Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Russian Spy Plane Intercepted Over Estonia

The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied the claim by the Estonian military that a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft breached Estonian airspace. © Photo: Wikipedia / Kirill Naumenko

Estonia Demands Explanation Over Russian Spy Plane -- VOA

Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian spy plane entered the Baltic country’s airspace without permission.

A spokeswoman for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said the Baltic country considers the violation serious and “demands an explanation” from the ambassador.

The spokeswoman said Estonia wants to know why a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft crossed into its airspace Tuesday afternoon.

NATO says the Russian aircraft was in Estonian airspace for about a minute.

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More News On Reports That A Russian Spy Plane Violated Estonian Airspace

NATO: Russian Aircraft Briefly Entered Estonian Airspace This Week -- WSJ
NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane -- Reuters
NATO jets intercept Russian fighters twice in two days over Baltic -- AP
Nato, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane -- The Straits Times
Russian spy plane encroaches on NATO-patrolled airspace -- Washington Times
Russian Military Activity Increasing? NATO Intercepts Surveillance Aircrafts Over Baltic Sea -- IBTimes
NATO jets, including Canadian Hornets, scrambled twice in two days to intercept Russian spyplane -- The Aviationist

Update: Russia denies that it's aircraft violated Estonian airspace ....

Russian defence ministry says Russian warplane did not violate Estonia’s air space -- ITAR-TASS
Russia’s Defense Ministry Denies Claims That Russian Il-20 Breached Estonian Airspace -- RIA Novosti

Al-Qaeda Declares War Against China

Image Credit: Flickr/Andres Perez

Al-Qaeda Declares War On China, Too -- Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Al-Qaeda has joined the Islamic State in calling for jihad against China for its Uyghur policies.

Al-Qaeda central appears to have joined the Islamic State in calling for jihad against China over its alleged occupation of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

This week, al-Sahab media organization, al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the first issue of its new English-language magazine Resurgence. The magazine has a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific in general, with feature articles on both India and Bangladesh, as well as others on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

However, the first issue also contains an article entitled “10 Facts About East Turkistan,” which refers to the name given to Xinjiang by those who favor independence from China. The ten facts seek to cast Xinjiang as a longtime independent state that has only recently been brutally colonized by Han Chinese, who are determined to obliterate its Islamic heritage.

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My Comment: Expect a brutal Chinese crackdown in the coming months .... and this will be their excuse.

U.S. - Russian Relations Are In The Deep Freeze

Pool photo by Carolyn Kaster

U.S. And Russia Can’t Agree On Whether They Agreed To Coordinate On ISIS -- Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

The secretary of state has been trying to thaw U.S.-Russian relations, but the Kremlin just won’t play ball. Now he says they agreed to work together on ISIS—and Russia is denying it.

Did the United States and Russia agree to share intelligence about ISIS? Secretary of State John Kerry insists they did. The Russian foreign minister insists just as strongly they didn’t. It’s just the latest indication that Moscow is not on board with Kerry’s efforts to thaw the U.S.-Russian relationship.

Last week in Paris, Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had another of their private chats on a park bench after taking a stroll around the garden of the U.S. ambassador’s residence with no staffers present. In a solo press conference after the meeting, Kerry said Lavrov had agreed to increased counterterrorism coordination with Washington, especially on ISIS, a group both the United States and Russia are fighting in Iraq.

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My Comment: For reasons that I do not understand, the White House is now hoping that U.S. - Russian relations will improve. but as you can tell .... I  am not optimistic. U.S. involvement in Ukraine coupled with the White Hosue push for Russian sanctions has put U.S. - Russian relations in the deep freeze. There is no longer any trust .... and from Moscow's point of view .... they will only start to do business with the next administration. John Kerry can make all the trips that he wants .... but I know that nothing is going to come out of it. Moscow is now looking at 2016, and studying who may be the next U.S. President.

Is Another U.S. - Iraq War 'In The Cards'?

An F/A-18E Super Hornet sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at sea, Oct. 16, 2014. The Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The aircraft is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr.

Get Ready For Iraq War IV -- John A. Nagl, Foreign Policy

One of the most influential Army officers of the Iraq theater on why the United States seems destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.

The United States is now at war in Iraq for the third time in my lifetime, and after being in the middle of the first two I'm planning to sit this one out.

The first Iraq war was necessary and conducted well, as wars go; the second was unnecessary and conducted poorly at first, but ended up in a reasonable place given what a fiasco it had been at the start. This third war was entirely preventable, caused by a premature departure of U.S. troops after the second. Although it's too soon to say how it will turn out, it is not too early to say that unless we get the endgame right, the United States will fight yet another war in Iraq before too long.

