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Russia Risks a Showdown With Israel over Hezbollah in Syria

,,,The Israelis put an end to all of it with a blitzkrieg that neutralized Russia’s Arab clients in six days, and in the process seized the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai, and much of the Golan Heights. ,,,
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Military preparations ‘underway’ on North Korea, Trump aide says

WASHINGTON — President Trump is stepping up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea, and military preparations are “underway” in the event that such action is necessary, a senior administration official told reporters on Wednesday....
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US test launches unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from California early Wednesday in a test of the weapon system that is part of the U.S. nuclear force....
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China launches 1st domestically-made aircraft carrier

BEIJING (AP) — China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes....
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U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military moved parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid heightened tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, triggering protests from villagers and China....
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US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries....
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Russian Senator: U.K. Will Be 'Wiped Off the Face of the Earth' If It Uses Nuclear Weapons

A senior Russian politician responded aggressively Monday to comments by the U.K.'s defense minister suggesting pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons against Russia is an option for London, claiming the U.K. would be completely annihilated by Russia's nukes in response. ...
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Pentagon chief warns of 'tough year' for Afghanistan

Kabul (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned of "another tough year" in Afghanistan as he arrived on an unannounced visit Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in disarray....
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Biggest concern is that Kim Jong Un will 'miscalculate,' US military official says

A top-ranking U.S. military official on the Korean peninsula said the biggest concern is that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "miscalculate" his chances of winning any military fight against the U.S. and its ally, South Korea....
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Qatar and Philippines sign '$200m contracts': minister

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Qatar and the Philippines have signed trade agreements worth $200 million during the final leg of President Rodrigo Duterte's Persian Gulf tour, Manila's trade and industry secretary told reporters in Doha Sunday. ...
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Azeri defense minister arrives in Tehran for key talks

Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Lieutenant General Zakir Hasanov has arrived in Tehran to hold key talks with senior Iranian officials....
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China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in U.S.-North Korea Standoff

HONG KONG — China warned on Friday that tensions on the Korean Peninsula could spin out of control, as North Korea said it could test a nuclear weapon at any time and a United States naval group neared the peninsula — an American effort to sow doubt in Pyongyang over how President Trump might respond....
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U.S. Military Considers New Super-Weapon to Counter Russia's Nuclear Warheads

The U.S. has begun considering adding a new kinetic energy weapon to its arsenal in hopes of countering advances in Russian nuclear technology that could potentially threaten U.S. tactical military dominance....
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Mother of all bombs 'killed 36 IS militants' in Afghanistan

Thirty-six Islamic State fighters were killed when the US destroyed a militant "sanctuary" in Afghanistan with the so-called Mother Of All Bombs....
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Spanish gunship in 'illegal incursion' in UK waters off Gibraltar

A Spanish gunship has been ordered to leave UK waters off Gibraltar for the second time in nine days in the face of escalating tensions over the sovereignty of the Rock....
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Trump on North Korea: ‘We are sending an armada’

...“We are sending an armada, very powerful,” Trump said. “We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you.”......
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Putin warns of chemical weapons 'provocations' to frame Assad

Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of future chemical weapons "provocations" in Syria to frame President Bashar al-Assad, just as Washington's top diplomat arrived for talks in Moscow....
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Assad allies say U.S. attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines'

A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally....
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FAA bars drones over U.S. military bases due to security risks

WASHINGTON — Flights of nearly all unmanned aircraft, or drones, have been banned over 133 U.S. military facilities due to security concerns over the use of unauthorized drones, the FAA said on Friday. ...
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Israel inks missile system contract with India worth almost $2 billion

India has awarded the Israeli regime a $2 billion contract to provide the Indian military with advanced missile systems....
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