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After Turkey showed public support for the Ukraine, Russia slapped flight restrictions on the country effective from April 15th to June 1st, 2021. Although Russia is using the excuse that it's due to a rise in COVID cases, there is a suspicion that the real reason behind the restrictions are due to Turkey's show of support of the Ukraine.
The largest amount of tourists that come into Turkey comes from Russia, giving them four to five billion dollars a year revenue so restrictions put a large damper on Turkey's economy.
The United States is about to arm the Taiwan navy with the latest US manufactured Phalanx self defense close in weapon system, or CIWS which will be placed on Taiwan's warships to defend against Chinese incursions.
The United States notified Taiwan of the delivery of 13 CIWS systems and the Taiwan navy is set to receive them between June and July of 2021, replacing the old Block 1S versions.
The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) AKA "R2-D2" defends ships from threats posed by small boats, surface torpedoes and anti-ship missiles. The Block 1B variant fires 4,500 20mm rounds per minute. This is a live fire exercise on USS Bataan (LHD-5). #FirepowerFriday pic.twitter.com/M7ioD2E8Kd— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) March 12, 2021
The CIWS has the capability of deploying either missiles or guns, or use a combination of both guns and missiles and is designed to both detect and obliterate short range missiles and aircraft.
Vietnam has sent their Quang Trung frigate to the Spratly islands after China sends hundreds of 'fishing boats' that were not carrying out fishing activities and are suspected of carrying Chinese militia into the disputed territory. Vietnam says that their combat preparations are the 'highest level'.
deployment of the Quang Trung frigate of the Cheetah-3.9 project of the Vietnamese Navy in the area of the disputed islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea. April 3, 2021. pic.twitter.com/Tc2jNmGL72— Asia.India-Defense (@Xia257) April 8, 2021
The South China sea has been a buzz with activity as carrier strike groups from both China and the United States face each other off, as well as the Philippine navy patrolling their territory. Since Vietnam has a claim in the area, it's no wonder that they too want to flex their muscles in the disputed waters.
Hanoi's Ministry Of Foreign Affairs stated "activities of Chinese ships seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty". Vietnam's national television broadcaster reported "On the Spratly Islands, combat preparations are at the highest levels"
In recent Chinese aggression, Chinese type 022 fast attack Catamaran missile warships gave chase to a boat carrying a Philippine news crew and blocked it from the Thomas Shoal.
United States European Command continues to be on high alert due to Russian tanks, missile launchers and roughly 85,000 soldiers currently having surrounded the Ukrainian border.
The number of Russian troops now stationed on the Ukranian border now vastly exceeds the number that has ever been there since the beginning of the Ukranian/Russian conflict in 2014.
Satellite photos show large Russian bases and artillery batteries in the Voronezh province, as well as the Krasnodar province east of Donbass. 2S4 self propelled mortars, nicknamed "City Destroyer" that can fire missiles were also potted on a train headed to the border and are the largest mortar systems in the world.
India is upset and lodging complaints about the USS John Paul Jones carrying out "Freedom Of Navigation" patrols in its exclusive economic zone without asking or notifying them first.
The US 7th Fleet had stated that the Paul Jones "asserted navigational rights and freedoms approximately 130 nautical miles west of the Lakshadweep Islands, inside India's exclusive economic zone, without requesting India's prior consent, consistent with international law."
The US 7th Fleet also stated that India requiring countries to obtain permission for operations in its exclusive economic zone is "inconsistent with international law", also stating that the US "Will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows".
On Friday Russia stated that they fear that they may be forced to resume a full scale attack on the Ukraine to protect Russian civilians living in the region.
While Russia continues to build up military forces, tanks and artillery on the Ukraine border, and is reportedly even currently building a large base within 100 miles of the border, Putin blames Ukraine for "dangerous provocative actions" in the region.
According to Russia, the Ukraine has forced Russia's hand to increase military assets to secure the border because the Ukraine is planning an attack on rebels in the east.
The Ukraine and western countries accuse Russia of supplying eastern rebels with soldiers and weaponry, accusations that have been denied profusely by Russia.
Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov stated "The Kremlin has fears that a civil war could resume in Ukraine. And if a civil war, a full-scale military action, resumes near our borders that would threaten the Russian Federation’s security. The ongoing escalation of tensions is quite unprecedented."
Senior Russian official stated on Thursday that Russia might be forced to engage in combat in Eastern Ukraine to defend its citizens in the region, stating that military action on Russia's part would end the Ukraine as a country.
Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration said "I support the assessment that the start of military action, this would be the beginning of the end of Ukraine"
When Kozak was asked if Russia would come to the aid of its citizens in Ukraine, he replied "It all depends on the scale of the fire. If there is, as our president says, Srebrenica, apparently we will have to step in to defend [them]."
Russian president Vladimir Putin accuses Kyiv of actions in Eastern Ukraine meant to provoke Russia, and further inflame the situation.
The United States has responded to the Ukraine's request to join NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization urging for deep reforms that meet Western standards to be eligible to join the organization.
United States State Department spokesman Ned Price said "This administration is committed to ensuring that NATO's door remains open to aspirants when they are able to meet the commitments and obligations of membership and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We stand by the right of each sovereign country to choose for itself whether it joins any treaty or alliance, and, of course, that does include NATO, to that end we continue to urge the Government of Ukraine to implement the deep, comprehensive, and timely reforms necessary to build a more stable, democratic, prosperous, and free country."
Ned price continued on to say "We support Ukraine's efforts to advance the rule of law. We support reforms and economic growth, and we, of course, continue to support our partner Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression. Again, we are fully supportive and affirm NATO's open door policy, and we continue to look forward to working closely with Ukraine on all of these reforms that are in train."
Russia has stated that it will keep military forces, tanks and artillery near the Ukraine border for "As long as it sees fit" and warns of taking possible measures if necessary.
When asked about removing forces from the border, Russian Security Council secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, said "We don’t have such plans, no. However, we are closely watching the situation. Concrete measures will be taken depending on how it develops" during an interview with the Kommersant agency.
The Ukraine has called on NATO to start the process of allowing the Ukraine into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which lead to an outcry from Russia who strongly opposes Ukrainian membership to the organization.
Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked on Wednesday how long Russia will keep forces near the Ukraine, to which he responded "Russia's armed forces are on Russian territory in the places it considers necessary and appropriate, and they will stay there for as long as our military leadership and supreme commander consider it appropriate"
Russia deploys the dreaded and feared Poseidon 2M39 nuclear "Doomsday Torpedo" with a blast yield of 2–100 megatons to the arctic. The "Doomsday Device" reportedly has the ability to trigger radioactive tsunamis when detonated on the sea floor.
Moving along the ocean floor would give the Poseidon the ability to potentially evade modern radar detection and defense systems currently in place, and create toxic, radioactive tsunamis capable of overwhelming a target in preparation for further attacks.
The Poseidon is more than six feet in diameter and 65 feet long with a weight of about 100 tons and is the largest torpedo ever created. It can only be launched from a specialized submarine.
Christopher Ford, previous US assistant Secretary Of State for international security and non-proliferation stated that the Poseidon was created to "inundate US coastal cities with radioactive tsunamis."
United States Theodore Roosevelt carrier group now operating once again in the South China sea as United States Navy presence, in light of the latest tensions in the Pacific grows considerably in the region.
Carrier group strike 9 commander Rear Admiral. Doug Verissimo stated "Over the course of the strike group’s deployment, we have demonstrated our commitment to the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region by operating with our friends from Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.We look forward to continuing to sail together with all those that embrace our collective vision of security and stability in one of the most important regions in the world."
The Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group was operating in the South China Sea in February, 2020 and then set back out to the South China sea December 2020, for the second time in the same year.
Type 055 stealth-guided missile destroyer Nanchang joins Chinese carrier group which increases the carrier group's lethal force incredibly.
The carrier group, which includes the Chinese aircraft carrier, Liaoning was spotted between Okinawa and Miyako Island and heading toward the Pacific on Saturday, the first time Liaoning has passed the location since April of last year
When the carrier group was passing Okinawa, Japan sent out their JS Suzutsuki destroyer, a patrol aircraft and an anti submarine P-3C patrol craft to investigate.
As tensions in the Pacific continue to rise, aircraft carrier groups and patrol groups have also been on the rise in the region from all sides.
Biden's Department Of Homeland Security put out a press release stating that two suspected Yemeni terrorists were caught at the Mexican border trying to get into the United States, but then deleted the report less than 24 hours later.
This action has caused people to question the 'transparency' of the Biden administration. Transparency which was promised during Biden's presidential campaign, as well as after Biden took office.
.@DHSgov & @CBP Why did you take down your previously public tweet & press release announcing that two people on the terror watch list were apprehended exploiting President Biden's open border policies?— House Homeland GOP (@HomelandGOP) April 6, 2021
Transparency in name alone is not transparency. https://t.co/6SONcvlwAa
Taiwan says it might shoot down Chinese drones that have been spotted circling the Taipei Pratas Islands if they get too close which would increase tensions by a huge factor.
