Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Editor's Note

Blogging will be light for the next few days. I have been invited to a private business event north of San Francisco that will last for four days. Flying out right now, and I will be back Monday night. I will blog when I can.

Update May 23 - 9:00 PST: Arrived late last night. I will be busy for the entire day, but I will be putting up some posts later this evening. On a side note. Northern California is truly beautiful.

Russian Media Is Reporting A Massive Milliant Attack On Their Forces In Syria

FILE PHOTO. Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system seen at Khmeimim airbase. © Sputnik / Dmitriy Vinogradov

RT: Missiles fired at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria amid massive militant offensive – MoD

Al-Nusra terrorists on Wednesday fired 17 missiles at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria, all of which were either intercepted or fell short. The attack came as the Syrian Army faced a mass militant offensive in the Idlib province.

Nine missiles were intercepted by the Khmeimim’s air defense, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, while eight others hit the ground before reaching the base. The attack, carried out with the use of multiple rocket launcher systems, originated from a terrorist held area in the Idlib province.

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WNU Editor: Militant attacks on Russia's Khmeimim airbase in Syria are now becoming routine. See here .... Russia’s Khmeimim airbase shelled by DOZENS of rockets, attack repelled – MOD (May 7, 2019), here .... Russian military repels 12 rockets fired in NEW attack on Khmeimim airbase in Syria – MOD (April 9, 2019), and here .... Russian Defense Ministry reports shelling of Khmeimim military base in Syria (May 20, 2019).

China Compares U.S. Foreign Policy To 'Don Quixote'

A nuclear-powered Type 094A Jin-class ballistic missile submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is seen during a military display in the South China Sea April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Reuters: China: U.S. resembles "Don Quixote" in seeing other powers as threats

GENEVA (Reuters) - China told the world’s main disarmament forum on Wednesday that U.S. foreign policy was destabilizing, baffling and redolent of Don Quixote, the Spanish fictional hero whose misplaced determination leads him on a series of doomed endeavors.

“The Cold War mentality has come back to drive the security strategy and policy of a major power,” China’s disarmament ambassador Li Song told the Conference on Disarmament, a long-stalemated arena for arms talks at the United Nations in Geneva.

“In particular the U.S. keeps saying other countries make it feel unsafe – this is truly baffling,” he said.

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WNU Editor: I am impressed that someone in China ractually ead Miguel De Cervantes' 1500 page book "Don Quixote" to make such a claim. As to those who never read "Don Quixote", you can download a free ebook version from here (Miguel De Cervantes, "Don Quixote").

Is The U.S. Planning To Deploy Thousands Of More Soldiers To The Middle East?

CNN: Pentagon to brief on plan that could send thousands of additional US troops to Middle East

Pentagon officials are scheduled to brief senior members of President Donald Trump's national security team as soon as Thursday on a plan that could send thousands of additional US troops to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iran, according to three US officials familiar with the effort.

The officials emphasize no decision about a deployment has been made. They also say all the troops might not be needed at once. Some could be sent quickly as a deterrence measure, others might only be sent if tensions rise to the point the US believes an attack is imminent.

It wasn't immediately clear who called for the meeting and it is not yet certain if Trump will attend, though his approval would be needed for such a significant deployment of troops.

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WNU Editor: It looks like President Trump's national security team is looking at options. What's my take? Intelligence warnings on what Iran may do in response to sanctions. A coordinated attack on four ships in the Persian Gulf two weeks ago. The Yemen war escalating. Reported chemical attacks in Syria. I can see why the White house may want more U.S. forces in the region.

North Korean State Media Takes Aim At Democratic Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden



ABC News Online: Joe Biden in sights of North Korea after criticising Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un relationship

North Korean state media has slammed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden for criticising leader Kim Jong-un, calling him "bereft of elementary quality as a human being".

The criticism contrasts with North Korea's repeated references to the good relationship between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Mr Kim said in April his personal relationship with Mr Trump was still good despite the collapse of their second summit in Vietnam in February.

Taking aim at the President's strategy towards North Korea, Mr Biden asked crowds at a recent campaign rally: "Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Kim Jong-un?"

