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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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Concerns That The U.S. Navy's 12-Ship Fleet Of Nuclear-Armed Submarines Will Cost More Than Projected

Posted: 10 Apr 2019 01:00 AM PDT

An artist rendering of the future Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. Source: U.S. Navy illustration

Bloomberg: U.S. Nuclear-Armed Sub May Cost More Than Navy Says, GAO Warns

* Congress will need an updated cost estimate of program costs
* Navy officials likely to be grilled this week on new report

The U.S. Navy may have to ask Congress to boost funding in fiscal 2021 to buy the first in its new 12-ship fleet of nuclear-armed submarines because of unreliable cost estimates, according to congressional auditors.

The service's current procurement cost estimate and design goal are suspect and require updates before those dollars are approved, the Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Monday. The submarine also continues to have problems first identified in 2017 with the vessel's power system.

The Columbia-class program is estimated at $128 billion including research and development, with $115 billion for procurement. That makes it the Pentagon's third-costliest system. But the cost estimate "is not accurate because it relies on overly optimistic" reductions in labor costs, the audit found.

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WNU Editor:  A Pentagon program costing more than projected. I am shocked!!!! Not!!!!

Russia And China Will Try To Find The Missing Japanese F-35 Jet

Posted: 10 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

An F-35A aircraft, designated AX-6. Courtesy of the F-35 Joint Program Office

Insider: Japan lost an F-35 in the Pacific, and the US is in trouble if Russia or China find it first

* Japan's military reported on Tuesday that it lost an F-35 stealth jet some 84 miles off the east coast of Aomori prefecture, Japan, in the Pacific.
* Experts say Russia and China will do anything to get a look at the crashed jet, and if they do find it or can salvage it, they could seriously undermine the next several decades of US airpower.
* Russia and China probably couldn't perfectly reconstruct the F-35, but any of its technology that ends up in the countries' hands would be a blow to the heart of the US military.

Japan's military reported on Tuesday that it lost contact with an F-35 stealth jet some 84 miles off the east coast of Aomori prefecture, Japan, in the Pacific and that the hunt was on for the pilot and the downed plane.

But if Russia or China — which both maintain a heavy naval presence in the region — find the plane first, the future of US airpower could be over before it started.

"Bottom line is that it would not be good" for the future of US airpower if Japan or the US don't quickly recover the jet, retired US Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula told Business Insider.

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Update: Missing Japanese F-35 poses major security headache for US if it falls into Russian or Chinese hands (FOX News)

WNU Editor: I am sure that what is left of the jet will be found by U.S. and Japanese teams. 

Japanese F-35 Fighter Jet Wreckage Found. Pilot Still Missing

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 11:00 PM PDT

© Reuters / Handout

Reuters: Wreckage confirmed to be crashed Japanese F-35 fighter, pilot still missing

TOKYO (Reuters) - Search and rescue teams found wreckage from a Japanese F-35 stealth fighter that crashed over the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan, but the pilot remains missing, authorities said on Wednesday.

The aircraft, less than one-year-old, was the first F-35 to be assembled in Japan and was only in the air for 28 minutes on Tuesday, a defense official said.

It is only the second F-35 to crash in the two-decades it has been flying.

The advanced, single-seat jet was flying about 135 km (84 miles) east of the Misawa air base in Aomori Prefecture at about 7:27 p.m. (1027 GMT) on Tuesday when it disappeared from radar, the Air Self Defense Force said.

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Update: Japanese military confirms F-35 crash & discovery of wreckage (RT)

WNU Editor: 30 minutes into the flight and without a word from the pilot the jet disappears. A lot of questions are being asked.

Tweets For Today

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 10:30 PM PDT













Last Surviving Member Of The Doolittle Raiders, Dies At 103 In Texas

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 10:00 PM PDT

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, tours a U.S. Navy B-25 Mitchell similar to the aircraft he co-piloted. Cole has died at age 103. (Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr./Air Force)

Daily Mail: Last Doolittle Raider: Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who took part in daring raids over Japan in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack striking a crucial blow for America, dies aged 103

* Richard 'Dick' Cole, the last of the Second World War's infamous Doolittle Raiders, passed away early Monday
* The retired Air Force Lt. Col.took part in daring raids on Japanese mainland following the Pearl Harbor attack
* Led by the legendary James 'Jimmy' Doolittle, the aviators flew 16 stripped-down B-25s 650 miles to Japan
* They took off from aircraft carriers in the middle of the Pacific and bombed key Japanese positions in Tokyo
* After the audacious Tokyo raid the brave men all bailed out of their planes safely onto friendly Chinese fields
* When asked his clearest memory of the raid, he joked: 'The thing I remember most... is my parachute opening'
* While the attack caused only minor damage, it played a huge role in boosting morale on the US home-front
* Cole remained a hero within the Air Force after retiring and in 2016, announced that a new series of bombers - the B-21 stealth bombers would be named the 'Raider' in honor of Doolittle, Cole and their band of brothers

A retired Air Force Lt. Col. who took part in the daring Doolittle Raids on Japan in the wake of the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor has died, aged 103.