My first Iraq war was Operation Desert Storm, when half a million U.S. troops joined an international coalition to expel Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait in 1991. Although that war appeared to settle some things at the time, within months of the cease-fire it became clear that Saddam had survived the thrashing we had given his army and was not going to fall to indigenous rebel forces as we had hoped. Instead, we began a decade of containment called Operation Southern Watch, with American war planes flying combat missions around the clock to deter Saddam from further adventurism.

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My Comment: It is no longer just Iraq .... U.S. bombers are now striking targets in Syria .... and places like Libya and Yemen are becoming situations where U.S. forces may become involved. Sadly .... the ground work is now being laid for a U.S. military involvement that will probably last for years. Forget about Iraq War IV .... from my vantage point I see a bigger conflict .... and it may end up being called the Middle Eastern 50 Years War.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 22, 2014



Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence -- Tim Mak, Daily Beast

A gunman attacked parliament in an unprecedented attack, bringing violence to the very heart of Canadian democracy.

An unprecedented attack shook Canada on Wednesday as at least one gunman attacked parliament and the country's war memorial in the capital, Ottawa.

A fundamentally quiet and orderly town, Ottawa was rocked by the shooting of a uniformed Canadian soldier as he stood guard over the National War Memorial, located right across the street from Parliament Hill and the prime minister's offices at Langevin Block.

It was the second attack inside Canada this week. The shootings come just two days after a 25-year-old man described by police as a "radicalized" Muslim drove his car into two Canadian soldiers in a city outside of Montreal, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Martin Couture-Rouleau, the suspect in that incident, was arrested in July while trying to travel to Turkey. Following his rampage, Courture-Rouleau was shot and killed.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 22, 2014

Has ISIS Peaked as a Military Power? -- Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away -- Christoph Reuter, Spiegel Online

Why the world shouldn’t write off the Iraqi Army just yet -- Michael O'Hanlon, Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s Strategic Rocket Force -- Michael Rubin, Commentary

Japan Caves to China on Senkaku Island Dispute -- Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Afghan President to Visit China on First Trip Abroad -- Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

Has Beijing Lost Taiwan for Good? -- Richard Rosecrance, American Interest

Is Jeffrey Fowle's release a bid to end North Korea's isolation? -- Robert Marquand, CSM

Swedish Hunt for ‘Russian’ Sub Recalls the Cold War -- Lisa Abend, Time

Sweden's Military Calls Sub's Breach of Waters 'Fucked Up' -- Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

How to Salvage France's Mistral Shipwreck -- James Stavridis & Leo Michel, Foreign Policy

Chill in Russia-Ukraine gas talks threatens Europe's winter supplies -- Michael Holtz, CSM

Eve of Election: A Fractured Ukraine, United in Uncertainty -- Christian Neef, Spiegel Online

America's Costly Foreign-Policy Follies -- Robert W. Merry, National Interest

Obama’s Last Chance to Save His Presidency -- Leslie H. Gelb, National Interest

Why Ebola Isn’t Really a Threat to the U.S. -- Bryan Walsh, Time

Canadian Parliament Attacked By Armed Gunman -- News Updates And Roundup

 

Ottawa Shooting: Soldier Dies Of Wounds, Gunman Also Shot Dead -- CBC  

Downtown Ottawa remains in lockdown as police conduct searches around parliamentary precinct

Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.

The slain soldier is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton. MPs and other witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots were fired inside Parliament, and a gunman was shot dead inside the building by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms and RCMP, according to MPs' accounts.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was on the Hill at the time of the shooting, but was safely taken away. Harper is expected to make an address to the country later this evening.

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Live Updates On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa

CBC Live Updates (Video) -- CBC
LIVE NOW: CTV News Special Report: Parliament Hill Shooting (Video) -- CTV
Real-time coverage from Globe reporters in Ottawa -- Globe and Mail
Live News on Ottawa shooting -- Reuters
Canada Shooting Live -- CNN
Ottawa shooting: Canadian parliament in lockdown: Canada shooting: Latest coverage -- BBC Shootout at Canadian parliament as police sweep area – live updates -- The Guardian
LIVE COVERAGE: Shooting at Canadian Parliament Building and Other Ottawa Sites -- FOX News Ottawa shooting LIVE UPDATES -- RT
Suspected shooter shot dead by police after killing uniformed officer at war memorial and heading for parliament -- The Telegraph

