US holds massive military drills aimed at North Korea despite warnings from Moscow

Four Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with American B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth fighters and F-18 combat jets above the East China Sea, south of the Korean peninsula, Japan’s Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) confirmed.

Described as among the largest joint exercises of its kind to date, the drill included American aircraft stationed in Guam and Japan.

“The drill was meant to bolster joint operations and raise combat skills,” the ASDF said in a statement, as cited by Reuters.

On Monday, Russian military chief General Valery Gerasimov warned Japan that participating in military exercises with the United States around the Korean Peninsula could escalate regional tensions with North Korea.

During his visit to Tokyo, Gerasimov told Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera that military drills aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to abandon missile testing could “increase tension and bring instability.” “We believe that the issue should be resolved only through political and diplomatic means,” said Gerasimov, as quoted by Russian media.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo began joint “missile tracking” drills on Monday. The new round of military exercises comes just days after the US and its allies concluded massive air maneuvers over the Korean Peninsula.

Moscow and Beijing have advocated for a “double freeze” agreement, in which North Korea would halt missile testing in exchange for the US curtailing military drills in the region.

“These exercises fuel the flames of an already existing conflict where we are having hundreds of military planes fly along the border with North Korea, this is particularly dangerous. It is really necessary to look seriously at the offer of freezing these military exercises, freezing this nuclear program and engaging in dialogue, something that we have not just seen the North Koreans and Washington getting together on,” author and human rights attorney Eric Sirotkin told RT on Monday.

Washington has not changed its hardline stance on North Korea’s nuclear program and missile testing. The US military is reportedly in talks with South Korea on the timing of large-scale annual military exercises that would likely coincide with next year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. However, in an uncharacteristic move towards de-escalation, Washington and Seoul are considering delaying the joint military drills until after the winter games in February in a bid to reduce tensions with North Korea, according to separate reports by Bloomberg and the Financial Times.

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US military operations overseas lead resurgence of global arms sales

The research revealed last year marked the end of five consecutive years of decline with a 1.9 percent rise in the sale of arms globally. The number represents an increase of 38 percent since 2002. The SIPRI report covers the top 100 companies manufacturing weapons and offering military services.

“The growth in arms sales was expected and is driven by the implementation of new national major weapons programs, ongoing military operations in several countries and persistent regional tensions that are leading to increased demand for weapons,” the report states.

US arms manufacturers were ranked number one on the list with sales by 38 American firms totaling $217.2 billion, marking a four percent rise compared to 2015. “US military operations overseas, as well as acquisitions of large weapon systems by other countries, have driven this rise,” the report says.

Total arms sales by Western European companies remained stable at $91.6 billion in 2016. It was up 0.2 percent from the previous year. However, the think tank highlights clear divergences among the largest arms-producing European countries.

“There were overall decreases in the arms sales of Trans-European, French and Italian companies, while companies in the UK and Germany recorded overall increases,” according to the report.

The sale of weapons by Russian manufacturers grew by 3.8 percent, amounting to $26.6 billion in 2016. Russian companies accounted for 7.1 percent of the overall total.

“The trends in arms sales are mixed: five companies recorded sales growth, while the other five showed decreases. The highest ranked Russian company is United Aircraft Corporation, which is placed 13th. Its arms sales grew by 15.6 percent compared with 2015 due to increased deliveries to the Russian armed forces and higher export volumes,” the report highlights.

The Oslo-based institute says South Korean corporations showed a 20.6 percent boost in arms sales, totaling $8.4 billion. “Continuing and rising threat perceptions drive South Korea’s acquisitions of military equipment, and it is increasingly turning to its own arms industry to supply its demand for weapons. At the same time, South Korea is aiming to realize its goal of becoming a major arms exporter,” said SIPRI Senior Researcher Siemon Wezeman.

