Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe Is Still Unknown

Air quality stations in Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain have detected the presence of Iodine-131 at low levels

Daily Mail: US 'nuclear sniffer' plane flies to Norway - where radiation particles spreading across Europe were first detected - as mystery still surrounds the source

* WC-135 Constant Phoenix was deployed to RAF Mildenhall in Britain last week
* Plane detects radiation from explosion in the air, used after Chernobyl disaster
* Comes after spike in the levels of radioactive Iodine-131 in Europe was detected
* Radioactive particles have moved from Eastern Europe towards the UK

A US Air Force 'sniffer' plane which took off from Sussex today was on a mission to find evidence of nuclear activity or explosion, according to strong rumours.

The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is specially modified to collect atmospheric samples, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on operational sorties.

The specialist equipment enables the crew to detect radioactive debris 'clouds' in real time is believed to be heading towards northern Europe and the Barents Sea.

News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported.

According to spotters a second 'spy' plane was also deployed from Mildenhall.

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WNU Editor: Some are sceptical about all the news attention .... Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation. (Popular Mechanics). As for a U.S. nuclear sniffer plane being sent to Europe .... nothing abnormal there .... Sorry, ‘Sniffer’ Fans: WC-135 Isn’t Smelling Russian Nukes (DoD Buzz). Still .... no one has come out and explained why there is that radiation spike.

More News On A Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe

US 'nuclear sniffer' plane deployed in Europe amid mysterious spike in radiation -- The Independent
A radiation ‘sniffer plane’ is reportedly searching for the source of a cloud of nuclear isotopes floating across Europe -- News.com.au
US 'nuclear sniffer' plane deployed to Europe amid radiation spike -- International Business Times
What is Putin up to? US 'nuclear sniffer' plane is sent to Britain as wave of deadly radioactive particles spreads across Europe -- Daily Mail
No One Can Figure Out What's Behind a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe -- Science Alert

China's Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete (And More Are Coming)

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Dave Majumdar, National Interest: China's Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete (And 4 More Could Be Coming)

According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian.

The vessel—which is expected to become operational in 2020—will be launched soon.

Thereafter, the new carrier will spend roughly the next two years being outfitted with various systems such as sensors and other hardware.

Compared to the Liaoning—which was rebuilt from the decaying hulk of the Soviet Kuznetsov-class Baku—the Beijing’s new Type-001A will be much improved. Particularly, the Chinese have improved the crew spaces—which have never been a priority onboard Russian vessels.

“Unlike the Liaoning (Type 001), China's first aircraft carrier, a refitted ship built by Ukraine (under the former Soviet Union), the 001A is China-built, and its design, combat capability and technologies will be much more advanced,” Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, told the Global Times. “One key difference is the design will be more 'humanized,' which means all personnel on the carrier will enjoy a more comfortable and modern environment.”

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More News On China's Aircraft Carrier Program

China's Second Aircraft Carrier to Begin Sea Trials in 2019 -- The Diplomat
China building third aircraft carrier to protect 'overseas interests' -- International Business Times
China's Home-made Aircraft Carrier Ready For Launch, To Enter Service in 2 Years -- Defenseworld
Aircraft Carriers: China Versus America -- Barrett Tillman, Town Hall

Does The U.S. Navy Have A Carrier Gap?


Rick Berger, RCD: Fixing the Navy’s Carrier Gap

For almost two months, the United States Navy has operated without its required aircraft carrier in the Middle East and Europe. These continual carrier “presence gaps” should not surprise us; they represent a voluntary choice by a Navy asked to do too much with too little for too long. And while Pentagon leadership and combatant commanders have agreed for years that the Navy requires at least twelve carriers to keep three deployed at any one time, appropriators long ago failed to fund a carrier fleet of that size. Today, President Trump and the Republican Congress have signaled their intent to repair the U.S. military, but no easy or quick fixes exist for America’s aircraft carrier fleet. Reconstituting a healthy carrier force requires an understanding of the real problem, followed by several short-term actions and a generational commitment to America’s premier power projection force.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. Navy's newest carrier .... Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) .... begins sea trials next month .... Carrier Gerald R. Ford Heads to Sea Next Month; Commissioning Later This Year (USNI News).

