Sunday, April 30, 2017

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A military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) is seen in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published on April 26. © REUTERS/ KCNA

Russian Nuclear Weapons Policy

A Yars missile system en route to a field region at the final stage of the Strategic All-Around Competition, a field training contest in the Novosibirsk region. © Alexandr Kryazhev / Sputnik

Mark B. Schneider, RCD: Russian Nuclear Weapons Policy

Implications for U.S. Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense

Unlike the U.S., nuclear forces are Russia’s highest military priority. In December 2016, President Putin declared Russia is “stronger than any potential aggressor,” has modernized almost 60% of its strategic forces and directed that Russia further strengthen its nuclear Triad.[1] In March 2017, he said that modernizing Russian military forces “concerns the strategic nuclear forces, above all.”[2] In January 2017, Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stated that development of the strategic nuclear force was Russia’s first priority, noting Russia will “continue a massive program of nuclear rearmament, deploying modern ICBMs on land and sea, [and] modernizing the strategic bomber force.”

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WNU Editor: The West is concerned about Russia's nuclear arsenal .... Moscow is concerned about Western missile defense .... Russian officials say U.S. global missile defense could lead to nuclear war in Europe (Tom O'Connor, Newsweek).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Russia Showcases Their Newest Remote-Controlled Robot Tanks

Daily Mail: Russian army puts its enormous new remote-controlled robot tank boasting a 30mm automatic gun and six missiles through its paces

* The Russian army has been testing a remote-controlled tank at a military base
* A video shows the unmanned robot scaling hills, dusty paths and flows of water
* At the end of the footage the tank, named The Vikhr, fires from its 30 mm gun
* A report from the SIPRI found that Russia is the third biggest military spender

The Russian army has been putting one of the world's biggest military robots through its paces, acting as a further reminder of Russia's increasing military strength.

The Vikhr remote-controlled tank was being tested on a military testing ground at a classified location in Russia.

The clips shows the unmanned tank traveling through a dusty path, navigating through stretches of water and then firing into the distance from its machine gun, all without a human in sight.

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WNU Editor: Here is another video on Russian robot tanks (link is here).

The Growing Role And Importance Of Multi-Domain Combat

Iraqi Army soldiers training in January 2017.

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., Breaking Defense: Iraq: Proving Ground For Multi-Domain Battle

ARMY WAR COLLEGE: The brutal ground war in Iraq holds vital lessons for sophisticated future operations in the Pacific, Australian Maj. Gen. Roger Noble said today. Military pundits often draw a sharp distinction between what they consider low-tech warfare against irregular forces, as in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, and high-tech war against states like China and Russia. But when Noble went from a tour in Iraq last year to the Hawaii headquarters of US Army Pacific, he said, the cutting-edge concepts of Multi-Domain Battle that USARPAC is experimenting with forcefully reminded him of coalition operations against Daesh, the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“Last year, we saw the future,” Noble told the Army War College here. “We came back and read Multi-Domain Battle (and thought) ‘we saw version 1.0 in Iraq.'”

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Update: Multi-Domain Battle Will Require a Totally Different Type of Leader (A.J. Shattuck, Modern War Institute).

WNU Editor: History is full of examples of successful military operations where combined arms operations were the rule. Case in point .... an infantry squad facing a similar foe in a battle will be facing a stalemate, but backed with air-power, drones, artillery, and an armoured unit .... such a squad will be a formidable force that can easily break such a stalemate

Russia Wants To Cooperate With The U.S. On Syria

RT: Russia ‘fully ready’ to cooperate with US on Syria – Lavrov

Moscow is eager to resume cooperation with Washington on solving the Syrian crisis, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said during his meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, in the Russian capital.

During the meeting, Lavrov noted that Jordan’s King Abdullah II has repeatedly emphasized the importance of joint Russian-American efforts in Syria.

