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Military Experts: China Holds Key to Resolving North Korea Crisis

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been running high since North Korea accelerated its intercontinental missile tests. September’s hydrogen bomb test has led to increased U.S. and international condemnation and a new round of sanctions. VOA’s Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the tense situation. … Read the referenced story here: Military Experts: China Holds Key to Resolving North Korea Crisis

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North Korea Military Capability–Knowns and Unknowns

Victor Davis Hanson, IBDNo one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? … Read the referenced┬ástory here: North Korea Military Capability–Knowns and Unknowns

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Report: Scores of Afghan Military Trainees Go AWOL During Training in US

Scores of Afghan troops have failed to show up while undergoing military training in the United States due to death threats, other potential violent acts and uncertain job prospects, according to a report issued Friday. Of the 320 foreign military trainees who left U.S. military bases without permission since 2005, about half were Afghan nationals, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a monitoring agency that oversees reconstruction projects and other activities in Afghanistan. The report said 152 Afghans went AWOL, or absent without leave. Seventy were…

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US Military Investigating Deaths of Soldiers in Niger Ambush

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Thursday the military is investigating the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger earlier this month at the hands of Islamic jihadists. Mattis told reporters “a full investigation is underway” into the incident, as is the case any time a U.S. service member is killed, and the military would release any new information it receives in a timely fashion. “We, in the Department of Defense, like to know what we’re talking about before we talk,” Mattis said. “We do not have all the…

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Trump Hosts Greek PM for Talks on Military, Energy and Economy

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Tuesday at the White House with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for talks that are expected to focus on military cooperation, energy security and economic investment. A White House statement issued earlier this month said the two leaders will seek to “enhance our partnership and demonstrate our shared commitment to enduring democratic values that are so important to securing peace and prosperity around the world.” Trump’s talks with the key ally come as U.S. relations with Turkey have become increasingly strained, contributing to more instability…

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