Iran Resumes Its Cyber War On Saudi Arabia

Washington Free Beacon: Iran Renews Destructive Cyber Attacks on Saudi Arabia

Tehran strategy seeks takeover of oil-rich U.S. ally

After a four-year hiatus, Iran recently resumed destructive cyber attacks against Saudi Arabia in what U.S. officials say is part of a long-term strategy by Tehran to take over the oil-rich kingdom and regional U.S. ally.

Late last month, the Saudi government warned in a notice to telecommunications companies that an Iranian-origin malicious software called Shamoon had resurfaced in cyber attacks against some 15 Saudi organizations, including government networks.

The Shamoon malware was last detected in the 2012 cyber attack against the major Saudi state oil producer Aramco. That cyber attack damaged or destroyed some 30,000 computers and was considered one of the more destructive state-linked cyber attacks to date.

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Update: Why Iran's favorite weapon is the cyber attack (Alex Lockie, Business Insider).

WNU Editor: Both sides in the past few months  have been  escalating their conflict .... cyber war is just another escalation.

U.S. Senator McCain Makes A Secret Trip To Syria

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Wall Street Journal: John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

The senator travelled to Kurdish-controlled Kobani, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials.

The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met with leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group supported by America and its allies. This was believed to be his first visit to Syria since then.

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More News On U.S. Senator McCain Making A Secret Trip To Syria

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops -- AP
Sen. John McCain makes unannounced trip to Syria -- USA Today
McCain made secret trip to Syria -- The Hill
John McCain made a secret trip to Syria -- CNN

Chaos In President Trump's Administration Is No Different From What Previous Administrations had To Go Through


Ed Klein, Townhall: When It Comes to Chaos, Trump Has Nothing on Previous Presidents

If you get most of your news from the mainstream media, you might come to the conclusion that the first month of Donald Trump’s administration is unique in the annals of presidential chaos and incompetence. Rather than the “well-oiled machine” touted by Trump, the press portrays his presidency as a jalopy full of circus clowns.

But is that true? Are Donald Trump’s stumbles really unique? Have previous presidents been paragons of proficiency and professionalism who’ve gotten off to a smooth start during their first 100 days?

For an answer, let’s go to the presidential videotape.

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WNU Editor: As I said before .... all incoming administrations go through a rough patch. President Trump's administration will be no different from past administrations, And how long does it take for an incoming administration to get their act together .... I say 6 months to a year. Then again .... the Trump administration is different from past administrations .... starting with President Trump who is .... as Presidents go .... unique.

Tweet For Today

The Mainstream Media Is Going To Be Put Under The Spotlight

He confirmed that suspicion on Wednesday afternoon by tweeting a picture of himself in front of a screen that says 'CNN tapes' with the text 'Tomorrow. #CNNLeaks'

CNN: Conservative provocateur targets CNN with secret recordings

Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe is setting his sights on CNN.

O'Keefe said in a telephone interview with CNN on Wednesday that he has "a few hundred hours" of "secretly recorded material" from inside the network. "We're calling it CNN Leaks," he said, drawing inspiration from WikiLeaks' document dumps.

He said "part one" would be published Thursday at about 10 a.m. ET. "This is all legally recorded information," he said, declining to be more specific.

O'Keefe, who uses undercover stings to trap his targets, has a reputation for shady tactics and exaggerated statements.

Some of his so-called exposés have relied on misleading editing techniques. And an incident in 2010 landed him in legal trouble. After he was arrested at Senator Mary Landrieu's office, O'Keefe pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering federal property under false pretenses. He was sentenced to three years of probation, plus community service and a fine.

Given his track record, many consider O'Keefe discredited, and not a serious journalist.