The combined arms sales of companies in Australia, Israel, Japan, Poland, Singapore, and Ukraine fell by 1.2 percent in 2016, largely dragged down by an overall drop in the arms sales of Japanese firms. “Japan’s largest arms companies experienced sharp falls in 2016: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ arms sales decreased by 4.8 percent, while those of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation declined by 16.3 and 29.2 percent respectively,” SIPRI added.

The report does not include Chinese companies, due to a lack of data on weapons sales.

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FOIA Docs Reveal US Military Developing Genetic Extinction Weapon to Eradicate Entire Species

A secretive US military technology agency, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is investing $100m into “gene drive” research in an effort to procure genetic extinction technologies according to emails released under freedom of information rules.

The documents reveal that DARPA has become the world’s leading source of funding for genetic extinction technology. This information comes as a panel of experts with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meet to debate whether to impose a moratorium on gene research after several southern countries expressed fear of a potential military application.

UN diplomats confirmed to The Guardian that the release of the emails would worsen the “bad name” of gene drives in some circles.

“Many countries [will] have concerns when this technology comes from DARPA, a US military science agency,” one said.

According to the report in The Guardian:

Interest in the technology among US army bureaus has shot up since a secret report by the elite Jason group of military scientists last year “received considerable attention among various agencies of the US government”, according to an email by Gerald Joyce, who co-chaired a Jason study group in June.

A second Jason report was commissioned in 2017 assessing “potential threats this technology might pose in the hands of an adversary, technical obstacles that must be overcome to develop gene drive technology and employ it ‘in the wild’,” Joyce wrote.

The paper would not be publicly disclosed but “widely circulated within the US intelligence and broader national security community”, his email said.

Interestingly, just a little over a month ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin made, what seemed at the time, an outlandish claim that some shadowy entity – possibly with ties to the United States – had been collecting biological tissues from Russians from different ethnic groups.

“Do you know that biological material is being collected all over the country, from different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation? The question is – why is it being done? It’s being done purposefully and professionally. We are a kind of object of great interest,” Putin told Russia’s Human Rights Council, without making any specific accusations of who was behind the collection of biological samples.

“Let them do what they want, and we must do what we must,” he said.

Although some initially discounted Putin’s statements as a conspiracy theory, in fact, he was correct in his assertion: The group responsible for the tissue collection was identified as none other than the US Air Force.

According to a report by Zero Hedge:

A representative for the US Air Force Education and Training Command explained to Russia Today that the choice of the Russian population was not intentional, and is related to research the Air Force is conducting on the human musculoskeletal system.

Eyebrows were first raised in July when the AETC issued a tender seeking to acquire samples of ribonucleic acid and synovial fluid from Russians, adding that all samples (12 RNA and 27 synovial fluid) “shall be collected from Russia and must be Caucasian.” The Air Force said it wouldn’t collect samples from Ukrainians, but didn’t specify why.

According to AETC spokesman Capt. Beau Downey, the 59th medical group’s molecular research center is currently conducting “locomotor studies to identify various biomarkers associated with trauma.”

Downey told Russian media that the study required two sets of samples: disease and control samples of RNA and synovial membrane. The first set was provided by a “US-based company.”

Since the first set of tissue, provided by a US company, was sourced from Russia, the Air Force opted to collect the second set of data from Russians, too, to eliminate any confounding variables that could skew the results of the study. He did not say which set – the control or the diseased set – was collected first, and neglected to provide any further details about the study.

Although there is no publicly acknowledged research into weaponized genetics, many suspect this explanation is merely an obfuscation of the truth, and that the Pentagon is collecting the biological samples for military application.

“I’m not saying that it is about preparing a biological war against Russia. But its scenarios, are, no doubt, being worked on. That is to say, in case the need suddenly arises,” Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security, wrote on Facebook.

“It is also no secret that different ethnic groups react differently to biological weapons. Hence the collection of the biological material from Russians living in different geographical locations. In the west, everything is done extremely scrupulously and is verified up to the tiniest detail,” Klintsevich added.

