Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SAS Soldier Caught On Video Assisting Kenyan Security Forces During Yesterday's Terror Attack In Nairobi

The SUN: Tooled-up SAS hero led charge into Kenya hotel to kill terrorists and rush victims to safety as fanatics slaughtered 14

The 'long serving' member of the SAS - motto Who Dares Wins - was on a mission to train and mentor Kenyan Special Forces when four terrorists attacked a hotel complex

A CRACK SAS trooper piled into the Kenya terror siege – killing militants and saving lives, it was confirmed today.

The “long serving” member of the SAS – motto Who Dares Wins – was on a mission to train and mentor Kenyan Special Forces when four terrorists attacked a hotel complex.

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WNU Editor: There is some speculation that this special forces soldier was an American SEAL .... Video of Nairobi terror attack may have revealed a US Navy SEAL on secretive mission (Business Insider). But the British tabloids are convinced that this soldier was an SAS officer. You can see this SAS soldier at the 31 second mark in the above video.

More News On A SAS Soldier Caught On Video Assisting Kenyan Security Forces During Yesterday's Terror Attack In Nairobi

SAS soldier hailed as a hero after charging into gunfire to take down terrorists in Nairobi hotel -- The Telegraph
SAS hero stormed Kenya hotel ALONE to KILL terrorists and save survivors -- Daily Star
Hero SAS soldier TACKLED terrorists in terrifying Kenya hotel attack - REVEALED -- Express

Kenya's President Declares Nairobi Hotel Attack And Siege Is Over

The National: Nairobi attack: Al Shabab militants 'eliminated' after deadly 20-hour siege

Eleven Kenyans and several foreigners reported among casualties after Al Shabab claims assault in Westlands

Five militants who stormed an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi were "eliminated" after an almost 20 hour siege that left at least 14 victims dead, Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said on Wednesday.

"There were five terrorists and all of them are no more," he told AFP.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenyans to “go back to work without fear” in a televised address on Wednesday, insisting that the East African nation remained safe for citizens and visitors. "I can now confirm that... the security operation at Dusit is over and all terrorists have been eliminated," Mr Kenyatta said.

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More News On Yesterday's Terror Attack In Kenya

Kenya says gunmen are killed in hotel attack; 14 victims die -- AP
Kenya attack: DusitD2 siege over as attackers killed -- BBC
American among at least 15 dead in Kenya hotel terror attack -- FOX News
American businessman who survived 9/11 then joined the Peace Corps before setting up investment firm in Kenya, is among 14 killed in Nairobi Islamist attack on his 41st birthday -- Daily Mail
Kenya attack leaves 14 dead; siege over, says president -- Al Jazeera
Kenya terror attack highlights security challenges -- DW
Kenya received warnings of imminent al-Shabaab terror attack -- The Guardian

Kremlin Says It Is 'Stupid' To Think President Trump Is a Russian Agent

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Politico: Kremlin says it's 'stupid' to think that Trump could be a Russian agent

Top Kremlin officials are scoffing at the idea that President Donald Trump is working as a Russian agent, dismissing the notion as “nonsense” and blasting U.S. journalists for their attention to the issue.

“That’s stupid,” said Yuri Ushakov, a foreign policy aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Bloomberg News. “How can the president of the United States be an agent of another country? Just think about that.”

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WNU Editor: The U.S. main stream media are "sugar-coating" the remarks that are coming out of Russia on the story that President Trump is a Russian agent. I am hearing far more harsher language. The word "insane" is being commonly used.

