‘Don’t come here’: NATO sends message to Russia with ‘Spring Storm’ training exercise
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by J.J. Green
2d ago
Large tanks and armored vehicles rolled across dirt roads. Heavily armed soldiers cloaked in camouflage, crept slowly through open fields and around the perimeter of houses and other community buildings. Thousands of troops from 15 NATO countries have infiltrated the sleepy, rural outpost and set up camp. Residents moved about their daily activities as if nothing was happening. That’s because it was only a simulation. It’s part of a multinational military training exercise called Spring Storm. But given the brutal war Ukraine is going through, and aggressive rhetoric from next-door neighbor Ru ..read more
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The Hunt: The consequences of a U.S. military exit from Niger
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by J.J. Green
1w ago
The government of Niger has asked the U.S. military to leave — even though there’s a critical drone base there that’s keeping terrorism in check. On this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green,” Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director at the Counter Extremism Project, breaks down the consequences. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director at the Counter Extremism Project, discusses the consequences of the U.S. exit Source ..read more
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The Hunt: The US military is leaving Niger — a country racked by terrorism
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
The Pentagon has started discussions with the government of Niger about a new security arrangement, which will likely result in the exit of U.S. troops based there. In this week’s episode of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green, he discussed the impact of the U.S. exit on security in the region with news anchor Dimitri Sotis. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP national security correspondent JJ Green discusses the impact of the U.S. military leaving Niger with news anchor Dimitri Sotis SIGN UP TODAY for J.J. Green’s new national security newsle ..read more
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DC-area Proud Boys group leader sentenced to over 5 years in prison for attacking police during Capitol riot
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by WTOP Staff
1M ago
FILE - Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Taylor James Johnatakis of Washington state, who used a megaphone to orchestrate a mob’s attack on police officers guarding the U.S. Capitol, was sentenced on Wednesday to more than seven years in prison. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said videos captured Johnatakis playing a leadership role during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)(AP/John Minchillo) FILE - Rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Taylor James Johnatakis of Washington state, who used a megaphone to orchestrate a m ..read more
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The Hunt: Russian forces use ‘double-tap’ terror tactic to kill Ukrainians
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
Three Russian missiles slammed into the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Wednesday. They hit an apartment building, killing at least 17 people in a “double-tap” style attack. In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Emergency Service, rescuers work at the site of a Russian missile strike in Chernihiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP Photo) In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Emergency Service, rescuers work at the site of a Russian missile strike in Chernihiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP Photo) In thi ..read more
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Former US ambassador sentenced to 15 years in prison for serving as secret agent for Cuba
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by WTOP Staff
1M ago
FILE - Manuel Rocha stands for a portrait at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami in January 2003, joining the firm to help open doors in Latin America. Former career U.S. diplomat Rocha was sentenced Friday, April 12, 2024, to 15 years in federal prison after admitting he worked for decades as a secret agent for communist Cuba, a plea agreement that leaves many unanswered questions about a betrayal that stunned the U.S. foreign service. (Raul Rubiera/Miami Herald via AP, File)(AP/Raul Rubiera) FILE - Manuel Rocha stands for a portrait at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami in January 2003, joining ..read more
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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Whelan says his incarceration ‘needs to be resolved now’
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
Speaking on a crackly phone line in a Russian prison just after 8:30 p.m. local time in Mordovia on Thursday, Paul Whelan expressed deep concern that too much time is passing as the U.S. tries to free him and Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich from their illegal imprisonment. Concerned that the momentum to liberate them might lose traction because it’s an election year, Whelan wants to talk to President Joe Biden. “I’ve put in multiple requests to speak to him,” Whelan said. He said he’s asked more than a half dozen times. “He does speak to my family, and he has spoken to my paren ..read more
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The Hunt: Iran just days away from becoming a nuclear power
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
Six years after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement, there are new indications that Tehran is closing in on nuclear weapons capability. In this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green,” Washington Post security reporter Joby Warrick says they have enough fissile material to build three or more nuclear weapons. So will its terrorist proxies have access to them? toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Washington Post security reporter Joby Warrick joins WTOP's J.J. Green to talk about Iran's nuclear weapons c ..read more
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The Hunt: How will Iran retaliate for Israel’s drone strike in Syria?
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
Earlier this week, Israel killed seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps in an unorthodox strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, Syria. Iran has vowed to retaliate. So what should we expect? Emergency services work at a building hit by an air strike in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 1, 2024. An Israeli airstrike that demolished Iran’s consulate in Damascus Monday killed two Iranian generals and five officers, Syrian and Iranian officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)(AP/Omar Sanadiki) Emergency services work at a building hit by an air strike in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Apri ..read more
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Persistent rumor of Putin’s death elicits nonchalant international response
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by J.J. Green
1M ago
For months, rumors have swirled about Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the heart of all the gossip is a key question. Is he still alive? (Screenshot courtesy Telegram) A claim by a mysterious Russian Telegram channel called General SVR, run by a prominent Russian political analyst, triggered a cascade of international news stories and social media posts in October of 2023. According to the channel, Putin suffered a cardiac arrest and died Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8:42 p.m. Valery Solovei, widely known for his criticism of the Kremlin, is believed to be “General SVR.” He’s predicted many events ..read more
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