Richard 'Dick' Cole, the last of the Second World War's infamous Doolittle Raiders, passed away early Monday morning in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his family.

Cole was part of a volunteer group of 80 Army Air Force aviators who took part in a series of bombing raids in retaliation for the attack on a United States naval base in Hawaii, which killed 2,403 American citizens.

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More News On The Last Surviving Member Of The Doolittle Raiders Passing Away At 103 In Texas

A legend passes: Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103 -- Air Force Times
Richard Cole, last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103 in Texas -- USA Today
Last WWII 'Doolittle Raider' dies at 103 -- FOX News
The last surviving Doolittle Raider, Richard E. Cole, dies at 103 -- ABC News
Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103 -- CNN
Last living Doolittle Raider dies in Texas at 103 -- Stars and Stripes

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 09:30 PM PDT

Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire missiles during a war game in a desert near the holy city of Qom, southeast of Tehran, November 2006. REUTERS/Fars News

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Inside Iran's Revolutionary Guards (Reuters).

Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan: 'China Is America's Biggest Threat'

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 09:00 PM PDT



FOX News: Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan says China is America's biggest threat, and southern border situation an 'emergency'

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said China is the No. 1 threat to U.S. security. He also spoke about America's immigration situation, saying that sending troops to the southern border is not an unprecedented mission.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier on Tuesday, Shanahan seemed to echo President Trump's sentiment that the biggest threat America faces is the modernization of China.

"China is a threat economically and diplomatically. I think it's time we address some of these issues -- militarization of the South China Sea, the Communist Chinese Party launching cyberattacks against the U.S., theft of intellectual property, and a significant expansion of military capability."

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WNU Editor: I thought Russia was the biggest threat?

U.S. Attorney General Barr Assembles Team To Review FBI Decisions On Starting The Trump Probe

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:00 PM PDT

William Barr testifies at the US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

Bloomberg: Barr Forms Team to Review FBI's Actions in Trump Probe

* Inquiry comes as House GOP pushes claims of anti-Trump bias
* Issue pursued as Democrats emphasize getting Mueller's report

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials, including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter.

This indicates that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year -- that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russia was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016," Barr told a House panel on Tuesday.

Barr's inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters. The FBI declined to comment. Barr said he expected the inspector general's work to be completed by May or June.

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WNU Editor: If the above report is accurate, the Justice Department inspector general's report on how the department handled this entire Russian collusion investigation will be completed by May or June. I am willing to bet that this report will lay the groundwork for Attorney General Barr to justify a more comprehensive review on how controversial counterintelligence decisions were made by Justice Department and FBI officials, and to hold people accountable for making them. This has the potential to  shake the Washington establishment .... especially those within the intelligence community .... to a level that we have not seen in years.

Russian President Putin Mocks Mueller Report: 'A Mountain Gave Birth To A Mouse'

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 07:00 PM PDT





TASS: Putin calls Mueller probe's outcome predictable: 'The mountain gives birth to a mouse'

The probe is "total nonsense aimed mainly at the domestic audience", Vladimir Putin stressed

ST.PETERSBURG, April 9. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called predictable the outcome of an investigation conducted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which found that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

"From the very beginning we said that this notorious commission led by Mr. Mueller won't find anything because no one knows better than us: Russia has not meddled in any US election, there was no collusion between Trump and Russia, which Mr. Mueller had looked for," Putin told the International Arctic Forum.

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WNU Editor: Russian President Putin hopes to move on, but I predict Washington will not accommodate him .... Putin Seeks New Page With Trump Once Mueller Report Furor Eases (Bloomberg).

More News On Russian President Putin Mocking The Mueller Report

Putin: Mueller Report Demonstrates "Crisis Of American Political System," Attack Against Legitimate President (transcript) -- RCP
Putin mocks Mueller report: 'a mountain gave birth to a mouse' -- The Guardian/AP
Putin, on Mueller report: 'We said from the start it would find nothing' -- Reuters
Knew ''From Beginning'' Mueller Probe Would Find No Collusion: Vladimir Putin -- NDTV/AFP
Putin mocks Mueller probe: 'A mountain gave birth to a mouse' -- The Hill
Putin Speaks on 'Witch Hunt' Mueller Investigation — Reports -- Moscow Times

Live Updates: Israel Election Results

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 05:53 PM PDT

A combination picture shows Benny Gantz (left), leader of Blue and White party voting at a polling station in Rosh Ha'ayin and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voting at a polling station in Jerusalem during Israel's parliamentary election April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Nir Elias, Ariel Schalit/Pool via REUTERS

WNU Editor: It looks like Israeli Prime Minster has pulled a surprised victory .... In dramatic shift, Netanyahu's Likud leading in latest exit polls (Jerusalem Post).

