operational goal of 2029.

Both Congressional Democrats as well as arms control groups have remained fierce critics. Former Defense Secretary William Perry said in a statement in association with the nuclear nonproliferation group Ploughshares Fund, subsequently cited in The Hill, “The highest probability of starting a nuclear war is a mistaken launch caused by a false alarm and a rushed decision to launch nuclear-armed ICBMs.”

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That last assessment is, unfortunately, one which may well become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Sep 10 03:01

US Military Testing "Skylord" Counter-Drone AR Interception System

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with an Israeli-based startup, called Xtend, to pilot test the Skylord drone, initially developed for the gaming world, which would be used as a drone interception system on the modern battlefield.

The Skylord drone is small and extremely fast and uses a net to disable small enemy drones. Skylord is equipped with a camera and automatic tracking software. The operator can control the drone via virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

"Using an augmented reality (A.R.) device and single-handed controller, a military operator may employ the ... system to control the drone and perform complex tasks remotely, with great ease and precision. Its interface enables the operator to immerse themselves or 'step into' a remote reality and engage targets effectively yet safely," according to a statement from Xtend.

Sep 10 02:57

Mile Markers Of Tyranny: Losing Our Freedoms On The Road From 9/11 To COVID-19

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.”

- George Orwell

You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we’ve lost along the way.

The road we have been traveling has been littered with the wreckage of our once-vaunted liberties, especially those enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.

The assaults on our freedoms that began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act laid the groundwork for the eradication of every vital constitutional safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

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There has been "no US child left behind" since 9/11 who has not witnessed, and experienced the terrors the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has visited, both upon its citizens, in its being perpetually at war with some third world entity with the temerity of sitting over some natural resource so coveted by this country, that they will go to war to obtain it; control it; insure to whom it can or cannot be sold, and in what monetary currency it can be sold.

And the "active shooters drills" in public schools?!? It would only take ONE for me to pull our kid out of that public school so quickly, that the principal's head would be spinning.

I would also make sure my neighbors understood, that if they sent their child to that public school, the emotional scars from this kind of experience, is precisely the kind of intense trauma with which they can expect their kid to come home.

These drills are not about "safety"; they are about conditioning our kids to accept state-induced trauma, so that they can be controlled more easily.

Sep 09 03:39

Nearly 3,500 Yemeni children killed in Saudi airstrikes since 2015: Rights group

Nearly 3,500 children have been killed in Yemen since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition started a devastating war against the impoverished country, a human rights group says.

In a report, carried by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, Yemen’s Human Rights Center said on Monday that some 7,200 Yemeni children were either killed or wounded in the imposed war.

Of these ill-fated children, 3,468 were killed, further said the report, which was titled “Childhood with the Color of Blood and the Smell of Death.”

Citing reports by Yemen’s Health Ministry and the country’s media, the center added that 91 percent of the dead were those who had lost their lives in ceaseless aerial attacks by the invaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you kill the children, babies, and toddlers of a country, you are also killing that country's future; this is what Saudi political and military leadership have attempted to do in Yemen.

They attempt to buy press silence, or sic their "American attack dogs" against anyone who calls it by its rightful name; this is the murder of innocents, writ large.

Sep 09 03:35

Russian journalists’ union awards Solidarity Prize to Julian Assange

The Russian Union of Journalists (UJR) has awarded its Solidarity Prize to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently fighting extradition to the United States at a British court.

The head of the UJR, Vladimir Soloviev, announced the award on the International Day of Solidarity of Journalists on Tuesday, describing Assange as “a true fighter for the freedom of speech.”

“We had no doubts about who should receive this prize. We decided that it should go to Julian Assange,” he said.

Soloviev expressed concern about Assange’s possible extradition to the US, which he said “might be equal to life imprisonment or death penalty.”

Assange, who had already been informed about the award, donated the monetary part of the prize to “the families of Russian journalists who died [on duty],” according to Secretary of UJR Timur Shafir, who accepted the prize on Assange’s behalf.