Jim Thomas, a co-director of the ETC group which obtained the emails, said the US military influence they revealed would strengthen the case for a ban.

“The dual use nature of altering and eradicating entire populations is as much a threat to peace and food security as it is a threat to ecosystems,” he said. “Militarization of gene drive funding may even contravene the Enmod convention against hostile uses of environmental modification technologies.”

Aside from the biowarfare aspect, some UN experts, worry about unintended consequences of operationalizing this technology.

Cutting-edge gene editing tools such as Crispr-Cas9 work by using a synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA) to cut into DNA strands and then insert, alter or remove targeted traits. These might, for example, distort the sex-ratio of mosquitoes to effectively wipe out malarial populations.

“You may be able to remove viruses or the entire mosquito population, but that may also have downstream ecological effects on species that depend on them,” one UN expert told The Guardian.

“My main worry,” he added, “is that we do something irreversible to the environment, despite our good intentions, before we fully appreciate the way that this technology will work.”

A spokesman for DARPA defended the agencies foray into gene extinction technology.

“This convergence of low cost and high availability means that applications for gene editing – both positive and negative – could arise from people or states operating outside of the traditional scientific community and international norms,” the official said. “It is incumbent on DARPA to perform this research and develop technologies that can protect against accidental and intentional misuse.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia is in possession of intelligence suggesting that NGOs are collecting the genetic material, which presumably prompted Putin’s initial speculation about who might be behind the collections.

“Some emissaries are really carrying out such activities, representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other bodies. Such cases were registered, and security services, the president naturally have this information,” Peskov said.

If the threat of thermonuclear war with Russia wasn’t harrowing enough, we can now all take solace in the fact that another potentially apocalyptic technology is being weaponized to kill vast swaths of the human population.

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Russian military: Syria completely liberated from ISIS terrorists

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Israel Terror-Bombs Syrian Military Target

Israel Terror-Bombs Syrian Military Target



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Washington and Israel want endless war and regime change in Syria – overnight Israeli terror-bombing of a Syrian military target a clear step toward escalating conflict, aiming to prevent diplomatic resolution.



According to reports, Israeli warplanes fired air-to-ground missiles from Lebanese airspace. Israel uses it regularly like its own, illegally without Lebanese permission.



According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), “(t)he army’s air defense at midnight confronted an Israeli attack with ground-to-ground missiles (GGM) on one of the military sites in Damascus countryside.”



“Informed sources told SANA Saturday that the Israeli enemy launched at 12:30 am (local time) a number of GGM against one of the military sites in Damascus countryside, adding that the Syrian air defense intercepted them and destroyed two of them.”



“The Israeli aggression caused material damage to the site, according to the sources.”



Israel “is closely linked to the terrorist organizations in Syria. The army has repeatedly found Israeli weapons inside the terrorists’ hideouts, particularly in Jub al-Jarrah, al-Mayadeen and Khan al-Sheeh areas.”



Reportedly, a Syrian army ammunition depot was struck in the Damascus countryside, southwest of the city.



Claims of an Iranian military base in Syria were fabricated, reported by the BBC weeks earlier, saying Iran’s military “established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus,” citing an unnamed “Western intelligence source.”



Days earlier, Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman said “(t)here are no (Iranians) in Syria, contrary to what is being said.” 



“Yes, there is a pool of experts, advisers…Iran has not been present in Syria so far and our main goal is to prevent (it) from being present as a real military force.”



Separately, Netanyahu lied claiming Iran’s goal is “using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.”



The overnight attack came after Syrian and allied forces liberated more areas near Golan from US/Israeli supported terrorists. Territory west of Damascus was cleared.



A US/Israeli-supported terrorist assault on Golan’s Bardaiya Hills was foiled. Maqtoul mountain and Mudawwar hill were captured, al-Nusra terrorists eliminated from the areas.



Other advances were made. Israel likely struck Syria overnight to try slowing its liberating efforts, along with escalating conflict, aiming to prevent resolution.