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More News On North Korean State Media Taking Aim At Democratic Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden

North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism -- AP
N. Korea state media hits out at 'imbecile' Biden -- AFP
North Korea is insulting Biden using Trump's terms such as 'low IQ' individual -- ABC News
North Korea calls Joe Biden a 'Philistine' in latest invective -- UPI
Joe Biden the subject of critical editorial published by North Korea's state-owned media agency -- FOX News
A 'fool of low IQ': North Korea derides US presidential candidate Joe Biden -- CNN
North Korea's Joe Biden 'imbecile' insult and what it tells us -- Helier Cheung, BBC

Turkey Given Two Weeks To Cancel It's S-400 Purchase From Russia

S-400 Triumph © Sergey Malgavko / Sputnik

CNBC: Turkey has until next month to cancel a messy multibillion-dollar Russian arms deal or face harsh US penalties

* Turkey has a little more than two weeks to decide whether to complete a complex arms deal with the U.S. or risk severe penalties by going through with an agreement to buy a missile system from Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
* By the end of the first week of June, Turkey must cancel the Russian deal and buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile defense system or face removal from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, forfeiture of 100 promised F-35 jets, imposition of U.S. sanctions and potential blowback from NATO.
* The U.S. State Department’s current offer is the final one, according to multiple sources.

WASHINGTON — Turkey has a little more than two weeks to decide whether to complete a complex arms deal with the U.S. or risk severe penalties by going through with an agreement to buy a missile system from Russia, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

By the end of the first week of June, Turkey must cancel a multibillion-dollar deal with Russia and instead buy Raytheon’s U.S.-made Patriot missile defense system — or face removal from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, forfeiture of 100 promised F-35 jets, imposition of U.S. sanctions and potential blowback from NATO.

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More News On Turkey Being Warned To Cancel Its S-400 Purchase From Russia

Turkey preparing for possible U.S. sanctions over S-400s: minister -- Reuters
Turkey sees improvement in F-35 talks with U.S. but prepares for sanctions -- Jerusalem Post
Turkey Preparing For U.S. Sanctions Over Russian Missile Deal -- RFE
Russia slams US ultimatum to Turkey over missile sale -- CNBC
US ultimatum to Turkey over S400-deal ‘unacceptable’ – Kremlin -- RT

U.S. Issues Warning To Syria On Chemical Weapons Use



CNBC/Reuters: US says there are signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response

* “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
* Ortagus said the alleged attack was part of a violent campaign by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces violating a ceasefire that has protected several million civilians in the greater Idlib area.
* U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has twice bombed Syria over Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

The United States sees signs the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19, ” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

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More News On The U.S. Issuing A Warning To Syria On Chemical Weapons Use

Trump administration warns Assad regime it is investigating 'signs' dictator used chemical weapons in Syria and says it WILL respond if he does -- Daily Mail
U.S. Says Assad May Be Using Chemical Weapons in Syria Again -- The New York Times
US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria -- The Guardian
US warns Syrian regime following allegations of chemical weapons use -- CNN
US warns Syria over suspected chemical weapons attack -- DW
U.S. warns Assad against using chemical weapons -- UPI
US 'sees signs' Damascus 'may' have used chlorine in Idlib, threatens ‘quick & appropriate’ response -- RT

US intelligence officials directly contradict Trump, saying no evidence al-Qaeda cooperating with Iran



Time: Officials Dispute Mike Pompeo's Claim That Iran Is Collaborating With Al Qaeda

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that Iran and Al Qaeda are collaborating is at best an exaggeration that is not supported by any available information, U.S. intelligence officers and officials with the State and Defense Department tell TIME.

Pompeo made the claim about the terrorist organization during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, at a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran have risen.

“There is no doubt there is a connection between the Islamic Republic of Iran and al-Qaeda. Period. Full stop,” he said. “The factual question with respect to Iran’s connections to al Qaeda is very real. They have hosted al Qaeda. They have permitted al-Qaeda to transit their country.”

But U.S. officials say that he dramatically overstated the case.

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Update #1: U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran (Daily Beast)
Update #2: US intelligence officials directly contradict Trump, saying no evidence al-Qaeda cooperating with Iran (The Independent)

WNU Editor: I guess these anonymous intelligence officials do not think that "an enemy of my enemy is my friend" is in play here.

Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan: Al Qaeda Operating ‘Across’ The Country

Long War Journal: US commander confirms: al Qaeda operating ‘across’ Afghanistan

Al Qaeda is operating “across the country” and not confined to one region, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan confirmed.

General Austin Miller, the commander of Resolute Support Mission and US Forces – Afghanistan, confirmed several analyses by FDD’s Long War Journal, which has noted for years that al Qaeda’s footprint spans all regions of Afghanistan.

“We have seen al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Yes, in different parts of Afghanistan,” Miller said, according to TOLONews. “In different parts of Afghanistan, we can find them, so it’s not one particular region, it’s across the country.”

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WNU Editor: Al Qaeda and the Taliban have always been close allies, and al Qaeda has always had a certain degree of support in Afghanistan. This is nothing new.

