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Iran Has Officially Acknowledged That It Accidentally Shot Down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 10:32 PM PST







Daily Mail: Iran finally ADMITS shooting down Ukrainian jetliner: Tehran says military 'unintentionally' fired missiles at Boeing 737 and killed 176 on board because they thought the plane was an 'enemy target'

* Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country 'unintentionally' shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard
* Iran had denied for several days that two missiles downed the aircraft. But then the U.S. and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft
* Iran has since blamed 'human error' for shooting down the plane on Tuesday. The government also offered an apology to families.
* The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials
* On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that American lives were possibly saved after it issued a notice barring U.S. civilian planes from flying over Iran and Iraq

Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country 'unintentionally' shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard, after mistaking the aircraft for a hostile, enemy target.

The statement came Saturday morning, local time, and blamed 'human error' for shooting down the plane on Tuesday.

Specifically, Iranian officials says the aircraft 'took the flying posture and altitude of an enemy target' as it neared the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base and attending personal didn't recognize it as a passenger plane.

'Under these circumstances, because of human error, [the plane] came under fire,' the statement read, according to the New York Times.

Following the grave mistake, Iran's government have offered an apology to families.

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WNU Editor: As mentioned in a previous post. Iran had no choice. If they tried to cover this up no airline in the world would then fly into Iran. They had to come clean, and to do so quickly.

More News On Iran Officially Acknowledging That It Accidentally Shot Down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Iran acknowledges accidentally downing Ukrainian jetliner -- AP
Iran acknowledges accidentally downing Ukrainian jetliner -- France 24
Iran says military shot down plane in error, after denial drew scrutiny abroad -- Reuters
Iran plane crash: Ukrainian jet was 'unintentionally' shot down -- BBC
Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner 'unintentionally' -- The Guardian
Iran Says It Unintentionally Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner -- The New York Times
Iran admits 'unintentionally' shooting down Ukrainian airliner -- DW
Iran blames human error for 'unintentionally' shooting down Ukrainian plane -- ABC News Online
'Disastrous mistake': Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian plane -- Al Jazeera
Iran's Rouhani vows to 'identify & prosecute' all responsible for 'disastrous mistake' that led to Ukrainian jet downing -- RT

Iran Is Surrounded By US Military Bases And Facilities

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 10:03 PM PST

An overview of the US military's Middle Eastern facilities.

ABC News Online: Iran is surrounded by US military bases and facilities. Here's a snapshot

Tensions between Iran and the United States have simmered for decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but in recent weeks their longstanding tensions appear to be boiling over.

This week, Tehran launched attacks against two large airbases hosting US and coalition forces in neighbouring Iraq, in retaliation for the US's unilateral assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders last week.

Soleimani was revered in Iran, whom the US claimed was plotting "imminent attacks" against its personnel in the Middle East as the reason for the killing, without specifying what they were.

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WNU Editor: It is not only the bases that are present in the Middle East that are formidable, but it is also the military power that the U.S. can project from the US itself that should give the Iranians pause.

This Is How Iran And The US Talked To Each Other This Past Week

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 09:54 PM PST


Navy Times: Explainer: How countries in conflict, like Iran and the US, talk to each other

Even countries that have broken ties with each other need to communicate in times of crisis and war.

That includes the U.S. and Iran, which have not had an official way to talk directly to each other since President Jimmy Carter cut off diplomatic and consular relations in April 1980, as part of the Tehran embassy hostage crisis.

The link has never been restored.

But international diplomacy has found an ingenious solution to the problem of communication between countries that have broken ties.

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WNU Editor: Here is an excellent article on the role that the Swiss have played in the past week between Iran and the U.S. .... "I'd Like To See Them Call Me": How Trump Used An Encrypted Swiss Fax Machine To Defuse The Iran Crisis (Zero Hedge).

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Flight of the Phoenix' (1965)

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 09:54 PM PST



From Wikipedia: The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich,[4] and based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor. The story describes a small group of men struggling to survive their aircraft's emergency landing in the Sahara Desert, and stars Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger and Ernest Borgnine. The ensemble cast includes Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Christian Marquand, Dan Duryea and George Kennedy as other passengers on the aircraft.

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WNU Editor: There are a lot of incredible actors in this film.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 10, 2020

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 04:00 PM PST

Debris from the plane is seen on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran January 8. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA

Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic: The Overwhelming Visibility of the Iran Plane Crash

A cellphone video. An international dispute. The world is more confusing—and more exposed—than ever.