Separately, Syria’s chief negotiator in Geneva Bashar al-Jaafari condemned a so-called Riyadh-2 communique, demanding Assad’s resignation and exclusion from governing during a transition period.



“As long as the other side sticks to (this demand), there will be no progress” in talks, Jaafari stressed, adding:



“(P)rovocative and irresponsible” Riyadh-2 language “contravenes UN Security Council Resolution 2254,” aiming to undermine conflict resolution.



On Saturday, Syrian delegates left Geneva, undecided on if they’ll return, given the futility of eight rounds of talks over the past five years, several days of current ones accomplishing nothing.



Focus is largely on continuing Astana talks and a Russian sponsored Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi at dates to be announced.



A Final Comment



Perhaps in retaliation for Israel’s overnight terror-bombing attack, Syrian and allied forces launched an offensive against Mount Hermon’s Beij Jinn pocket, controlled by al-Nusra terrorists – around four km from Israeli positions in the area.



The offensive began shortly after Israel’s latest assault on Syrian territory.



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Media Silent as Israel Attacks Iranian Military Base, Provoking War Just Like They Said They Would

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As the mainstream media focuses on President Trump’s latest Tweet, his administration continues to support a close ally that appears to be pushing for yet another war. Israel has reportedly attacked an Iranian military base in Syria.

According to a report from Ynet News, the attack was reported by Arab media outlets on Saturday. They claimed that Israeli fighter jets launched air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace, targeting a town near Damascus. Syrian sources claimed the attack caused power outages and explosions before Syria’s air defense system thwarted three of the five missiles.

The existence of the military base was apparently revealed less than one month ago by a BBC report, which included satellite images of several buildings—some new and some renovated. However, it was not confirmed as to whether the buildings were being used by the Iranian military.

January 2017, satellite footage shown by the BBC, showing row of (at the time) new buildings (Photo: Digital Globe, McKenze intelligence Services)

As Antiwar.com reported, while the Israeli reports claimed “the strikes targeted the ‘Iranian base’ south of Damascus,” the military facility they are referencing “has never been confirmed by anybody as actually belonging to Iran, but Israeli outlets played that narrative up as part of the ‘Iranian threat.’”

Videos have since emerged on social media purporting to show the moment one of the Israeli missiles was intercepted by Syrian Air Defense.

Israel’s hostility towards Iran is nothing new, and as an analysis from Haaretz noted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been building a campaign against the nation for a while. In August, Netanyahu even reportedly said, “Wherever ISIS exits, Iran enters.”

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot also recently said, “We won’t allow any Iranian presence. We’ve warned them not to build plants or military bases [there].”

Less than one week ago, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made it sound as if there was no threat whatsoever of Iran building or occupying military bases in Syria. “There is no Iranian military force in Syria. Iran is not on our border. It’s true that there are some experts and advisers, but there is no military force there,” Lieberman told Ynet News.

Even if Israel warned Iran against their military presence in Syria, it was still never confirmed that the military base Israel targeted was being used by Iran. Antiwar.com reported that while Israeli media initially reported on the attack, those reports were removed within hours.

This isn’t entirely unusual within Israel, as the military censors often compel the media not to report stories. It is unusual, however, for them to let the story out and then recall it after the fact. 

 

Media outlets outside of Israel reporting on the incident make no mention of a ‘Iranian base,’ saying that what was targeted was an Army ammunition depot. Israel fired several missiles from warplanes in Lebanese airspace. One report claimed Syrian air defense shot down one of the missiles.”