World News Briefs -- May 22, 2019



The Guardian: May faces crunch meeting as support for Brexit deal slips away

Scottish secretary said to be concerned by PM’s promise of a vote on second referendum

The Scottish secretary, David Mundell, has demanded a meeting with Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon, amid concerns that cabinet support for her “new Brexit deal” is falling away.

Mundell, who does not have a reputation as a cabinet rebel, was said by allies to have been irked by the prime minister’s promise of a vote on a second referendum.

May repeated on Wednesday in the House of Commons that she was not supporting a referendum, merely allowing MPs to vote on one during the passage of the Brexit bill.

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MIDDLE EAST

US says there are signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response. US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria.

Missiles fired at Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria amid massive militant offensive – MoD.

Syria regime-jihadist clashes kill 44: monitor.

Iranian lawmaker says his country doesn’t want war with US.

Bill to stop Netanyahu corruption indictment reaches Knesset.

Saudi Arabia, UAE will participate in peace plan workshop.

Saudi Arabia to execute three scholars after Ramadan: Report.

ASIA

Prabowo Subianto's loss in Indonesia's election sparks deadly protests in Jakarta. 6 dead, 200 injured in Indonesia election protests.

Indian soldier killed, 7 wounded in explosion near India-Pakistan border.

India set to count votes after marathon general elections.

North Korea says "biggest issue" in U.S. ties is impounded ship.

North Korea calls Joe Biden a 'Philistine' in latest invective.

Philippines: President Duterte's allies dominate Senate race.

Philippines' Duterte orders rubbish sent back to Canada.

AFRICA

Economic warfare plays out as Libyans battle for capital.

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli.

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia’s capital.

Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai.

Zimbabwe increases fuel prices as economic crisis deepens.

Gabon President Ali Bongo sacks vice president, forestry minister.

Dreams of Comoros oil boom hang on seismic survey.

EUROPE

Resignation calls grow as UK PM May's final Brexit gambit bombs.

Theresa May under pressure to resign over latest Brexit plan.

Europe holds "most important" EU vote.

Divided Britain heads to the polls for EU elections it was not meant to hold.

Austria's Kurz appoints technocrats after FPÖ leaves cabinet.

Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’.

British Steel collapses but will trade in administration.

AMERICAS

Pelosi tries to tamp down impeachment fervor among Democrats.

Justice Department to turn over some Mueller documents. House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents.

Donald Trump hosts Pacific leaders in historic White House meeting amid US-China tensions.

Mnuchin says more U.S. tariffs on China at least a month away.

Russian bombers, fighters intercepted off Alaska: US military.

Argentina: Fernández in court for first corruption trial.

Canada lawmakers in China to press for detainees' release.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released.

Officials dispute Mike Pompeo's claim that Iran is collaborating with Al Qaeda.

US commander confirms: al Qaeda operating ‘across’ Afghanistan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches.

China's big three airlines seek 737 MAX payouts from Boeing: reports.

Tariffs prompt US firms to rethink China business: survey.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2019

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Iran's influence with jihadist militias stretches across the Middle East and their domestic weapons capabilities pose a constant threat to US allies in the Persian Gulf

Daily Mail: How Iran can strike US targets in the Middle East: Missiles, sea mines, drones and battle-hardened jihadist militias stand ready throughout the region amid mounting tensions

* Iran can fire missiles at US warships, as well as deploy sea mines and submarine drones in the Persian Gulf
* Tehran can also call on thousands of battle-hardened jihadists in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan
* Their weapons at home and those with which they have armed the jihadists can devastate US targets
* US warships have sailed to the Gulf amid mounting tensions with Tehran over Washington's trade sanctions

Iran could deploy missiles, sea mines, drones and thousands of battle-hardened jihadist militias across the Middle East if Tehran's increased tensions with Washington descend into war.

Iranian sea mines pose a constant threat in the Gulf, while their missiles are capable of striking US warships and raining down chaos in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Gulf monarchies.

Across the blood-soaked deserts they have battle-hardened jihadists ready for war with American troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2019

Iran's reach puts U.S. forces, allies in striking range -- Reuters

Trump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked -- The Hill

US Aircraft Carrier Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Drill in Arabian Sea -- Sputnik

Pentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate -- The Hill

Ex-NATO commander: US in 'dangerous place' with Iran -- The Hill

Congress cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems -- UPI

Boeing Wins $164M Modification Deal to Upgrade F/A-18 Jets -- Yahoo finance

Trump taps Barbara Barrett, former Aerospace Corporation chairwoman, as next Air Force secretary -- Air Force Times

House Appropriators Take Aim at Some of the Pentagon’s Most Ambitious Tech Ideas -- Defense One