More News On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa (Canadian Press)

Soldier killed in capital -- Toronto Star
Ottawa shooting: MPs, eyewitnesses describe shootings -- CBC
Ottawa shooting: Nathan Cirillo, reservist from Hamilton, killed in attack -- CBC
Soldier killed at National War Memorial identified -- CTV
UPDATE: Soldier, gunman who died in Ottawa rampage identified -- Ottawa Citizen
Sergeant-at-arms who reportedly shot suspect hailed as hero by MPs -- Globe and Mail/Canadian Press Parliament Hill sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero in Ottawa -- Toronto Star
Quebec military members urged not to wear uniforms when off duty -- CBC
Ottawa shooting draws reaction from White House, world leaders -- CBC
Four inside accounts of the deadly Ottawa shooting -- Ottawa Citizen
UPDATE: Soldier killed in War Memorial attack; gunman killed, others still sought -- Ottawa Citizen Parliament Hill attack: 1 gunman dead after soldier shot at National War Memorial -- CBC
Gunman killed in Ottawa; 3 shootings confirmed -- CTV
The scene inside: Gunfire breaks out on a busy caucus day -- Globe and Mail
Soldier dies in chaotic Parliament Hill attack, Jason Kenney says -- Toronto Star
Attack on Ottawa: Police confirm 'several' shootings -- Globe and Mail
Shots fired on Parliament Hill, multiple injuries reported -- Canada.com S
tephen Harper on today's shootings at Parliament Hill -- Ottawa Citizen
Police briefing confirms deaths, but short on details of attack -- Ottawa Citizen
Commons security already tight before shooting, Ottawa says -- Toronto Star
In a city under lockdown, Hill security under the spotlight -- Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail Timeline: Shots fired in the national capital -- CTV
What unfolded during the attack in Ottawa -- Globe and Mail
A timeline of major terrorism and security incidents in Canada -- Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Citizen More News On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa (Foreign Press)  

Canadian Parliament under lockdown after gunman, 32, kills soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial before opening fire in the Parliament halls -- Daily Mail
2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament -- AP
Canadian Soldier Dead After Attack Near Parliament in Ottawa -- New York Times
One suspect dead in Canada Parliament attack, hunt continues for possibly others -- CNN
Canadian soldier, gunman killed in attack on Ottawa capital complex -- FOX News
The battle of Ottawa: Soldier killed in shooting at Canadian capital's war memorial as gunman goes on rampage inside Parliament building -- The Independent
Canada's parliament attacked near where PM Harper was speaking -- Reuters
Obama on Canada shooting: ‘We’re all shaken by it’ -- Washington Post
Canada Parliament Locked Down as Solider Shot at Memorial -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Ottawa shooting recounted: ‘I knew something immediately was wrong’ -- The Guardian
Soldier shot near Canada's parliament; shooter at large -- Reuters
Canadian parliament locked down, one suspect reported dead -- Reuters
Soldier killed in Canada shootings -- BBC
Multiple shooters reported in Canada attack -- CNN
Gunmen open fire at Canadian Parliament building; soldier down, 1 shooter possibly on loose -- FOX News Canada Parliament Locked Down As Solider Shot at Memorial -- Bloomberg
Canada Shooting: Parliament Building on Lockdown Amid Gunfire -- ABC News
Soldier Shot Near Canadian Parliament Building -- VOA
Soldier shot near Canadian parliament -- Al Jazeera
Ottawa parliament shooting: What are Canada's gun laws? -- Arthur Bright, CSM
Ottawa Terror Attacks Shatter Canadian Innocence -- Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg Businessweek

Photo Gallery

In pictures: Shots fired in Canada parliament -- BBC
Photos: Soldier shot at Canadian War Memorial -- Ottawa Citizen
Soldier shot in Ottawa at War Memorial (Photos) -- CTV

Sweden Scales Back It's Search For A Suspected Foreign Sub In Its Waters



Sweden Is Having A Very Hard Time Finding That Suspicious Vessel -- Business Insider

It's been five days since a suspected Russian submarine was first spotted in Stockholm's archipelago, a violation of Sweden's sovereignty ostensibly confirmed through subsequent sightings and a possible Swedish-intercepted Russian-language transmission through an emergency-radio frequency.

But as Elias Groll explains at Foreign Policy, the Swedish military is at a bit of a disadvantage in locating the vessel. It sold off its last sub-tracking helicopters in 2008. And the search area is spread out over "a dense island grouping, with myriad places for a submarine to hide," Groll writes.