As The Free Thought Project reported in November, leaked diplomatic cables have shown that Israel is working closely with Saudi Arabia to provoke war with Iran. According to the Israeli reporter who obtained and published the documents:

  • I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis/Harir and against Hezbollah. The cable sent from the MFA in Jerusalem [Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs] to all Israeli embassies toes the Saudi line regarding the Hariri resignation.
  • The Israeli diplomats were instructed to demarch their host governments over the domestic political situation in Lebanon—a very rare move.
  • The cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security.”
  • “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon,” the cable added.
  • The cable instructed Israeli diplomats to support Saudi Arabia over its war with the Houthis in Yemen. The cable also stressed: “The missile launch by the Houthis towards Riyadh calls for applying more pressure on Iran & Hezbollah.”

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Soyuz rocket launches Russian military satellite into space – MoD

A medium-class Soyuz 2.1b rocket has lifted off on Saturday from the Russian military cosmodrome in Plesetsk, delivering a military satellite into orbit, the Defense Ministry said. This is the fourth launch carried out at Plesetsk cosmodrome this year. The previous launch from the spaceport took place in September, when a similar rocket took off with a Glonass-M navigation satellite on board.

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NYPD Quietly Using Military Tracking Device Locating Suspects Through Cell Phone Signals


The NYPD is one of many police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive military grade technology that can track the whereabouts of suspects by using their cell phone signals.

Civil liberties and privacy groups are increasingly raising objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or cell site simulators that can sweep up cell phone data from an entire neighborhood by mimicking cell towers. Police can determine the location of a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message. Some versions of the technology can even intercept texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones.

Part of the problem, privacy experts say, is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. And law enforcement goes to great lengths to conceal usage, in some cases, offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay.

“We can’t even tell how frequently they’re being used,” said attorney Jerome Greco, of the Legal Aid Society, which recently succeeded in blocking evidence collected with the device in a New York City murder case. “It makes it very difficult.”

At least 72 state and local law enforcement departments in 24 states plus 13 federal agencies use the devices, but further details are hard to come by because the departments that use them must take the unusual step of signing nondisclosure agreements overseen by the FBI.

An FBI spokeswoman said the agreements, which often involve the Harris Corporation, a defense contractor that makes the devices, are intended to prevent the release of sensitive law enforcement information to the general public. But the agreements don’t prevent an officer from telling prosecutors the technology was used in a case.

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More cuts for Britain’s fading military as report concludes ‘cyber more important’

Military chiefs had hoped a national security review would decide extra cash should be given to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in order to bolster its resources. But according to the paper, National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill claimed countering cyberattacks is more important than increasing defense capabilities.

Gavin Williamson, the new defence secretary replacing Michael Fallon, is due to meet Chancellor Philip Hammond to request an extra £2 billion (US$2.67 billion) a year to prevent further cuts to the already-strained department. He will make the request amid growing speculation of a Tory revolt against cost-saving plans that would see military personnel cut by 12,000 to 70,000.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has admitted there is a tense atmosphere among senior Tories over the government’s decision to slash the number of soldiers.

The minister for defense personnel, ex-soldier Tobias Elwood – hailed a hero in the Westminster attack as he ran to the rescue of killed PC Keith Palmer – has gone as far as threatening to resign amid suggestions of more cuts. He is understood to have expressed “deep discomfort” at proposals to cut resources.

“Former members of all three armed services, informed commentators, members of both Houses of Parliament and now a defense minister have all voiced their deepening anxieties about possible heavy cuts in the defense budget,” Elwood said, according to the Independent. “Reducing the army even further, cutting the Royal Marines and selling surface ships will fracture our defense capability.”

An MoD spokesman said: “We have the biggest defense budget in Europe and are one of very few countries to not only meet but exceed NATO’s 2 percent spending target.”

However, the MoD has been accused of “cooking the books” as items such as war pensions are also taken into account when calculating the UK’s spending on NATO.

“In the face of intensifying threats, we are contributing to the cross-government review of national security capabilities and looking at how we best spend the rising defense budget to protect our country,” the MoD spokesman added. “No decisions have been made and any discussion of the options is pure speculation.”

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Senior Israeli military official– ‘Trump betrayed us by sharing intelligence with the Russians’

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