“Our assessment is that they have the ability to put a nuclear weapon on a KN-08 and shoot it at the homeland,” Admiral William Gortney, the head of the U.S. Northern Command, told reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon. “We have not seen them do that” and “we haven’t seen them test the KN-08.”
Iran has sent the destroyer Alborz and a supply ship, the Bushehr, to the Gulf of Aden ~ link ~ This is the same area where there are two USN supercarrier battle fleets and one assault carrier battle fleet operating in support of the Saudi and Gulf monarchies war on Yemen! Stirling
Iran's fleet is headed into troubled waters, as at the moment Yemen is blockaded off by a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition. They are on a bombing campaign against anti-government Houthi Shia rebels, whose uprising forced Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee the country. He is currently in Saudi Arabia.
Iran has been vocal in calling for an end to the airstrikes against Houthis, which often end up hitting civilians. Saudi and Western officials believe Iran is directly supporting the Houthis with money and weapons, aiming to take control of Yemen's Red Sea coast - something Tehran denies.
Turkey working with Iran to prevent Yemen War from spreading across Mideast ~ link ~ The Turks have this fantasy of resuming their ancient role as the leader of all those with the Islamic faith. Stirling
A Turkey-led diplomatic initiative to prevent the conflict in Yemen from spreading in the Middle East showed signs of progress Tuesday at talks in Tehran, where Iran’s leadership agreed to work with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end the crisis.
Royal Saudi Air Force bombing campaign in the Yemen War is headed by financier prince with his eye on the throne ~ link ~
The two-week bombing campaign in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia has already claimed hundreds of lives with no end in sight. Spearheading it is Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman, a 34-year-old defense minister with no previous military experience.
Saudi Arabia launched its military campaign in bordering Yemen after the country’s president was ousted from power by Shia Houthi rebels and fled to Riyadh.
Why the Ukraine Civil War continues ~ link ~
East Ukraine is in no mood to accept unconditional surrender, but that is all the government in Kiev is actually offering - despite promising something else in Minsk.
ISIS mercenaries just 3 miles from Assad's seat of power in central Damascus ~ link ~ Keep your eye on this battle. Stirling
The extremist group and members of the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra are believed to have taken control of up to 90 per cent of the Yarmouk camp, where over 18,000 mostly Palestinian men, women and children remain trapped.
Cyprus is Exhibit A: Russia is successfully breaking up European unity ~ link ~
Putin: Greece is not seeking financial aid from Russia ~ link ~
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not ask for financial aid from Russia during talks in Moscow, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said. There was speculation ahead of Mr Tsipras' visit that he would seek money to alleviate Greece's debt crisis.
China spoils Obama's economic war on Venezuela ~ link ~
In the coming months China will lend Venezuela, which faces bankruptcy, ten billion dollars. These funds are part of a bilateral agreement. For China it’s a way to quench its energy needs, while the US continue the confrontation line with Venezuela.
Venezuela is under the threat of soverign default. In providing two five-billion dollar loans, China has become an important partner for the struggling country. The first part of the loan is the joint Chinese-Venezuelan Fund, and will be directed into major projects, CNBC reported. The agreement will be signed later this month. China extended the terms of the loan to five years, giving Venezuela more breathing room, as the terms are typically limited to three years.
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