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More News On Sweden Searching For A Suspected Foreign Sub In Its Waters

Farce, defense cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt -- Reuters
Sweden Scales Back ‘Submarine’ Hunt -- VOA
Sweden scales back sub search; operation enters 'new phase' -- CTV
Swedish Submarine Search Entering ‘New Phase’: Armed Forces Spokesperson -- RIA Novosti
Sweden could use force against suspected foreign sub -- BBC
Sweden’s cloak-and-dagger hunt for ‘Russian’ submarine -- Irish Times
Two new sightings of 'crippled Russian submarine' as Sweden says it is ready to use 'anything' to force it to surface -- Daily Mail
Sweden could use force against suspected foreign sub -- BBC
Sweden prepared to use ‘armed force, if necessary’ on suspected Russian submarine -- Washington Times
Sweden Hasn't Asked US to Help Find Submarine: Pentagon -- RIA Novosti
Russian sub or no, there's a mighty stir in Sweden's waters -- Ben Brumfield and Emil Hellerud, CNN
Map: Sweden’s hunt for a mysterious submarine -- Washington Post
Sweden submarine hunt - in 60 seconds -- BBC

The New York City Region’s Emergency Agencies Are Practicing For A Nuclear Disaster

A 10-kiloton nuclear explosion would destroy most structures and kill everyone within the brown area (1/3 mile from the blast origin). Most of the people in the green area (3/4 mile) will be dead or seriously injured, and the blue area (1 mile from the blast center) will be consumed by fires and radiation. Nuclearterrorism.org

WNU Editor: This is disturbing .... Emergency Agencies Practice Response To Nuclear Explosion In Times Square (CBS New York).

My Comment: This is not the first time that CBS has a "nuclear explosion in the middle of New York City" story .... Nuclear Attack a Ticking Time Bomb, Experts Warn (CBS)

U.S. Jury Finds Four Blackwater Guards Guilty In 2007 Iraq Shooting



U.S. Jury Convicts Ex-Blackwater Guards In 2007 Baghdad Killings -- Reuters

(Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.

Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder.

The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world.

A court clerk read the jury's verdict aloud on Wednesday around noon to a packed courtroom, repeating the word "guilty" 71 times as the defendants sat and listened silently.

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More News On A U.S. Jury Finding Four Blackwater Guards Guilty In 2007 Iraq Shooting

Iraq Blackwater: US jury convicts four of 2007 killings -- BBC
Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings -- FOX News/AP
Four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians -- Washington Post
Jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in Iraq killing; appeals expected -- L.A. Times
Jury Finds Blackwater Guards Guilty of Iraq Shootings -- WSJ
Blackwater Guard Found Guilty of Murder in Iraq Shooting -- Bloomberg
4 Former Blackwater Security Guards Guilty of Iraq Killings -- VOA
Blackwater guards found guilty of Iraq shootings -- UPI
Blackwater guards found guilty of 2007 Baghdad massacre -- Deutsche Welle
4 Blackwater Guards Convicted of Shooting 31 People in Iraq -- NYMag
Blackwater guards convicted in 2007 Baghdad shooting -- RT
Blackwater guards found guilty over deaths of 14 Iraqis -- Al Jazeera

A Personal Commentary On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa

Armed RCMP officers head towards the Langevin Block on Parliament Hill following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Ottawa Shooting: How An Oasis Of Tranquility Became Breeding Ground For Terrorists -- The Telegraph

As second soldier shot in two days, why is Canada being targeted by Islamic extremists?

For the second time in three days Canada has been appalled and shocked by an attack on a soldier by a suspected Islamic terrorist.

Once a byword for international peace and prosperity, the “other” Northern American nation is now suffering from attacks hitherto confined to Western nations known as being more active on the international stage.

While the facts of the latest shooting are still being established, here is what we know about Canada’s links to terrorism.

Canada is under attack:

With the shooting dead of a soldier at the Ottawa War Memorial, and the Parliament put under lockdown, Canadians can not escape the fact that they have become targets. The soldier was the second to be murdered in three days, meaning the Canadian authorities must now fear this is the start of a coordinated campaign of terror and will be braced for further assaults over the coming days and weeks.

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My Comment: Regular readers of this blog know that I am a Canadian living in Montreal. I became a citizen because I love the peace and tranquility of the country, it`s laws, economic opportunities, tolerance, it`s freedoms .... and .... being a nature lover .... a perfect place to love the outdoors.

