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U.S. impeachment court begins against Donald Trump

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

In the Senate of the U.S. Congress, the impeachment court is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 21, aimed at establishing whether or not U.S. President Donald Trump (Republican Party) is guilty in charges related to his foreign policy on Ukraine. First several days of the proceedings are now almost certain to be tangled in procedural motions playing out on the Senate floor or, more likely, behind closed doors, since…

US sends warship through Taiwan Strait days after island reelects separatist leader

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The U.S. Navy has sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait for the first time this year, less than a week after a separatist president was reelected the island’s chief executive. The Yokosuka-based guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh sailed through the strait on Thursday, demonstrating “the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley said Monday. He called the transit “routine.” In response, Chinese Foreign…

Number of American troops in Baltics is not everything – US expert

By Roger Zakheim on Monday, January 20, 2020

US expert Roger Zakheim has called on Lithuania not to limit itself to requests to increase the number of American troops in the region as that alone does not constitute proper anti-Russia deterrence. Capabilities with specific tasks are much more important when looking into modern threats, the director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute says. “New capabilities may not be in the form of a 100 thousand troops…

Airman gets 40-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting child at Aviano

Friday, January 17, 2020

An airman found guilty of sexually assaulting a child multiple times over a 17-month period while stationed at Aviano received a 40-year prison sentence, an Air Force official said this week. Airman Alexander L. Driskill was found guilty by a military jury of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12, 31st Fighter Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sarah Babcock said in a statement. Driskill had earlier pleaded guilty to charges…

Eleven US service members were screened for brain injuries after Iranian missile strikes

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and Germany treated 11 service members for possible brain injuries suffered during the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Friday. The attack was retaliation for a Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “As a standard procedure, all personnel in…

Iranian ambassador hopes Vilnius can sway US on nuclear deal

Friday, January 17, 2020

Iranian Ambassador to Lithuania Masoud Edrisi Kermanshahi, based in Warsaw, hopes Lithuania can help bring Washington back to the so-called Iran nuclear deal. “We urge the Polish and Lithuanian authorities, who are friends of the United States, to remind the Americans of their strategic mistakes and to ask them to get back to their commitments,” Kermanshahi told LRT English in a written statement. However, it’s “unrealistic” to expect the US…

US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted…

Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Reckless, illegal, unhinged. When it comes to finding adjectives to describe U.S. President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian military guru Qassem Soleimani, which prompted the Iranians to respond by launching missile attacks on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops overnight, European officials have displayed rare unity. At least in private. Behind the sober public pronouncements from Brussels and national capitals about the need for “de-escalation,” officials are seething. Plus ça change? While Trump…

EU invites Iran’s foreign minister to Brussels amid tensions with US

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The European Union is rolling out a red carpet for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, amid rising fears of potential war in the Middle East. The EU’s diplomatic service said in a statement Sunday that foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had issued a personal invitation to Zarif to visit Brussels — in a phone call on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to bomb Iran amid escalating tensions between Tehran…

Luik: We stand with the US, Americans are defending their diplomats

Friday, January 3, 2020

Commenting on the situation with Iran on Friday, after a U.S. military airstrike killed a top Iranian military leader, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) said that Estonia stands as an ally with the United States, and stressed that the U.S. is defending its diplomats and facilities. “Of course we don’t have all the information yet, but the fact is, we stand with our ally, the U.S., in a situation…