To be alive in 2020 and connected to the immense information network is to experience a rich confusion of images, videos, social-media posts, and reportage about everything, all the time. The latest example: a Ukrainian-airliner crash outside Tehran. The plane, a Boeing 737-800, crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday, killing everyone aboard. There were unconfirmed rumors and general confusion and Twitter threads with videos, pictures, and analysis of what might have happened. (A missile? A malfunction?)

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 10, 2020

Explainer: Reading 'black boxes' of Ukrainian jet that crashed in Iran -- Reuters

We need transparency from Tehran on Ukrainian plane crash in Iran -- Matthias von Hein, DW

How the Trump administration saved the Islamic Republic -- Ahmad Sadri, Al Jazeera

Israel casts anxious view toward Iran -- Kersten Knipp, DW

Israel and US will handle the Iranian challenge in their own ways -- Jacob Nagel and Jonathan Schanzer, Jerusalem Post

How US-Iran tensions may yet torpedo oil markets -- Tim Daiss and Da Nang, Asia Times

Eight Reasons the U.S. and Iraq Need Each Other -- David Pollock, Washington Institute

Implications of Soleimani killing on Afghan security -- Ihsanullah Omarkhail, Asia Times

Moon Jae-in Wants Peace with North Korea. There's Just One Problem. -- Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

Tsai's Likely Reelection in Taiwan Will Lead to More Tensions With China -- Elliot Waldman, WPR

A Growing Challenge for America's Somalia Policy -- Joshua Meservey, Daily Signal

The Obama Administration Wrecked Libya for a Generation -- Doug Bandow, TAC

How stock markets react to conflicts, wars -- Igor Kuchma, Asia Times

China's Sars-like illness worries health experts -- Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

The world is 'running out of sand', and it's fuelling murders, mafias and ecological devastation -- Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Taryn Priadko, ABC News Online

Daily World News Briefs -- January 10, 2020 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 03:06 PM PST

The crate containing purportedly the two black boxes recovered from the crashed Ukrainian airliner, Boeing 737-800, is seen in this still image taken from a video, in Teheran, Iran January 10, 2020. IRIB VIA WANA/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Iran to probe black boxes after missile blamed for plane crash

DUBAI (Reuters) - Tehran said on Friday it wanted to download black box recordings itself from a Ukrainian airliner crash that killed all 176 people aboard, amid Western suspicions the plane was brought down by an Iranian missile, probably by mistake.

The crash has heightened international pressure on Iran after months of friction with the United States and tit-for-tat military strikes. Washington killed an Iranian general last week in Iraq, prompting Tehran to fire at U.S. targets.

Iran, which denies the Boeing 737-800 was downed by a missile, showed the voice and flight data recorders on state TV on Friday but said it could take a month or two to extract data.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iran will announce reason for crash of Ukrainian airliner on Saturday: Fars news.

French, US investigators to help probe plane likely downed by Iranian missile.

'Serious concerns' raised over integrity of Iran plane crash site.

Trump administration announces new sanctions on Iran. US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran after Iraq attack: Mnuchin.

Iran could have nuclear weapons in one or two years, says France.

Fearing nuclear proliferation, Europe scrambles to calm Iran tensions.

Russia announces ceasefire deal with Turkey in Syria's Idlib.

Washington turns down Iraqi call to remove troops.

Thousands of Iraqis rally against government, Iran and US.

Israel releases Druze spy to Syria. Israel releases two Syrian prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'.

ASIA

U.S. Army plans to expand Asian security efforts to counter China.

Officials order 250,000 to evacuate in Australia near 'megafire'.

Australia: More than one million acres of land decimated.

At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing.

Two Indian army porters killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Along Line of Control.

China casting long shadow over Taiwan elections this weekend.

Huge rival rallies on final day before Taiwan votes.

Trump wishes Kim Jong Un a 'happy birthday,' South's adviser says.

Hong Kong PTSD level 'comparable to conflict zones', study finds.

AFRICA

Tunisian parliament rejects proposed new government in a confidence vote.

Libya's Haftar vow to press Tripoli campaign despite ceasefire call.

Niger army base attack kills 25 soldiers.

Somali army kills 3 al-Shabab militants.

Sudanese in rebel-held Kauda hope for peace after Hamdok's visit.