The Chinese drones have been circling the Pratas islands, but thus far have not flown directly over them or entered Taiwan's restricted zone directly.
240mm self propelled, nuclear capable capable 2S4 mortars being loaded onto trains in Russia, presumably headed for the Ukrainian border.
Allegedly footage from Russian military equipment amassed on Crimea pic.twitter.com/p2nxYmKrCK— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) April 7, 2021
Russia has announced a massive amount of military drills for the month of April in the midst of ever growing tensions between Russia and the Ukraine and a huge military personnel and asset buildup on the Ukrainian border.
Russia's announcement included over 4,000 military drills and exercises for the month of April. This on the heels of Ukraine's plea to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO and for increased NATO presence in the Black Sea.
The Ukraine is calling on NATO wanting to join the West's military alliance during a time when Russia is amassing troops, tanks and other military assets on Ukraine's border in Donbass, in what looks like preparation for conflict.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated that "NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbass" in a phone call with Secretary General Of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
Zelenskiy also called for an increased military presence in the Black Sea region and expressed "serious concern about Russia’s military activities in and around Ukraine & ongoing ceasefire violations".
Russia has conducted its first ever long range cruise missile test in the Pacific with 3M54-1 Kalibr cruise missiles, firing long range missiles at targets on the ground in the Sea Of Japan, a target more than 621 miles away.
This gives Russia a newfound ability to equip their warships with long range missiles capable of hitting ground targets in the Pacific from long distances, giving them an edge in the Pacific.
The Russian Military stated "Today, the Pacific Fleet frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov for the first time launched the Kalibr cruise missile on a ground target from the waters of the Sea of Japan"
U.S. State Department has stated that they are unswayed by the explanations Russia gave for the troop and military asset buildup on the Ukraine border after high level talks between the United States and Russia.
The U.S. State Department said "We’ve asked Russia for an explanation of these provocations, but most importantly, what we have signaled directly with our Ukrainian partners is a message of reassurance, We stand by Kyiv. We stand by our partner Ukraine in the face of this intimidation and aggression."
The U.S. says they strongly object to the troop and military asset buildup on the Ukraine border and are calling it a "cause for concern". Also saying "The United States would certainly be concerned by any effort on the part of Moscow, whether it is within Russian territory, or within sovereign Ukraine, to intimidate our partner, Ukraine."
China sent a carrier strike group through the Miyako Strait in the weekend, by Okinawa which included one of their most powerful 055 Renhai-class aircraft carriers with five warships escorting it.
The 055 Renhai-class aircraft carrier is capable of launching long range cruise missiles as well as anti-ship missiles. The carrier strike group is believed to be a message to the United States and Japan allies about China's capabilities and growing presence in the region.
Japan has responded by sending a destroyer and patrol aircraft to gather intelligence on the Chinese carrier strike group. China's newly established 'coastguard law' allows China to fire on foreign vessels.
The Philippine Defense Chief says that China is intending to occupy more areas of the South China/West Philippine sea after structures built by China were found by the Philippine Navy after China's incursion with over 200 'fishing boats' the Philippines believe were filled with Chinese militia.
The Philippine Defense Chief gave reference to the continued presence in the South China/West Philippine sea, as well as the illegal Chinese structures found in Philippine waters as indication that the Chinese are looking to occupy more territory in the region.
China had stated that the vessels were merely fishing vessels taking shelter from bad weather, but the Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pointed out that the weather has been good, stating "I am no fool. The weather has been good so far, so they have no reason to stay there".
In response to the comment by the Chinese that the vessels were fishing, the Philippines noted that none of the vessels appeared to be fishing at all.
NATO and the Ukraine are planning military drills ahead of an expected conflict between the Ukraine and Russia as Russian soldiers and military assets continue piling up on the Ukraine border.
Biden has pledged "Unwavering Support" to the Ukraine in talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who stated: "We discussed the situation in Donbass in detail, President Biden assured me that Ukraine will never be left alone against Russia’s aggression."
The European Union accuses Russia of conscripting Ukrainians from Crimea into the Russian military, violating international law during a time when the Russians are amassing troops and military assets around the border with the Ukraine.
Russia began conscripting (Mandatory drafting into their army) of soldiers from the Ukraine into their army April 1st, 2021. This would mean forcing Ukrainians to kill fellow Ukrainians during increasing fighting on the Ukrainian/Russian border.