“I can assure that we’re fully ready for this. We count on Washington to demonstrate the same approach,” he said.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. has (so far) shown no interest to cooperate with Russia on Syria. My prediction .... there will be no discussion on cooperation until after Mosul is recaptured and the Islamic State has been driven out of Iraq.

More News On Russia Wanting To Cooperate With The U.S. On Syria

Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria — Lavrov -- TASS
Russian, US-Led Coalition Should Unite in Counterterror Fight in Syria - Lavrov -- Sputnik
Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with U.S. on Syria: agencies -- Russia
Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with US on Syria -- Middle East Eye

Tensions Rising On The Syrian Border Between Turkey And The U.S.

The Independent: US deploys troops to stop fighting in Syria - between two of its allies

Kurdish leaders appeal for no-fly zone over autonomous Rojava region as Turkish air strikes and artillery shells leave over 20 dead

The US has reportedly sent troops to the border between Turkey and the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Syria, in an apparent response to a spate of Turkish assaults on Kurdish targets.

The Turkish military launched air strikes against targets in the three self-governing cantons of Rojava this week, and have followed up with artillery and tank assaults.

Houses and schools have reportedly been damaged in subsequent attacks, and a media centre was also destroyed.

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Update #1: Tensions rise between Turkey, US along Syrian border -- AP
Update #2: US troops deployed at Syrian border to prevent clashes between Turkish & Kurdish forces (VIDEO) -- RT
Update #3: US troops patrolling Turkish-Syrian border -- The Hill

WNU Editor: There is a lot of truth to this analysis .... Turkey on a 'Collision Course' With the U.S. After Striking Kurdish Militias (Time)

Update: Another good analysis .... Turkey May Launch New Ground Offensive against US-Backed Forces in Syria (Jennifer Cafarella, ISW).

U.S. Soldier Killed By Blast Outside Of Mosul

The Independent: US soldier killed in explosion near Mosul as bloody battle to drive out Isis militants continues in Iraq

American forces have been supporting the advance and de-mining efforts around the city

An American soldier has been killed in an explosion near Mosul as the battle continues to drive Isis militants out of their former stronghold.

A spokesperson for US Central Command said: "A US service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday."

No further information was immediately released, but the blast came after a number of deaths and injuries caused by mines and improvised explosive devices littering Isis' former territories.

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More News On A U.S. Soldier Killed By A Blast Outside Of Mosul

U.S. service member killed by blast in Iraq -- Washington Post
US service member killed near Mosul -- CNN
Blast kills U.S. service member outside Mosul, Pentagon says -- CBS
U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq -- Reuters
U.S. soldier killed in Mosul explosion, military says -- UPI
Soldier killed by explosive device is third US combat death this week in Iraq and Afghanistan -- FOX News

Russia And China Are Cooperating On North Korea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd L) meets with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov (2nd R) ahead of a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, in New York, the United States, April 27, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

Newsweek: China Will Keep Russia Close In Communication Over North Korea

China is keeping close communication with Russia with the increased friction over neighbor North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and hopes to continue to do so, state news agency Xinhua reports.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Thursday to discuss Pyongyang’s continued political stand off with the U.S. and its allies in the Asia Pacific region, ahead of a UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the matter.

Both Russian and Chinese military equipment reportedly amassed on each country’s respective border with North Korea, earlier this month. Each country denied the military build up was linked to the increasingly deteriorating relations between Pyongyang and Washington that has been happening at the same time.

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WNU Editor: If there are two countries that can change the dynamics on the Korean peninsula overnight .... it is China and Russia. For the moment they want a return to the status quo .... but if there is one thing that we have learned in the past month .... both countries have limited contact with the North Korean leadership. My prediction .... if North Korea continues conducting missile tests as well as a nuclear test or two .... both China and Russia will change their approach towards North Korea. What happens after that will be anyone's guess.

