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Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump’s top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief’s warnings a bluff. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security talks with close ally Japan that the U.S. seeks a peaceful solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But he said a U.S.-led campaign of economic pressure and diplomacy needs to be backed by potential … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Tillerson,…

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White House Aide Bannon says No Military Solution in North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says there is no military solution to ending the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, even though Trump has vowed to meet any Pyongyang aggression with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump traded increasingly bellicose threats with North Korea in recent weeks in the aftermath of the reclusive communist country’s two ballistic missile tests last month and its claim it could reach the U.S. mainland with an attack. But Bannon, in an interview this week…

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Trump Strategist: No Military Solution in North Korea

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. He also talks about purging his rivals from the Defense and State departments. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “There’s no military solution (to…

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US Military Leaders Speak Out Against Racism, Extremism

Leaders of the four major U.S. military services have spoken out against racism and extremism after last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their comments on Twitter and in longer written statements made no mention of President Donald Trump’s responses to the incident. Military officers are trained to avoid politics. They traditionally see it as their duty to emphasize to troops core values such as racial equality and tolerance. The man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counterprotesters during the violence in Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. She…

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Maduro Orders Venezuelan Military Drills

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has ordered his army to conduct a “comprehensive” drill late this month in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat last week of a possible military action in the South American country. “We must prepare ourselves so that no one dares to touch a single piece of sacred land of Venezuela,” that it’s “never touched by an imperialist Yankee boot,” Maduro said in an address broadcast Monday on national television and radio. Venezuela’s military maneuvers are scheduled for August 26 and 27. On Friday, Trump said…

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Trump says he’s open to military intervention in Venezuela

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he wouldn’t rule out military action against Venezuela in response to the country’s descent into political chaos following President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab. Venezuela’s government responded by accusing Trump of seeking to destabilize Latin America. Speaking to reporters Friday at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, Trump bemoaned Venezuela’s growing humanitarian crisis and declared that all options remain on the table – including a potential military intervention. “We have many options for … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Trump…

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Afghan military would support more foreign troops, official says

Top Stories: KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan Defence Ministry welcomed on Friday suggestions by the commander of international forces in Afghanistan that more troops were needed to train Afghan security forces, who are battling to hold back a growing Taliban-led insurgency. Afghan military would support more foreign troops, official says

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