Democrats’ Pentagon budget bill would curb Trump’s war powers -- Defense News

Lawmakers bristle at new rules for sharing Pentagon information with Congress -- The Washington Post

House appropriators to Pentagon: Figure out an alternative to Space Force -- Defense News

Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs? -- Iain Boyd, Space.com

US troops, nonprofit trainers and a 'Lightning Brigade’ battle for Somalia -- Military Times

'I hate this PC Navy': Old salts dismayed by downfall of master chief over Pence 'strip club' quip -- Washington Examiner

Here’s how the Army is more ‘survivable’ in a war in the Pacific than air and naval forces -- Army Times

Russian warplanes intercepted off Alaska for 2nd day in a row -- CBS

US agrees to sell $600M in air-defense missiles to Japan and S. Korea -- Stars and Stripes

Angela Merkel inspects NATO troops in Germany -- DW

WATCH Bulgarian Defence Minister Wearing MiG-29 T-shirt Speak About US F-16 -- Sputnik

Turkish Troops Learning in Russia to Operate S-400 Despite US Threats - Minister -- Sputnik

US ultimatum unlikely to change Turkey’s position on S-400 deal, says Russian lawmaker -- TASS

Delivery of Russia's First Yasen-M Attack Submarine Pushed to 2020 -- The Diplomat

No More Aircraft Carrier for Russia? It Might Not Be a Bad Idea. -- David Axe, National Interest

Chinese military starts inspecting 2nd regiment set of S-400 systems for China’s army -- TASS

China to send defence minister to Singapore security conference as tensions with US rise -- SCMP

Long time coming: China’s defense minister to speak at Shangri-la Dialogue -- Defense News

India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile -- Sputnik

How Yemen’s rebels increasingly deploy drones -- Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press

Russia Is Rearming Its Light-Medium Armored Vehicles With 57mm Caliber Guns

© Ladislav Karpov/TASS

TASS: New 57mm caliber to help Russia’s armor securely strike foreign armored vehicles — expert

The 57mm munitions also boost the possibilities of fighting enemy air targets and manpower, the expert said

MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. Russia’s military hardware armed with 57mm caliber guns will securely strike modern and future foreign light-and medium-armored vehicles, Editor-in-Chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland journal Viktor Murakhovsky told TASS on Tuesday.

The 57mm munitions also boost the possibilities of fighting enemy air targets and manpower, he added.

Deputy CEO of the Russian engineering firm Tecmash (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) Alexander Kochkin told TASS earlier on Tuesday that Russia was considering rearming light-and medium-armored vehicles from their basic 30mm caliber to 57mm guns.

"Proceeding from the ballistic capabilities of these [57mm] munitions, especially their new types, they will securely pierce the front armor of foreign light-and medium armored vehicles at effective fire ranges," Murakhovsky said.

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Update: Russia’s top brass considers switching armor to 57mm caliber firepower (TASS)

WNU Editor: This is an admission that the basic 30mm caliber used by the Russian military is no longer effective against advanced foreign armoured vehicles.

Could Turkey Take Down The F-35 Program?

F-35

Michael Peck, National Interest: Could One of America's Allies Take Down the F-35 Program?

What does America need to save its troubled F-35 stealth fighter?

Turkey, that’s what.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan recently warned that the multinational F-35 program, of which Turkey is a member, would fail if Turkey were excluded. Turkey is facing sanctions, including being dropped from the F-35 program if it goes ahead with purchasing Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which has raised Washington’s fears that F-35 secrets might be leaked to Russia. The U.S. has stopped shipping equipment to Turkey for that nation’s planned purchase of 100 F-35s, while the first two aircraft officially delivered to Turkey are still in the United States.

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WNU Editor: Turkey .... when given the choice by the U.S. and NATO .... made the decision that Russia's S-400 anti-missile/aircraft platform is more important to their national security needs than the F-35. And while I can understand Turkey's position that they should be the ones to decide on what military systems they should buy, being in an alliance means making group decisions over an individual one. As for the decision to ban Turkey from buying the F-35 fighter jet .... it is going to cause production delays and it will increase the overall jet's cost. But this is all temporary. Alternative suppliers will be found, and the production of the fighter jet will recover. The big loser will be Turkey. Manufacturers do not want to invest and build a plant in a country or engage with a country's  manufacturers that may face future restrictions and bans. Bottom line. Turkey is going to regret this decision years from now.

Will This Laser System Be Able To Knock-Out Hypersonic Nuclear Missiles From The Sky?