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity, UN says.

Morocco rights activists warn over free speech after arrests.

Zimbabwe's VP wife sues husband over access to children, house.

EUROPE

Ukraine security service prioritizing missile, terrorism as possible causes of plane crash.

EU holds rare emergency meeting to save Iran nuclear deal. European leaders hold emergency summit to save Iran deal.

Zelenskyy: Claims Iran missile downed Ukraine plane 'unconfirmed'.

Germany urges EU unity ahead of Middle East crisis meeting.

Germany, Russia see goals align amid tension in Middle East.

EU parliament stops recognizing jailed Catalan separatist as lawmaker.

'We won't give up': French protesters defiant on day 36 of pension strikes.

Sinn Féin supports deal to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.

Bulgarian environment minister charged over water crisis.

Russian human rights group fined again under 'foreign agent' law.

Meghan returns to Canada as Queen calls for 'workable solution' .

AMERICAS

Trump impeachment charges may go to Senate as early as next week.

No more 'teary eyes' from Trudeau: Iranian-Canadians demand action on crash.

Killing Iran general delivered 'American justice', Trump tells rally.

Pompeo defends intelligence behind Soleimani strike amid press grilling.

Qasem Soleimani: Democrats question Trump's embassy attacks claim.

Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week.

Canadians demand justice as they mourn victims of Iran plane crash.

US sharply reduces flights to Cuba.

Venezuela opposition calls on U.S. to step up pressure on Maduro ally Russia.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

U.S. targeted Iranian official in Yemen in failed strike: sources.

Africa's Sahel seeks new ways to fight terrorism.

The Islamic State (IS) group has welcomed the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Airstrike in western Afghanistan kills leader of Taliban splinter group, may have killed civilians.

ECONOMY/BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Wall Street slips from records after jobs data, but posts weekly gains.

Oil slips towards $65 as Middle East tensions ease.

Zuckerberg's 10 year plan: Facebook CEO reveals grand vision for the next DECADE including 'curing all diseases' and 'new forms of government'.

Boeing 737 Max: Worker said plane 'designed by clowns'.

French Foreign Minister: Iran Is 'One Or Two Years' Away From Getting A Nuclear Weapon

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 02:00 PM PST



Daily Mail: Iran is 'one or two years' away from getting a nuclear weapon if Tehran continues to violate the 2015 accord, France warns

* French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Iran getting bomb 'not an option'
* He spoke as EU ministers and NATO secretary general set for emergency summit
* Le Drian insisted the Vienna deal 'is not dead' and hopes to salvage it

Iran is close to developing its own nuclear weapons, France's foreign minister warned today.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said if the regime carried on violating the 2015 deal restricting its weapons programme then it could become a nuclear power in just 'one or two years.'

Tehran has been gradually breaching aspects of the deal since President Donald Trump walked away from it in 2018 and imposed crippling economic sanctions.

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Update #1: How Close Is Iran to a Nuclear Bomb? France Warns World May Have Less Than 2 Years (Newsweek)
Update #2: Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapon Within One to Two Years: French Minister (The New York Times)

WNU Editor: They are trying to save a deal that is already dead .... European leaders hold emergency summit to save Iran deal (Al Jazeera).

This Is Journalism Today

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 01:47 PM PST


FOX News: Associated Press changes 'shockingly bad' headline about Soleimani, Ukrainian plane crash after backlash

The Associated Press changed a headline Thursday night that implied that the strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week resulted in a Ukrainian passenger plane being shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.

Pentagon officials have told Fox News that U.S. intelligence increasingly points at the airliner being accidentally struck by a Russian-made missile, killing all 176 people on board the flight, just hours after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting two military bases housing American and coalition troops.

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WNU editor: This pales when compared to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) coverage of this story yesterday .... CBC journalists try to blame Trump for Ukrainian plane crash (True North).

U.S. Announces More Sanctions On Iran

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 01:43 PM PST



CNBC: US slaps new sanctions on Iran following strikes on US targets

* Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions on Iran's metal exports and eight senior Iranian officials.
* The penalties came days after Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for an American airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top military leader, Qasem Soleimani.
* On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will "immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced new sanctions Friday on Iran's metal exports and eight senior Iranian officials.

The penalties came days after Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq in retaliation for an American airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran's top military leader, Qasem Soleimani, last week.

After the missile strikes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. will "immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime."

