Spanish forces unload tons of heavy military equipment into Latvia on June 11, 2017, including ‘Leopard’ tanks and ‘Pizarro’ infantry fighting vehicles.
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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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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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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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.
The Russian warships, a frigate named Admiral Essen and submarine named Krasnodar, fired Kalibr cruise missiles on combat vehicles and militants outside the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said.
The four cruise missiles were fired from the eastern Mediterranean, it noted in a statement. The submarine fired its missiles while submerged.
According to the MoD, “[the ships] targeted an area east of Palmyra, where the militants’ heavy weaponry and manpower were located. The militants moved there from Raqqa. All targets have been destroyed,” it said.
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Norwegian soldiers have arrived in Lithuania. Norway has sent around 200 troops to the country to join a multinational NATO battlegroup led by the Germans. The move is in support of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence which has seen the creation of three other battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia and Poland.