More News On The Kremlin Saying It Is 'Stupid' To Think President Trump Is a Russian Agent

Kremlin derides allegations that Trump could work for Moscow -- AP
Kremlin: The idea that Donald Trump could have worked for Russia is stupid -- Reuters
Kremlin official: ‘Stupid’ to think Trump is working for Russia -- The Hill
Kremlin says it's 'stupid' to say Trump is a Russian agent amid reports he tried to hide Putin conversations -- Business Insider
Kremlin mocks notion that Trump could have worked for Russia -- NYPost

245 Million Christians Face Violence And Oppression Worldwide

Daily Mail: Christians suffered an increase in persecution last year with 245 MILLION facing violence or oppression around the world - 30 million more than a year ago

* Around 30million more Christians than a year ago suffered from persecution
* Open Doors, a Dutch charity, published a report into Christian persecution
* It said millions more Christians in India and China had been targeted last year

Christians around the world suffered a huge increase in persecution last year - with around 30 million more people being targeted than in the previous year.

A report by Open Doors, a Dutch charity that supports persecuted Christians showed that in total, 245 million faced violence or oppression in 2018, with 73 countries listed as danger zones for Christians.

China has been named among the most dangerous places to be a Christian after new laws governing religious expression led to raids and the demolition of scores of churches.

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Update #1: Open Doors USA Reveals World's Worst Persecutors of Christians (CBN)
Update #2: Open Doors 2019 report: Persecution is on the rise globally (Christian Today).

WNU Editor: The Open Doors list of the worse offenders is here.

Aide To Drug Kingpin El Chapo Says He Paid A $100m Bribe To Former Mexican President Peña Nieto

CNN: 'El Chapo' Guzman associate claims kingpin paid $100M bribe to former Mexican President

(CNN)A former close personal aide to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified Tuesday that the drug kingpin once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The stunning testimony came from Alex Cifuentes, a Colombian trafficker who once served as Guzman's secretary and close personal aide.

After three days on the stand in the Brooklyn federal courtroom, the bombshell revelation was only brought up in court by defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, not prosecutors.

Peña Nieto's former chief of staff, Francisco Guzman, denied the allegation Tuesday evening.

"The statements of the Colombian drug trafficker in New York are false, defamatory and absurd. The government @EPN was the one who located, arrested and extradited Joaquín Guzmán Loera. Since the beginning of the administration, it was a priority objective of the security cabinet," Francisco Guzman said in a tweet.

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WNU Editor: The former President is denying these reports.

More News On Reports That Drug Kingpin El Chapo Paid A $100m Bribe To Former Mexican President Peña Nieto

El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says -- The New York Times
'El Chapo' paid former Mexican president $100 million bribe: trial witness -- Reuters
Ex-president of Mexico was paid $100M bribe to call off manhunt for cartel leader El Chapo, trial told -- AP
El Chapo 'paid $100 million bribe to former president of Mexico' -- France 24
Former right-hand man testifies El Chapo bribed ex-Mexican president with $100 million -- The Hill
El Chapo 'paid $100m bribe to former Mexican president Peña Nieto' -- BBC
Drug trafficker says ‘El Chapo’ boasted of $100 million bribe to ex-president of Mexico -- Boston Globe
El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claims -- The Independent

Russian Foreign Minister Tells Japan To Accept The Result Of World War II

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DW: Russia urges Japan to 'accept the result' of World War II

Russia's foreign minister has called on Tokyo to accept the outcome of the war in order to advance discussions on a peace plan. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday questioned whether Japan had fully embraced the results of World War II when it came to resolving a territorial dispute that could pave the way for a peace treaty.

Speaking during an annual press conference, Lavrov said recognizing the outcome of World War II "is neither an ultimatum nor a precondition" for talks.

"It is an inevitable and indispensable factor in today's international system," said Lavrov. "Why is Japan the only country in the world that cannot accept the result of World War II in their entirety?"

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Update #1: Russia calls on Japan to recognise outcome of World War Two -- Reuters
Update #2: Russia-Japan Peace Treaty Talks Will Not Affect Kurils Residents - Kremlin -- Sputnik

WNU Editor: Russia is not the only country that has a "beef" with Japan over the Second World War. China, the Koreas, Philippines, etc. .... they have a greater beef with Japan than Russia.

Democrats Want The U.S. State Of The Union Postponed

Politico: Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule SOTU because of the shutdown

The House speaker is citing security concerns, but Democrats also don't want to give Trump a platform to blame them for the shutdown.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address — or deliver it in writing — as long as the government remains shut down.

