Posts published in Day: May 19, 2018

West’s knowledge of Novichok nerve agent came from sample secured by German spy agency in 1990s: report

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The West’s knowledge of the secret Russian nerve agent the U.K. says was used to poison a former spy and his daughter came from a sample obtained by Germany in the 1990s, according to a report by German media organizations. In a joint report published Wednesday, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the weekly Die Zeit and broadcasters NDR and WDR said Germany’s BND spy agency had secured the sample of the…

US Lawmaker Moves to Block Sale of 100 F-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A new bill proposed in the US House of Representatives calls for stopping the proposed sales of more than 100 F-35 fighter jets and related intellectual property to Turkey, Congressman David Cicilline said in a press release. “Cicilline is introducing the bipartisan Ban F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sales to Turkey Act today,” the release said on Thursday. “The Ban F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sales to Turkey Act prohibits the sale…

Russian Military Reports Scrambling Jets Eight Times to Chase Away Spy Planes

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Russia’s fighter jets were scrambled eight times over the past week to intercept foreign planes, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. Fourteen foreign aircraft approached the Russian airspace during that period, according to an infographic in the ministry-linked Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper. None of them trespassed. At the beginning of this month, several media reported that a Russian Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a US navy airplane in the…

Assad travels to Russia to meet with Putin, cites progress in war on terrorism

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Kremlin says Syrian President Bashar Assad has met with President Vladimir Putin at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. A transcript of Thursday’s meeting released by the Kremlin quoted Assad as saying that Syria is making progress in fighting “terrorism,” which “opens the door to the political process.” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says Assad informed Putin of his decision to “send a delegation to the…

New Niger drone video shows harrowing escape of surviving U.S. forces amid friendly fire

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and — thinking they were soon to die — wrote messages home to their loved ones. The video,…