Live Updates: Israel Election Results

Likud holds lead over Blue and White as 1.6 million votes counted: Live Updates -- Times of Israel
The Latest: Netanyahu claims victory in Israeli election -- AP
Israel election: exit polls show tight race with no clear result yet – live updates -- The Guardian
Israel election results too close to call: Live -- CNN

Senior Iranian Commander Warns U.S. Aircraft Carriers Not To Pass Near Its Speed Boats

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 05:14 PM PDT

FILE PHOTO The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE

RT: Iran's Revolutionary Guards' top commander warns US carrier not to pass near its speed boats – media

A day after Washington added the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps to the terror list, an elite force's top officer cautioned the US Navy against ordering its warships to sail close to their speed boats.

"Mr. Trump, tell your warships not to pass near the Revolutionary Guards boats," Mohsen Rezaei, a senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was quoted by the semi-official news agency ISNA.

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Update #1: Commander Warns US Aircraft Carrier Not to Go Near IRGC Speed Boats - Report (Sputnik)
Update #2: Iranian Guards commander tells U.S. Navy warships to keep distance: ISNA (Reuters)

WNU Editor: Aircraft carrier versus speed boats. I put my money on the aircraft carrier.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 9, 2019

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 05:01 PM PDT



Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE: IRGC's 'Terrorist' Designation Raises U.S. Stakes Over Iran

The U.S. designation of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) marks the first time Washington has officially used that label on a foreign state institution.

"It underscores the fact that Iran's actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments," U.S. President Donald Trump said in an April 8 statement.

His secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said the move was aimed at increasing pressure on Iran and diverting some of the financial resources it allegedly uses to fund terrorism and militant activities.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 9, 2019

Why Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Was Just Labeled a Terrorist Organization by the U.S. -- Nick Wadhams, Margaret Talev, Fortune/Bloomberg

Trump's latest Iran decision sets a dangerous precedent -- Jonathan Cristol, CNN

Revolutionary Guards: Iran ideological force with major clout -- AFP

Trump Offers Clarity on Iran's Terrorism Aims -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

Yemen provinces adrift after Houthis ousted -- Saeed Al-Batati, Asia Times

Is Israel ready for fundamental political change? -- Tania Krämer, DW

What a Difference 16 Years Doesn't Make in Iraq: We Asked the Experts -- Adam Lammon and Carlos Roa, National Interest

Is Saudi Arabia on track to become a nuclear power? -- France 24

What does the battle for Tripoli mean for Libya and the region? -- Patrick Wintour, The Guardian

West's favorite strongman set to take Libya -- Vijay Prashad, Asia Times

Voting and loathing in South Africa -- Tafi Mhaka, Al Jazeera

America's latest 'red scare' is overblown. China is not intent on world domination -- Tom Plate, SCMP

Moon's mission impossible: To get Trump to ease sanctions -- Andrew Salmon, Asia Times

A Battle for India's Soul -- Shashi Tharoor, Project Syndicate

Prince William's Lawyer Tries to Suppress Rumors of Affair -- Lachlan Cartwright and Tom Sykes, Daily Beast

World News Briefs -- April 9, 2019 (EVening Edition)

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 03:43 PM PDT



BBC: Israeli election: Netanyahu and Gantz both claim victory

Exit polls in Israel suggest there will be no clear winner in the closely fought general election.

The centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz was projected to win 36 or 37 seats, with the Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taking 33 to 36.

Both men have claimed victory.

Two exit polls predicted that right-wing parties allied to Mr Netanyahu were more likely to be able to form a governing coalition.

But a third exit poll predicted that the bloc would be tied with centre-left parties allied to Mr Gantz.

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MIDDLE EAST

Israeli exit polls show Netanyahu, main rival in tight race.

Israel votes in pivotal elections. Polls open in high-stakes election in Israel.

Pompeo refuses to back two-state solution after Netanyahu pledge.

Bomb attack kills 13 in Syria's Raqa: monitor.

Syria joint patrols: Russia and Turkey announce Idlib deal.

Iraq seeks to reassure over reservoirs and dam pressures.

Erdoğan's AKP party seeks rerun of Istanbul mayoral election.

Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'.

Iran denounces terrorist designation for military unit as 'vicious move'.

Iran hits back at U.S. for blacklist, threatens nuclear development.

Iran's MPs don uniform of Revolutionary Guard in protest at US.

Germany to join UN monitoring mission in Yemen: reports.

Turkish authorities reject Erdogan party's request for full recount.

