Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Chinese Navy Wants Robot Warships

Company representatives say China has a working prototype of the JARI USV, which is equipped like a mini DDG, but details beyond that are scant. (Photo by David B. Larter)

Defense News: China is working on killer robot ships of its own

ABU DHABI –The Chinese shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company is developing a small unmanned surface vessel that China wants to function essentially like the uninhabited baby brother of a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer.

The JARI USV is a 20-ton, 15-meter boat that is orders of magnitude smaller than the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s manned Type -55 destroyer but has all the same mission areas: anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-air warfare.

A model of the drone was on display at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.

'The JARI comes equipped with electro-optical sensor atop a superstructure, a phased array radar, a dipping sonar, eight small vertical launch system cells, a torpedo launcher and a forward mounted machine gun and rocket launcher for counter-surface engagements, according to a model displayed at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference.

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Update: The Next Chinese Naval Threat: Robot Warships? (David Axe, National Interest)

WNU Editor: The U.S. Navy is also building up its robot fleet .... The U.S. Navy Just Bought Four Giant Boeing Robot Submarines (February 15, 2019).

Report: The Best Hackers In The World Are From Russia

Russian Military Woos Young Computer Programmers. © RIA Novosti. Mikhail Fomitchev

NBC: Russian hackers 8 times faster than Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans, says report

A new report from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike says hackers tied to Russian intelligence are quicker than North Koreans, Chinese, Iranians and criminals.

WASHINGTON — Experts have long said that the Russians are the most sophisticated among the many nation-state adversaries that are regularly hacking government and private computers in the United States.

Now, a leading cyber security firm has found a way to quantify that.

In its latest threat report, CrowdStrike — the company that discovered that the Russians had hacked he Democratic National Committee — finds that Russian intelligence hackers are quicker and more nimble than the North Koreans, the Chinese, the Iranians and sophisticated criminals.

CrowdStrike measured what it calls "breakout time" — the speed at which a hacking group can break into a network and start stealing data. That speed is important because intrusions are being detected and stopped faster than ever before. The faster the hackers can smash and grab, the more data they can steal.

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WNU Editor: The company behind this report is CrowdStrike, a company that has its own share of critics .... More Doubts That Russian Intelligence Was Involved In Last Year's DNC Hack (August 11, 2017). As to what nation-state has the best hackers? The answer is an easy one. It is the U.S. intelligence community.

Editor's Note

Stuck in meetings this morning. Blogging will return later today.

Did Russia Lose A Batch Of Top-Of-The-Line S-400 Surface-To-Air Missile Systems When The Ship That Was Carrying Them Lost Them In A Storm?

Warzone/The Drive: Is A Batch Of Russia's Most Advanced Surface To Air Missiles Sitting On The Sea Floor?

A Russian official confirmed an entire shipment of top-of-the-line interceptors for the S-400 surface-to-air missile system never made it to China.

Russia has confirmed that it did indeed sell long-range 40N6 surface-to-air missiles to China as part of a sale of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. At the same time, the Russians have revealed that none of those interceptors ever reached their destination after the ship carrying them got caught in a storm that resulted in the loss of the entire shipment, possibly with some of the missiles physically going overboard into the sea.

On Feb. 18, 2019, Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of the state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec, which includes the state-run arms broker Rosoboronexport, offered up the new information at a press conference at the 2019 International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in the United Arab Emirates. Aviation Week’s Defense Editor and our good friend Steve Trimble Tweeted out a full transcript of the exchange.

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WNU Editor: There is huge global demand for these missiles, with orders backed-up till 2025 (see link here).

President Trump Warns Venezuela's Military To Abandon Maduro Or 'Lose Everything'

Reuters: Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or 'lose everything'

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela’s military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting Maduro, “you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything.”

Maduro retaliated late on Monday that Trump’s speech was “nazi-style” and said he acted as if he were the owner of Venezuela and its citizens his slaves.

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More News On The Crisis In Venezuela

Donald Trump to Venezuela's military: 'accept amnesty or lose everything' -- DW
Trump Delivers Blunt Warning to Venezuela Military Over Aid Impasse -- The New York Times
Trump declares 'socialism is dying' amid Venezuela 'catastrophe,' promises 'this will never happen to us' -- FOX News
WATCH: Trump says ‘all options are open’ on Venezuela -- PBS
Maduro regime rejects aid, claims it's sending food to Colombia -- CNN
Colombian city braces for showdown as US military aircraft deliver aid on Venezuelan border -- Stars and Stripes/Washington Post
Venezuela: Colombian city prepares for showdown over US humanitarian aid at border -- The Independent
Venezuela denies EU lawmakers entry -- DW
Pressure Grows on Europe to Back Venezuelan Opposition Leader -- VOA
Venezuela in crisis: Seven stories to get up-to-date -- Al Jazeera

Tweets For Today

Picture Of The Day

Japan's first female Defence Minister Yuriko Koike (L, black suits) reacts to a salute from officers as she inspects a Japanese Maritime Defence Force naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, 9 July 2007. Koike replaced former Defence chief Fumio Kyuma after his saying the 1945 nuclear attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima "couldn't be helped". © AFP 2018 / Jiji Press/Stringer

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Ladies Leading the Charge: Female Defence Ministers From All Around the Globe (Sputnik).

