August 15 2020
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Wars and Rumours of Wars

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...

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.

Mike Pompeo Reveals What Iranian Terrorist Qasem Soleimani Was Planning That Led To Strike

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Friday that Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani was planning an “eminent” attack – dubbed by the Iranians as “The Big Attack” – that could have killed “hundreds of Americans”

Thousands of additional US Troops to head for Middle East

The United States is sending nearly 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising threats to American forces in the region, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Khamenei Demands ‘Clear & Decisive Response’ to US Airstrike that Killed Soleimani

Reports indicate that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is demanding quick revenge; US State Department pushes for all US citizens to get out of Iraq as soon as possible

Powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani killed in Baghdad airstrike

Qassem Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport, Iraqi TV and three Iraqi officials officials said Friday.

North Korea: Kim Jong Un Pledges ‘Shocking’ Action, ‘New Strategic Weapon’ Soon

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un said there was 'no ground' for Pyongyang to maintain the moratorium on missile tests, with the country set to continue developing strategic weapons unless the US gave up its hostile approach.

Iran, Russia and China Launch Four-Day Joint Naval Drill

Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced.

Chinese Government Propaganda Urges Supporters to Burn Down White House

The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, and the government’s CCTV broadcaster published images this week depicting Chinese people ransacking an inaccurate rendition of the White House, a call to violence in response to Washington supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.

Turkey to test Russian S-400 systems despite U.S. pressure

Turkish F-16 warplanes will fly over the country’s capital Ankara on Monday to test its new Russian S-400 missile defenses, Turkish media said, despite pressure from Washington for Turkey to drop the system.

UN says Iran Amassing Heavy Water in Fresh Breach of Nuclear Deal

Iran has passed another milestone in violating the nuclear deal signed with world powers in 2015, the UN’s atomic watchdog said, according to a report.

U.S. calls on Libya’s Haftar to Halt Tripoli War, Warns Against Russia’s Role

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference.

Trump Taunts ISIS Successor ‘WE HAVE OUR EYES ON NUMBER THREE’

US President Donald Trump placed the Islamic State terror group’s new chief in the crosshairs Monday as he marked Veterans’ Day by celebrating the killing of the jihadists’ former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Iran begins Building 2nd Nuclear Power Reactor at Bushehr with help from Russia

Iran’s state TV reported Sunday that construction has begun on a second nuclear power reactor at its Bushehr plant amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.