But today`s attack is not a surprise to me. When I moved into my first apartment in Montreal (1990s), I learned only after his arrest that the Millennium Bomber lived a short distance from my home .... and that is when I became fully aware that some of Canada`s immigrants may have a different agenda from someone like myself who wanted a different and better life.

But today`s attack on Parliament Hill hits me personally. I have friends who work there, and I have been there on more than one occasion. I have a great deal of respect for this incredible Canadian institution .... it is the symbol of a free and tolerant Canada. That is why it was attacked today .... and that is why many Canadians are in shock today.

Fortunately .... all of my friends who work there are OK .... but they are telling me that everything is now on lock-down and the situation is still tense (as of 13:55 EST). I am naturally talking to everyone right now .... so blogging will be light for the next few hours. But rest assure .... as more news becomes available .... I will be posting it.

Update: I will be posting a full recap at 18:00 EST

Multiple Shooters Reported In Canada`s Capital City. Parliament And Two Other Locations Attacked: News Roundup And Live Updates



Canadian Parliament Under Lockdown After Gunmen 'Shot Soldier Standing Guard At The National War Memorial Before Opening Fire In The Parliament Halls' -- Daily Mail

* A reserve soldier in his 30s was shot in the abdomen at the National War Memorial in Ottawa shortly before 10am on Wednesday
* Dozens of shots were then heard inside Parliament and shots were also reported at a third site, the Rideau Centre mall
* The Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms shot one of the gunmen dead
* Witness accounts of a suspect include descriptions of him as short with long hair, overweight, wearing a dark jacket and 'Arabic scarf'
* Residents of the city have been warned to stay inside and away from windows as authorities swarm downtown in the search of the gunmen

A gunman has shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial before multiple gunmen fired dozens of shots inside the halls of Parliament in Ottawa.

Police have said there are 'two or three' gunmen inside the building and one has been shot dead.

After Parliament was placed on lockdown, police swarmed downtown Ottawa as other shootings were reported at the Rideau Centre mall and the Chateau Laurier Hotel.

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Live Updates On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa

CBC Live Updates (Video) -- CBC
LIVE NOW: CTV News Special Report: Parliament Hill Shooting (Video) -- CTV
Real-time coverage from Globe reporters in Ottawa -- Globe and Mail
Live News on Ottawa shooting -- Reuters
Canada Shooting Live -- CNN
Ottawa shooting: Canadian parliament in lockdown: Canada shooting: Latest coverage -- BBC
Shootout at Canadian parliament as police sweep area – live updates -- The Guardian
LIVE COVERAGE: Shooting at Canadian Parliament Building and Other Ottawa Sites -- FOX News

More News On Today`s Shootings In Ottawa

UPDATE: Soldier killed in War Memorial attack; gunman killed, others still sought -- Ottawa Citizen
Parliament Hill attack: 1 gunman dead after soldier shot at National War Memorial -- CBC
Gunman killed in Ottawa; 3 shootings confirmed -- CTV
The scene inside: Gunfire breaks out on a busy caucus day -- Globe and Mail
Soldier dies in chaotic Parliament Hill attack, Jason Kenney says -- Toronto Star
Attack on Ottawa: Police confirm 'several' shootings -- Globe and Mail
Shots fired on Parliament Hill, multiple injuries reported -- Canada.com
Soldier shot near Canada's parliament; shooter at large -- Reuters
Canadian parliament locked down, one suspect reported dead -- Reuters
Soldier killed in Canada shootings -- BBC
Multiple shooters reported in Canada attack -- CNN
Gunmen open fire at Canadian Parliament building; soldier down, 1 shooter possibly on loose -- FOX News
Canada Parliament Locked Down As Solider Shot at Memorial -- Bloomberg
Canada Shooting: Parliament Building on Lockdown Amid Gunfire -- ABC News
Soldier Shot Near Canadian Parliament Building -- VOA
Soldier shot near Canadian parliament -- Al Jazeera
Stephen Harper on today's shootings at Parliament Hill -- Ottawa Citizen
In a city under lockdown, Hill security under the spotlight -- Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail
In pictures: Shots fired in Canada parliament -- BBC
Photos: Soldier shot at Canadian War Memorial -- Ottawa Citizen
Soldier shot in Ottawa at War Memorial (Photos) -- CTV

World News Briefs -- October 22, 2014



Multiple Shooters Reported In Canada Attack -- CNN

There were two soldiers standing guard at the war memorial in Ottawa near Parliament, and a gunman shot one of them, a witness told CNN on Wednesday. Peter Henderson, a journalist, said other soldiers doing drills nearby ran to help the fallen soldier. Henderson said he knew the person shot was a soldier because of the ceremonial uniform the soldier was wearing.

