Tag: Military

North Korea Makes Apparent Progress With Midrange Missile

North Korea took a significant step Wednesday in the development of a powerful ballistic missile intended to reach U.S. bases in the Pacific, launching one of the weapons about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) high after five failed attempts in recent months.   The North’s suspected Musudan tests worry Washington and its allies, Tokyo and Seoul, […]

Jordanian troops killed in bomb attack at Syria border

Six Jordanian security personnel have been killed in a suicide truck bomb attack near a makeshift refugee camp on the border with Syria, officials say. The attack took place at about 05:30 (02:30 GMT) in the remote Rukban area. Hours later, Jordan declared its northern and north-eastern borders would become closed military zones. It is […]

New US-Israel 10-year military aid deal said to be ‘very close’

WASHINGTON – A new decade-long US defense package to Israel worth billions is “very close” to completion, a senior Israeli official in Washington told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.   Speaking following high-level defense meetings between the two governments, the official said Israel hopes to wrap up negotiations as quickly as possible – and brushed […]

Israel wants to sign US aid deal before Obama departs

Key voices inside the government are arguing it is in Israel’s interests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to govern US military aid for the next decade while President Barack Obama is in office, as a way of locking in support for the deal from wider swaths of the American public.   According to this […]

South Korea sends military boats to repel Chinese fishermen

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea sent military vessels to repel Chinese fishing boats that were illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near the disputed sea boundary between the Koreas before the fishermen retreated Friday, South Korean officials said.   Four naval and marine boats entered neutral waters around South Korea’s Ganghwa island to chase […]

China Is Planning a Massive Sea Lab 10,000 Feet Underwater

China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic “space station” would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according […]

Chinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday.   Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a “routine patrol” in international airspace on May 17 when “two tactical aircraft from the People’s Republic of China” intercepted […]

Venezuela’s military is terrifying people

A week ago residents of the poorer barrios of Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, woke up to find soldiers everywhere.   Dressed in black helmets, military fatigues, and bulletproof jackets, a fleet of soldiers on 400 motorcycles flew through narrow, crumbling, streets while being supported by trucks and two helicopters.   They set up street checkpoints and […]

Disagreements slow Pentagon’s plan to allow transgender service members

Months before Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon would take steps toward allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, Army Staff Sgt. Patricia King last year became what she believes is the first openly transgender member of the infantry.   While official Pentagon policy still forbids openly transgender personnel, her commanders have […]

PressTV-Russia to test massive ‘Satan’ N-missile

Russia is preparing to start test-firing a highly powerful nuclear missile, which is said to be capable of destroying an entire country in seconds, a report says.   Russia’s Zvezda TV channel reported on Tuesday that the RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2, will replace Soviet-era R-36M missiles, which NATO military experts had nicknamed “Satan.” […]