Monday, March 25, 2019

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Does The U.S. Navy Still Want 12 Aircraft Carriers?

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 03:00 AM PDT

Top to bottom: USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) alongside Nimitz class carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) & USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Pinterest

Warrior Maven: Does the Navy Still Seek 12 Aircraft Carriers? - Better Armed & Ready for War

Threats from long-range guided missiles, surface ship fire-power, submarine-launched torpedo attacks and incoming air assaults all inform the Navy's vigorous push to further weaponize its fleet of aircraft carriers - while assessing its plan to expand its number of carriers up to 12.

The service is putting carrier-development and weapons modernization on the fast-track, indicating confidence in the carrier-platform's combat survivability in coming decades as it shifts focus to blue-water warfare against technologically sophisticated adversaries.

The Navy approach is defined by two interwoven trajectories; the service is performing "sea-based developmental testing" of carrier-based offensive and defensive weapons -- while also hoping to speed up acquisition of Ford-class carriers through two-ship buys and long-term fleet goals. In short, the Navy wants more weapons on carriers and may simply want more carriers - faster. The hope, according to formal Navy studies as of 2016, is to grow the fleet to 12 aircraft carriers, moving beyond its current size of 11.

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WNU Editor: If Congress continues to allocate money for 12 carriers, it will happen even if the Pentagon has other ideas .... The Navy Wants to Shrink Its Aircraft Carrier Fleet (J. Bachman & D. Merrill, Bloomberg).

Is The U.S. Democrat Party Becoming 'Anti-Jewish'?

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 02:00 AM PDT

Daily Mail: Trump accuses Democrats of being 'anti-JEWISH' as string of party's presidential hopefuls boycott pro-Israel AIPAC conference

* Democrats seeking the presidency are skipping a prominent pro-Israel policy conference after coming under pressure from the left to boycott it
* Democrats from Bernie Sanders, whose Jewish, to Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro and Beto O'Rourke are dodging AIPAC
* Trump isn't speaking but VP Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are
* President told as he left the White House: 'The Democrats have very much proven to be anti-Israel. There's no question about that'
* 'I don't what happened to them,' he said. 'Frankly I think they're anti-Jewish'
* Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump on Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C. in advance of AIPAC conference
* Netanyahu faces near-certain indictment on corruption charges as he prepares to stand for re-election on April 9

President Donald Trump said Friday as he left for Florida that Democrats skipping a prominent pro-Israel, policy conference are 'anti-Israel' and their conduct is disgraceful.

He told on the South Lawn of the White House: 'The Democrats have very much proven to be anti-Israel. There's no question about that. And it's a disgrace.

Trump said they are also 'anti-Jewish,' as far as he's concerned. 'I don't know what happened to them. Frankly, I think they're anti-Jewish.'

Leading Democratic presidential candidates from Kamala Harris to Elizabeth Warren and Beto O'Rourke have said they won't go.

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WNU Editor: More signs on how much the Democrat Party has changed in the past few years.

More News On U.S. Democrat Presidential Hopefuls Skipping This Year's AIPAC Conference

2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference -- The Hill
Several 2020 Democrats to skip AIPAC conference after call to boycott -- NBC
Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' -- The Hill
Head of AIPAC accuses lobby's critics of 'defamation' as confab kicks off -- Times of Israel
Gillibrand among 7 Dem Candidates Avoiding AIPAC -- Jewish Press
Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off -- The Hill

Where Is Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad?

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 01:00 AM PDT

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

France 24: As 'caliphate' ends where is its leader Baghdadi?

he world's most wanted man who has so far eluded capture, Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has seen his "caliphate" crumble and its last shred of territory in Syria evaporate on Saturday.

After declaring himself caliph in 2014, Baghdadi held sway over seven million people across swathes of Syria and Iraq, where IS implemented its brutal version of Islamic law.

But that land has been whittled down to disjointed sleeper cells by years of fighting, including a ferocious bombing campaign by the US-led coalition.

Reclusive even when IS was at the peak of its power, the 47-year-old Iraqi, who suffers from diabetes, has been rumoured to have been wounded or killed several times in the past. And his whereabouts have never been confirmed.