Pelosi said the partial shutdown has hamstrung both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, potentially harming the security planning that precedes the primetime address.

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WNU Editor: If there was ever a time when a State of the Union speech should be given, it is now. And as for security concerns. State of the Union speeches were given during war time, with far less security than today. My gut tells me that this is more about optics, and not giving President Trump a platform. I guess the Democrats are worried that five minutes into his speech President Trump would point to a family member in the gallery who lost a loved one because of an illegal immigrant, and then push for why the U.S. needs border security.

More News On Democrat House Speaker Pelosi Asking Presdient Trump To Postpone The State Of The Union

As shutdown lingers, Pelosi urges Trump to reschedule State of the Union -- Reuters
Nancy Pelosi to Trump: Reschedule State of the Union address or just submit it in writing to Congress because of shutdown -- CNBC
Pelosi asks Trump NOT to deliver State of the Union during the government shutdown in bid to prevent prime time attack on Democrats as key Republican senators tell him to surrender -- Daily Mail
Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi -- AP
Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule State of the Union amid shutdown -- FOX News
Pelosi asks Trump to move State of the Union or submit it in writing -- NBC

U.S. Soldiers Killed In Suicide Attack In Syria

CNN: US service members killed in ISIS-claimed attack in Syria

Washington (CNN)ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that killed US service members in the Syrian city of Manbij on Wednesday.

US service members were killed in the attack, according to a tweet from the spokesperson for the US-led coalition Operation Inherent Resolve.

"U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today. We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time," the tweet said.

The coalition has not said how many service members were killed. Prior to Wednesday's attack, only two US service members had been killed in action in Syria since the start of the campaign in 2014.

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WNU Editor: The first reports are saying that 4 US soldiers were killed, 3 wounded .... U.S. official: four U.S. soldiers dead, three injured in Syria blast (Reuters). The media is portraying this attack as a repudiation of President Trump's remarks last month that much of ISIS has been destroyed. I see it differently, this attack will only give ammunition to President Trump's case and reinforce the mood among the American public that the U.S. should leave Syria.

More News On Reports That U.S. Soldiers Were Killed In A Suicide Attack In Syria

US military says American troops killed in Syria blast -- AP
IS group claims deadly suicide attack on US-led coalition patrol in Syria -- France 24
U.S. service members killed by explosion in Manbij, Syria -- NBC
Four U.S. troops reported among 16 dead in north Syria attack -- Reuters
U.S. troops killed in Syria suicide attack claimed by ISIS -- CBS
Four US soldiers killed by Isis in Syria, just weeks after Trump said 'we have defeated' terror group in country -- The Independent

Pentagon To Purchase Two Iron Dome Batteries From Israel

Iron Dome testing . (photo credit: MINISTRY OF DEFENSE SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE)

Jerusalem Post: Report: U.S. Army acquires two Iron Dome batteries

"The Iron Dome system provides the best value for the US military in terms of the timetable for its acquisition and deployment," the US report said.

The US Army will acquire two Iron Dome batteries by 2020 as well as consider the full adoption of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept, both systems developed by Israel, Inside Defense reported Wednesday.

The Iron Dome batteries will provide US ground forces an interim capability against unmanned air vehicles, mortars, rockets, artillery and cruise missiles.

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Update: US army eyes $373 million purchase of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system (i24 News)

WNU Editor: The Pentagon did say that they were going to examine new ways to detect and track enemy missiles .... US weighs new ways to detect and track enemy missiles (AP). More here .... Pentagon Reportedly Considering Boosting Missile Defences Worldwide (Sputnik).

U.S. - Russia Nuclear Talks Facing Collapse

An Iskander-K system thought to be capable of launching the 9M729, which Washington claims violates the INF Treaty. © Vitaliy Timkov

VOA: Russia, US: No Progress in Talks Over 1987 Nuclear Arms Treaty

Russia and the United States said Tuesday there was no progress in talks over Washington's intention to withdraw from a 1987 nuclear arms treaty because it says Moscow is violating its terms.

