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US Threatens to Destroy Iranian Missiles Shipped to Venezuela

Senior admin. official: US warns it will destroy potential Iranian long-range missile shipments delivered to the Maduro regime in Venezuela

China Warns Americans Could be Arrested over DOJ Prosecution of Chinese Scholars: Report

China officials warn US counterparts they may detain US nationals in response to DOJ prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars

Iranian-Sponsored Attacks on Bahrain Expected to Increase Amid New Relationship with Israel

The Islamic Republic was quick to issue threats towards the small Gulf State following announcement of new diplomatic ties with Israel.

Potential Withdrawal of US Diplomats from Iraq Leads to Speculation of War

Concerns of a coming military conflict between Iran and the US are growing after Pompeo threatened to close embassy, withdraw US diplomats.

US Issues Sweeping Sanctions That Target Iranian Arms industry

The Trump admin announced a series of new sanctions that target Iran’s arms industry as a part of the “maximum pressure” campaign.

Report: India, China Have Fired at Each Other Three Times in Less than a Month

Times of India reported Wednesday that Indian and Chinese troops have fired shots at each other at least three times in less than a month.

Amid Concern Over Iranian Plot to Assassinate a US Official, Trump Issues Strong Warning

POTUS released a very strong warning via twitter, warning Iran of the consequences they’d face should they target American personnel.

13 Israelis Injured by Rocket Fire as Peace Deals Signed

13 people were injured by Rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel as Netanyahu signed normalization deals with the UAE and Bahrain.

Chinese Military Calls US ‘Destroyer of World Peace’ Following Critical DOD Report

China calls US “the destroyer of world peace” after critical DOD report said china’s military buildup aims to “revise” international order.

India Test Fires ‘NextGen Hypersonic Weapon’ As Border Tensions With China Surge

As military standoff between India & China intensifies, Indian's military test-fired new class of weapons that can travel at hypersonic speeds

Iranian Air Defense Systems Reportedly Deployed Near Border of Lebanon & Syria

Reports reveal Iranian air defense systems deployed near border between Syria & Lebanon to target Israeli aircraft seeking to enter the area

China Planning to Double its Stockpile of Nuclear Warheads: Pentagon

Pentagon: China likely planning to double stockpile of nuclear warheads this decade, including ballistic missiles that can reach the US

India Accuses China’s Military of ‘Provocative’ Movements Near Disputed Border

India accuses China of making “provocative” military moves near disputed border just months after deadly incident between the countries.

China Fires Missiles in South China Sea ‘In Warning to US’ After Plane Entered No-Fly Zone

Beijing launches 2 medium-range missiles into South China Sea in a scathing warning to the US, as tensions between the superpowers soar.

Report: Iran Claims it has New Cruise Missiles & Advanced Drones

Iran claims to unveil new missiles and drones this week named for Muhandis and Soleimani, who the US killed in January in Baghdad.

Trump Says US Intends to Trigger ‘Snapback’ of UN Sanctions on Iran

Trump announces plans to intend “snapback” sanctions on Iran, days after UN Security Council failed to extend a soon-to expire arms embargo.

Greece Puts Military on High Alert After Turkish Research Ship Enters Controversial Waters

Turkish research vessel went into controversial waters, leading to precautionary military measures by Greece; Turkish F-16s spotted accompanying the vessel

IDF Thwarts Hezbollah Terror Cell Infiltration Along Border with Lebanon

The IDF thwarted a Hezbollah terror attack near Mount Dov along the border with Lebanon on Monday; IDF spokesman: "We have some tense days ahead."

Explosions Reported on Iran’s Qeshm Island Over the Weekend – Possible Israeli Strike

Islamic Republic experienced more explosions Saturday on one of its southern islands; Possibility of an Israeli strike on an underground missile facility.

Putin Pledges New Hypersonic & Underwater Nuclear Weapons: Report

Putin reveals Russian navy will be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons, underwater nuclear drones, currently in the final phase of testing.

Massive Explosion at Iraqi Base Linked to Iranian-Backed Militias

An Iraqi military base that has a large ammunition dump exploded on Sunday; In this context the explosion adds fuel to the fire of tensions.

Iran Condemns US After Warplane Fly-by Panics Iranian Airliner Passengers

Iran said a US fighter jet "harassed" a civilian airliner in an act of terrorism, dismissing US account that the jet was conducting a visual inspection

China Harboring Military-Linked Biologist Fugitive at San Francisco Consulate, FBI Says

FBI: Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring biology researcher who falsely denied connections to Chinese military to obtain visa, gain access to US

China Threatens Retaliation After US Serves Eviction Notice to Chinese Consulate in Houston

China condemns what it called an “unprecedented escalation" by the US & threatened to retaliate after it was ordered to close Chinese consulate in Houston.

Iran Executes ‘US & Israeli spy’ As a Message to Washington

“A Mossad spy was hanged,” Iran’s Fars News reported Monday morning. Iran accused Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd of being “linked to both Mossad and the CIA,...

Russia, Turkey & Iran Coordinate Anti-US Syria Policy, Slamming Israel

Russia, Turkey & Iran held a meeting to coordinate efforts in Syria; Their goals appeared aimed at undermining the US role in Syria & condemnation of Israel

Satellite Imagery Shows China Building Up Military Presence in Galwan Valley Days After Deadly Clash with India

satellite imagery from disputed border area of the Himalayas between China and India shows evidence China has been building up its military presence.