So, with his proto-state gone and a $25-million US bounty on his head, where is Baghdadi?

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Update #1: Islamic State Leader Still at Large After IS Loses Its Territory in Iraq and Syria (Time/AP)
Update #2: Inside the hunt for world's most wanted man Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after terror king abandoned ISIS fighters ahead of 'last stand' (The SUN)

WNU Editor: With a $25 million bounty on his head, and the caliphate no more, I am sure they are going to find him one day.

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant Coaxial Helicopter Takes Its First Flight

Posted: 25 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Warzone/The Drive: Watch Sikorsky And Boeing's SB>1 "Defiant" Compound Helicopter Fly For The First Time

The long delayed flight is a big accomplishment for team Defiant and marks a new stage in the fight to own the Army's future helicopter order book.

The SB>1 Defiant has taken to the skies for the very first time. The coaxial rotor compound helicopter design took off from Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility at 7:47 AM today and flew for roughly half an hour, performing slow-speed handling tests. It did not engage its pusher propeller during the inaugural flight. The event is a triumph for the Sikorsky-Boeing team that hopes the SB>1 will eventually get put into production to fulfill portions of the Army's Future Vertical Lift requirement and more.

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More News On The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant Coaxial Helicopter Taking Its First Flight

WATCH: Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant helo takes first flight -- Defense News
Watch one of the Army's potential Black Hawk replacements take its first flight -- Task & Purpose
Sikorsky-Boeing joint effort for Army's assault aircraft program makes first flight -- Ars Technica
Watch: Sikorsky-Boeing Conduct First Flight Of This Very Unusual Helicopter -- Zero Hedge
WATCH SB-1 Defiant Makes First Flight as Part of Future US Aircraft Program -- Sputnik
SB>1 Defiant Takes Flight: Can It Catch Bell? -- Breaking Defense

Tweets For Today

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 11:00 PM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 10:00 PM PDT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech next to a model dinosaur during the opening ceremony of the Wonderland Eurasia theme park in Ankara on 20 March 2019. © AFP 2019 / Adem Altan

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... This Week in Pictures: 16 - 22 March (Sputnik).

Over 130 Killed In An Upsurge In Ethnic And Jihadist Violence In Mali

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 09:00 PM PDT

DW: More than 130 people from Muslim ethnic group killed in Mali after gunmen disguise themselves as hunters

A group of gunmen who disguised themselves as traditional hunters have surrounded a Mali village and killed at least 134 Fulani herders, with pregnant women and children among the dead.

It was the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence.

Moulaye Guindo, mayor of the nearby town of Bankass, said armed men, dressed as traditional Donzo hunters, encircled and attacked Ogossagou.

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More News On The Growing Violence In Mali

Mali attack: More than 130 Fulani villagers killed -- BBC
UN: More than 130 killed in Mali ethnic attack on Fulani village -- Al Jazeera
Mali Ethnic Genocide Sees Over 130 Muslims Killed in Ongoing Extremist Violence -- Sputnik
Mali president sacks generals after deadly raids on ethnic villages -- DW
Mali sacks top army chiefs, dissolves militia after scores killed -- Al Jazeera
Mali government dismisses military leaders after village massacre -- UPI

Two Russian Air Force Planes Land In Venezuela With Troops

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 08:37 PM PDT

Reuters: Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops: reports

CARACAS (Reuters) - Two Russian air force planes landed at Venezuela's main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defense official and nearly 100 troops, according to media reports, amid strengthening ties between Caracas and Moscow.

A flight-tracking website showed that two planes left from a Russian military airport bound for Caracas on Friday, and another flight-tracking site showed that one plane left Caracas on Sunday.

That comes three months after the two nations held military exercises on Venezuelan soil that President Nicolas Maduro called a sign of strengthening relations, but which Washington criticized as Russian encroachment in the region.

Reporter Javier Mayorca wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the first plane carried Vasily Tonkoshkurov, chief of staff of the ground forces, adding the second was a cargo plane carrying 35 tonnes of material.