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More News On The U.S. Announcing More Sanctions On Iran

US announces new sanctions on Iran after missile strikes -- AP
U.S. imposes more sanctions on Iran after missile attacks in Iraq -- Reuters
US sanctions target top Iran officials, metals industry -- France 24
Trump Administration Announces More Economic Sanctions Against Iran -- NPR

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 -- News Updates January 10, 2020

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 01:25 PM PST



Daily Mail: Has the cover up begun? Iran CLEARS debris from plane crash site with bulldozers before investigators even arrive after condemning 'big US lie' they shot the jet down and insisting Tehran will 'handle' black box data

* Debris from the Boeing 737 which crashed with 176 on board has been removed from the crash site in Iran
* Ukrainian Foreign Minister revealed Friday that Ukraine has been granted access to the plane's black box
* Tehran has indicated that it will not allow the US to analyse the flight recorders recovered from the plane
* US, Canada and other Western countries believe the passenger plane was shot down by two Iranian missiles
* Footage showed the Ukraine International Airlines jet exploding with 176 passengers and crew on board
* Iran angrily denied the West's missile claims today, calling them 'psychological warfare' and a 'big lie'

Iran has bulldozed the crash site where a passenger jet came down two days ago, sparking fears of a cover-up after Tehran today denied the West's 'big lie' that Iranian missiles shot down the plane.

It comes as Ukraine has been granted access to the plane's black box flight recorders, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said on Friday.

He added that they were receiving 'full cooperation' from the Iranian authorities. Kiev sent around 50 experts to Iran to take part in the probe after the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 went down near Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

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WNU Editor: Iran has to come clean on this. If they do not no civilian airline is going to send their planes into Iran. Case in point .... Germany's Lufthansa scraps Tehran flights until January 20th (The Local).

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 -- News Updates January 10, 2020

The Latest: Ukraine looks at terrorism as cause of crash -- AP
Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane -- AFP
Iran plane crash: Tehran rebuffs claims it shot down Ukrainian jet -- BBC
Iran denies Canada's claims a Ukraine International Airlines flight was shot down in Tehran, so what do we know about the PS752 crash? -- ABC News Online
Iranian officials say it's 'impossible' Ukrainian jetliner was downed by missile -- UPI
Iran denies 'with certainty' US, Canada intel that missile downed Ukraine plane: What we know -- USA Today
Iran to probe black boxes after missile blamed for plane crash -- Reuters
Rare FOOTAGE shows Ukrainian Boeing crash site in Tehran after 'site bulldozed' claims (PHOTOS) -- RT
Iran invites Boeing to take part in probe into Ukrainian jetliner crash that killed 176 people -- Daily Mail
Iran crash and missile claims put Ukraine president in bind -- AP
Ukraine calls on Western powers to share intelligence on plane crash -- DW
Mike Pompeo publicly blames Iran for shooting down Ukrainian plane saying it is 'likely' the Boeing 737 was downed by a missile near Tehran -- Daily Mail
Pompeo confirms Iran suspected in plane crash -- Politico
Iran may have shot down Ukrainian passenger plane: NATO chief -- Reuters
Russia says no grounds to blame Iran for Ukrainian plane crash: TASS -- Reuters
Crash of PS752 in Iran: Was the aircraft shot down? -- AFP
Iran plane crash: What's the evidence a missile shot down the Ukrainian plane? -- BBC

U.S. Special Operations Tried But Failed To Kill Another Top Iranian Commander On The Night That Soleimani Was Killed

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 12:26 PM PST

© N/A/U.S. Department of State A wanted poster for Abdul Reza Shahlai.

Washington Post: On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen

On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials.

The strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander of Iran's elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration's killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.

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More News On Reports That U.S. Special Operations Tried But Failed To Kill Another Top Iranian Commander On The Night That Soleimani Was Killed

US tried, failed to take out Iranian Quds leader in Yemen -- AP
US Special Operations tried -- but failed -- to kill another top Iranian commander on night of Soleimani's death, official says -- FOX News
US unsuccessfully targeted another Iranian military official on same day as Soleimani -- CNN
U.S. Targeted but Missed Senior Iranian Commander in Yemen, Officials Say -- Wall Street Journal
On day US killed Soleimani, it launched strike that failed to kill top Iranian in Yemen -- Washington Examiner

What It’s Like To Survive A Deadly Rocket Attack

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 11:59 AM PST



Military Times: What it's like to survive a deadly rocket attack and the Iranian missile barrage in Iraq

The lights went out and darkness set in.

