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Training The Man on Horseback: The Connection Between U.S. Training And Military Coups

It may seem heartening that then-Central Command’s Gen. James Mattis’s famous quip, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition,” is reflected, less pithily, in the writings of the chief of staff of the Middle East’s largest military. While a student at the U.S. Army War College in […]

Lebanon Eyes Syria’s Post-War Reconstruction

The port of Tripoli in Lebanon wants the world to know it’s ready for business. British safety managers are training local hires to operate heavy machinery and Chinese technicians are running diagnostics on two new container cranes that tower over the harbor, just 28 kilometers from the Syrian border. After six years of civil war […]

Trump Elevates US Cyber Command To Independent Status

President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to elevate the status of the United States Cyber Command to a unified combatant command in its own right, and said his administration is considering separating it from the National Security Agency. The newly revamped Cyber Command will “help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by […]

Beijing Leads From Behind in Syria – Editorial

Muqtada al-Sadr is up to something. In 2004 occupied Iraq, the nationalist leader who later engineered the Sadrist movement was even demonized as America’s number one enemy – briefly dethroning Osama bin Laden. Now, he’s being painted – by the usual Wahhabi-coddling suspects – as some sort of Reconciliatory. Last month, al-Sadr flew to Jeddah […]

Turkey To Boost Military Cooperation With Iran

Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week between the Iranian armed forces chief of staff and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday. Erdogan, his defense minister and military chief of staff met Iranian General Mohammad Bagheri on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first […]

Fracking Giant Sues PA Resident For $5M For Speaking To Media About Contamination

Ever since the dangerous consequences of natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing – popularly known as “fracking” — entered the national consciousness, the small town of Dimock, Pennsylvania has arguably been “ground zero” for water contamination caused by the controversial practice. Now Cabot Oil & Gas, the massive energy company responsible for numerous fracking wells […]

Libya: Khalifa Haftar Ally Mahmoud Al-Werfalli Arrested

A senior Libyan military commander allied with Khalifa Haftar and suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in eastern Benghazi has been arrested. The general command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) – the force that controls most of eastern Libya, including key oil ports – said on Thursday that Mahmoud al-Werfalli was […]

Drones Reveal Egg Factory “Farms” – Video

They want you to think eggs come from farms. But our drones revealed the disturbing truth.

Chinese Energy Conglomerate Begins Talk to Buy Rosneft Shares

A Chinese energy conglomerate is in early talks to buy a stake in Russian energy giant Rosneft, according to exclusive sources who spoke to Reuters. Senior executives at both firms have begun negotiations regarding a deal, the sources told the news agency. Already, CEFC China Energy chairman Ye Jianmin and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin have […]

Official Investigation Into Ukraine’s ‘Harmful’ US Election Meddling Begins

Andrei Derkach, a Ukrainian member of parliament has demanded a criminal investigation into “illegal interference” by President Petro Poroshenko’s government in the 2016 US Presidential election, claiming the interference has “seriously damaged Ukrainian-American relations.” In a letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, the independent MP requested authorities launch a pretrial investigation into potential meddling in the […]

Lebanon Army Discovers US-Made Weapons Cache Left By Nusra Terrorists

The Lebanese army has discovered a weapons cache left behind by defeated militants from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the northeast of the country. The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA), citing an unnamed official from Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security, reported on Friday that a patrol of […]

Secret Chips In Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone’s Security

People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device. The concern arises from research that shows how replacement screens—one put into a Huawei Nexus 6P and the other into […]

Syria: As the War Continues, WMD Lies Linger – Editorial

Despite the now historical lies exposed in the wake of the devastating US invasion and occupation of Iraq beginning in 2003, the United States has attempted to use similar lies regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) repeatedly as a pretext for similar wars including in neighboring Syria. military aggression carried out by the US – […]

Georgia Thwarts EU Engagement with Abkhazia

Two years ago, the European Union commissioned a senior diplomat to write the first-ever comprehensive report on human rights in Abkhazia. The report was envisaged by the EU as a significant step forward in its efforts to increase its influence in the territory, where Russia dominates. But after the Georgian government objected to the way […]

Iranian Kurdish Fighters Step Up Clashes Ahead of KRG Independence Vote

Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in Iraqi Kurdistan appear to have stepped up their armed activities inside Iran in recent weeks, undermining the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) efforts to promote its upcoming independence referendum as a peaceful development. Iranian Kurdish fighters based in Iraq have repeatedly crossed the border into Iran and engaged in numerous […]