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau's Political Crisis Widens As Top Aide And Friend Resigns

CBC: Gerald Butts resigns as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's principal secretary

In a major shakeup to the highest ranks of the Prime Minister's Office, Gerald Butts resigned Monday as Justin Trudeau's principal secretary.

The bombshell departure — Butts, along with chief of staff Katie Telford, are the two most senior staffers in Trudeau's inner circle — comes amid allegations that senior members of the PMO pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help Quebec-based multinational engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution on bribery and fraud charges in relation to contracts in Libya.

In a statement to reporters, Butts said he categorically denies allegations that he or anyone else in the PMO put this sort of pressure on Wilson-Raybould. He said the accusation is "simply not true."

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WNU Editor: If nothing is wrong .... why is the Trudeau government hiding behind privilege that does not permit the major players in this scandal the freedom to talk, and why the major resignations? It does not take a genius to know that there is more to this story than what is being told. As to what is my take. It looks like senior officials in the Prime Minister's office put pressure on the attorney general to make a deal on a criminal case involving a major Quebec corporation, and when she refused she was fired from her job.

More News On The SNC-Lavalin Scandal In Quebec

Trudeau's principal secretary Gerald Butts resigns -- CTV
Canada PM's chief secretary resigns amid SNC-Lavalin controversy -- Reuters
Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens -- The Guardian/AP
5 things to know about Gerald Butts, following his resignation from the PMO -- CBC
The hole that Gerry Butts leaves behind -- Stephen Maher, Macleans
Trudeau vulnerable in fall election amid growing damage from SNC-Lavalin file -- Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star
If no one did anything wrong why two resignations and a PMO in crisis mode? -- Kelly McParland, National Post

Monday, February 18, 2019

The 'Boneyard' Is A Busy Place

Planes from all five branches of the military, NASA, and the US Forest Service are stored at AMARG. (Fox News)

FOX News: 'Boneyard' in the desert recycles, refurbishes over 3,000 military-grade planes from military, NASA

TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's nicknamed the Boneyard. It sits on 2,600 acres of desert land, with more than 3,000 military aircraft on the Air Force’s Davis-Monthan Base. It's more than a retirement home for planes from all five branches of the military, NASA, and the U.S. Forest Service. It's a sort of memorial with multiple uses. Many of the planes are scrapped for parts and some completely refurbished.

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) is the only place in the country authorized to store military-grade planes.

“We’re looked at as a national air power reservoir…How do you make sure that what you’re keeping there is what’s of value to the service,” said Col. Jennifer Barnard, commander of the 309th AMARG. “So, there’s a really rigorous process by which it’s determined the assets should be stored here and what needs to come out of here, as well.”

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WNU Editor: A scavenger's dream.

The Kissing Sailor In Famous World War II Photo Dies At 95

NBC: George Mendonsa, Navy veteran identified as 'kissing sailor' in WWII photo, dies at 95

"He was very proud of his service and the picture and what it stood for," Mendonsa's daughter said Monday.

George Mendonsa, a World War II veteran whose claim of being a sailor kissing a nurse in an iconic image was verified using facial recognition technology, died early Sunday, his daughter said. He was 95.

Mendonsa was living in an assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, and had been suffering from severe congestive heart failure, daughter Sharon Molleur told NBC News. He would have turned 96 on Tuesday, she added.

Mendonsa, a retired fisherman, had maintained for years that he was the sailor locking lips in a picture taken on Aug. 14, 1945, by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in Life magazine as a scene from "V-J Day in Times Square." On that day, Americans crowded the streets to celebrate the Japanese surrender to the Allies and the end of the war.

The photo has become one of the most enduring images of the 20th century. But when it was published in Life, there was no caption confirming the identities of the pair.

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Update: George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95 (The Guardian)

WNU Editor: George Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman may be gone, but their picture will live forever.