"Second rocket, third rocket came I thought 'This is it, we are getting rocketed." a U.S. source told Military Times, describing the deadly Dec. 27 rocket attack against an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk that killed an American contractor and wounded four U.S. troops.

Nearly 30 rockets would rain down on the Kirkuk base that houses Iraqi troops, American commandos and U.S. contractors. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, would later go on to describe the Iran-sponsored attack as an intent to "kill American soldiers sailors, airmen and Marines…. 31 rockets aren't designed as a warning shot."

"When there was that silence after the rockets, the personnel around me got together to run towards the bunkers. That's when we saw the armory was on fire," the U.S. source told Military Times, recounting the Kirkuk attack.

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WNU Editor: My father was a soldier in the Soviet army during the Second World War. Because he was studying math in university, he was quickly made an officer who was responsible for directing artillery fire against the enemy. He experienced return fire on numerous occasions, and in his opinion words cannot describe the fear and horror on what it is like to be put in such a situation. I never forget one story that he told me. He was the only survivor from a barrage, and it was from friendly fire. It was a Katyusha rocket attack that wiped out everyone with the exception of him. As he told me. The only thing that you can do when you see a wave of rockets approaching your position is to look for a hole and hope that you will not be ripped to pieces.

U.S. Says No To The Iraqi PM's Request To Send Officials To Baghdad To Sort Out Troop Withdrawal

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 11:41 AM PST



Daily Mail: Iraqi prime minister asks Mike Pompeo to send officials to Baghdad to sort out troop withdrawal despite Trump administration insisting U.S. forces are staying

* Iraq's prime minister wants Pompeo to work out a roadmap for withdrawal
* He called the strike on Iranian general at Baghdad airport a sovereignty violation
* The Iraqi parliament voted for resolution calling for troops to go following attack
* The two men spoke by phone Thursday
* 5,200 U.S. forces are propping up Iraqi security and helping contain ISIS

Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked the U.S. secretary of state to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal from Iraq, his office said Friday, signaling his insistence on ending the U.S. military presence despite recent moves to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the U.S.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi made the request in a telephone call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night, his office said in a statement. He also told Pompeo that recent U.S. strikes in Iraq were an unacceptable breach of Iraqi sovereignty and a violation of the two countries' security agreements.

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WNU Editor: Here is a good analysis on what are the options (and consequences) for the US in Iraq .... U.S. Rejects Iraqi Demand to Withdraw Troops. Can We Do That? (Slate).

More News On The U.S. Saying No To The Iraqi PM's Request To Send Officials To Baghdad To Sort Out Troop Withdrawal

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan -- AP
US rejects Iraq request to discuss troop withdrawal -- AFP
U.S. Says It Won't Discuss Withdrawing Troops from Iraq, as Iraq's Leader Requested -- The New York Times
Pompeo rebuffs Iraqi leader's demand for US troop withdrawal as critics warn of ISIS resurgence -- USA Today
Iraqi PM tells US to start working on troop withdrawal -- CNBC/AP
Iraq asks Trump administration to start planning U.S. troop withdrawal -- UPI
Iraq asks US for team to prepare troop pullout -- AFP
Iraqi prime minister tells Pompeo to 'prepare a mechanism' for troop withdrawal -- The Hill
Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal -- The Washington Post
Iraqi leader asks U.S. to "lay down the mechanisms" for military withdrawal -- CBS

Pentagon Says A Russian Warship Got Dangerously Close To A US Destroyer In The Arabian Sea

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 11:22 AM PST



Daily Mail: Moment Russian warship 'aggressively approaches' a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea, coming within just 60 yards of a collision after ignoring five warnings from the US vessel

* A Russian warship got dangerously close to a US destroyer in the Arabian Sea this week, forcing the American vessel to sound off five loud blasts of its horn
* The blasts helped avoid a collision between the two. The US Navy released a statement and video of the nail-biting encounter on Thursday
* A Russian warship is seen in the footage as it 'aggressively approached' the USS Farragut, getting within about 60 yards before altering course
* 'The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course and the two ships opened distance from one another,' the statement said.
* Tensions are high after a December 27 US drone attack killed Quds commander Qassem Soleimani, a key leader in Iran, which fired back with missile strikes

A Russian navy ship 'aggressively approached' a U.S. Navy destroyer in the North Arabian Sea on Thursday, the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement on Friday.