More News On Russia And China Cooperating On North Korea

Chinese FM meets Russian deputy FM on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue -- Xinhuanet
Korean crisis at risk of getting 'out of control', China tells Russia -- Sydney Morning Herald
'China, Russia Have Similar Positions on North Korea Issue' - Beijing -- Sputnik
Russia backs China’s call to stop N. Korea nuke tests in exchange for halt in US-S. Korea drills -- RT
Russia Backs China's Proposal at UN on End to N Korea Nuclear Tests -- Sputnik
Russia raises defense alert after North Korea launches missile -- Asia Times
Russia on high alert for possible clash in North Korea -- Nikkei Asian Review
Russian security chief warns external provocations may lead to war on Korean Peninsula -- TASS
What Does Putin Really Think About North Korea? -- Newsweek
What's Behind Sino-Russian Cooperation on North Korea? -- The Diplomat

A North Korean - U.S. War Would Cost Trillions

US/South Korea exercises in March: A cause for concern in Pyongyang. (US Navy)

Emma Reynolds, The $3 trillion ‘catastrophic’ cost of a North Korea-US war

IF A North Korea war does become a reality, one unmanageable $3 trillion consequence that hasn’t been widely acknowledged threatens to wreak havoc on the world.

The defiant nation launched another missile test today, just hours after stern warnings from Donald Trump that a “major, major conflict” was possible.

The conflict between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump could unfold in several ways, but it is the 30 million citizens of the hermit state whose fate could trigger a global catastrophe.

A thermonuclear war would be a humanitarian and ecological disaster for the entire region, with radiation causing a nuclear holocaust that tears into South Korea, China, Russia and Japan.

But if conventional weapons are used and the Kim regime collapses (a more likely scenario), we may face an alternative nightmare.

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More News, Analysis, And Commentary On A Military Confrontation Between The U.S. And North Korea

What War With North Korea Looks Like -- Bill Powell, Newsweek
Before Fighting a Costly War With North Korea, a Strategic Reassessment -- Daniel L. Davis, Stratfor
What Would the Second Korean War Look Like? -- The Diplomat
Amid nuclear threat, what are the U.S. military options against North Korea? -- CBS News
North Korea's army: 1.2M men, obsolete equipment and nukes -- FOX News
North Korea Vs. U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What? -- Value Walk
Should the World Fear North Korea's Special Forces? -- Kyle Mizokami, National Interest
Why US missile defences may not be enough to stop ICBMs from North Korea -- International Business Times
Could North Korea Actually Sink a U.S. Aircraft Carrier? -- Harry J. Kazianis, The Week
Could North Korea Soon Launch a Nuclear War Against America from Underwater? -- Robert Farley, National Interest
North Korea Has Lots of Tanks (But Can They Fight?) -- Kyle Mizokami, National Interest
Is a second Korean War imminent? -- Wesley Rahn, DW
Is war coming to North Korea? -- Jim Walsh, Al Jazeera
Analysis: U.S. Military Options in North Korea — From Bad to Worse -- Roll Call
The coming war with North Korea -- George H. Wittman, Washington Times
Analysis: 'Mistakes happen': How 'miscalculation' could spark a U.S.-North Korea conflict -- Mark Gollom, CBC News
What it would take to pull the US into a war in Asia -- Steve Mollman, Quartz

North Korean Crisis -- News Updates April 29, 2017

Daily Mail: US warship approaches North Korea after Kim Jong Un carries out another failed missile test, just hours after Pyongyang warned it was 'on the brink of nuclear war' with the United States

* US confirmed that North Korea has carried out a non-nuclear missile launch
* Launch comes just hours after the county announced it was 'on the brink of nuclear war' as the United States stages military drills with South Korea
* The mid-range KN-17 ballistic missile was fired from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday local time
* It failed to reach the Sea of Japan but instead blew up above land
* President Donald Trump said the missile test 'disrespected the wishes of China'
* The USS Carl Vinson, US super aircraft carrier, was spotted sailing north towards North Korea in a show of force on Saturday, local time

A US warship is heading towards North Korea after Kim Jong Un carried out yet another failed missile launch.