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WNU Editor: There are already a large number of Russian military contractors in Venezuela .... Reuters Is Reporting That Russian Military Contractors Have Been Sent To Venezuela To Protect President Maduro (January 25, 2019). IMHO this public deployment is being done to reassure Venezuelan President Maduro and those who support him that Russia will protect them. I personally think this is a terrible mistake. It will only cement the impression that Maduro is in power because of Russia and Cuba, and they are only doing this to protect their economic interests and investments in the country's oil industry. It also is an indication to me that Russian intelligence has made a conclusion that the situation in Venezuela is going to get worse, and that the military is no longer a reliable force to protect the Maduro government.

More News On Russia Deploying Soldiers To Venezuela

Russian plane in Venezuela amid reports of Russian military arrival -- France
Russia sends military planes to Venezuela -- DW
Venezuela crisis: Russian troops in Caracas threaten US intervention plans --
Russian Troops, Aid Arrive In Venezuela After Delivering Red Line Warning To Trump -- Zero Hedge

Germany Refuses To Disclose Iranian Attempts To Obtain Nuclear And Missile Technology

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 08:14 PM PDT

FOX News: Germany won't disclose Iranian attempts to obtain nuclear weapons, rocket technology, foreign ministry letter shows

Germany's government has refused to disclose the number of attempts by the Iranian regime to obtain illicit nuclear weapons and rocket technology, Fox News has learned. The failure to reveal the information comes amid the Islamic Republic supreme leader's Thursday announcement promising to boost the country's ballistic missile program in defiance of U.S warnings.

"A statistic in the field of foreign trade is not kept at the [German] customs criminal office," in connection with the Iranian regime's efforts to secure the technology, a German Foreign Ministry letter obtained by Fox News stated.

Niels Annen, a minister of state in the ministry, who celebrated the Islamic Republic of Iran's revolution in February at Tehran's Berlin embassy, wrote the March 18 letter.

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Update: Germany refuses to disclose Iranian attempts to buy nuclear, missile technology (Jerusalem Post)

WNU Editor: I do not understand Germany's policy of appeasement towards Iran. From the German President praising the Iranian regime .... German Jews slam German president for praising antisemitic Iranian regime (Jerusalem Post), to not listing Iran-allied Hezbollah as a terrorist organization .... Germany will not list Iran-allied Hezbollah as terrorist: minister (DW), the German government has gone out of its way to not disrupt its ties with Iran. My prediction .... aligning oneself with the mullahs of Iran is not going to end well for Germany.

Russian Reaction To The U.S. Attorney General's Summary On The Mueller Report

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 07:58 PM PDT

Russian Sen. Alexey Pushkov

CNN: The Mueller probe ends, and the gloating begins in Moscow

Moscow (CNN)The Kremlin has yet to respond to the conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but the gloating has already begun in Moscow.

Attorney General William Barr said Sunday the special counsel's investigation did not find President Donald Trump's campaign or associates conspired with Russia.

"In short, Russia did not elect Trump," said Evgeny Popov, the co-host of a pro-Kremlin political talk show, on Twitter. "Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between Trump's team with Russia. The US Attorney General submitted a 4-page report on the special prosecutor's investigation report to Congress. D is for Disappointment."

Added Popov: "And what about sanctions for 'election interference?' Hello, Mueller!"

Alexey Pushkov, a prominent Russian senator, also did not mince words.

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WNU Editor: I give it another day or two before we get the official Kremlin reaction. As to what do I expect. The Russian media pundits will gloat, but the important long game for the Kremlin is to lay the groundwork for U.S. sanctions to be removed. They are going to praise the Mueller report, and they are going to express their hope that this will improve U.S. - Russian relations.

General Reaction And Commentary On The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 06:53 PM PDT

Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast: After Robert Mueller Issues His Report, the Democrats Who Waited Two Years for This Moment Stare Into the Abyss

The trickle of information, the drip, drip, drip has led not to a death by a thousand cuts but to a desensitization.