On a conference call with the United States, Russia stated that the troop buildup of over 4,000 Russian soldiers, tanks and other military assets that were being deployed to Crimea were for defensive purposes only and pose no threat to the Ukraine. This while Russia has continually violated the ceasefire agreement with the Ukraine to an increasing degree recently.
Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated "Russia's destabilizing actions undermine the de-escalation intentions that had been achieved through (the agreement last year), additionally, we are aware of Ukrainian military reports concerning Russian troop movements on Ukraine's borders."
A United States Defense Official stated that it is not clear what they are up to and that the military buildup may be a show of strength on Russia's part as a message to the Biden administration about what Russia is capable of.
The United States has pledged full support to the Ukraine after tensions between the Ukraine and Russia began escalating in what the United States calls "Destabilizing actions" by Russia. Last week Russian mortars in the region claimed the lives of four Ukrainian soldiers.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke of concerns that the White House has regarding security in the Ukraine over the phone with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, as well as new Russian troop movements and buildup of troops around the border that violate the ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine.
The alert level has been raised for the United States European Command due to increased fighting at the Ukraine & Russian border and a large buildup of Russian forces on the Ukraine border, which is being called a "Potential imminent crisis".
The Russian forces were initially at the border for what Russia called "Military Drills" but left troops there after the drills were ended, which has been a Russian tactic for escalating conflicts in the past. After a recent tense exchanges with the United States, it is thought that Russia may be testing Biden to see if he will come to the aid of the Ukraine if hostilities in the area were to flare up.
Ukraine has also withdrawn from their tourism agreement with Russia that was signed into effect in 1999, after also stating earlier in the day that it was banning wheat, sunflower oil, rye and other non-food products from Russia as tensions escalate.
Long range Houthi drone attacks on Saudi Arabia oil facilities have increased since the Houthis have now added new, longer range drones to their weapon arsenal.
The United States is set to hold classified war games this summer to simulate a conflict on a global scale with Russia and China, including simulated cyberattacks, Russian advance in the Baltics, an Arctic confrontation with Russia and scenarios involving the South China sea and a full scale invasion on Taiwan.
With the current ever rising tensions between the west and Russia/China and the recent cyberattacks from Russia, it is no surprise that the United States military should be preparing for worst case scenarios with simulated training programs.
Satellite photos of the North Korean Sinpo shipyard suggest that the country is working towards launching a new submarine with the ability to fire ballistic missiles.
The photos show that a shipyard with a floating dry dock capable of launching a submarine has been moved just days after multiple short range ballistic missile tests were carried out by North Korea.
Two Russian Tu-142 Bear-F reconnaissance and anti-Submarine aircraft have been intercepted near UK airspace. Typhoon jets were scrambled From RAF Lossiemouth to intercept the Russian planes and 'dissuade them from operating near the UK'.
One of the mission pilots stated "we were informed by our Nato colleagues of two suspected Russian aircraft approaching our area of interest. We were scrambled and intercepted two Russian Tu-142 Bear-F operating near the UK, remaining on task to dissuade them from operating in the area."
Over 100 dead, including men, women and children as Myanmar military jets bomb a village and kill indiscriminately.
Following the Philippines announcement of 'sovereignty patrols' in the West Philippine sea after China's incursion with over 200 'fishing boats' believed to be filled with Chinese militia, China has now stated they will further increase military operations in the area, conducting a military drill on Monday.
This just days after China threatened Taiwan with an incursion into their airspace of 20 nuclear capable bombers and fighter jets. This new stance on military drills shows that China may be threatening further escalation if the Philippines or United States respond directly to China's latest aggression.
The United States has signed a U.S/Taiwan coastguard agreement, an agreement designed to increase cooperation between the United States and Taiwan amidst the latest Chinese incursions into Taiwan airspace, the latest which included at least 20 nuclear capable bombers and military jets.
The agreement, which was stated to "improve communications, build cooperation, and share information" has infuriated China, who began quickly denouncing the agreement between the two countries.
U.S. Navy Adm. John Aquilino has stated that an invasion of Taiwan is at the top of China's priority list and could happen 'sooner than we may realize'.
At a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Aquilino stated "They view it as their number one priority", and "The rejuvenation of the Chinese Communist Party is at stake."
A total of twenty Chinese military aircraft entered into Taiwan's ADIZ zone Friday, the largest incursion yet since the Chinese begin bombarding Taiwan's ADIZ zone with intrusions.