The USS Carl Vinson, US super aircraft carrier, was spotted sailing north offshore Nagasaki, Japan on Saturday local time, in a show of force after North Korea's latest test-fire flop.

A US official said the ballistic missile, thought to be a mid-range KN-17, was fired from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday morning local time. It blew up over land before it ever reached its target of the Sea of Japan, landing around 22 miles from Pukchang airfield, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

It flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 44 miles before it apparently failed.

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North Korean Crisis -- News Updates April 29, 2017

US, South Korea start joint exercises amid standoff with North -- The Hill
Joint US-S. Korea naval drills start in Sea of Japan amid tensions around Korean peninsula -- RT
Japan, Philippines Urge U.S., North Korea to Avoid War Brink -- Bloomberg
Duterte says N. Korean leader Kim ‘wants to end world,’ warns Trump ‘not to play into his hands -- RT
Trump wants diplomatic solution on North Korea but warns 'major, major conflict' possible -- CBC/Reuters
US urges UN to act on 'real' nuclear threat of North Korea or face 'catastrophic' consequences -- The Independent
U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test: official -- Reuters
US ready to talk to North Korea -- The Independent
Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea -- The Hill
China Walks Thin Line Between North Korea and US -- VOA
Chinese paper mocks North Korea's tech prowess after failed ballistic missile launch -- CNBC
France, Japan, the U.K. and U.S. Send China And North Korea A Tough Message -- Forbes
US Official: North Korea Is Biggest Threat to Nuclear Weapons Treaty -- VOA
Don’t let North Korea’s nukes overshadow human rights abuses -- Anthony Ruggiero, The Hill
Trump Challenges North Korea In High-Stakes Game Of Risk -- Alastair Gale, FOX News/The Wall Street Journal
The North Korea Nightmare Continues -- Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest

Did North Korea 'Disrespect' China With Their Missile Test?

Politico: Trump: North Korea 'disrespected the wishes of China' with missile test

President Donald Trump said North Korea "disrespected" the Chinese government by launching another ballistic missile test Friday.

"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" the president said in a tweet.

North Korea launched a failed mid-range ballistic missile test, South Korea reported about 5 p.m. ET, which was widely condemned by Seoul and other U.S. allies.

Trump was briefed on the launch, according to a statement from the press secretary's office.

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WNU Editor: Some are not happy with President Trump's tweet .... Sen. Chris Coons slams Trump's North Korea tweet: "This is no longer reality TV" (CNN). As to what is my take. Knowing the Chinese like I do .... they do appreciate President Trump's tweet, and I also know that with each North Korean threat, missile test, and preparations for a nuclear test .... support within China for the "hermit kingdom" is decreasing with each passing day. But the Chinese .... like everyone else in the region (and in the White House) know that North Korea is going to be along term problem. There are no easy solutions .... but President Trump has definitely changed the narrative on what to do with Kim Jong-Un, and on this issue he has wide support throughout Asia.

More News On President Trump's Tweet That North Korea 'Disrespected' China With Their Missile Test

Trump says North Korea 'disrespected' China after Kim Jong Un launched another failed nuclear missile test -- Daily Mail
North Korea missile test: regime has 'disrespected China', says Donald Trump -- The Guardian
Trump: North Korea's failed missile launch 'disrespected' China -- FOX News
Trump: North Korea 'disrespected' China with missile test -- The Hill
Trump Claims North Korea 'Disrespected China' by Firing Off Ballistic Missile -- Sputnik

Another Spanish Warship 'Invades' The Waters Around Gibraltar For The 3rd Time This Month

A map showing the area of Gibraltar territorial waters (The SUN)

The Telegraph: Third Spanish warship invades Gibraltan waters in the space of a month

A Spanish warship entered Gibraltar’s territorial waters early on Saturday morning, just hours before a meeting of European Union leaders approved their guidelines for negotiating a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom that allows Spain to veto its application to the Rock.