Futurism: Raytheon Says Laser Weapon Will Blast Nuclear Missiles From Sky

Military technology company Raytheon is teasing plans to build a powerful laser weapon capable of shooting down hypersonic nuclear missiles.

A hypersonic missile is able to strike at several times the speed of sound. That’s too fast for conventional anti-missile technology, but on Monday Raytheon tweeted out an animated video showing a futuristic laser zapping hypersonic missiles out of the sky.

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Update: Raytheon discloses future lasers that can stop hypersonic missiles (Defense Blog)

WNU Editor: The problem has always been the same. Producing enough power on the ground so that a laser that can knock out a target from a far distance. Then you need the means to track and target your laser to do so. As long as that is not possible, such a system is more science-fiction than reality.

Indonesia Rocked By Post-Election Violence





BBC: Indonesia post-election protests leave six dead in Jakarta

Six people have been killed and 200 injured during mass rallies in Jakarta against the re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian police confirmed the death toll based on reports from hospitals. They said the cause of the deaths was being investigated.

The national police chief has denied his officers used live ammunition.

Social media has been restricted in some areas to stop rumours spreading.

"Some had gunshot wounds, some had blunt force wounds but we still need to clarify this," national police chief Tito Karnavian said, referring to the six dead, who are believed to have been killed overnight.

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More News On Post-Election Violence In Indonesia

Six die, protests swell as Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest -- Reuters
Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss -- FOX News/AP
Six dead, 200 injured in protests over Indonesia's election result -- CNN
Protests Over Indonesia's Election Results Have Turned Deadly -- Time

U.S. Air Force Rushing to Prepare Facilities To House Its B-21 Fleet


Warzone/The Drive: Major Expansion Underway At Edwards AFB Ahead Of B-21 Raider's Arrival

A big burst of construction has taken place since the New Year at Edwards AFB's South Base facility where the B-21 is slated to begin testing soon.

The B-21 Raider is coming to Edwards Air Force Base, when exactly remains unknown, but recent satellite imagery shows a number of new structures have been built over the last eight months at the historic installation's South Base facility. This is where the B-21 program, and potentially others that are part of a family of next-generation systems related to it, are set to be tested in the coming years.

This was the case as far back as 2011. During a visit to Edwards AFB at that time, I noticed the B-1B and B-52H bomber contingent had been relocated to the base's main apron after calling South Base home for decades. This move was done to accommodate classified programs including the B-21. The B-2 test contingent at the base will presumably continue its life-long tenancy at South Base, as well.

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WNU Editor: There is also a push to build more bombers than originally planned .... The Air Force Needs 20 B-2 Bombers, 75 B-52 and 288 B-21 Stealth Bombers (National Interest).

U.S. Air Force F-22s Intercept Four Russian Bombers Near Alaska


FOX News: Russian 'bear' bombers intercepted near Alaska for second time in two days

Russian “Bear” bombers flew near Alaska under fighter escort for the second time in two days.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said that it had to scramble two pair of U.S. F-22 fighter jets to intercept the Russian formation on Tuesday.

“The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time entered U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace,” NORAD said in a statement posted on social media.

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More News On U.S. Air Force F-22s Intercepting Four Russian Bombers Near Alaska

F-22 stealth fighters intercept Russian strategic bombers probing US air defenses near Alaskan airspace -- Daily Mail
F-22s intercept Russian fighters, bombers off Alaska -- Air Force Times
US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska -- CNN
US Military: Russian Bombers, Fighters Intercepted off Alaska -- VOA/AFP
US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted 4 Russian bombers testing US air defenses near Alaska -- Business Insider
Four Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers perform observation flight over Alaska coast -- TASS

U.S. Considering Banning Top Chinese Surveillance CCTV Manufacturers Hikvision, Dahua, And Others

Surveillance cameras in front of the giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in September 2009. China is increasingly monitoring on citizens' behavior. Jason Lee/Reuters

Reuters: After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm: media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed.

The restrictions would limit Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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WNU Editor: To the Chinese this is a multi-billion industry when it comes to the U.S.. This is going to hurt. On a personal note, I have used Hikivision cameras, it is an excellent product when it comes to quality and price.

More News On The U.S. Banning Top Chinese Surveillance CCTV Manufacturers

Trump Administration Could Blacklist China’s Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm -- The New York Times
U.S. Weighs Blacklisting Up to Five Chinese Surveillance Firms -- Bloomberg
US 'could blacklist' Chinese surveillance kit firm Hikvision -- The Guardian
Xinjiang: U.S. May Blacklist China's Largest Surveillance Technology Companies (Updated) -- Forbes
Top Chinese CCTV manufacturers Hikvision & Dahua named as next US blacklist targets – reports -- RT