ASIA

Pompeo agrees Kim Jong Un is a 'tyrant'.

U.N. fears as many as 30 Rohingya killed in Myanmar assault.

Protesters warn of Chinese 'invasion' of Philippines.

India's Modi eyes win in world's biggest election.

Kazakhstan's interim president calls snap elections for June.

'Maoist' attack in India's Chhattisgarh kills BJP lawmaker.

Landmark Papua New Guinea natural gas deal signed.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella Movement' leaders found guilty for role in mass protests.

Dalai Lama taken to New Delhi hospital for chest pain.

AFRICA

UN, militia group in deadly C.Africa clashes.

UN tells C. Africa to reintegrate rebels.

Uganda says arrests made for kidnapping of American tourist.

Dozens killed in Nigerian violence flareup.

Haftar's forces continue push into Tripoli as Libya crisis escalates.

Libyans flee to Tunisia as fight for Tripoli intensifies.

U.N. condemns airstrike on Tripoli airport.

Libya: UN urges immediate halt to fighting.

Sudan: Security forces crack down on surging anti-Bashir protest.

With army appeal, Sudan protesters test Bashir's 'coup-proof' regime.

Algeria's parliament confirms Bensalah as interim president. 'Out with system': Algeria protesters reject interim president.

Algeria protests: Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators.

Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water.

Critics urge Trump to address rights concerns during Sisi meeting.

EUROPE

Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program.

Germany to agree to Brexit delay but France sets conditions as May arrives in Paris.

One-year Brexit delay too long for France: Macron aide.

EU to agree another delay but threatens with June 1 Brexit: draft.

France and Germany concerned about Polish judiciary.

Putin mocks Mueller report: 'a mountain gave birth to a mouse'.

Greek conservative leader eyes EU vote victory, PM post in election by autumn.

Romania's ex-leader Iliescu charged over 1989 uprising.

Political quarrels disqualify Bosnia from Europe's top body.

AMERICAS

Trump denies he's planning to restart family separations at border.

Trump: Court defeat on asylum policy 'unfair to US'. US judge blocks Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy.

US attorney general ready to release Mueller report 'within a week'. Barr says Mueller report will be released 'within a week'. Barr: Mueller declined to review my letter.

Colombia's president target of planned 'terrorist act'.

Canada's golden boy Trudeau sinks in polls as scandal takes toll.

Canada to reject refugees with claims in other countries.

Brazil's Bolsonaro plans new trip to U.S., China and Middle Eastern countries.

Inspired by migrant caravans, new wave of Cubans seek U.S. asylum.

Trump administration scuttles MLB-Cuba baseball deal.

New York measles emergency declared in Brooklyn.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Man accused of plotting IS-inspired truck attack held without bail.

German IS member on trial for war crimes in Munich.

Trump sees progress with Egypt on terrorism as he meets Sisi.

Four police, three civilians killed in bomb attack in North Sinai: ministry.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US stocks close lower, ending 8-day win streak for S&P 500.

Social media a popular, yet not trusted, news source: poll.

World economy facing delicate moment, IMF says.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels' attention.

US threatens EU with new tariffs over Airbus subsidies.

Iran Responds To The U.S. Decision To Designate The Revolutionary Guards As A Terrorist Organization

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 03:05 PM PDT



The Guardian: Iran's MPs don uniform of Revolutionary Guards in protest at US

Tehran responds fiercely to US's reclassification of its military wing as a terrorist organisation

Politicians in Iran wore uniforms of the Revolutionary Guards in parliament on Tuesday in protest at the US decision to classify the nation's military wing as a foreign terrorist organisation.

There were chants of "Death to America" as the president, Hassan Rouhani, declared the force was "dearer than ever in the hearts of the Iranian nation" and announced countermeasures against the US.

Donald Trump's move on Monday marked the first time Washington has declared another nation's military wing a terrorist organisation – in the same category as non-state groups such as Isis or al-Qaida.

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WNU Editor: Yup .... Iran's Qassem Suleimani will be viewed same as ISIS leader, says Pompeo (The National)

More News On Iran Responding To The U.S. Decision To Designate The Revolutionary Guards As A Terrorist Organization

Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of 'Death to America' -- AP
Revolutionary Guard Corps: Iran hits back at US terrorist claim -- BBC
Iranian MPs Chant 'Death to America', Wear IRGC Uniforms to Protest US Move -- Sputnik
Iran president says US 'leader of world terrorism' -- AFP
Iran slams U.S. sanctions on Revolutionary Guard as lawmakers chant "Death to America" -- CBS/AP
Iran's Rouhani defends IRGC, says US 'terror' label a 'mistake' -- Al Jazeera
After Guard blacklisted, Iran president says US is 'leader of world terrorism' -- Times of Israel
Iran denounces terrorist designation for military unit as 'vicious move' -- Politico
Iran Has Developed Missiles 'Beyond Your Imagination,' President Warns After Trump Designates IRGC As Terrorist Group -- Newsweek

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Is Sinking In The Polls

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 02:00 PM PDT

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Reuters: Canada's golden boy Trudeau sinks in polls as scandal takes toll

OTTAWA (Reuters) - When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office in late 2015, he was a political golden boy who seemed destined to build on the legend of his father, who led the country for more than 15 years.