The Fifth Fleet said the US destroyer USS Farragut sounded five short blasts and requested the Russian ship alter course.

'The Russian ship initially refused but ultimately altered course and the two ships opened distance from one another,' the statement said.

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WNU Editor: Russia is denying this claim .... Moscow Denies US Claim Russian Ship 'Aggressively Approached' USS Farragut in Arabian Sea (Sputnik).

More News On A Russian Warship Getting Dangerously Close To A US Destroyer In The Arabian Sea

American Destroyer Sounds Collision Alarm As Russian Ship Gets Aggressive In The Middle East -- Warzone/The Drive
Russian warship 'aggressively approached' U.S. destroyer in Arabian Sea, Navy says -- NBC
Pentagon: 'aggressive' Russian naval ship nearly caused Arabian Sea collision -- France 24
Navy says Russian warship 'aggressively approached' US vessel in Arabian Sea -- The Hill
US, Russian Navy ships avoid collision after US destroyer 'aggressively approached': Fifth Fleet -- ABC News
Shocking US Navy videos show Russian warship 'aggressively' approaching a US destroyer, risking collision by initially refusing to change course -- Business Insider
Russian Ship 'Aggressively' Approached Navy Destroyer in Arabian Sea, Officials Say -- Military.com

Daily World News Briefs -- January 10, 2020

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 02:27 PM PST



Daily Mail: Nancy Pelosi to call a House vote next week to transmit impeachment articles to the Senate so Donald Trump's trial can begin

* Nancy Pelosi announced she will bring to the House floor next week a resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate
* She gave no indication on the timing of a vote
* 'I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,' she wrote to Democratic lawmakers
* Senate could likely have the articles by the end of next week
* Pressure was increasing on speaker to transmit them

Nancy Pelosi announced Friday she will bring to the House floor next week a resolution to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate so Donald Trump's trial can begin.

The move comes after the speaker faced increasing pressure from her party to allow the president's trial to begin and signals an end to her three-week standoff with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

She gave no indication of what date the vote would occur and told her Democratic lawmakers she would consult them on next steps at their weekly party meeting on Tuesday.

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MIDDLE EAST

French, US investigators to help probe plane likely downed by Iranian missile.

'Serious concerns' raised over integrity of Iran plane crash site.

Trump administration announces new sanctions on Iran. US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran after Iraq attack: Mnuchin.

Iran could have nuclear weapons in one or two years, says France.

Russia announces ceasefire deal with Turkey in Syria's Idlib.

Thousands of Iraqis rally against government, Iran and US.

Israel releases Druze spy to Syria. Israel releases two Syrian prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'.

ASIA

Officials order 250,000 to evacuate in Australia near 'megafire'.

Australia: More than one million acres of land decimated.

At least 15 dead in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing.

Two Indian army porters killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan Along Line of Control.

China casting long shadow over Taiwan elections this weekend.

Huge rival rallies on final day before Taiwan votes.

Trump wishes Kim Jong Un a 'happy birthday,' South's adviser says.

Hong Kong PTSD level 'comparable to conflict zones', study finds.

AFRICA

Libya's Haftar vow to press Tripoli campaign despite ceasefire call.

Niger army base attack kills 25 soldiers.

Somali army kills 3 al-Shabab militants.

Sudanese in rebel-held Kauda hope for peace after Hamdok's visit.

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity, UN says.

Morocco rights activists warn over free speech after arrests.

Zimbabwe's VP wife sues husband over access to children, house.

EUROPE

EU holds rare emergency meeting to save Iran nuclear deal. European leaders hold emergency summit to save Iran deal.

Zelenskyy: Claims Iran missile downed Ukraine plane 'unconfirmed'.

Germany urges EU unity ahead of Middle East crisis meeting.

Germany, Russia see goals align amid tension in Middle East.

'We won't give up': French protesters defiant on day 36 of pension strikes.

Sinn Féin supports deal to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.

Bulgarian environment minister charged over water crisis.

Russian human rights group fined again under 'foreign agent' law.

Meghan returns to Canada as Queen calls for 'workable solution' .

AMERICAS

Killing Iran general delivered 'American justice', Trump tells rally.

Pompeo defends intelligence behind Soleimani strike amid press grilling.

Qasem Soleimani: Democrats question Trump's embassy attacks claim.

Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week.

Canadians demand justice as they mourn victims of Iran plane crash.

US sharply reduces flights to Cuba.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Africa's Sahel seeks new ways to fight terrorism.

The Islamic State (IS) group has welcomed the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Airstrike in western Afghanistan kills leader of Taliban splinter group, may have killed civilians.

ECONOMY/BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Oil slips towards $65 as Middle East tensions ease.

Zuckerberg's 10 year plan: Facebook CEO reveals grand vision for the next DECADE including 'curing all diseases' and 'new forms of government'.

Boeing 737 Max: Worker said plane 'designed by clowns'.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 10, 2020

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 09:56 AM PST

The U.S. has been developing hypersonic weapons since the early 2000s, according to a Congressional Research Service report published in July last year

Daily Mail: Revealed: The 'big, powerful and lethal' hypersonic weapons that Trump boasted the U.S. is currently building that can travel more than five times the speed of sound

* Donald Trump said on Wednesday that U.S. is currently building 'many' hypersonic missiles
* He made the comments during his national address on the escalating tensions with Iran after the missile strikes on U.S. troops
* The hypersonic missiles being developed can travel at more than five times the speed of sound
* Unlike ballistic missiles, hypersonic weapons don't follow a ballistic trajectory and can maneuver en route to their destination
* The Pentagon has also previously said the U.S. has been working on the development of hypersonic weapons in recent years
* The push for testing and deployment of hypersonics comes after years of stop-start development and a need to now catch up with China and Russia

President Donald Trump has revealed that the United States is currently developing 'many' super-fast hypersonic missiles and boasted that the American weapons were 'big, powerful, lethal and fast'.

It comes after the U.S Army awarded a $2.5 billion contract to aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin to build them with the aim of having at least one ready by the end of next year.

Trump's mention of the hypersonic missiles was dropped briefly into his national address on Wednesday as he spoke of the escalating tensions with Iran just hours after Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

It is no secret that the U.S. has been working on developing hypersonic weapons, but Trump's speech implied that multiple missiles were currently being built.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 10, 2020

Just how big is the US military? -- 9 News

US plans to counter Chinese influence in Asia with new Pacific missile, cyber task force -- SCMP

U.S. Army plans to expand Asian cyber efforts to counter China -- Bloomberg

Why the Navy Hates Its 21 Littoral Combat Ships -- National Interest

Navy Releases Civilian Manpower Strategy to Attract, Retain Amid 'War' for Talent -- USNI News

The surface Navy needs to fundamentally reshape itself to defeat the Chinese threat, study finds -- Defense News

Would the U.S. Navy Lose a War to Russia or China? -- David Axe, National Interest

Navy says Russian warship 'aggressively approached' US vessel in Arabian Sea -- The Hill

Air Force to end Raytheon's troubled contract for ground-based radar and look for new options -- Defense News

Army general refuses to restore Special Forces tab for officer pardoned by Trump -- The Hill

US Army picks winners to build light and medium robotic combat vehicles -- Defense News

Army officer pardoned by Trump won't have status as a member of Special Forces reinstated -- CNN

Stoltenberg, Trump agree NATO could do more in Middle East -- UPI

US approves sale of 12 F-35 fighter jets to Singapore -- SCMP/Reuters

State Department approves $2.75B sale of F-35Bs to Singapore -- UPI

Cost of Canada's military mission in Iraq expected to exceed $1 billion -- Ottawa Citizen

German court jails Russian for illegal military tech exports -- DW

Japan's military to deploy maritime force to Middle East -- UPI

West's reluctance to share tech pushes Turkey further into Russian orbit -- Defense News

Iran Is Expanding Its Online Disinformation Operations -- Defense One

The Wagner Group: a private military company that's not exactly 'private' -- TRT World

China's leading nuclear submarine designer Huang Xuhua awarded top science prize -- SCMP

India Deploys Its Only Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya Amid China-Pakistan Naval Drill Region -- Sputnik

Turkmenistan: You're in the army now -- Eurasianet.org

To Lure Recruits, Japan's Navy Is Turning To Free WiFi -- Popular Mechanics

Iran Wants Ukraine To Pay For The Damage Caused By The Crash Of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Posted: 10 Jan 2020 06:04 AM PST


WNU Editor: I have not verified this story. It is coming from Twitter. But when it comes to Iran nothing surprises me anymore.