Posts tagged as US

Gaza clashes: 18 dead in violence before US embassy opening

Monday, May 14, 2018

At least 18 Palestinians in Gaza have been shot dead by Israeli troops after bloody clashes erupted on the border, Palestinian officials say. The violence comes before the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, which has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part Palestinians lay claim to. Top US officials, including President Donald Trump’s daughter and her…

France condemns US move to re-impose sanctions

Friday, May 11, 2018

France has condemned as “unacceptable” a US move to re-impose sanctions on companies trading with Iran. The action from Washington followed President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark deal that sought to curb Iran’s nuclear programme. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said European companies should not have to pay for the US decision. The US says firms have six months to halt business and cannot enter…

Decorated US F-22 Raptor Pilot Accused of Raping Sleeping Woman in 2014

Friday, May 11, 2018

A decorated US Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot and intelligence analyst will face a court martial this fall for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while she was in bed asleep, among other violent crimes, according to an Air Force charge sheet released Wednesday. Colonel Jason Costello, who is assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command-Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, is accused of three violations of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice,…

Berlin To Talk Openly With US On Iran, Aims To Avoid Economic Tensions

Friday, May 11, 2018

Previously Germany confirmed that Berlin won’t pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal after the US President Donald Trump had announced withdrawal from the agreement. German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier stated this Friday, that he would continue to discuss the Iranian situation with the US, adding, however, that Berlin had no reasons to end its Hermes export guarantee scheme for Tehran. “At the moment, there is no reason to change…

US relaunches Second Fleet in war preparations against Russia

By Bill Van Auken on Monday, May 7, 2018

The US Navy announced on Friday that it is relaunching its Second Fleet, a naval force to be deployed in the North Atlantic and directed at preparing for military confrontation with Russia. The fleet had been mothballed in 2011 under the Obama administration based upon the assessment that the likelihood of war with Russia had declined. Funding for the fleet, it was argued, could be better spent on buying new…

Russian fighter intercepts US spy plane in new Baltic encounter

Monday, May 7, 2018

Two US spy planes flying over the Baltic Sea triggered the scrambling of a Russian jet in the latest tense encounter in the strategically sensitive waters. The US aircraft flew close to the Russian enclave and naval base of Kaliningrad on Saturday, according to the Mil Radar – a military plane-spotter’s Twitter account. One of the aircraft was reportedly intercepted by a Su-27 fighter. A US Air Force RC-135V electronic…

American Vocation For Lithuanian Cyber Experts

Monday, May 7, 2018

On May 1 through 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza is conducting a visit in the US where his meetings with representatives of the US Department of Defence and State Department, Congress and the Pennsylvania National Guard are planned. At the meetings Lithuania’s achievements in cyber security are presented and cooperation opportunities are discussed. “We are opening one more page for cooperation as we include cyber security aspect…

U.S. to double cyber defense aid to Ukraine

Friday, May 4, 2018

The U.S. State Department will double the cyber defense aid it pledged to Ukraine last year to $10 million in an effort to bolster the security of an ally in the crosshairs of alleged Russian hackers, according to department spokesperson. Wess Mitchell, the assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, made the announcement earlier this week after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert…

Russian fighter jet intercepts US surveillance plane over Baltic Sea

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Russian fighter jet and a US surveillance plane have come disturbingly close as they flew through international airspace. The Russian Su-27 jet reportedly performed an “unprofessional” but not unsafe interception of a US Navy P8-plane, coming within 20 feet of the US aircraft, defence officials told CNN. American pilots have said they never felt threatened when the Russian fighter jet flew so close over the Baltic Sea. The Navy…

EU, US and Canada ‘Have Punched a Big Hole’ in Daesh Propaganda

Monday, April 30, 2018

European authorities stated they have compromised Daesh-branded media in a joint effort with the US and Canada, thus destroying terrorists’ broadcasting capabilities. A joint operation to tackle the Daesh* propaganda machine was launched on April 25, 2018 by the law enforcement authorities of the European Union Member States, Canada and the US and coordinated by the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) within the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) at the Europol headquarters. According to the Europol statement,…