France, Germany, India and Italy to join previous participants Greece, Poland and US for massive exercise
Nearly 100 aircraft and several hundred crew will take part in the latest two-week drill, which has been held twice so far, in 2013 and 2015. Officers and other representatives from nearly 40 countries will also attend. “People are seeing there’s a lot to learn from Israel. In our tiny airspace and in the environment around us, things are so intense. The Russians are here. … Many of the world’s air forces are passing through here on their way to operations in Syria and elsewhere in the region. So we provide a sort of battle lab in which forces can hone a spectrum of skills needed to combat growing threats”…
The nascent Sanhedrin has turned a dispute between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Iranian Foreign Minister into an opportunity to invite Israel’s greatest enemy to help build the Third Temple. This offer is not nearly as preposterous as some may think, and has an undeniable precedent the Iranian Minister is quite proud to admit.
WARS & RUMORS THEREOF
MAN O’ WAR
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked the White House to lift Obama-era restrictions on U.S. military support for Persian Gulf states engaged in a protracted civil war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, according to senior Trump administration officials. In a memo this month to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Mattis said that “limited support” for Yemen operations being conducted by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — including a planned Emirati offensive to retake a key Red Sea port — would help combat a “common threat.” Approval of the request would mark a significant policy shift. U.S. military activity in Yemen until now has been confined mainly to counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda’s affiliate there, with limited indirect backing for gulf state efforts in a two-year-old war that has yielded significant civilian casualties.
US, Turkey dispute over Kurdish YPG appears unresolved
The end of Euphrates Shield arrives as American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lands in Ankara, where he met with Erdogan and Cavusoglu, among other officials. Turkey has officially ended the operation, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on late Wednesday, but suggested there might be more cross-border campaigns to come. During Thursday’s meeting, Yildirim and Tillerson also discussed the extradition of the USA based Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) ringleader, Fetullah Gulen, and agreed to continue bilateral engagements over the issue, the source added. On his visit to Washington last week, Cavusoglu said he brought new evidence of coup plotters receiving instructions from Gulen and his deputies to the Department of Justice.
With Turks out, Raqqa operation is short of tanks
The move is intended to protect China’s territorial waters as well as it’s interests throughout the world, the news site said. China has come under criticism from its Asian neighbors and from the United States for the construction of man-made islands in disputed waters that it claims as its own. Satellite images have shown what experts believe to be military activity on the islands.
UK airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat
Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods.
Over a mere two decades, the Pentagon lost track of a mind-numbing $10 trillion — that’s trillion, with a fat, taxpayer-funded “T” — and no one, not even the Department of Defense, knows where it went or on what it was spent. Worse, President Trump’s newly-proposed budget seeks to toss an additional $54 billion into the evidently bottomless pit that is the U.S. military — more for interventionist policy, more for resource-plundering, more for proxy fighting, and, of course, more for jets and drones to drop more bombs suspiciously often on civilians.
The employee, Candace Marie Claiborne, has been accused of lying to the FBI, receiving bribes, and transmitting sensitive information to foreign entities. She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges while in court today, Brett MacDonald, AFF reports. Her contact and coordination with foreign intelligence agencies has been on-going for some time now. Claiborne, who just turned 60, concealed contact with these agencies which in return exchanged ‘lavish gifts’ to her for her services to the enemies of the United States. This arrest is similar to an arrest that took place the other day when a Turkish national was charged with laundering money for Iranians. In both cases, the United States made the arrest just prior to meeting with representatives from the nation they had been working with or for.
Hillary Clinton is moving back into the spotlight as the vanquished Democratic presidential nominee seeks to carve out her role during the Trump administration. It’s a step she’s taking cautiously after stepping away from the political arena for roughly two months at the urging of her friends and associates. During that time, she emerged in public only for an occasional speech or college appearance.
ISLAM & NEW WORLD ORDER
The legal and illegal population of foreign-born immigrants living in America will break a 100-year-old record in just six years — and will continue to smash records for the rest of the century, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Islamophobic Saudi Arabia Deports 40,000 Muslim Pakistanis, Citing Terrorism Concerns
The elite pedophile ring operating out of Washington D.C. has made children living in the nation’s capital the most “at risk” in the country, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data, with an astonishing 23.4 per 1,000 children suffering abuse. The next closest is New York, another known elite pedophile hub, with 17.4 cases per 1,000 children. Despite the disturbing statistics, Putin’s ban on adoption to the United States has been seen as controversial in some quarters. The President tried to explain himself in front of a hall full of Russian and foreign journalists, many of whom were surprised by the adoption bill. We are always surprised when our enemy turns out to be more moral than us.
After hours of increasingly violent protest both ahead of and following a vote on a controversial change to the country’s presidential election process, angry demonstrators broke into and set a fire on the ground floor of Paraguay’s Congress building in its capital, Asuncion.
MANMADE AND NATURAL DISASTERS
More than 44 000 customers were left without power as powerful windstorm ripped through Las Vegas, Nevada late Thursday, March 30, 2017. The storm produced severe dust storm and reduced visibility to zero, toppled numerous trees and power poles and caused major air and traffic disruptions. It was the strongest windstorm the city has seen in 5 years.