In the phone interview on Wednesday, he said that characterization is "very false and very inappropriate."

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Update #1: Project Veritas owner James O'Keefe tells Sean Hannity that he's set to release 'hundreds of hours' of newsroom footage 'Wikileaks style,' confirming on Twitter that CNN will take the hit (Daily Mail)
Update #2: Is James O'Keefe About To Smoke CNN? Tells Hannity He's Set To Release "Hundreds of Hours" Of Newsroom Footage "Wikileaks Style" (Zero Hedge).

WNU Editor: You can tell by reading the above CNN report that they are very nervous on what James O'Keefe has. If he has hundreds of hours of video tapes .... I can only imagine on what he will be posting.

Picture Of The Day

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fires towards Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants, west of Mosul,Iraq February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A Look At How Bunker Busting Bombs Are Made



We Are The Mighty: This is why Bunker Buster bombs are made from spent howitzer barrels

It was a common sight during Desert Storm: grainy black-and-white footage of an Iraqi bunker or hanger slowly getting closer and closer to the screen.

Munitions with cameras fed the footage of new, precision-guided “smart bombs” to Americans watching the war at home.

Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army used underground facilities beneath layers of sand and reinforced concrete to protect his command and control centers, research labs, and ammo dumps. The U.S. military tasked its defense apparatus to come up with a way to penetrate and destroy these shelters.

Thus, the GBU-28 Bunker Buster bomb was born.

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WNU Editor: The above video is a must see on how these bombs are made.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The U.S. Is Not Ready To Respond To A Radio-logical Terrorist Attack On American Soil

Jana Winter, Daily Mail: Why America Can’t Spot Dirty Bombs

As Trump preps a new executive order to stop would-be terrorists before they enter the country, a government report finds the threat could come from within—and we aren’t prepared.

While President Trump doubles down on the hypothetical threats of incoming terrorists posing as refugees, he might be ignoring a very real concern here at home: The U.S. is largely underprepared to detect or respond to the threat of a radiological terrorist attack on American soil.

A so-called Red Team from the U.S. federal agency charged with evaluating domestic capabilities to defend against dirty bomb and weapons of mass destruction attacks found gaping holes in domestic nuclear detection and defense capabilities and massive failures during covert testing. That’s according to the most recent annual report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

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WNU Editor: This is one of those stories where everyone is talking about it .... but no one in Washington is seriously doing anything about it.

The Russian Military Is Building A Replica Of The German Parliament For Cadets To Practice Storming

The photo of the Reichstag building in Berlin with the Soviet flag raised above it is one of the most iconic from World War II and considered by many to be the ultimate symbol of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. @Wikipedia

An earlier, temporary model of the Reichstag at Patriot Park, which will be replaced by a permanent building (с) Oboronstroy

Washington Post: The Russian military is building a mini-Reichstag at its amusement park so that kids have ‘a real building to storm’

MOSCOW — What happens when you combine a military targeting the next generation of soldiers and the sacred memory of World War II in Russia?

“We're building a Reichstag in Patriot Park,” Sergei Shoigu, Russia's defense minister, announced during a parliamentary address Wednesday. “Not to full size, but so our 'youth army soldiers' can storm not just any building, but a concrete place.”

A quick rundown of terms. Patriot Park is the Russian army's amusement park (sometimes called “military Disneyland"), which opened last year near Moscow. The “youth army” is a network of youth groups across Russia created by the military to instill patriotism in children and teach them military skills, like how to assemble and disassemble an automatic rifle. And the Reichstag is the neo-Baroque building in Berlin that housed parliament under the German empire and the Weimar Republic. And it has been the seat of the German parliament since 1999.