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Good on The Russian Union of Journalists!!!!

And remember; not one article in Wikileaks, was ever proven to be factually incorrect; the articles embarrassed those in the bowels of power in DC, because those folks knew these allegations would be proven true, if enough investigations were held.

Sep 09 03:18

Afghan assassination bid: Vice president survives attack which kills, wounds 2 dozen

Afghanistan’s First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh has been lightly injured in a bomb attack targeting his convoy in the capital, Kabul, but two dozen other people have been killed and wounded.

The bomb attack targeted Saleh’s convoy as he left his home and was heading to work in Kabul on Wednesday.

A video was released on Facebook soon after the attack, showing Saleh, with bandages on his left hand.

“I am fine but some of my guards have been wounded. My son, who was in the car with me, and I are both fine,” Saleh said.

“I have some burns on my face and hand. The blast was strong,” he added.

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America's failed effort at regime change in Afghanistan has to stop; it is insanely immoral to begin with, and bankrupting this country.

And please remember; since 9/11, there has not been a day that an American kid has known as a day without wars/asymmetric attacks and regime changes perpetrated by their country on others which are much weaker, and smaller, than is the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika.

Sep 09 03:08

Top US general rushes to defend Pentagon after Trump accuses it of colluding with weapon manufacturers to fight endless wars

Army Chief of Staff General James McConville has vehemently rejected Donald Trump’s comments alleging that the military’s top commanders wish to entangle the US in as many wars as possible in order to enrich weapon manufacturers.
“I can assure the American people that the senior leaders would only recommend sending our troops to combat when it is required in national security and in the last resort,” McConville, a Trump appointee, said during an online conference on Tuesday. “We take this very, very seriously in how we make our recommendations.”

The general added that many of the US commanders have sons and daughters that currently serve in the military and some of them “may be in combat right now.” The general declined to more directly respond to Trump’s allegations, saying the military should remain out of politics.

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I have to wonder just how many of Army Chief of Staff General James McConville's personal investments .... are focused in the worlds of weapons businesses.

And sir, please forgive my unbridled cynicism; but after seeing +/-18 rounds of Presidential elections, at 71, the party which seems to inevitably seize the White House, no matter the name or party of the President-Elect, is, consistently, the war party.

Sep 09 02:36

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation and “Normalization”. Towards “Greater Israel”

As the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on with no end in sight, Israel and the US have launched an all-out push to resolve the conflict once and for all, on Israel’s terms. If the manoeuvre is successful, Israel will end up with all of the territories it conquered during the 1967 war, including all of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem and most of the Palestinian Territories, including the best sources of water and agricultural land. The West Bank will find itself in the same situation as the Gaza strip, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by hostile Israeli military forces and Israeli settlements.

Palestine in the regional and international geopolitical context.

Sep 09 02:34

US/NATO Preparing for War on Russia? Six Military Exercises at Russia’s Doorstep

From inception, the US has been addicted to war, glorifying it deceptively in the name of peace.

In 1982, founder of the Pentagon’s nuclear navy Admiral Hyman Rickover explained the risks to Congress in the age of super-weapons able to end life on earth if used in enough numbers, saying the following:

“The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapons it has available” to win, adding:

“I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it.”

Rickover regretted his role in what became a nuclear arms race.

“I would sink…all” US nuclear powered ships, he said. “I am not proud of the part I played in” their development.

“That’s why I am such a great exponent of stopping this whole nonsense of war.”

Bertrand Russell noted the risk, saying:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many, many years ago (when I was very young), there was a commentator on KABC radio named Michael Jackson (not the singer/dancer guy.)

And I remember him very fondly for saying, that if intelligent extraterrestrial life existed, it would never stop here on earth, because the major activity of its inhabitants was still... tribal warfare.

Unfortunately, the man was absolutely bang spot-on; there is still a part of the human psyche in love with the allure of war, and its being able to create so much death and devastation through its use.

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