But six months ahead of an October election, polls suggest the 47-year-old politician with the broad smile and a penchant for colorful socks could become the first prime minister to lose power after a single majority mandate since the 1930s.

Trudeau is mired in a relentless scandal over alleged interference in a corporate corruption case that has led to the resignations of two Cabinet members, his top advisor and the head of the federal civil service.

The ruling Liberals have lost 6 percentage points since the start of the year, ceding the lead to the rival Conservatives, according to a Nanos Research poll published on Tuesday.

If an election were held now, the Conservatives would win 34.9 percent of the vote, the Liberals 32.8 percent and the left-leaning New Democratic Party 16.6 percent. The poll suggests the result would be deadlock or a fragile minority government.

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WNU Editor: I live in Canada and I follow these things very closely. The polling company that is quoted above has IMHO always given results that favour the Liberals. I think the spread is a few points more. This does not mean that Prime Minister Trudeau is going to lose in the next election. The election is still 6 months away, and anything can happen. But being accused of interfering in a criminal case to help a company with ties to his political party, and the expulsion of two key cabinet ministers because they have lost confidence in his leadership, has hurt him. But what my really hurt him is the economy. It is starting to slow down, and that may in the end be his biggest Achilles Heel.

U.S. Military Contractor Found Alive After Being Reported Killed In Afghan Bombing

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 01:38 PM PDT



NBC: U.S. military contractor found alive after he was reported killed in Afghan bombing

The Afghan man was later determined to have fallen in with a group of civilians in the chaos after the explosion, a U.S. military official told NBC News.

A civilian working for the U.S. military was found alive after he was reported to have been killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan, an American military official told NBC News on Tuesday.

The unidentified Afghan man was wounded in an attack that killed three U.S. service members outside the Bagram Airfield 25 miles north of Kabul.

The victim was riding in the military vehicle with at least four American servicemembers when the roadside bomb detonated, the official said. Coalition forces released a statement on Monday saying the man was killed in the attack.

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More News On The U.S. Military Contractor Being Found Alive After Being Reported Killed In Afghan Bombing

Three Americans slain in Bagram blast identified as Marines, one a decorated NYC fireman -- Stars and Stripes
Contractor reported killed in Afghan blast found alive -- The Hill
US Contractor Found Alive After Being Announced Dead in IED Attack -- Military.com
U.S. Forces Confirm 3 Marines Killed and Contractor Injured in Afghanistan Taliban Attack -- Time

Israeli Elections. One Election Poll Shows A Close Result. Another Exit Poll Shows A Defeat for Prime Minister Netanyahu

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 01:13 PM PDT

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Jerusalem Post: Gantz vs. Netanyahu: Both claim victory amid split exit polls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party finished second with 33 seats, according to Channel 12. Blue and White takes 37.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz each declared that they won Tuesday's election after inconclusive exit polls were broadcast on the three Israeli networks.

Netanyahu claimed victory, because his Right-Center bloc won handily over Gantz's Center-Left bloc in polls broadcast on Channel 13 and KAN, 66 to 54 and 64 to 56, respectively. In Channel 12's poll, the blocs were even at 60 seats.

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Update: Netanyahu, Gantz both declare victory as exit polls split (Times of Israel)

WNU Editor:The final result will be known tomorrow.

Venezuela Removes Eight Tonnes Of Gold From The Central Bank

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 11:32 AM PDT

People walk outside of the Venezuela's Central Bank in Caracas, Venezuela, January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photo

Reuters: Exclusive: Venezuela removes eight tonnes of gold from central bank - sources

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela removed eight tonnes of gold from the central bank's vaults last week, and the cash-strapped socialist state is expected to sell the bullion abroad as it seeks to raise hard currency in the face of U.S. sanctions, a lawmaker and one government source said.

With sanctions imposed by Washington choking off revenues from exports by state oil company PDVSA, President Nicolas Maduro's increasingly isolated administration has turned to sales of Venezuela's substantial gold reserves as one of the only sources of foreign currency.

The government source said the Central Bank's reserves had fallen by 30 tonnes since the start of the year before U.S. President Donald Trump tightened sanctions, leaving the bank with around 100 tonnes in its vaults, worth more than $4 billion.