There were "several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa" on Wednesday morning, police said on Twitter. "Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill." All Ottawa police buildings remain on lockdown and are closed to the public, police also said on Twitter.

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MIDDLE EAST

Situation in Syrian city Kobani remains 'tenuous': Pentagon.

Erdogan criticizes US airdrop to Kurds in Kobani.

Syria air force strikes 200 times in 36 hours, monitor says.

Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by Islamic State.

Amid US airstrikes, Syria's Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels.

Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq: residents.

U.S., Iraq planning offensive operation to retake territory. US weighs 'Iraqi request for more advisers'.

Tribes in tense Abu Ghraib vow to keep IS out.

Houthis and Sunni tribesmen clash in Yemen. Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shi'ite rebels in central Yemen: tribal sources.

Israeli troops come under fire along Egyptian border.

ASIA

Pakistani Taliban sack influential spokesman as divisions grow.

Afghan opium poppy cultivation hits all-time high.

Hong Kong talks yield frustration, no progress.

Taiwan calls for calm over territorial disputes.

Afghan President's first trip abroad will be to China.

Attorney: North Korean detainee was treated well. Kerry: No deal in North Korea prisoner release.

Special Report: Traffickers use abductions, prison ships to feed Asian slave trade.

AFRICA

Red Cross: Ebola could be contained within 6 months.

In spite of alleged truce, Nigeria militants still fighting.

Congo, UN troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings.

South Sudan warring parties admit responsibility for 'civil war'.

Turkish envoy meets Rival Libya PM.

Pistorius survives his first night in solitary: Amputee 'coping' in grim jail and managed to get some sleep - despite gang leader threatening to order a 'hit' on him.

EUROPE

Swedish submarine search entering ‘new phase’: Armed forces spokesperson.

Farce, defense cuts highlight hard task in Sweden submarine hunt.

EU to call on Russia to help stabilize Ukraine: statement.

Russia wants Ukraine assurance of gas payment.

Russia has no major racism problem, says minister.

Catalans: independence drive will intensify unless Madrid negotiates.

Woman arrested in UK on terrorism charges.

AMERICAS

Soldier shot near Canada's parliament; shooter at large.

Canada raises terrorism threat level to medium because of Islamist Groups' statements.

Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals from West Africa.

GAO report finds State Department lagging in assessing threat of Iran in Latin America.

Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves as election nears.

Exclusive: Uruguay presidential candidate would repeal marijuana law.

Mexican military executed at least 12, federal panel says.

US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Islamic State tougher than Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah: Political analyst.

Obama admin withholding 2,100 US military torture photos.

Terrorist ideology blamed in deadly Canadian soldiers car attack.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses.

Warren Buffett loses $2 billion in two days.

Boeing profit up 18% on worldwide jet-buying spree.

MIlitary And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 22, 2014

A U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend

Pressure Mounts To Change Tactics Against Islamic State Group -- Defense News

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

But despite those pleas for patience, there is a growing wave of criticism over the US airstrike campaign, even among airpower advocates. And as IS forces continue to publicly advance on cities like Kobani, pressure is mounting for a change in tactics.

One month in, the situation in Syria and Iraq remains in flux — and the one thing everyone agrees on is that the US is locked in a complex battle for the long haul.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 22, 2014

U.S., Iraq planning offensive operation to retake territory -- Washington Post

Pentagon Admits US Weapons May Be in IS Militants’ Hands -- RIA Novosti

Pentagon determining whether Islamic State has weapons from US airdrop -- Stars and Stripes

Russia to build 12 nuclear-powered Leader destroyers -- Pravda

Sweden scales back sub search; operation enters 'new phase' -- CTV

Sweden could use force against suspected foreign sub -- BBC

Sweden Hasn't Asked US to Help Find Submarine: Pentagon -- RIA Novosti

Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military -- Charles McPhedran, Daily Beast

Navy exercises bring Iran, China closer -- Al-Monitor

China's Aircraft Carrier Trouble: Spewing Steam and Losing Power -- Real Clear Defense/War Is Boring

Indonesia plans to purchase Russian submarines -- ITAR-TASS

Indian Air Force Grounds Russia-Developed Sukhoi-30 Jet Fleet: Spokesperson -- RIA Novosti