In what might be the most anti-climactic grand finale since The Sopranos, Robert Mueller found no evidence that President Trump his team colluded with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

That is, at least, according to the summary report issued by Attorney General William Barr on Sunday.

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Reaction To The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Reaction to AG William Barr's summary of Mueller report -- AP
Republicans cheer, Democrats scoff as Mueller details emerge -- AP
Trump supporters roast Democrats over the Mueller report on social media, comparing the special counsel's investigation to the Fyre Festival disaster -- Daily Mail
Sarah Sanders praises Mueller report as a 'total and complete exoneration' of Trump - despite the report saying that it was NOT -- Daily Mail
'So many questions': James Comey and others on social media reacts to Mueller report -- Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

Commentaries And Analysis On The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Robert Mueller report: Key lines from Bill Barr summary -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
Factbox: The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways -- Reuters
Key takeaways from the Mueller report's findings: Here's a sharp list of the must-read points -- Boston Globe
AP FACT CHECK: Mueller probe doesn't totally exonerate Trump -- Hope Yen, AP
Mueller report: The best day of Trump's presidency -- Jon Sopel, BBC
The Steele/Mueller nightmare is over ... and should be -- Mark Penn, The Hill
Hill Dems search for opening on Mueller report, Republicans see closure -- Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio, Politico
A look at some unanswered questions of the Mueller probe -- Chad Day and Eric Tucker, AP
Mueller was clear in finding no collusion, but punted on the matter of obstruction -- Ken Dilanian, NBC
The Mueller Conclusions -- The Wall Street Journal
What Mueller Found, and Didn't Find -- The New York Times
CNN's Toobin: 'Total vindication of the president' on collusion -- The Hill
McCarthy: 'Case is closed' on Trump and collusion -- The Hill
The world finally gets words from Mueller _but just a few -- Calvin Woodward, AP
The collusion delusion -- Washington Examiner
Mueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue -- Bradley A. Blakeman, The Hill
Mueller report brings moment of reckoning to US politics -- Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples, AP
Barr's Summary of Russian Cyber Interference in the 2016 Election Is Comically Light on Details -- Tom McKay, Gizmodo
Trump Said 'No Collusion,' and Now He Gets to Say I Told You So -- Bloomberg
It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD -- Taibbi

Democrats React To U.S. Attorney General Barr's Summary On the Mueller Investigation

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 06:13 PM PDT

The Hill: Dems seize on Mueller obstruction of justice conclusion

Democrats are seizing on Attorney General William Barr's decision to conclude there was no obstruction of justice by President Trump in the Russia investigation, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller's report must be made public.

Barr said Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice but that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made that determination after reviewing the report.

"After reviewing the Special Counsel's final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense," Barr wrote.

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WNU Editor: The Democrat base has been told for two years that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 Presidential election from Hillary Clinton. I expect this narrative will continue, and there will be a shift away from the findings of the Mueller report, to other investigations of President Trump.

More News And Reaction From Democrats On U.S. Attorney General Barr's Summary Of The Mueller Investigation

Amid calls to release Mueller report, Rep. Adam Schiff says it's 'too early' to rule out impeachment -- ABC News
Trump Impeachment Still an Option, US Lawmaker Says Amid Mueller Report Debate -- Sputnik
Pelosi, Schumer: Barr's Mueller summary 'raises as many questions as it answers' -- The Hill
Pelosi calls Mueller report summary 'insufficient,' seeks full report -- Reuters
Pelosi Rejects Classified Briefing on Special Counsel Report -- Epoch Times
Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly -- The Hill
Nunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' -- The Hill
Nadler: Mueller 'not exonerating' Trump in report -- The Hill
Top Democrat: Mueller Report Doesn't Matter, "We Know There Was Collusion" -- Zero Hedge

Nadler says he will call on Barr to testify over DOJ handling of Mueller report
-- The Hill
Nadler: Executive privilege can't be used to 'hide wrongdoing' in Mueller report -- NBC
Top Dem Says AG Barr Must Testify to Congress Because 'Mueller Did Not Exonerate the President' -- Mediaite
I don't want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report. -- Bernie Sanders, Twitter
MAXINE MELTDOWN: 'This is not the end of anything!' -- American Mirror

President Trump Responds To The Attorney General's Summary On The Mueller Investigation

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 06:05 PM PDT

Reuters: Trump slams Russia probe as 'illegal takedown'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the federal probe into whether his presidential campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 election, and encouraged a look at "the other side," after the Justice Department said on Sunday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion.