ISIS Wives Now Want To Return To Their Homes In The West

ABC News Online: Shamima Begum, UK schoolgirl who joined Islamic State in Syria, asks to bring baby home

A British teenager who ran away to join Islamic State and now wants to return to the United Kingdom has given birth to a baby boy in a Syrian refugee camp.

Shamima Begum, 19, and the baby are in good health, according to her family's lawyer.

Speaking to Britain's Sky News from Syria, where she has been living in a refugee camp, Ms Begum said she did not know what she was getting into when she left and wants to bring her baby back to Britain with her.

"I think a lot of people should have sympathy towards me for everything I've been through," she said in an interview broadcast on Sunday (local time).

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Update: US woman 'deeply regrets' joining ISIL, wants to return home (Al Jazeera)

WNU Editor: Russia brought back home the wives and children of ISIS fighters. I have doubts that the West will be that generous.

US-Taliban Meeting in Pakistan Cancelled

U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, center, speaks during a roundtable discussion with Afghan media at the U.S Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan Jan. 28, 2019.

VOA: US-Taliban Meeting in Pakistan Cancelled

ISLAMABAD — An upcoming meeting in Pakistan between a delegation of the United States and Taliban representatives has been cancelled, according to information coming from both sides.

A Taliban leader confirmed, on condition of anonymity, that the meeting was cancelled, “by the Americans.” A Taliban statement issued later in the day said the talks were postponed because many members of its 14 person negotiating team were unable to go overseas since they are on "the US and UN blacklist." Several of them are on the U.N. Security Council sanctions list which bars them from international travel.

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More News On An Upcoming U.S. - Taliban Meeting Being Cancelled

Taliban say unable to attend Pakistan talks; blame travel blacklist -- Dawn/AP
Taliban Calls Off Planned Pakistan Meeting That Angered Afghans -- RFE
Cancellation of Pakistan Trip Revives Debate Over Taliban’s Ability to Travel -- The New York Times
Taliban cancel Imran Khan meet after Kabul complaint -- The National

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 18, 2019


Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest: North Korea: What Happens if Diplomacy Fails?

The good news: We have options other than a "bloody nose."

Diplomacy with North Korea looks like it’s moving in the right direction.

Chief U.S. negotiator Stephen Biegun is no longer being shunned by his North Korean counterparts. President Donald Trump is tweeting as if peace is just around the bend. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is openly talking about the desire of the United States to realize not just Pyongyang’s denuclearization but also peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

There is plenty that can go right, but there is also a lot that can go wrong. This is North Korea after all, a country whose leadership is inherently distrustful of American intentions regardless of who the president happens to be. So, as we hope for the best, the Trump administration needs to plan for the worst—and planning for the worst means settling a Plan B in the likely event the nuclear talks end in stalemate.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 18, 2019

What Caused the International Impasse Over Iran's Missile Program? -- Alireza Ahmadi, National Interest

AP Explains: What are India’s options after Kashmir attack -- Ashok Sharma, AP

Ahead of Hanoi summit, N Korea faces 'turning point': State media -- Al Jazeera

The looming Taiwan crisis -- Richard N. Haass, The Strategist

New Zealand bans Huawei, China has message for New Zealand -- Meaghan Tobin, SCMP

Bet on Trump to fold in China trade talks -- William Pesek, Asia Times

Africa's debt crises not the fault of creditors alone -- Silja Fröhlich, DW

Nigeria's postponed vote: What happens now? -- Ineke Mules. DW

Libya remains a battleground eight years after Gaddafi revolt -- Al Jazeera

Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain ‘ungovernable’? -- Joseph Wilson, AP

Tearing at Europe's core: Why France and Italy are at loggerheads -- Luigi Scazzieri, CER

The SNC-Lavalin Affair Is Overblown, but Liberals Still Bungled It -- Conrad Black, National Post

The Incredible Miscalculation by Trudeau and Co. -- Stephen Maher, Maclean's

No more BMWs or Mercs on Fifth Avenue? -- Anne Schwedt, DW

The sixth mass extinction, explained -- The Week

World News Briefs -- February 18, 2019

CNN: Commander of US-backed forces fighting ISIS asks US to keep troops in Syria

The commander of the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces is asking the US and its coalition partners to provide air support and keep up to 1,500 troops in Syria as part of an effort to stabilize the country.

"I feel that American forces must remain inside of Syria," General Mazloum told reporters, speaking through an interpreter, "we don't want them to leave Syria ... but in the end, it is an American decision."

"The withdrawal of American forces in the middle of the fight is something unfortunate," he added.

The SDF commander made his comments during a visit to Northern Syria by Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, which oversees all US military operations in the region.

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US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near.

Commander of US-backed Syrian forces calls for 1,500 troops to stay.