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WNU Editor: I am willing to bet that this gold is either going to Russia or China, and it is to pay off debts and the support that both countries have given to the Maduro regime.

Libya Civil War -- News Updates April 9, 2019

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 11:26 AM PDT







Bloomberg: Tripoli Fighting Intensifies as Rivals Ignore Ceasefire Call

Eastern-based warlord Khalifa Haftar struck Tripoli's only functioning international airport on Monday, drawing a rebuke from the United Nations and escalating an advance on the capital that threatens to spark civil war and convulse oil markets.

Mitiga International Airport, Libya's largest, temporarily suspended flights after the airstrike, which the UN's secretary-general, Antonio Gutteres, condemned. In a statement, Gutteres urged an immediate halt to hostilities ``to prevent an all-out conflict.'' Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army, said his forces were targeting two military aircraft and were not intending to disrupt passenger traffic.

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Libya Civil War -- News Updates April 9, 2019

Haftar's forces continue push into Tripoli as Libya crisis escalates -- France 24
Libyans flee to Tunisia as fight for Tripoli intensifies -- Al Jazeera
Libya's UN-backed government calls airport airstrike a 'war crime' -- CNN
Khalifa Haftar fails to woo Tripoli militia kingpins -- The National
'We've already lost so much': Libyans brace for worst as Haftar's forces advance on Tripoli -- Middle East Eye
Libya: UN urges immediate halt to fighting -- DW
U.N. condemns airstrike on Tripoli airport -- UPI
UN postpones Libya talks as violence rages -- AFP
Libya crisis: UN warns attacks on civilians may amount to war crimes -- BBC
Libya crisis: UK officials anxious as blame is laid at doors of Gulf allies -- The Guardian
Libya Is on the Brink of Civil War and a U.S. Citizen Is Responsible. Here's What to Know -- Time
How far can Haftar get with his Tripoli offensive? -- Al Jazeera

British Prime Minister Theresa May Meets The Leaders Of Germany And France To Push For A Brexit Delay

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 11:16 AM PDT



France 24: PM May meets with French, German leaders to seek Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May met the leaders of Germany and France on Tuesday in a last-gasp bid to keep her country from crashing out of the European Union later this week without a deal.

May's huddles with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels focused on the fate of the 46-year-old partnership.

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WNU Editor: British Prime Minister Theresa May is going to get her delay, but it is not going to change anything.

More News On British Prime Minister Theresa May Meeting The Leaders Of Germany And France To Push For A Brexit Delay

The Latest: Tusk urges EU leaders to grant May 'flextension' -- AP
Brexit: Theresa May meets Emmanuel Macron for delay request -- BBC
Germany to agree to Brexit delay but France sets conditions as May arrives in Paris -- Reuters
Britain's May makes pre-summit plea for new Brexit delay -- AP
EU to agree another delay but threatens with June 1 Brexit: draft -- Reuters
Weary EU set to give yet more time for Brexit -- Reuters
UK likely to be offered Brexit extension until end of year -- The Guardian
UK PM Theresa May travels to Europe with Brexit extension plea -- DW
Brexit talks: stumbling blocks that threaten a Labour and Tory deal -- The Guardian

Polls Open For Election In Israel

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 11:12 AM PDT



Reuters: Israelis vote to decide on Netanyahu's record reign

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to galvanize supporters into voting in Israel's parliamentary election by playing up the prospects of his strongest rival, an ex-general who has pledged clean government, to deny him a fifth term.

Netanyahu, in power consecutively since 2009 after a first term from 1996 to 1999, is fighting for his political survival. He faces possible indictment in three corruption cases in which the right-wing leader has denied any wrongdoing.

Final opinion polls on Friday showed Netanyahu, who heads the Likud party, falling behind his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz of the Blue and White faction, but with an easier path to form a government.

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More News On Israel's Election

Israel election: PM Netanyahu seeks record fifth term -- BBC
Polls open in high-stakes election in Israel -- France 24
Israel election: voters go to polls as Netanyahu seeks fifth term -- The Guardian
Israel decides Netanyahu's fate in national election -- AP
Israel votes in pivotal elections -- DW
Israeli voters head to the polls in one of the 'most unsavory' campaigns in country's history -- CNBC
Netanyahu, Gantz head into final stretch of close Israeli race -- UPI
Israel elections: Netanyahu faces challenge from Gantz at polls -- Al Jazeera
Stick with 'Bibi'? Israeli voters make their choice -- AFP
Israel election: What are the key issues for voters? -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- April 9, 2019

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 04:54 PM PDT



CNBC: Israeli voters head to the polls in one of the 'most unsavory' campaigns in country's history

* Roughly 6.3 million Israeli voters are expected to cast their ballots today in an election that will have major implications for both Israelis and Palestinians.
* Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his toughest challenge yet after months of being dogged by corruption and bribery allegations.
* Top opposition candidate Benny Gantz, a former army general, leads a center-left coalition but is currently trailing in close polls.