Taiwan gave a warning to the Chinese aircraft via radio. Four of the Chinese aircraft were nuclear capable bombers, along with fighter jets. China has not commented about the incident however and thus far chooses to remain silent on the matter.
After Biden largely ignored the first two missiles fired by North Korea, North Korea has fired two more short ranged ballistic missiles into the sea of Japan.
This time around Biden replied with "Let me say that, number one, U.N. Resolution 1718 was violated by those particular missiles that were tested -- number one, We're consulting with our allies and partners and there will be responses if they choose to escalate. We will respond accordingly."
The Philippines have sent out patrol ships to patrol the West Philippine Sea, which is called the South China sea by China after China sent over 200 'fishing vessels' to the waters many believe are filled with Chinese militia. The 'fishing boats' have not been observed to be fishing at all. China responded with that they do not understand the irritation towards the fleet of vessels being in the area.
The Philippines have asked that the ships leave the Philippine territory, however China has not complied and has kept their fleet of vessels in the area in defiance, instead insisting that they own the disputed waters and have a right to be there.
A missile attack was carried out on a United States military base in the Conoco gas field in a Syrian province in eastern Deir ez-Zor. Some injuries on U.S. forces have been reported but no known deaths.
Another attack was carried out on the U.S. military base in Conoco back in August of 2020, during which time the base was hit by a similar rocket attack carried out by "The Popular Resistance Of The Eastern Region", a group created for the purpose of fighting American troops in the region.
Two Chinese fighter jets have breached Taiwan's air defense identification zone, causing Taiwan to scramble their jets and deploy their air missile defense systems to track the two jets.
So far Chinese planes have breached Taiwan's ADIZ zone 12 times in the month of March alone, on the following dates: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 20th, and March 22nd.
These tactics are called gray zone tactics, which are defined as: "an effort or series of efforts beyond steady-state deterrence and assurance that attempts to achieve one’s security objectives without resort to direct and sizable use of force."
Over 200 Chinese 'Fishing' ships have entered disputed territorial waters in violating of the Philippine's maritime rights. The Philippine government has stated that the ships don't appear to be engaging in any fishing activities and are believed to be filled with Chinese militia.
The Philippine government stated: "We call on the Chinese to stop this incursion and immediately recall these boats violating our maritime rights and encroaching into our sovereign territory."
Iran has threatened to attack the Fort McNair army base in Washington D.C. as well as threats against the Army's vice chief of staff and two intelligence personnel.
Intelligence intercepted in January found that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard talked about carrying out "USS Cole-style attacks" on Fort McNair. They also talked about infiltrating the base and carrying out surveillance within the compound.
China's new type 055 Renhai class destroyer has been spotted in Tsushima strait, near Japan headed for the sea of Japan. This is just days after the United States and Japan released the 2+2 joint ministers statement that angered China, which states that "China's behavior, where inconsistent with the existing international order, presents political, economic, military and technological challenges."
The type 055 Renhai class ship is a guided missile destroyer and it is the first time Japan's defense force has spotted a type 055, one of the world's most powerful warships in the area.
China has been increasing their military exercises and threats over the last couple of months, building duplicates of military facilities within Taiwan to train their soldiers to attack them, as well as carrying out a barrage of military drills near Taiwan airspace.
The Chinese are sending a seemingly endless amount of drones and military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense zone in an attempt to wear the Taiwan military down psychologically.
Chinese military activities increased dramatically after Biden was elected, however Biden has stated that he is "rock solid" committed to Taiwan.
After Biden called Russian President, Vladimir Putin a "Killer without a soul" Putin invited Biden to have a conversation with him with one caveat, it had to be broadcast live with no delays .
The Biden administration has responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin. U.S. press secretary Jen Psaki responded with: "I don’t have anything to report to you in terms of a future meeting. The president will, of course, be in Georgia tomorrow and quite busy."
Reporters then asked if Biden felt regret for the remarks he made to Putin, to which the press secretary said "Nope. The president gave a direct answer to a direct question".
The Kremlin stated that Putin by offering to speak to Biden over the phone, he was attempting to keep relations between the United States and Russia from completely coming undone over a few "Very bad" remarks. Russia says they will still work with the U.S. if it lines up with Russian interests.
Amid increasing tension and rivalry with the United States, China is increasing its number of underground ICBM silos, building more silos in the north for missiles that have a range of 10,000 to 14,000 kilometers, which is more than enough distance to reach targets within the United States.
The silos, which are located in Jilantai are kilometers apart so that it would be impossible to be taken out by one nuclear device. Currently the United States has: 450 active silos, Russia has 130 active silos and China only has between 18 and 20 active silos.