"It's a shame that our country had to go through this," Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida. "This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully, somebody's going to be looking at the other side."

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WNU Editor: This is a huge political and legal win for President Trump.

More News On President Trump Responding To The Attorney General's Summary On The Mueller Investigation

Trump breaks silence on Mueller report, claims vindication -- AP
Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report -- AP
Trump declares victory after release of Mueller findings -- Politico
Trump on Mueller report: 'Complete and total exoneration' -- The Hill
Russia probe 'an illegal takedown that failed': Trump -- Al Jazeera
Trump "Totally Exonerated", Calls For Investigation Into "Illegal Takedown That Failed" -- Zero Hedge
'Complete & total exoneration!' Trump says it's a shame US had to go through Mueller's witch hunt -- RT
Trump campaign slams Dems for 'collusion hoax' -- The Hill

U.S. Attorney General: Robert Mueller Did Not Find Any Evidence That The Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 05:25 PM PDT

Daily Mail: 'America is the greatest place on earth! Trump revels in 'complete exoneration' and claims Russia probe 'was an illegal takedown that failed' after Mueller clears him and his campaign of colluding with Moscow and Attorney General Barr decides not to charge him with obstruction

* President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election, Robert Mueller found in his long-awaited report
* Trump claimed a 'complete exoneration' in the investigation
* 'There was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction and none whatsoever and it was a complete and total exoneration,' he said
* The special counsel did not draw a conclusion 'one way or the other' as to whether the president obstructed justice
* Mueller's findings were announced in a letter from Attorney General William Barr
* Mueller left it up to Barr as to whether to charge Trump with obstruction
* Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the joint decision not to
* 'The investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,' Barr wrote
* Democrats are demanding Mueller's full report and its underlying documentation and evidence be made public

A joyous Donald Trump returned to the White House Sunday, hours after his campaign was cleared of allegations of Russia collusion, and told a crush of waiting reporters – twice – that 'America is the greatest place on earth.'

The president had already boasted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month Russia probe ended with a 'complete exoneration,' slamming the entire operation as 'an illegal takedown that failed' and saying he hopes 'somebody is going to be looking at the other side.'

'There was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction and none whatsoever and it was a complete and total exoneration. It's a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this,' Trump said in West Palm Beach, Florida before he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington D.C.

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WNU Editor: The Attorney General's 4 page summary is here .... READ: Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller findings (The Hill)/

For President Trump .... this is the best possible outcome for him. On the question of Russian collusion, and the primary focus of this investigation, he has been completely vindicated.

The media narrative is now shifting to the argument that Robert Mueller did not exonerate President Trump on obstruction .... Mueller did not find Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, also did not exonerate him on obstruction (CNN). More here .... Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction (The New York Times). I disagree. If there was obstruction Robert Mueller would have made that very clear in his report, and the Attorney General would have put it in his four page summary. As for when will the complete report be released. I give it a few weeks before that happens.

More News On U.S. Attorney General's Summary That The Mueller Counsel Did Not Find Any Evidence That The Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

The Latest: Trump says America 'greatest place on earth' -- AP
Mueller report: No evidence of collusion (Live) -- BBC
Mueller report: top Democrats say Barr summary "raises as many questions as it answers" – live -- The Guardian
Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Mueller report summary is out: Live -- CNN
Trump didn't coordinate with Russia in 2016, report declares -- AP
Mueller does not find Trump campaign knowingly conspired with Russia -- Reuters
Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy -- Politico
Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy in 2016 election -- The Hill
Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says -- The Guardian
Trump-Russia inquiry: President 'did not conspire with Russia' -- BBC
Donald Trump did not commit any crimes but is not exonerated, Robert Mueller's report finds -- ABC News Online
Mueller report summary says Trump campaign did not 'conspire or coordinate' with Russia -- France 24
Mueller report found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion: Justice Dept -- DW
Attorney general: Mueller report finds no collusion between Russia, Trump -- UPI
Barr: Mueller found no proof Trump campaign conspired with Russia -- Al Jazeera
Mueller probe finds no collusion or conspiracy between Trump & Russia -- RT
Justice Department Delivers Mueller Conclusions To Congress – No Collusion -- Daily Caller