Roughly 6.3 million Israelis are expected to cast their ballots today in an election that will have serious implications for the legacy of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for Palestinians, and for Israel's relationship with the rest of the Middle East.

Netanyahu faces his toughest challenge yet after months of being dogged by corruption and bribery allegations. His top competitor Benny Gantz, a former army general, who leads a center-left coalition. If Netanyahu wins — and polls are currently giving him a lead, though it remains close — the 69-year-old will become the longest-serving prime minister in the country's history.

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MIDDLE EAST

Israel votes in pivotal elections. Polls open in high-stakes election in Israel.

Syria joint patrols: Russia and Turkey announce Idlib deal.

Erdoğan's AKP party seeks rerun of Istanbul mayoral election.

Iran denounces terrorist designation for military unit as 'vicious move'.

Iran hits back at U.S. for blacklist, threatens nuclear development.

Iran's MPs don uniform of Revolutionary Guard in protest at US.

Germany to join UN monitoring mission in Yemen: reports.

Turkish authorities reject Erdogan party's request for full recount.

ASIA

U.N. fears as many as 30 Rohingya killed in Myanmar assault.

Protesters warn of Chinese 'invasion' of Philippines.

India's Modi eyes win in world's biggest election.

Kazakhstan's interim president calls snap elections for June.

'Maoist' attack in India's Chhattisgarh kills BJP lawmaker.

Landmark Papua New Guinea natural gas deal signed.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella Movement' leaders found guilty for role in mass protests.

AFRICA

Haftar's forces continue push into Tripoli as Libya crisis escalates.

Libyans flee to Tunisia as fight for Tripoli intensifies.

U.N. condemns airstrike on Tripoli airport.

Libya: UN urges immediate halt to fighting.

Sudan: Security forces crack down on surging anti-Bashir protest.

With army appeal, Sudan protesters test Bashir's 'coup-proof' regime.

Algeria's parliament confirms Bensalah as interim president. 'Out with system': Algeria protesters reject interim president.

Algeria protests: Police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators.

Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water.

Critics urge Trump to address rights concerns during Sisi meeting.

EUROPE

Germany to agree to Brexit delay but France sets conditions as May arrives in Paris.

One-year Brexit delay too long for France: Macron aide.

EU to agree another delay but threatens with June 1 Brexit: draft.

France and Germany concerned about Polish judiciary.

Putin mocks Mueller report: 'a mountain gave birth to a mouse'.

Greek conservative leader eyes EU vote victory, PM post in election by autumn.

Romania's ex-leader Iliescu charged over 1989 uprising.

Political quarrels disqualify Bosnia from Europe's top body.

AMERICAS

Trump: Court defeat on asylum policy 'unfair to US'. US judge blocks Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy.

US attorney general ready to release Mueller report 'within a week'. Barr says Mueller report will be released 'within a week'. Barr: Mueller declined to review my letter.

Colombia's president target of planned 'terrorist act'.

Canada's golden boy Trudeau sinks in polls as scandal takes toll.

Brazil's Bolsonaro plans new trip to U.S., China and Middle Eastern countries.

Inspired by migrant caravans, new wave of Cubans seek U.S. asylum.

Trump administration scuttles MLB-Cuba baseball deal.

New York measles emergency declared in Brooklyn.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

German IS member on trial for war crimes in Munich.

Trump sees progress with Egypt on terrorism as he meets Sisi.

Four police, three civilians killed in bomb attack in North Sinai: ministry.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

World economy facing delicate moment, IMF says.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang braces for EU meeting as Brexit takes up Brussels' attention.

US threatens EU with new tariffs over Airbus subsidies.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 9, 2019

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 10:03 AM PDT

Russia and Turkey have closely coordinated moves on Syria, where they struck a deal last year to create a security zone in the northern province of Idlib.

DW: Erdogan and Putin seek to deepen their military ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow. The two leaders discussed the sale of advanced Russian missiles to Turkey that has riled the United States.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip on Monday arrived in Russia for his third visit this year, highlighting the increasingly close cooperation between the two countries and Turkey's willingness to defy the United States.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 9, 2019

Erdogan, Putin meet in Moscow to talk defense, Syria -- UPI

Contractor reported killed in Afghan blast found alive -- The Hill

Trump again overrules top brass -- Politico

SEAL skipper defends restrictions on special warfare chief freed by Trump -- Navy Times

With the US Navy's top shipbuilding priority on deck, red flags fly -- Defense News

A U-2 Spy Plane Is Flying Peculiar Tracks High Over South Las Vegas -- Warzone/The Drive

Is military aviation getting any safer? New mishap data shows mixed results. -- Military Times

