Ex-IS member guilty of genocide for chaining up Yazidi girl to die in the sun

Defendant convicted in a German court after enslaving a Yazidi woman and her five-year-old daughter In a landmark verdict, a former member of the Islamic State group has been found guilty of genocide by a German court over the death of a five-year-old Yazidi girl he had bought as a slave and then chained up in theContinue reading “Ex-IS member guilty of genocide for chaining up Yazidi girl to die in the sun”

Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41

Sometimes, friendship isn’t forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same time, the United StatesContinue reading “Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41”

Latvia calls for permanent U.S. troops to guard against Russia threat

Latvia needs a permanent U.S. military presence to deter Russia and wants to boost its defences with U.S. Patriot missiles, Defence Minister Artis Pabriks said on Monday as NATO’s chief visited allied troops in the Baltic country. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was due to arrive in Latvia’s capital Riga late on Monday beforeContinue reading “Latvia calls for permanent U.S. troops to guard against Russia threat”

NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News

Aerial images shared by the United States have sparked concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks evidence has emerged of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops building up on Russia’s western border. Ukraine says that Moscow is preparing a sea and ground attack from Russian-annexed Crimea and the Donbass region. Kyiv hasContinue reading “NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News”

Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure

Taiwan is facing questions about whether its military reserves are capable of actual fighting in the event of a Chinese invasion. Preparing for potential military action from China is a prospect that has hung over Taiwan since its government fled to the island at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. There wereContinue reading “Taiwan revamps military training for reserves amid China pressure”

All-women militia formed in Myanmar’s Sagaing region in response to military violence

Fighters say the group empowers women, who have been targeted by soldiers in village raids. Activists in Myanmar’s Sagaing region have formed the country’s first women-only anti-junta militia, a collection of students, teachers, farmers and white-collar workers fighting to take back the country from well-armed government troops who toppled the democratically elected government in aContinue reading “All-women militia formed in Myanmar’s Sagaing region in response to military violence”

Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border

The Estonian government summoned 1,700 reserve soldiers on Wednesday for an unannounced exercise which will include installing a razor wire barrier along 40 km of its border with Russia, as the migration crisis in nearby Belarus intensifies. The EU has accused Belarus of flying inthousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and pushingContinue reading “Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border”

Two Russian paratroopers die in Belarus during joint exercises near Polish border

Two Russian servicemen died in western Belarus near the Polish border on Friday during joint airborne exercises with Minsk. The Russian defence ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies that the two soldiers’ parachutes failed to function properly “due to a sudden strong gust of wind” during their jumps. “Despite the effortsContinue reading “Two Russian paratroopers die in Belarus during joint exercises near Polish border”

West at risk of conflict with Russia, Britain’s army chief says

There is a greater risk of an accidental war breaking out between the West and Russia than at any time since the Cold War, with many of the traditional diplomatic tools no longer available, Britain’s most senior military officer said. General Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff, told Times Radio there was a greaterContinue reading “West at risk of conflict with Russia, Britain’s army chief says”

Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland

Russia has sent paratroopers to Belarus in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border with Poland Russia sent paratroopers to Belarus Friday in a show of support for its ally amid the tensions over an influx of migrants on the Belarusian border withContinue reading “Russia sends paratroopers to Belarus for drills near Poland”

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