The Indo-Pacific Command is asking congress for the funds to build a missile defense base in the Pacific to counter the growing Chinese threat in the Pacific.
The new missile defense base will cost about $98 million and would include an air and missile defense system on guam to track and destroy enemy missiles in the air before they reach their targets, and ground missiles that have a reach of up to 310 miles.
Lloyd Austin, U.S. Defense Secretary has told North Korea that U.S. forces are "Ready to fight tonight" in reply to North Korea's threats of action regarding the U.S. carrying out joint military exercises with South Korea.
The North Korean president's sister recently warned the United States to "Refrain from causing a stink" and "Trying hard to give off a powder smell in our land", as well as the statement "If it wants to sleep in peace for coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step."
After Biden called Russian President, Vladimir Putin a "Killer that has no soul" Putin responded with an offer for live broadcast public talks with the U.S. President.
As for the 'killer' comment, Putin responded with "It takes one to know one." and Putin's spokesperson said "It is clear that he does not want to get the relationship with our country back on track".
The United States has carried out airstrikes on Taliban forces in Kabul, Afghanistan after attacks by insurgents hit Afghan forces. Meanwhile, Biden is deciding whether or not to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan by next month, which would most certainly cause key cities in Afghanistan to be taken over by insurgents.
Between 2,500 and 3,500 U.S. troops are currently still stationed in Afghanistan, far less than the previous 13,000 U.S. forces that were stationed in Afghanistan a year ago.
After the UK set to increase their nuclear stockpile from 225 warheads to 260, they changed their policy on using nuclear weapons and reserved the right to use weapons of mass destruction against "emerging technologies".
Emerging technologies are any kind of technology that has a comparable effect to biological, chemical or nuclear weapons. The UK also reserve the right to use weapons of mass destruction against anyone who uses weapons of mass destruction against the UK.
The increase of their nuclear weapon stockpile is the first time since the cold war that there's been an increase. They were set to scale down their stockpile in the next few years, but that has been canceled in favor of increasing their stockpile.
While it doesn't say directly whether cyber attacks are included in the 'emerging technologies' category, some British newspapers have reported that cyber attacks are. The government of the United Kingdom has not clarified whether that is the case or not and remains silent on the issue.
Both Russia and Iran have admonished the UK for increasing their stockpile, calling them hypocrites for being concerned about Iran developing a nuclear weapon while claiming that the UK is causing international instability.
The United States has issued a warning to China that it will begin to sanction oil shipments from Iran after shipments of Iranian oil to Beijing have skyrocketed in the last few months. Biden informed Beijing that he will enact Trump era sanctions on the Iranian oil shipments.
Trump era sanctions have been a devastation on Iran's economy, but after Biden was elected many overseas companies relaxed and were no longer worried about sanctions.
U.S. Southern command chief says that Russia and China are working together against U.S. interests in Central America.
Examples of how China and Russia have been working to undermine the U.S. in Central America he says is "Multiple port deals, loans for political coverage, vaccine diplomacy that undermines sovereignty, state surveillance I.T., and the exploitation of resources such as illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing."
Russia and China are also quickly putting together economic networks in the region and infrastructure projects to "further their interests in economic dominance".
The commander of NORTHCOM and NORAD have responded to the threats by North Korea for joint exercises planned with South Korea. The commander replied that American forces are ready to "protect the homeland".
Biden has vowed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will 'Pay a price' for alleged election meddling in the 2020 presidential elections. When asked what the price will be, Biden responded with "You will see shortly" also stating that the Russian leader is a killer and does not have a soul.
Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by summoning the Russian ambassador back to Moscow to talk about what the future holds for U.S. and Russian relations.
The coalition lead by the Saudi's have destroyed a boat laden with explosives near the Temeni Port Of Salif. Saudi Arabia has stated that the Iranian backed Houthi "continue to threaten maritime traffic and international trade."
In Mozambique, militants of an Islamist insurgency that have killed nearly 3,000 people are beheading children as young as eleven years old. Since 2020 the insurgency has escalated violence against the military to capture and hold strategic towns and locations.
The United States has stated that they will train Mozambican marines for two months and give medical aid and communications equipment to help the military combat the insurgency.
North Korean President Kim Jon Un's sister gave a warning to the United States after a long blackout in communication where North Korea was ignoring Biden's calls.
Kim Yo Jong warned the United States to scrap joint military exercises with South Korea if "it wants a good night's sleep for the next four years". She also said that they will be keeping an eye on South Korea's attitude and behavior, and if they become more provocative, North Korea will take 'exceptional' measures.