At around 9am the Spanish corvette ‘Cazadora’ entered waters off Gibraltar, where Royal Navy and local police launches sailed out to meet it.

According to observers, the corvette was escorted southward out of the Bay of Gibraltar, ending what was the third such incursion by Spanish warships this month.

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More News On Another Spanish Warship 'Invading' The Waters Around Gibraltar

Spanish navy taunts UK by deliberately sending a warship into Gibraltarian waters for a third time -- Daily Mail
Tensions rise as Spain sends warship into Gibraltan waters for THIRD TIME -- Express
Royal Navy chases Spanish warship out of Gibraltan waters for a THIRD TIME as tensions mount over Rock row -- The SUN
Royal Navy chases Spanish ship from Gibraltar for third time this month -- Metro

Interactive Map Reveals EVERY Conflict Currently Active Around The World

The map is designed to raise awareness of the 'forgotten conflicts' around the world

Daily Mail: The world at war: Stunning interactive map reveals EVERY conflict currently active around the world

Created by non-profit organisation IRIN, it allows users to easily see key points of each conflict
Map is part of a series of articles looking at the 'forgotten wars' around the world

There are more than 40 active conflicts around the world at the moment.

While Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are well known, a new interactive maps reveals them all.

Created by non-profit organisation IRIN, it allows users to easily to key points of each conflict.

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WNU Editor: Being one who has chronicled wars and conflicts for almost 10 years on this blog .... this map is very accurate.

Nationwide Protests And Strikes Brought Brazil To A Standstill On Friday

VOA: Nationwide Strike Brings Brazil to a Standstill

Public transportation, schools and banks were closed across much of Brazil as unions led nationwide strikes to protest austerity measures.

Millions of people stayed home Friday, either by choice or because they could not get to work. Thousands of others came out onto the streets to protest and block roads.

In one of the largest demonstrations, thousands of people gathered in front of Rio de Janeiro’s state assembly and clashed with police who tried to remove them. Police fired tear gas while protesters threw stones.

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More News On Yesterday's Protests And Strikes In Brazil

Protesters torch buses, block roads during Brazil strike -- FOX News/AP
Anti-austerity strikes spark travel chaos across Brazil -- France 24
Brazilians sick of corrupt politicians hit the streets to protest austerity measures -- The Guardian
Brazil hit by first general strike in two decades -- BBC
In Brazil, protesters clash with police as a general strike empties schools and brings business to a halt -- Los Angeles Times
Anti-Temer strike paralyses major cities in Brazil -- Al Jazeera
Brazil Paralyzed by Nationwide Strike, Driven by a Familiar Global Dynamic of Elite Corruption and Impunity -- The Intercept

Venezuela's Poor Are Now Joining The Protests Against The Government

VICE News: Venezuela's poor are turning on its president and clashing with pro-government militias

CARACAS, Venezuela — Late in the morning on Monday, April 24, protesters gathered on a patch of grass next to a pedestrian bridge in Altamira, in the eastern and wealthier half of Caracas. They were planning the latest march in a series of protests against the government of President Nicol├ís Maduro that have rocked the faltering country since March 20, when Venezuela’s highest court attempted to dissolve the national assembly in an effort to further weaken Maduro’s opponents.

Protestors like those gathered in Altamira have seized on Maduro’s latest show of autocracy and the country’s collapsing economy to mobilize a movement that now extends beyond the typically wealthy opposition leaders to those upon whose support Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela have long relied — the country’s poor.

