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US air defense brigade back in Europe

Monday, April 2, 2018

A U.S.-based air defense artillery brigade has formally begun its mission in Germany, marking the first deployment of such a unit to Europe since the post-Cold War drawdown. The arrival of the National Guard’s South Carolina-based 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, billed as the only integrated fires brigade in the Army, is part of a broader effort to bolster one of the military’s lingering capability gaps in Europe. “Back in…

Pope’s Easter message calls for peace, beginning with Syria

Monday, April 2, 2018

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.” Francis reflected on the power of Christianity’s core belief — that Jesus rose from the dead following…

Out-of-control Chinese space station returns to Earth over Pacific Ocean

Monday, April 2, 2018

The out-of-control Chinese space station, the Tiangong-1, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere Sunday evening over the southern Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command confirmed re-entry at around 8:16 p.m. ET. “The JFSCC used the Space Surveillance Network sensors and their orbital analysis system to confirm Tiangong-1’s re-entry,” JFSCC said in a statement, adding that other countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and South Korea helped…

Russian Federation to expel 150 Western diplomats

Friday, March 30, 2018

Russia to expel same number of envoys as West amid poisoning of ex-spy.  The country’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thusday that his nation would respond “in kind” to sanctions imposed following the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, ad his daughter Yulia, 33. The US’s steps came in the wake of a number of European countries expelling Russian diplomats from their territory on the pretext that Russia has poisoned the…

3,700 soldiers from 13 nations will conduct massive war games in Germany

Friday, March 30, 2018

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It sounded like the beginning of Ragnarok. Tanks sped up to engage enemy targets while mortars and artillery rounds were lobbed overhead and helicopter gunships launched missiles during a high-speed, live-fire exercise. More than a dozen M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team joined forces Wednesday with several AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation…

Driver tries to ram group of French soldiers

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A driver is on the run after trying to ram a car into a group of soldiers out jogging near their barracks in southeast France. The soldiers dived into a ditch to avoid the oncoming vehicle in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, near Grenoble. The gendarmerie have sent out patrols nearby to check number plates. The attack follows a hostage-taking in the southwest of France on 23 March, in which four people were killed.…

Moldova wants strengthening defense cooperation with Lithuania

Thursday, March 29, 2018

According to the Ministry of Defense of Moldova’s report, Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza met with Chief of Defense of Lithuania, Lt. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Žukas who is paying an official visit to our country within March 26-28, 2018. The two officials talked about the regional security, the defense sector’s reformation in the Republic of Moldova, participation in international peacekeeping operations, and bilateral military cooperation. Eugen Sturza appreciated Lithuania’s support for the modernization and reformation of our country’s defense sector…

Poland to purchase defence missiles from U.S. for 3 billion euros

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence system from the U.S. for 3.85 billion euros, as Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 has motivated Warsaw to quicken its military modernisation. British public broadcaster BBC reports that largest weapons agreement in Polish history was signed at a ceremony in Warsaw on Wednesday, March 28, he first deliveries are expected in 2022. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz…

Russia accuses US of ‘expulsion blackmail’

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Russia has accused Washington of pressuring nations to carry out a mass expulsion of its diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in the UK. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the US of “colossal blackmail” and said there were “few independent countries” left in modern Europe. The expulsion of 140 Russians by 25 nations is thought to be the largest in history. Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter…

Cambridge Analytica linked company taught at NATO STRATCOMCOE

Monday, March 26, 2018

Anglo-American data company Cambridge Analytica is making lots of headlines around the world after revelations that a data leak from Facebook allowed it access to tens of millions of accounts, and an undercover operation by British broadcaster Channel 4 News that caught the firm’s executives boasting of its methods of manipulating public opinion. LSM reported a year ago that Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories Group (SCL), was active in Latvia with…