North Korea has been ignoring all attempts from the Biden administration of communication to ease escalating tensions and give up their nuclear weapons.
A Houthi missile strike in Yemen's Taiz has killed 15 soldiers and three children. Two brothers and one of their relatives were in the area during the time the strike occurred and were killed.
Another Houthi missile has caused 5 people injuries from shrapnel in Jazan, in Saudi Arabia. The injured included three Saudi citizens and two Yemeni citizens.
Houthi drone strikes laden with explosives have greatly increased as the conflict continues to escalate in the region as Iran continues to supply the Houthi with weapons and military support.
Chairman Of China's Central Military Commission says that "War with the U.S. is inevitable" which is the first time that China has ever stated that publicly.
With China having over 7,000 tanks and 3,000 combat vehicles, the U.S. military is emphasizing their need for more combat vehicles of their own if they are going to win a Pacific land battle with China.
A top U.S. Admiral has stated that with China ramping up aggression in the South Pacific Sea, the marines need more funding for missiles that can target Chinese ships after the budget for the U.S. marines was recently cut by millions of dollars.
The Marine corps initially asked the U.S. government for $125 million to purchase Tomahawk missiles that could be launched on land and target Chinese ships but their request was turned down and they did not get the funding that they were asking for.
A French frigate warship docked in a Vietnam port, one of many nations globally facing down China amid tensions in the West Philippine sea. U.S. warships are also routinely patrolling the West Philippine sea in an effort to deter China from further aggression in the area.
Later this year the nations of France, United Kingdom and Germany are all scheduled to send ships to patrol the West Philippine sea to further quell aggression and over reaching by China in the area.
Bolivian Ex president, Jeanine Anez has been arrested for allegedly being involved in a coup in 2019.
Bolivia's socialist party took over power in 2020 and looking to arrest many officials that were involved in Anez's administration, along with military and police who were involved in the alleged coup.
The situation in Myanmar is getting worse by the day since the military took over the country in a coup and started cracking down on protesters who support democracy and not military rule.
Seven people or more were shot and killed as the military shot live rounds into a crowd of protesters. The exact number is unknown as the military quickly whisked some of the bodies away. So far 80 people have been killed in the escalating violence, but that number is suspected to be a lot higher.
An Iranian cargo container ship in the Mediterranean was hit by unknown explosives, slightly damaging the cargo ship, leaving holes in the vessel and causing a small fire. No one on board was hurt or injured by the explosion.
This incident happened just two weeks after an Israeli ship called the MV Helios Ray was also hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman.
With tension rising in the Pacific, the United States signs a contract for dozens of long range anti ship missiles, also known as "Ship Killing Missiles" with a new and advanced type of guidance system.
The range of these new ship killing missiles is about 300 nautical miles. They can resist jamming equipment and have onboard sensors for locating targets rather than using an external source such as a drone or ship.
Chinese forces stalked the U.S Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS John Finn as it sailed through the Taiwan straights, taking pictures of the destroyer. Afterword, Chinese ambassador Deng Xijun lashed out at the United States on Twitter, posting close up pictures taken of the destroyer.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has told the Chinese army, (The PLA, Or The People's Liberation Army) to get "combat ready" to defend national sovereignty and security.
This after a top U.S commander stated that China could be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027, though some believe it may be much sooner than that due to the heightened ambitions of the Chinese government, which includes their recent multiple incursions into Taiwan airspace.
Meanwhile, China is carrying out training operations with "Carrier killer" missiles, which sends a clear and concise message to the United States who could be sending carriers to defend Taiwan if an incursion were to take place.
Further evidence that China is preparing for a war is their increase in military spending. China says they are increasing their military spending and defense budget by a whopping $208 billion by 2022.
The Pentagon has extended the deployment 2,300 National Guard troops in Washington D.C. to up to May 23rd, an extra two months extension on their deployment at the capital.
2,300 is about half the current number of National Guard at the capital. At the height of the capital riot there were 26,000 troops stationed in Washington D.C.
An extension was granted despite the fact that on March 4th another attack on the capital was expected and even anticipated to happen and yet no attack ever came to be.
Top U.S. military commander, Admiral Phillip Davidson who heads the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has stated that he believes China will invade Taiwan in the next 6 years, or by 2027 during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services committee.
The military commander said that China wants to overtake the United States as the world power by 2050 and Taiwan is just one of their ambitions before that time. China has continued to increase their military operations and assertive actions in Asia, as well as the West Philippine sea.