Syria: SDF calls for help with 'time bomb' ISIL fighters.

Twin bombings kill at least 15 people in Syria's Idlib city.

Erdogan: NATO gives arms to 'terrorists' but not to Turkey.

Yemen's warring sides agree to pullback from Hodeidah: UN.

Thousands in Iran attend funeral for slain Guard members.

Iran presses Europe to defy US and stay in nuke pact.

Netanyahu secretly met Morocco's foreign minister: Report.

Saudi crown prince orders release of 2,100 Pakistani prisoners.


Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle days after deadly attack.

Pakistan recalls India envoy amid tensions over Kashmir attack.

Retired Indian general urges caution against Pakistan strike.

India deploys additional army units along Myanmar border as threat escalates.

Maldives court orders arrest of ex-President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

US, North Korea mull exchange of liaison officers: report.

Kim Jong Un could travel to Vietnam by train.

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development after accusations Huawei is a security threat.

China's Communist Party requires millions of people to tune into 'Xi Jinping thought' every day.

Russia's Far East gas to start China deliveries by December.


Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay.

MSF says UN failed civilians in Central African Republic attack.

Libya marks 8th anniversary of revolution.

In Libya's former jihadist hotbed, residents hope for a better future.

Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people.

Zimbabwe opposition figure fined for claiming poll win.

Kenya recalls ambassador to Somalia over water rights clash.


Britain's Labour splits over Brexit and anti-Semitism.

Israeli-European summit canceled after Holocaust remarks about Poland.

EU parliament's centrist coalition set to lose majority, poll finds.

EU foreign ministers discuss taking back 'IS' fighters, Venezuela and Yemen.

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists.

Britain’s finance minister Philip Hammond scraps China trip amid plans to deploy new UK aircraft carrier to Pacific.

Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general.

Britain's cybersecurity chiefs say Huawei risks can be 'managed'.


Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act'. Trump lashes out at 'treasonous' officials after McCabe interview.

Trump urges Venezuelan military to desert 'Cuban puppet' Maduro .

US willing to meet Maduro as military helps deliver aid to Venezuela. US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid.

Venezuela’s Juan Guaido calls for nationwide protests to allow US aid to enter.

Venezuela government plans own concert to oppose Guaido's aid event.

Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil amid standoff.

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protests.

5 Americans arrested in Haiti as violent protests continue.

Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s top adviser Gerald Butts quits, accused of meddling in bribery investigation.

Canadian missionaries, nurses, tourists evacuated from Haiti.


'Not responding to Trump's demands': France snubs US call to repatriate Jihadis.

Germany mulls US demand to take back 'IS' fighters captured in Syria.

English-speaking narrator behind Daesh propaganda videos captured – Report.


Oil gains as investors grow optimistic over OPEC output deal.

EU threatens ‘swift and adequate’ action if Trump imposes tariffs on imported cars.

It’s China’s Huawei against the world as spying concerns mount.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2019

U.S. Marines unload vehicles and equipment as they prepare for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture in 2015. (Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston/U.S. Army)

Defense News: Sphere of influence: US military budget drives arming of the West

COLOGNE, Germany — The Pentagon is front and center in driving worldwide military spending to new heights, pulling Europe along in its wake, according to a new study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

“Defense budgets are growing again in the West,” said Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, a research fellow for defense economics and procurement with the London-based think tank. Pentagon spending under President Donald Trump is “pushing global numbers up,” she told Defense News.

The increase is fueled by U.S. and European perceptions of future threats emanating from China and Russia, she said.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 18, 2019

Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’ withers on the vine -- Defense News

Draper awarded $191M for Trident missile guidance system -- UPI

Boeing to deliver two F-18 Super Hornets to Navy for $17.8M -- UPI

Navy Proposing Bold Changes in How it Teaches Sailors in New Education Plan -- USNI News

Air Force May Lose Credibility With Industry Over Light Attack Decision -- RCD

Army Picks BAE Jammer To Kill Russian Missiles (Softly) -- Breaking Defense

New Army rifle offers more versatility in combat -- Stars and Stripes

Army calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families -- The Hill

Marines Need $3.5 Billion for Camp Lejeune Repairs, Despite MILCON Cuts for Border Spending -- USNI News

US Secretary of Defense Shanahan says he hasn’t determined amount for border wall -- AP

US Military Releases Its Artificial Intelligence Strategy -- VOA

U.S., Australia, Britain conduct training aviation exercise in Nevada -- UPI

US steps up freedom of navigation patrols in South China Sea to counter Beijing’s ambitions -- SCMP

Submarine arms race seen heating up in Indo-Pacific amid ‘great threat’ from China -- SCMP