China FURY: World on brink as India taunts Beijing over secret deaths

BEIJING has deleted online news detailing the real death toll from the deadly clash with India in the Galwan Valley, censoring comments by India's PM Modi.

Indian Troops Given ‘Fire At Will’ Orders Against Chinese Troops If Threatened, Enraging Beijing

Beijing enraged over Indian media reports its Army was given orders to shoot or use "complete freedom of action" in hostile engagements with Chinese forces.

Iran Destroys Targets at Distance of 170 Miles in Recent Cruise Missile Test

Iran’s Navy successfully struck targets in Gulf of Oman & Indian Ocean during a recent cruise missile test; Claims missiles can outreach distance of test.

Russian Bombers Intercepted Off Alaska Coast for 2nd Time in a Week

Four Russian “Bear” bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska for the second time in a week, NORAD said Wednesday.

Reports: Biggest Clash Between China, India in over 50 Years Leaves at Least 50 Casualties

Indian news sources reported as many as 50 PLA fighters died in an hours-long brawl between the two countries’ border soldiers on Monday.

North Korea Blows Up South Korea Liaison Office: Seoul

South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea’s military demolished an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the tense Korean border.

Kim Jong Un’s Sister Threatens Military Action Against South Korea, Promises ‘tragic scene’

The sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un bashed South Korea and has threatened military action after a recent decline in relations.

Russia Delivers Advanced MiG-29 Fighters to Assad

The handover to Syria of a squadron plus of Russian “advanced & modernized” MiG-29 fighter jets is confirmed by Moscow at Russia’s Khmeimim air base

Russian ‘Camouflaged’ Fighter Jets Deployed to Libya to Back Rebel Airstrikes on Capital: US military

The aircraft departed from an airbase in Russia via Syria, where they “were repainted to camouflage their Russian origin,” before arriving in Libya.

Facing Coronavirus Fallout, Chinese Leaders Told To Be Ready For War With US, Report Says

Report presented to top leaders in Beijing warned fallout from China’s COVID-19 was so bad China needed to be prepared for an armed confrontation with US.

North and South Korea Exchange Gunfire Across Border

North & South Korea exchanged gunfire around the South's guard post Sunday, raising tension a day after N. Korean leader ended an almost 3-week absence.

South Korea Detects ‘Unusual Increase’ in North Korean Air, Artillery Operations

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said North Korea is stepping up readiness activities for its air & artillery units, for no apparent reason.

Trump says he’s Instructed Navy to ‘Destroy’ any Iranian Gunboats Harassing US Ships

Pres. Trump instructs US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, following 11 IRGCN vessels coming dangerously close to US ships.

Iran’s IRGC Claims to have put First ‘Military Satellite’ in Orbit; US: Launch may have Failed

Iran’s IRGC says they launched country’s first “military satellite” into orbit as they attempt to show off military capabilities at sea, air & space.

Iran’s Guard Acknowledges Tense Encounter with US; Accuses American Navy Ships of Sparking Incident

Iran acknowledged it had tense encounter with US warships last week, but alleged without offering evidence that American forces sparked the incident.

Iran Shows off Drones that can Reach Israel, Threat Increases

Iran’s Defense Ministry unveiled new drones over the weekend for the Islamic Republic’s army and air force; Claims they could reach Israel from Iran.

Trump Warns Iran will ‘Pay Heavy Price’ if they Attack Troops in Iraq After Regime Ramps up Threats

Iran is increasing their systematic & coordinated threats against US in Iraq. Iran’s IRGC: any “small mistake” by Washington would be met with force.

Turkish UAV Strike Kills 21 Syrian Soldiers in Idlib Prior to Ceasefire

Turkish UAV strike(s) destroy Syrian Howitzers, rockets launchers, killing 21 soldiers in Idlib, Syria; The strikes came after killing of 2 Turkish soldiers

US warship seizes Iranian-designed missiles in the Arabian Sea

"The weapons seized include 150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), which are Iranian-manufactured copies of Russian Kornet ATGMs," the statement said.

Iran warns Israel of ‘crushing response’ to any aggression

Iran will respond forcefully to any Israeli action against its interests in the region, the country’s Foreign Ministry warned Wednesday: Reports Reuters

Syrian rebels shoot down government helicopter, while counter-airstrike kills civilians, including children: reports

Syrian rebel opposition forces, which are backed by Turkey, shot down Syrian government helicopter Tuesday, killing the 2 crew members aboard; reports says

Afghanistan ‘insider attack’ leaves 2 US soldiers dead, 6 wounded

Multiple American casualties after U.S. & Afghan troops were fired on during a mission in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday.

Pompeo: ‘Endless Wars Are the Direct Result of Weakness’ — ‘Trump Will Never Let That Happen’

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo: “Endless wars are the direct result of weakness, and President Trump will never let that happen."

Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attempts reprisal

US President Donald Trump on Saturday issued stern warnings to Iran as tensions soared following the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, threatening to hit dozens of sites should Tehran attempt to take revenge.