‘Killer robots’: Ex-GCHQ boss calls for drone controls -- RT

Air Force UAV crashes in Niger; no injuries -- Air Force Times

Report: US, South Korea to scrap 2015 transfer plan -- Stars and Stripes

As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe -- Military Times

Marine Corps Prepares New CH-53K for First Flight -- Defense Tech

Lockheed says has plan to catch up on F-35 deliveries by year-end -- Reuters

Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat? -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast

Report: Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan files suit -- Stars and Stripes

Marine suspect guarded by US in Philippine camp -- AP

Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban -- Tim Mak, Daily Beast

Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’ -- Leslie H. Gelb, NYT

Backlash Against Leon Panetta, Robert Gates Over Memoirs -- Tim Starks, Roll Call

It's Time to Wake Up: Chinese Hacking Is Eroding U.S. Military Superiority -- Mackenzie Eaglen & Charles Morrison, Real Clear Defense

At least 2,207 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 -- FOX News/AP

Breaking News!!!! Shots Fired At Canada's War Memorial. Soldier Wounded. Gunman Seen Running Towards Parliament

First responders at a shooting at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014 (Daniel Thibeault/CBC)

Soldier Shot At National War Memorial In Ottawa -- CBC

Bystanders providing first aid to injured at downtown landmark

A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on Parliament Hill nearby.

It was not immediately known if there were further injuries.

Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun.

Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament.

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More News On Reports That Shots Have Been Fired At Canada's Parliament

Soldier shot in Ottawa at War Memorial -- CTV
Shots fired near Canada parliament -- BBC
Soldier shot, Parliament locked down after gunfire erupts at war memorial -- Globe and Mail
BREAKING: Soldier shot at War Memorial in Ottawa -- Ottawa Citizen

WNU Editor: This story will be updated in the next few hours.

Will The U.S. Navy's Newest Destroyer Stay Afloat?



Can The Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat? -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast

It features a radical design and next-gen gear. But the U.S. Navy’s most advanced ship may have a wee problem: it just might fall into the sea.

The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloat?

The vessel—which is the largest American surface warship since the 1950s--brings a new untried “tumblehome” hull design, new power systems and gun technology that have not been used on a modern warship before. The ship is highly automated with a crew of just 142 -- compared to older ships that have a complement of about 300. But despite its massive size, the stealthy warship appears on an enemy’s sensors as something no larger than a small fishing boat.

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My comment: I can only imagine the headlines if something catastrophic occurs.

North Korea Develops A New Submarine Class

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, June 16, 2014.

Report: Image Shows New Submarine in North Korea -- Voice of America

WASHINGTON — North Korea may have acquired a new submarine, according to an American researcher who based his findings on a review of commercial satellite imagery from 2010 until now.

Joseph Bermudez, chief analytics officer of AllSource Analysis, says the imagery revealed “the presence of a previously unidentified submarine moored in the secured boat basin at the Sinpo South Shipyard.”

He made the comment in an article he wrote for the 38North website, which is run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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More News On North Korea Developing A New Submarine Class

The North Korean Navy Acquires a New Submarine -- 38 North
N.Korea 'Building New Submarine' -- Chosun Ilbo
N.K. believed to have acquired new type of submarine: U.S. think tank -- Korea Herald/Yonhap
North Korea has new military submarine: US experts -- One India News
North Korea Gets New Submarine -- RIA Novosti
North Korea may be Developing Submarine, says an American Researcher -- Austrian Tribune

The U.S. Campaign Against The Islamic State Has Cost $424 Million So Far

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Oct. 2, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Card

Cost of War Against ISIS So Far: $424 Million -- Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON – First came the name. Now comes the price tag.

Operation Inherent Resolve, the newly named war against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, has cost the U.S. government more than $424 million in 10 weeks.

The Pentagon is spending about $7.6 million a day to pay for daily airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, surveillance flights over the Middle East, a growing team of military advisers flowing into the region, and all the support needed to keep operations on track.

On Tuesday, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the total cost so far is heading towards a half billion dollars.

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More News On The Cost Of The U.S. Campaign Against The Islamic State

Pentagon: Counter-IS Campaign Costs $424 Million -- AP
Pentagon says ISIL fight costing $7.6m per day since Aug. 8 -- Arabian Business/Reuters
Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million so far -- Navy Times
Pentagon: ISIS fight has cost $424 million -- The Hill

Russia Continues Its Large-Scale Militarisation Of The Arctic

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Russia Prepares For Ice-Cold War With Show Of Military Force In The Arctic -- The Guardian

Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark

Yaya is a very small Arctic island, barely one metre above sea level and covering only 500 square metres. Russian pilots discovered it at the beginning of October. With the Admiral Vladimirsky research ship having confirmed its presence in the Laptev Sea, Yaya will soon be added to the map of the Arctic Ocean and will become part of Russian territory, the RIA Novosti state news agency announced. In its determination to defend its interests in this icy waste, Russia is no longer content to leave its mark, as it did in 2007 when it planted a Russian flag, in a titanium capsule, 4,200 metres below the north pole. Now it is engaging in large-scale militarisation of the Arctic, a vast area coveted by itself and its four neighbours: Canada, the United States, Norway and Denmark.

