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NATO Chief calls on Russia to remove ‘thousands of troops’ from Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has affirmed the alliance’s “unwavering support” for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and has called on Russia to remove its “thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants with command-and-control and military equipment.”

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Israel sends reinforcements into Golan Heights, Merkava Mk. IV

Fighting between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters has intensified in the Quneitra province in the country’s south, situated in the roughly 30 percent of the Golan Heights under Syrian control.

More than a dozen people were killed, including both pro-government forces and opposition fighters, in the latest uptick in fighting in the countryside of al-Baath city and near the town of Khan Arnab, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday.

The deaths came as the al-Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] and allied anti-government groups launched an offensive to take control of al-Baath city, one of the few towns in the province that has remained under control of Syrian government forces in recent years.

Also on Sunday, Israeli fighter jets targeted Syrian government positions in the region for a second day in a row, reportedly destroying a handful of tanks.

The UK-based SOHR reported that the strikes killed two Syrian army soldiers and injured several others.

After Israeli air strikes hit the area on Saturday, Syrian state news agency SANA accused Israel of supporting the Levant Liberation Committee, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Israel has been occupying roughly 70 percent of the Golan Heights following the 1967 Middle East war.

Since the outbreak of fighting in the Golan region in 2012, it has carried out sporadic air strikes mostly targeting government forces and their allies.

In recent months, President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power, have gained ground in Syria from opposition fighters and armed groups.

Spanish forces have arrived in Latvia today

Spanish forces unload tons of heavy military equipment into Latvia on June 11, 2017, including ‘Leopard’ tanks and ‘Pizarro’ infantry fighting vehicles.

US B-1B supersonic heavy strategic bomber flies over Latvia today

U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command B-1B Lancer refuels from a U.S. Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Saber Strike 17 above Riga, Latvia, June 8, 2017. U.S. Air National Guard Senior Airman Jordan Kaminski, 171st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, off-loaded almost 50,000 pounds of fuel at 6,000 pounds per minute. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust.

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US and ROK forces continue to move tanks by rail/road in the northern area of South Korea

The Trump administration has been exploring options, including use of military force, to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat.

Meanwhile, some US media, most notably Geopolitical Futures, are reporting that US military action on the Korean Peninsula is increasingly likely.

They interpret the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan joining the USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Japan – putting two carriers near the Korean Peninsula – as a sign that the US military is ready to attack North Korea at any time with fighters and Tomahawk missiles.

Their hawkish argument appears to be convincing amid heightened tensions in the region, propelled by North Korea’s continuing ballistic missiles for three weeks in a row.

But more than a few leading military experts in Japan, South Korea and the US still say that military options against North Korea are all-but-impossible.

Any US military action against Pyongyang entails high damage risks on Seoul and Tokyo, they say, and they believe the US will be forced to shelve plans for military intervention eventually.

Anyone who claims the US will attack North Korea sooner or later should consider this question: If the Trump administration is really serious about attacking Pyongyang, why doesn’t the US issue any Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) order for more than 100,000 Americans in Seoul?

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Video shows latest US-led coalition airstrike on pro-Assad forces near al-Tanf in southeast Syria

US-led coalition forces destroyed what were reportedly pro-Syrian regime forces near al Tanf in southeast Syria on Tuesday, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said in a release.

According to the release, pro-Assad forces, consisting of a tank, artillery, antiaircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles, and more than 60 troops, entered the “well-established de-confliction zone.”

That zone covers a 34-mile radius around al Tanf, which is located near the intersection of the Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian borders.

“The Coalition issued several warnings via the de-confliction line prior to destroying two artillery pieces, an anti-aircraft weapon, and damaging a tank,” the release said.

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Fresh US military hardware recently offloaded at Port of Klaipėda, Lithuania

New US forces arrive in Lithuania with Ro-Ro ship Green Ridge including M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley’s and M88s. Subsequently military vehicles have been moved by road with Belgian Army Trucks and by Lithuanian railway.