China is working on killer robot ships of its own -- Defense News

The Chinese Military Speaks to Itself, Revealing Doubts -- Dennis J. Blasko, War On The Rocks

Chinese military institute puts focus on ‘urgent needs’ of frontline troops -- SCMP

Xi Signs Order to Boost China’s 2 Mln Army Training Efficiency – Report -- Sputnik

40 years on, Chinese veterans defy official silence to remember the Vietnam border war -- SCMP

Germany's Angela Merkel makes arms export pact with France -- DW

Taking sides: Italian defense industry rep attacks Franco-German fighter deal -- Defense News

Riyadh's SAMI Agrees to Joint Venture With French Naval Group to Build Warships -- Sputnik

United Arab Emirates announces $1.3 billion in defense deals at IDEX -- Defense News

Saudi's military company eyes $10 billion revenue in next five years -- Reuters

Nigerian President Buhari: Military to Be 'Ruthless' Against Election Tampering -- VOA

Four Zimbabwe Generals Retired in Mnangagwa's First Purge of Military -- VOA

In Pursuit of a General Theory of Proxy Warfare -- Amos C. Fox, RCD

What Would Happen If India And Pakistan Waged A Nuclear War?


Zachary Keck, National Interest: What Could Happen if India and Pakistan Wage a Nuclear War

Billions Dead: That's What Could Happen if India and Pakistan Wage a Nuclear War

This is the real nuclear crisis the world is missing.

Armed with what they believe is reasonable intelligence about the locations of Pakistan’s strategic forces, highly accurate missiles and MIRVs to target them, and a missile defense that has a shot at cleaning up any Pakistani missiles that survived the first strike, Indian leaders might be tempted to launch a counterforce first strike.

With the world’s attention firmly fixated on North Korea, the greatest possibility of nuclear war is in fact on the other side of Asia.

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WNU Editor: To me the outcome is very clear. In the event of a nuclear between India and Pakistan .... the nuclear fires and subsequent dust-cloud will destroy the infrastructure that provides the necessities of life to one and a half billion people. We would be witnessed to the biggest migration of peoples never been seen in human history.

The Security Situation Continues To Deteriorate Between Pakistan And India Because Of Kashmir

New York Times: Kashmir Militants Kill Again as Trouble Grows Between India and Pakistan

NEW DELHI — Militants in Kashmir struck again on Monday, killing an Indian Army major and at least three other soldiers just days after orchestrating a devastating bombing that left dozens of Indian security forces dead.

Fears are now rising that Kashmir, a disputed region that lies between India and its regional rival, Pakistan, could be sliding into an especially deadly phase again.

Diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan are breaking down; Kashmiri students are being rounded up and attacked; other young people have been charged with sedition for criticizing the Indian Army; and Indians are lashing out at Pakistani civilians, including Bollywood actors.

The recent violence in Kashmir — a majority Muslim region that is mostly controlled by India, a predominantly Hindu nation — has uncapped a wave of jingoism that is sweeping across India. The orange, white and green national flag is going up everywhere, and many people say they want revenge.

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More News On The Security Situation Continuing To Deteriorate Between Pakistan And India

Six More Killed in Kashmir as India-Pakistan Tensions Rise -- Bloomberg
Kashmir: Several dead in clashes between Indian army and militants -- DW
Nine killed in Kashmir gun battle days after deadly attack -- Al Jazeera
Pakistan recalls India envoy amid tensions over Kashmir attack -- Al Jazeera

U.K. Labor Party Faces A Revolt With The Resignation Of Seven MPs

BBC: Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership

Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.

They are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.

Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was "embarrassed and ashamed" to stay.

Mr Corbyn said he was "disappointed" the MPs had felt unable to continue working for the policies that "inspired millions" at the 2017 election.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the "honourable thing for them to do" would be to stand down as MPs and seek to return to Parliament in by-elections.

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WNU Editor: They are not going to be the last to leave the party .... The first step for Labour's exiles: bring 29 more with them (The Guardian).

More News On Seven MPs Resigning From The U.K. Labor Party

So who will be next to join the Independent Group? Senior Tory REFUSES to rule out joining 'gang of seven' MPs who have quit 'anti-Semitic' Labour - as even Corbyn's own DEPUTY says he doesn't recognise the party anymore -- Daily Mail
Seven UK lawmakers resign from Labour party citing 'Brexit,' 'bullying' and 'anti-Semitism' -- CNBC
Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism -- Reuters
Brexit fractures Britain's 'hijacked' opposition party -- Euronews/AP/NBC
Seven members of UK Labour Party quit over Brexit, anti-Semitism concerns -- The Hill