"On the whole, we are forced to state that there is no progress. The U.S. position is frozen in its uncompromising and peremptory demands," state news agency Tass quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying after talks with U.S. Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson in Geneva.

The U.S. side described the meeting as "disappointing."

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WNU Editor: The American position is that Russia has violated the terms of the agreement .... Russia in 'material breach' of key nuclear treaty: US (AFP). The Russian position is that the U.S. has violated the terms of the agreement .... Russia Claims US Violating Treaty Over 'Unverified' B-52 Bombers, Missiles (DOD Buzz). All that I can say is that at least both sides are still talking .... Russia, US start consultations in Geneva on INF Treaty (TASS)

More News On U.S. - Russia Nuclear Talks

Nuclear arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks -- AFP
US & Russia trade blame on INF as last-ditch talks to save nuclear treaty fail in Geneva -- RT
Russia In 'Material Breach' Of Key Nuclear Treaty, U.S. Says -- RFE
US demands Russia destroy missile system to save nuclear pact — Moscow -- Financial Times
Russia ready to work with U.S. to save INF arms treaty: Lavrov -- Reuters
Russia says US ignored offer to inspect controversial weapon -- ABC News/AP
Russia ready for serious conversation with US on entire strategic agenda — Putin -- TASS

Extreme poverty rises again in Latin America

Reuters: Number of Latin Americans in extreme poverty highest since 2008: U.N. agency

(Reuters) - The number of people living in extreme poverty in Latin America increased in 2017 to the highest level in almost a decade despite an improvement in government social spending policies, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said the proportion of people in extreme poverty, which is characterized by lack of access to basic human necessities like food and shelter, rose to 10.2 percent of the population in 2017, or 62 million people, from 9.9 percent in 2016.

The figure is the highest since 2008 and largely due to an economic deterioration in Brazil, which has only begun to rebound in the last year from its worst recession in decades. Brazil has about 200 million people, making it Latin America’s most populous nation.

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Update #1: Extreme poverty rises again in Latin America (France 24)
Update #2: Extreme Poverty Increases in Latin America, reports ECLAC (Prensa Latina)

WNU Editor: Economic and political turmoil in Brazil for the past few years, coupled with the disaster in Venezuela, is the reason for this increase in extreme poverty.

The Fascinating Story Of Army Colonel Robert Rheault

Rheault shortly after the end of the "Green Beret Case."

Task & Purpose: A Green Beret was the inspiration for Col. Kurtz in 'Apocalypse Now'

The Army's Special Forces command came down to one man during the Vietnam War. His job performance earned him the nod from screenwriter John Milius, who turned retired Army Colonel Robert Rheault's legacy into something more enduring than he ever imagined. He was immortalized forever by actor Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now.

Unlike Col. Kurtz, however, there was nothing insane or dark about Col. Rheault.

Robert Rheault grew up in a privileged New England family, went to West Point and later studied in Paris, at the Sorbonne. The young Army officer picked up a Silver Star for service in Korea, but it was his time in Vietnam that would change his career forever, devastating the man who only ever wanted the Army life.

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WNU Editor: These war stories never get old.

Tweets For Today

Picture Of The Day

Rescuers and journalists evacuate an injured man from the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Gunmen attack Kenyan hotel compound (Reuters).

Are Western Mercenaries Heading To Syria?

Erik Prince, a former Navy Seal and founder of private military contractor Blackwater USA, has been waiting to pitch his ideas to the US administration. Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb

Asia Times: Western mercenaries ready for Syria; Russians already there

Speculation is rampant that US-based 'Dogs of War' may engage in Syria and Afghanistan, but Russian competitors are more flexible and aggressive.

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a pullout of troops from Syria and a draw-down in Afghanistan, the fighting continues.

Waiting to make a killing are the “Dogs of War” – men who fight not for flags, but for cash. As pullouts leave geopolitical vacuums that invite or intensify conflict, the business forecast looks upbeat for “private military contractors,” or PMCs – the polite corporate term for “mercenaries.”