Robert Mueller Report: No Evidence Of Trump - Russian Collusion

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 04:38 PM PDT

I am running a bit late on this story. A full news roundup on this story will be posted at 20:30 EST

Islamist Terror Plot Foiled At Last Second By German Police

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 06:11 AM PDT

@ Copyright: Bundespolizei

BBC: German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of planning Islamist attack

Police in Germany have arrested 10 people on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack.

The arrests were made after some 200 police officers carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The men had plotted to "kill as many 'non-believers' as possible" using a vehicle and guns, prosecutors said.

A 21-year-old man from Offenbach, near Frankfurt, and two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden are the main suspects.

"They had already made contact with different arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and collected financial assets to use for the purchase of guns and the execution of the planned murders," a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

The suspects are aged between 20 and 42 and several are German nationals, the spokeswoman added.

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WNU Editor: Another close call.

More News On German Police Foiling Another Islamist Terror Plot

German prosecutors arrest 10 suspects over Islamist attack plan -- DW
Police arrest 11 over terror attack plan -- The Local Germany
Police arrest ten 'jihadists' in Germany who were 'plotting to use a car and guns to kill as many people as possible and had already hired a vehicle' as knives are seized in raid -- Daily Mail
'Kill as many infidels as possible': Suspected terror plot in Germany leads to raids; 11 arrested -- Stars and Stripes/AP
German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of terror plot -- The Guardian/Reuters

Indian Intelligence: Large Number Of Chinese Troops Are In Pakistan

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 05:37 AM PDT

Image: Pakistan - Sindh - Tharparkar district (Wikipedia).

Zee News: China deploys troops in Sindh, just 90 km away from Indo-Pak border

The CPEC project is around three thousand kilometer long and Pakistan has already deployed 17,000 of its troops for the security of CPEC.

According to a report of Indian intelligence agencies, China has deployed its troops in Sindh region of Pakistan to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The report noted that China has deployed the troops of People Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of coal mines in Sindh's Thar region. Located in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, Thar region is only 90 kilometers away from Indo-Pak border. Several Chinese projects are going on in Sindh and most of these projects are facing stiff resistance from local people. It seems that China has decided to deploy its troops for securing the CPEC fearing such protests.

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Update: China Deploys Troops Near India-Pak Border to Safeguard CPEC Projects - Reports (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: Apparently the reason for this Chinese military deployment is due to unrest from Pakistani locals to a Chinese development project associated to CPEC, and the inability of Pakistan's security forces to provide protection. If this report is true, this will be the first time that I know of where Pakistan has permitted a large contingent of foreign military forces to be deployed inside their own country to protect an economic project.

Civilian Injured After Rafale Fighter Jet Ejector Seat Is Triggered During Takeoff

Posted: 24 Mar 2019 05:23 AM PDT

File photo: French Rafale B fighter jet © Wikipedia

Aerotime News: Civilian passenger gets unexpectedly ejected from Rafale B jet

A civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off.

The fighter jet was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 air base for a training mission, on March 20, 2019. The pilot managed to land shortly after the incident. His hands were slightly injured by broken glass from the canopy.

The passenger, a man in his sixties, was hospitalized. His back was reportedly injured as he fell on the runway. He is now in a stable condition. "His health condition is not a cause for concern," said Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force.

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Update #1: Danger zone: 64yo civilian injured after fighter jet ejector seat triggers during takeoff (RT)
Update #2: Civilian Passenger Gets Ejected From A French Two-Seat Rafale Jet (Zero Edge)

WNU Editor: That made everyone's day.