Iran has upgraded their centrifuges in their underground facility at Natanz with a third cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges.
Fourth cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges are currently installed but has not yet been fed with natural UF6 and a 5th cascade of IR-2m centrifuges are currently ongoing.
The United States is currently planning a retaliatory attack against Russia for their SolarWinds software hack within the next three weeks. Details about what the U.S. is planning to do in response are of course are classified.
An estimated 18,000 users were affected by the SolarWinds software attack which went on for months before it was detected.
The SolarWinds software attack is thought to have breached the NNSA, or National Nuclear Security Administration which manages the stockpile of U.S. nuclear weapons. Russian officials denied involvement in the attack, and gave a warning against the United States from any kind of retaliatory cyber response for the attack.
Top U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Admiral, commander Adm. Phillip Davidson has stated that "China has a vast disinformation machine" in which over a million people are a part of with the unified goal of undermining the United States using the media and social media as their tool and method of delivery.
After seizing power of Myanmar (also known as Burma) in a coup d'état February 1st, 2021, Myanmar's military began enforcing a curfew and deployed armored vehicles and soldiers throughout the cities in an attempt to silence demonstrations against their takeover.
The new military controlled government is now cracking down hard on news and media outlets, revoking the licenses to five media outlets so far in an attempt to further restrict freedoms and silence those opposing their militant rule of the country.
A series of blasts in Equatorial Guinea at a military base in the countries main city, is known to have killed 98 people and injured 600. Exact numbers of dead and injured are not yet known. Just about every home in the city suffered damage from the blasts.
The military base, which stored explosives caught fire due to the slash burning of nearby farmlands that got out of control along with negligence on the part of those responsible for storing the explosives at the military base.
Saudi Arabia has carried out air raids in Yemen, on Houthi military targets after the Houthi carried out an attack on Saudi oil facilities a day earlier destroying key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
The U.S flies B-52 bombers over the Mideast in rising tensions with Iran after the latest missile strikes on a U.S base in Iraq. Photos of the bombers were posted on Twitter.
Their mission was stated as follows: "To deter aggression and reassure partners and allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to security in the region."
Oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked by Yemen's Houthis Sunday causing Brent crude futures to skyrocket to above $70. Four drones and seven ballistic missiles were used in the attack, and other targets were hit with precision accuracy as well.
The attacks were in response to the Saudi Arabian led intervention in the Yemen war. The United States vowed to defend Saudi Arabia after the attacks on the oil sites.
New nuclear activity has been detected in the Yonbyong nuclear facility in North Korea. Extraction of plutonium is suspected at the site, a key ingredient in the creation of a nuclear warhead. Satellite footage shows smoke rising from the bomb making facility, making it the first time in over two years that any activity in the facility has been detected.
Iranian terrorists claim to have active cells, or 'resistance cells' not only in Washington D.C. but other cities in the United States as well. Terrorist cells are terrorists who remain hidden in secret or dormant until they are activated and ordered to act by their superiors.
A rocket attack was carried out targeting U.S troops stationed in the Al Asad airbase in Iraq. Iran has been suspected in the attack. A U.S civilian contractor died of heart failure during the attack but no one else was killed.
The threat level has been raised for the United States military stationed in Iraq due to a heightened risk of attack in response to the recent U.S Syrian strikes targeting Iranian backed militias.
North Korea has stated that they are ready for a nuclear attack and seem to be moving toward testing a nuclear device on Saturday despite warnings from the Trump Administration that the U.S would reply to an attempt to test a nuclear device, with a preemptive strike from the United States.
North Korea stated in turn that they would annihilate U.S troops located within South Korea, if it was attacked.
The U.S has sent the USS Carl Vinson, a powerful guided missile destroyer along with an armada, including submarines speeding toward North Korea, ready to intercept and respond to any attack that might happen from North Korea.
While it was at first thought that the death toll was only 36, the death toll is now being raised to at least 94 ISIS fighters. No civilian casualties have been reported which is not surprising considering how well coordinated, calculated and planned out the attack was beforehand to ultimately minimize the risk of civilian casualties.
It is from this airfield that the United States suspects Syria launched the banned chemical weapons in the recent chemical attack on its own people.
Russia has responded in condemning the attack, stating that the US cruise missile attack on Syria was 'an aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.'
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the attack by President Trump was under 'far-fetched' pretext.
Negotiations between the United States and Russia regarding Syria have been suspended in light of the recent escalating events in Syria and Russia has warned of 'negative consequences' in response to the attack on Syria.