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More News On The Russian Military Building A Replica Of The German Parliament For Cadets To Practice Storming

Russia builds Reichstag replica for teens to attack at a patriot theme park near Moscow amid heightened tensions with the West -- Daily Mail
Russia to Build Reichstag Model for Youths to Storm at Park -- AP
Russia to build replica of the Reichstag for cadets to practise storming -- DW
The Russian military is building a replica of the German parliament for kids to storm at a patriotic theme park -- Quartz
Russia builds replica Reichstag so children can recreate 1945 victory -- The Guardian
Russian Military Builds Reichstag Replica as Training Ground for Teenagers -- Sputnik
Russia building Reichstag replica for schoolchildren’s military exercises -- RT

Russia's Military Has Mobilised A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu © Sputnik

Reuters: Russia sets up information warfare units - defence minister

Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Russian military planners, like their counterparts elsewhere, see the spreading of propaganda as a crucial part of modern warfare.

Moscow's activities in this area are under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence agencies accused the Kremlin of mounting an "influence operation" to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election last November.

European intelligence agencies have also said Moscow is seeking to destabilise governments and influence elections in Europe with cyber attacks and fake news. Moscow has denied interfering in other countries' elections.

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More News On The Russian Military Mobilising A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

Russia's defense chief to mobilize new cyber army -- TASS
Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops -- AP
Russia adds 'information warfare' troops -- The Hill
Russia Military Power: Moscow Reveals Hacking Army To Expose West's 'Lies' -- International Business Times

Pentagon Admits That U.S. Soldiers Have Been Wounded On Mosul's Front Lines


CNN: US troops wounded on the front lines in Mosul

Washington (CNN)US troops operating around Mosul have come under fire from ISIS and some have been wounded in the last six to eight weeks as they have moved closer to the front lines in Iraq, military officials acknowledged Tuesday.

"Yes, they have been under fire at different times," Col. John Dorrian, a coalition spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said at a Pentagon news conference.

A US defense official later told CNN that some number of troops had been wounded and medevaced off the battlefield but declined to say how many have been wounded.

The US forces in the area are providing advice and assistance to Iraqi units battling to retake Mosul. One of their key tasks is to help Iraqi units targeting ISIS strongholds.

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Update #1: US forces have come under fire in Mosul fight: official (AFP)
Update #2: US troops have come 'under fire' in and around Mosul, official says (FOX News)

WNU Editor: No numbers are being posted .... but I suspect that as the fighting intensifies within Mosul itself .... expect more U.S. casualties.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 22, 2017



Jamie Dettmer, VOA: Mosul: What's Next?

The battle for Mosul has been bloody and slow — for Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike.

Since Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake the city, Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in the country, last October, Iraqi troops have had to endure rockets and mortars, suicide-bombings and sniper fire, as well as unconventional small drone attacks.

With Iraqi forces now focused on the western half of the city after a months-long slog to secure east Mosul, questions about what will happen to the city after IS fighters have finally been ousted are becoming more urgent.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 22, 2017

A Fiercer Fight to Come in Mosul: Analysis -- Stratfor

Mosul: Winning the Battle and the War -- General Jack Keane, Cipher Brief

U.S. Troops Don't Belong In Syria: America Should Stay Out Of Another Middle Eastern Ground War -- Doug Bandow, Forbes

Syria peace talks: is there any hope for an end to six years of war? -- Patrick Wintour, The Guardian

Groundhog day in Geneva: old questions haunt Syria talks -- Tom Miles and John Irish, Reuters

How America Can Avoid a War with China -- Joe Renouard, National Interest

China’s Weapons of Trade War -- Keyu Jin, Project Syndicate

NATO, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Markets Are Right to Take a Le Pen Presidency Seriously -- Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

The Dutch Election Is About More Than Nationalism -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Trump’s China challenge -- Brahma Chellaney, The Strategist

Trump and Russia: Confusion at the Top -- John E. Herbst, American Interest

Trump Is Beating the Media at Its Own Game -- George Neumay, Spectator

How McMaster Could Change the Way the US Goes to War -- Patrick Tucker, Defense One

Fighting Irregular Wars Well -- C. Anthony Pfaff, The Strategy Page

World News Briefs -- February 22, 2017 (Evening Edition)


AFP: UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, Guterres told a news conference at UN headquarters.