Top general: Marines' cost for border deployment is $6.2M -- The Hill

Chinese threats necessitate new space structures, Shanahan warns -- Defense News

Six Air Force Bases in Running for Space Command Headquarters: Report -- Military.com

Soldiers, Marines try out new device that puts 'mixed reality,' multiple functions into warfighter's hands -- Army Times

The Military is Developing Augmented Reality Night Vision Goggles -- Futurism

Solving One of the Hardest Problems of Military AI: Trust -- Defense One

The Army Wants AI to Read Soldiers' Minds -- Defense One

US and Chinese bombers soar over critical Pacific waterway amid ramped-up military drills -- Task & Purpose/Japan times

Feds warn: China sending 'thousands' of spies to US colleges -- Washington Examiner

Russia Claims It Will Build a Very Special Type of Aircraft Carrier -- National Interest

Russia Doubles Down in Venezuela -- Military.com

U.S. Military Wary of China's Foothold in Venezuela -- Foreign Policy

China's Rise and Modern Military Technology: Part I -- The Diplomat

China's 70th anniversary naval celebration won't include U.S. ships -- UPI

Taiwan 'at the frontline of threats' from Beijing, Tsai Ing-wen tells US think tanks -- SCMP

Indian Radar Data That Supposedly Proves They Downed An F-16 Is Far From "Irrefutable" -- Warzone/The Drive

A Japanese F-35A fighter jet is missing; remaining 12 are grounded -- Defense News

Britain to deploy F-35Bs for first time, sending them to Cyprus air base -- UPI

Dutch F-16 makes emergency landing after plane shoots itself -- Military Times

A Canadian parliamentary committee is set to shine a light on the shadowy business of military intelligence -- CBC

Rheinmetall to supply Germany's Bundeswehr with artillery shells worth $122.8M -- UPI

NATO launches cyber-defense drill simulating elections under attack -- Fifth Domain

Four charts for NATO's 70th anniversary -- Quartz

NATO Is 70 and Past Retirement Age -- Gil Barndollar, National Interest

Japan's Air Force Is Saying That One Of Their F-35s Has Gone Missing During A Training Mission Over The Pacific

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:45 AM PDT

Senior leaders from Japan's Ministry of Defense, US Forces Japan, Pacific Air Forces, and Lockheed Martin at a Japan Air Self-Defense Force hangar to welcome the first operational F-35A Lightning II to JASDF's 3rd Air Wing, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, February 24, 2018. US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton

Warzone/The Drive: Japanese F-35A Has Gone Missing Over The Pacific Ocean (Updated)

Japan's first operational F-35 squadron was stood up just days ago at Misawa Air Base, the same base the F-35 in question supposedly launched from.

Details remain extremely limited at this time, but there are reports from Japanese media outlets stating that one of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's F-35As has gone missing during an evening training mission off Northern Japan. A search effort is supposedly now underway.

Reports state that the F-35 went missing at around 7:30pm local time on the 9th of April, 2019. The aircraft had taken off from Misawa Air Base and was around 85 miles east of that location, over the Pacific Ocean, when it disappeared from Japan's tracking systems.

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More News On A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Fighter Jet Disappearing Over The Pacific

Air Self-Defense Force F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific -- Japan Times
Japan's air force loses contact with F-35 stealth fighter -- Reuters
Japanese F-35 fighter jet disappears over Pacific during exercise -- Kyodo News
Japanese F-35 Lightning II Stealth Aircraft Reported Missing Over The Pacific Ocean -- The Aviationist
Japanese F-35 fighter disappears while flying over Pacific Ocean -- Task & Purpose
Japanese fighter jet 'disappears from radar' over Pacific -- RT
Japan Grounds Fleet of F-35As After Fighter Jet Disappears in Mid-Air - Reports -- Sputnik

Brazilian President Says Says He Is Working With The U.S. To Split the Venezuelan Army From The Maduro Government

Posted: 09 Apr 2019 08:31 AM PDT

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump at a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Reuters: Brazil's Bolsonaro says working with U.S. to sow 'dissent' in Venezuela army

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday he is working with the U.S. government to sow dissent within the Venezuelan Army.

Bolsonaro, during an interview with Jovem Pan radio, said that if there is a military invasion in Venezuela, he would ask seek the counsel of Brazil's National Defense Council and Congress on what, if any, action his country should take.

"We cannot allow Venezuela to become a new Cuba or North Korea," the right-wing president said.

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Update #1: U.S., Brazilian vice presidents discuss Venezuela pressure at White House (Reuters)
Update #2: Bolsonaro says Brazil & US focus on creating 'rift' within Venezuelan army to oust Maduro (RT)

WNU Editor: I am willing to bet that there are other countries like Colombia, Peru, etc., who are also trying to split the Venezuelan army.