There is considerable speculation underway as to whether US PMCs – and the man who had led the American sector, Erik Prince of former blue-chip PMC Blackwater – will fill the vacuum created by Trump. However, the sector is in flux.

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WNU Editor:  Who will pay these mercenaries to go to Syria. The U.S. taxpayer? I doubt it, especially with a Democrat Congress.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Afghan Taliban Threaten To Pull Out Of Peace Talks (Again)

A member of the Taliban holds a flag in Kabul, Afghanistan June 16, 2018. The writing on the flag reads: 'There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah'. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail/File Photo

Reuters: Taliban threatens to pull out of peace talks with U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Tuesday threatened to stall peace talks with the United States if they deflect from the issue of foreign force withdrawal from Afghanistan, a key demand of the hardline Islamic militants to end the 17-year war.

In a statement, the Taliban said America must pursue the peace talks with “sincere intentions” or it “will be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until America ends her unlawful pressures and maneuvering and steps forward toward true peace.”

The warning comes a day after Taliban fighters blew up a car-bomb outside a highly fortified compound killing at least five people and wounding more than 110 Afghans and expatriates in Kabul city.

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Update: Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war (AP)

WNU Editor: The U.S. is putting pressure on the Taliban .... The US and its partners are bombing ISIS and the Taliban at levels not seen in a long time (Business Insider), and Pakistan is doing its part .... Taliban talks: Pakistan arrest 'sends militants message' (BBC).

Pentagon: China Is Modernizing Its Military To Fight Regional Conflicts Over Places Like Taiwan


CNN: US report says rapidly modernizing Chinese military has set sights on Taiwan

(CNN)Over the last few years China has made a series of ambitious military reforms and acquired new technology as it aims to improve its ability to fight regional conflicts over places like Taiwan, according to a new report from the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

"Beijing's longstanding interest to eventually compel Taiwan's reunification with the mainland and deter any attempt by Taiwan to declare independence has served as the primary driver for China's military modernization," said the agency's report, titled "China's Military Power."

The report, which was published Tuesday, added that "Beijing's anticipation that foreign forces would intervene in a Taiwan scenario led the (People's Liberation Army) to develop a range of systems to deter and deny foreign regional force projection."

The report estimates that Chinese spending on its armed forces "probably exceeded $200 billion" in 2018, "a threefold increase since 2002."

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Update #1: Defense intel report fuels worries of China attack on Taiwan (AP)
Update #2: U.S. eyes Taiwan risk as China's military capabilities grow (AP)

WNU Editor: China has many "issues" with its neighbours, and Taiwan is just one of them.

Pentagon: Some Chinese Military Tech Surpasses U.S.

This photo taken on October 24, 2018, shows Thai sailors visiting Chinese guided missile destroyer Guangzhou during the ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise at a military port in Zhanjiang, in China’s southern Guangdong province. China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world’s most advanced weapons systems — and in some cases already has surpassed its rivals, a Pentagon assessment released Tuesday found. AFP

SCMP/AFP: Some Chinese military tech surpasses US, Pentagon admits, citing hypersonic weapons

* The US Defence Intelligence Agency says Chinese rules forcing foreign business partners to divulge technical secrets has led to major military advances in China
* The advances will ‘enable China to impose its will in the region’, the report says

China is on the cusp of fielding some of the world’s most advanced weapons systems – and in some cases already has surpassed all rivals, including the US, a Pentagon assessment released Tuesday found.

An unclassified report by the Defence Intelligence Agency says Beijing has made enormous military strides in recent years, thanks partly to domestic laws forcing foreign partners to divulge technical secrets in exchange for access to China’s vast market.

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Update #1: New defense intelligence assessment warns China nears critical military milestone (Defense News)
Update #2: China’s advances seen to pose increasing threat to American military dominance (Washington Post)

WNU Editor: Here is the report .... DIA Chinese Military Power Report (USNI News).