"We need $4.4 billion by the end of March to avert a catastrophe," he said.

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MIDDLE EAST

US forces have come under fire in Mosul fight: official.

Iraqi forces moving toward Mosul Airport after taking strategic hill.

Syria opposition seeks 'direct negotiations' with regime.

Syrian army takes district near Aleppo: monitor, media unit.

Arab and Kurdish fighters close in on 'IS' Syria stronghold Raqqa. US-backed alliance enters Deir Az Zor province.

Syria's Geneva talks: 'Expectations pretty low'.

Lavrov: Russia waiting for US to provide ‘details’ on proposed safe zones in Syria.

Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face': commander.

Second-in-command of Yemen's army killed by Houthi missile attack.

Yemen president says $10 bn Saudi aid for reconstruction.

Benjamin Netanyahu took two-hour flight detour to avoid Indonesian airspace.

Iran sends team to Saudi Arabia for hajj talks.

ASIA

Pakistan launches nationwide anti-militant offensive.

Malaysian police seeking diplomat in connection with Kim Jong-nam murder.

Kim Jong-nam's body targeted in morgue break-in, say police.

China's state tabloid warns South Korean company over THAAD.

Philippines to move forward with investigation of Duterte's ties to 'death squad'.

Australia may not take refugees in Costa Rica in U.S. deal.

‘Trump has a very big personality’: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reflects on heated phone call.

Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov freed after 18 years.

South Koreans to live longest among developed nations by 2030, researchers project.

AFRICA

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes.

Rapes, killings still blight Darfur: UN.

Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef.

Boko Haram recruited 2,000 child soldiers in 2016: UNICEF.

US demands independent probe of alleged civilian massacre in DRC.

Mohamed Abdullahi inaugurated as new Somali president.

North African diplomats seek solution for chaotic Libya.

Growing support for Libya’s powerful army chief amid new peace drive.

Libya's eastern authority freezes women's travel ban.

Gambia dreaded former spy chief Yankuba Badjie arrested and held in custody.

Court rules that South Africa cannot withdraw from ICC.

Uganda gold refinery raises alarm over conflict minerals.

EUROPE

Irish PM says will deal with issue of his leadership next month: sources.

Ukrainian right-wing groups stage anti-government rally in Kiev.

Amnesty International reports warring sides in eastern Ukraine ‘enjoying impunity’.

Russia involved in attempted coup, Montenegro prosecutor says.

Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh holds 'illegal' referendum.

Sweden probes riot in mainly immigrant Stockholm suburb.

French police detain key Le Pen aides over EU 'fake jobs' probe.

Ukrainian billionaire faces extradition to U.S., Austrian court rules.

Bavaria approves ban on full-face veil.

Iceland's president forced to clarify views on pineapple pizza ban.

AMERICAS

Mexico fumes at 'hostile' Trump immigration rules as U.S. talks loom.

Brazil prison slaughter exposes gang war, banality of evil.

US senators say Raul Castro eager to maintain US relations.

Trump to unveil first budget 'mid-March'.

Trump administration expands social media checks to cover Chinese visitors.

Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation.

Poll: Majority of Americans worried about war, feel favorably toward NATO.

Protests over Morales expose divisions among Bolivians.

Mexican kidnappers pile misery on to Central Americans fleeing violence.

Mexico to extradite cocaine cartel member 'El Gordo' to U.S..

Haitian prison rife with malnutrition and disease.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Blind sheikh buried in Egypt after dying in US jail. Thousands mourn 'blind sheikh' convicted in 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

New trauma unit to help former Islamic State sex slaves.

German intel agency notes dramatic increase in Islamic extremism.

British Isis suicide bomber 'was former Guantanamo Bay inmate paid £1m compensation'.

It's official: Our enemy is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow notches another record high helped by DuPont; S&P slips.

US Fed officials say they may need to raise rates 'fairly soon'.