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More News On The Unrest In Venezuela

As the poor join protests, Venezuela may be hitting a turning point -- Washington Post
Venezuela president heckled as protests spread to slums -- Boston Globe/AP
Amid hungry, violent looting, Venezuelan shopkeepers fortify their businesses -- Miami Herald
Venezuela crisis: Son of top Chavista official publically urges him to help stop bloodshed -- FOX News
In act of defiance, Venezuela may become first country to withdraw from Organization of American States -- L.A. Times
Fear of a possible coup grows in Venezuela -- TRT
Venezuela: Grabbing the bull by the horns -- Evan Romero-Castillo, DW
Venezuela’s Downward Spiral -- Eric Farnsworth, Huffington Post

Islamic State Assassinates Key Taliban Leader In Pakistan

Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan

Reuters: Islamic State kills senior Afghan Taliban official in Pakistan: militants

Islamic State killed a senior Afghan Taliban official in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the Afghan militants said on Saturday, in a rare clash between the rival Islamist groups inside Pakistan.

Afghan Taliban sources told Reuters Maulvi Daud was killed on the outskirts of Peshawar with two other men on Thursday. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed Daud's death.

The Islamic State on Friday claimed responsibility for "assassination of a Taliban leader" a day earlier, without naming him, through the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ.

The Islamic State, which at one point controlled huge chunks of territory across Syria and Iraq, has made some inroads into Afghanistan but the group has met tough resistance from the Taliban as well as U.S. and Afghan special forces.

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Previous Post: The Islamic State Is Waging War Against The Taliban In Afghanistan (April 26, 2017).

Update #1: Senior Afghan Taliban Official Killed in Pakistan, ISIS Claims Responsibility -- NBC
Update #2: Senior taliban leader killed in Pakistan -- UPI

WNU Editor: It looks like the Islamic State is now targeting the Afghan Taliban leadership in their safe havens of Pakistan.

The 'Butcher Of Kabul' Returns To Afghanistan Promoting Peace

Deutsche Welle: Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urges Taliban to end war

Afghan warlord and ex-premier, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and enter peace talks with the government. Kabul signed a peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami leader last year.

In his first public appearance in nearly two decades, notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar urged Taliban insurgents to join a "caravan of peace."

"… stop the pointless, meaningless and unholy war," Hekmatyar told a gathering of his followers and Afghan politicians in Laghman province, east of the capital, Kabul.

Hekmatyar, the leader of the Islamist organization Hezb-i-Islami, had occasionally collaborated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban after the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. He was Afghanistan's prime minister from 1993 to 1994, and again briefly in 1996, before the Taliban took over Kabul.

In September last year, the Afghan government signed a peace agreement with Hekmatyar and his militant group despite criticism from some sections of Afghan society.

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More News On Afghan Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Returning To Afghanistan

Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech -- CBC/Reuters
President welcomes back 'butcher of Kabul' -- The Australian
'Butcher of Kabul' Gulbuddin Hekmatyar demands peace in first public speech for 20 years -- SKY News
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghanistan's notorious warlord, urges Taliban to stop fighting -- International Business Times

U.S. Marines Return To Afghanistan's Helmand Province

US Marines at Kandahar air base upon the end of combat operations in Helmand October 27, 2014. © Omar Sobhani / Reuters

CNN: US Marines return to volatile Afghan province

(CNN)The US Marines are back in Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province for the first time since the NATO-led international coalition ended its combat operations three years ago.

At least 300 Marines have been deployed to the southwestern province, the site of many battles during the Afghan war. They will train, advise and assist Afghan soldiers and police.

"The Marines have landed," Task Force Southwest said on its Facebook page. They are replacing US Army advisers.

The rural swath has a strong Taliban presence and is a center of the opium trade in the country. The US military says it wants to help Afghan forces stymie the drug trade because Taliban militants use it to help fund their operations.

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WNU Editor: It looks like more U.S. soldiers are heading to Afghanistan .... The Pentagon is considering up to 5,000 additional troops for Afghanistan (Military Times)

More News On U.S. Marines Returning To Afghanistan's Helmand Province

US Marines are back in Afghanistan's Helmand province for the first time since 2014 -- AFP
US marines return to Taliban stronghold of Helmand -- Al Jazeera
US Marines return to Afghanistan’s Helmand province for first time since 2014 -- RT