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More News On Russia's Plan To Militarizing The Arctic

Russia Plans to Deploy Troops Along Entire Length of Arctic Border -- RIA Novosti
Many Russian military units to be deployed along Arctic belt this year — Shoigu -- ITAR-TASS
Russian bases to span entire Arctic border by end of 2014 -- RT
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic -- UPI
Russia says no need for NATO in Arctic, expands own military presence -- Barents Observer
Russia Activates Arctic Military -- Daily Caller

Women Are Playing A Major Role In The CIA's Drone Program

The CIA's Real Drone Queens -- Toby Harnden, Real Clear Politics

When President Barack Obama went to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to be briefed on drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was taken aback by the number of female spies directing the agency’s secret killing programme.

A week later, the CIA’s top expert on Pakistan was summoned to the Oval Office. She was strikingly attractive in her stiletto heels. “You don’t look like a Pakistan expert,” the president told her, breaking into a grin.

Obama was mistaken: the expert was typical of the new generation of CIA officers. Many are women in their thirties with a decade or more of experience in hunting down terrorists and vaporising them with Hellfire missiles.

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WNU Editor: Here is an interesting photo essay on women who have served in the CIA.

China's Ruling Communist Party Will Never Open All The Files Of It's The Past


China Likely Will Never Open All Files On Painful Past, Official Says -- Reuters

(Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party will likely never open all the files on its recent painful past, including the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward, and sees no need to reassess those periods, a senior party historian said on Monday.

The 1958-1961 Great Leap Forward, when millions starved to death in Mao Zedong's botched industrialization campaign, and the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution are two of modern China's most sensitive historical events.

During the Cultural Revolution, children turned on parents and students on teachers after Mao declared class war, convulsing the country in chaos and violence.

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My Comment: Nothing is forever. These files will be open one day .... all of them .... but not for the next few decades .... if longer.

Did Former CIA Director Panetta Violate His Secrecy Agreement With The CIA?

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discusses his book “Worthy Fights” at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, 2014. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Panetta Clashed With CIA Over Memoir, Tested Agency Review Process -- Washington Post

Former CIA director Leon E. Panetta clashed with the agency over the contents of his recently published memoir and allowed his publisher to begin editing and making copies of the book before he had received final approval from the CIA, according to former U.S. officials and others familiar with the project.

Panetta’s decision appears to have put him in violation of the secrecy agreement that all CIA employees are required to sign and came amid a showdown with agency reviewers that could have derailed the release of the book this month, people involved in the matter said.

The memoir, which is almost unfailingly complimentary toward the spy service, which he led from 2009 to 2011, was ultimately approved by the CIA’s Publications Review Board before it reached store shelves.

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My Comment: Rules for you but not for me.

Why Israel Loses No Sleep Over Islamic State

A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released in September 2014 is pictured in this still frame from video obtained by Reuters October 7, 2014.

Here’s Why Israel Loses No Sleep Over Islamic State -- Dimi Reider, Reuters

At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group’s assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu references Islamic State frequently, as do other Israeli ministers. And the stories of two Palestinian citizens of Israel who died fighting for the group have been recently featured in the press.

Still, Israel remains the least concerned and least directly threatened country in a region increasingly rocked by Islamic State’s advance. It certainly does not see the group as an external threat. Shocking though the events in Syria and Iraq are, Israel is far beyond the range of even the most sophisticated of Islamic State’s weapons. The group’s immediate territorial interests do not extend to anywhere near Israeli borders, and its support in areas adjacent to Israel is still negligible. What’s more, unlike many militant groups and states in the region, Islamic State has declared itself emphatically disinterested in intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, preferring instead to draw its support from Sunni revanchism and introducing a semblance of order into war-torn regions of Iraq.

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My Comment:  Israel is on the Islamic State's radar .... but Israel is not their priority right now. Their focus is to consolidate the territory that is under their control, and to absorb additional Sunni dominated areas. After that .... who knows. For Israel .... they are going to stay out of this Arab fight .... and hope that they all end up killing each other off.