WTO's new global trade deal comes into force.

Saudi Aramco recruits JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley for IPO, HSBC a contender: source.

Russia returns to gold market, buys tons more precious metal.

Ukraine News Updates -- February 22, 2017



CNN: Ukraine ceasefire: No sign of weapons withdrawal, official says

(CNN)Peace in Eastern Ukraine remains tenuous as a spate of violations of a newly implemented ceasefire continued overnight into Wednesday.

A day after the head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) warned the ceasefire had failed, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged Kiev and Moscow to hold fast to the agreement.

Despite assurances given by both parties, he said, the "ceasefire is not holding."

"We can only urgently appeal to both sides to implement the agreements we have reached -- otherwise, we will risk an intensified military escalation with many other civilian victims and a continuation of the standstill in the political process," Gabriel said in a statement.

"Even the most intense negotiating efforts are in vain when there is no political will to implement them."

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Ukraine News Updates -- February 22, 2017

Monitor Says Ukraine Cease-Fire, Weapons Withdrawal Not Being Honored -- RFE
Ukraine ceasefire holding despite ‘violations -- BRICS Post
No cease-fire takes hold in Russia’s war on Ukraine -- Kyiv Post
Amnesty International reports warring sides in eastern Ukraine ‘enjoying impunity’ -- TASS
Poroshenko says war in Donbas kills 2,608 Ukrainian soldiers -- Kyiv Post
2,608 soldiers dead in eastern Ukraine, president says -- APA
Kiev to Restore Air Defense System, Spend $333Mln on Arms Procurement in 2017 -- Sputnik
Poroshenko: Russia could use military contingent in Transdniester to attack Ukraine -- Kyiv Post
Poroshenko says Ukraine refuses mobilization, retains military conscription -- Kyiv Post
Ukrainian right-wing groups stage anti-government rally in Kiev -- Reuters
Ukraine nationalists demand purge of government on the third anniversary of the Maidan uprising -- Euronews
Kiev’s military op in E. Ukraine ‘crime against own people’ – ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovich -- RT
Ukraine's former president says he never asked Russia to send troops to Ukraine in 2014 -- TASS
Russia, Ukraine clash over tribute to UN ambassador -- AFP
Two U.S. Lawmakers Back Lethal Weapons For Ukraine -- RFE
Ukraine lawmaker who met Trump associates faces treason probe -- CBS/AP
Corruption Tops War as No. 1 Hurdle to Ukrainian Investments -- Bloomberg

Germany To Boost Its Army To Almost 200,000 Troops

© AFP 2016/ CHRISTOF STACHE

The Independent: Germany to boost army to 200000 troops amid growing concern over Donald Trump's commitment to Nato

Germany is to increase the size of its armed forces amid growing concerns over the security of Europe.

Troop numbers in the Bundeswehr will be raised to almost 200,000 over the next seven years, under new plans announced on Wednesday.

The move comes days after Mike Pence, the US vice-president, called on Nato’s European members to increase military spending.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded Europe pay more towards the cost of its own defence.

The move also comes amid growing concern in European capitals over Mr Trumps’ commitment to Nato, after he described the alliance as “obsolete”.

Under the new plans, Germany will recruit 20,000 more troops by 2025, bringing its total service personnel to 198,000.

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More News On Germany Boosting Its Army To Almost 200,000 Troops By 2024

Germany to expand Bundeswehr to almost 200,000 troops -- DW
Germany to expand army and send tanks to Lithuania as Nato-Russia buildup continues -- The Independent
Europe Military Power: Germany Troops To Increase By 20000 After US Calls For Greater NATO Commitment -- International Business Times
Germany Plans to Expand Armed Forces Up to 198,000 Soldiers Till 2024 -- Sputnik
Germany announces plan to expand national army -- Xinhua
Germany to boost defence spending, but legacy also important: Gabriel -- Reuters
German Army Bulks Up, But Can the Bundeswehr Defend Europe? -- Sputnik