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Artillery, Protests, and Giant Balloons Mark Rising Korean Tensions

August 21, 2015 Tensions along the inaptly named “demilitarized zone” on the border between North and South Korea flared up on Thursday, as the two countries exchanged rocket and artillery fire for the first time since 2010. The incident—which caused no injuries—was an escalation in a recent series of incidents along the border....

Turkey's ISIS Escalation Just Bought a Brutal Regime More Time

July 26, 2015 Over the last two years, as the Islamic State took control over a large swath of Syria and Iraq, Turkey had refrained from engaging in the U.S.-led fight against the group. Until now. On Thursday, Ankara announced that the United States would be allowed to launch air attacks against ISIS...

Four U.S. Marines Killed in Attack at Tennessee Military Recruitment Office

July 17, 2015 A gunman opened fire at two military recruiting stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday morning, killing four U.S. Marines before dying in the attack. Three others, including one police officer, were wounded. According to Ed Reinhold, the FBI Special Agent in Charge, the Marines were killed at a recruitment center...

Carter: The US Military Is Training an Iraqi Army That Doesn't Want To Fight

May 25, 2015 The Obama Administration has run out of patience with Iraq’s Army. On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” to discuss the recent fall of Ramadi, one of Iraq’s major cities, to ISIS. Despite possessing substantial advantages in both numbers and equipment, he said,...

Russia, China Grow Closer With New Cyber Agreement

May 11, 2015 On Saturday, Russia staged a grand celebration in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s defeat Nazi Germany in World War Two. The occasion—which featured a military procession through Red Square—did not include the leaders of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom, who declined to attend...

Drone Deaths and the Myth of Precision

April 27, 2015 On Thursday morning, President Obama appeared before White House reporters to announce that a January drone strike had inadvertently killed two Western hostages held at an al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan. The tragedy, he said, would lead the United States to review its policy surrounding drone warfare. "We will identify the...

Afghanistan Says ISIS Has Come

April 19, 2015 In the ten months since its stunning capture of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, the Islamic State has expanded its reach beyond its geographic base, establishing a foothold in countries such as Libya. A vicious suicide attack in Afghanistan now raises fear that the war-torn country may be next. On Saturday,...

Is There a Future for Russia Without Vladimir Putin?

March 15, 2015 Vladimir Putin's mysterious sabbatical from public life is now in its eighth day, and, still, nobody knows where he is. The Kremlin, whose spokesman Dmitry Peskov has the unfortunate task of insisting nothing is wrong, denies that the Russian president is incapacitated. On Saturday, Moscow announced that Putin will surface...

FAA Drone Regulations Deal Blow to Amazon

February 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes on Dec. 1, 2013, the Amazon CEO unleashed a startling new innovation for his company: Before long, Amazon would use unmanned "drone" aircraft to deliver packages to customers as quickly as 30 minutes. All that it needed, the company said, was for the...

ISIS Appears To Have Executed Its Second Japanese Hostage

February 1, 2015 A video purportedly released by the Islamic State on Saturday appeared to show the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist whom militants had captured in Syria and held hostage. The death of Goto came one week after ISIS executed Haruna Yukawa, a fellow Japanese citizen who had traveled to...

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