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CNN: Duterte invokes military pact with US amid South China Sea dispute

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the United States should enforce the mutual defense treaty (MDT) with the Philippines in the wake of maritime tension in the South China Sea.

"I'm calling now America. I am invoking the RP-US pact, and I would like America to gather their Seventh Fleet in front of China. I'm asking them now," he said during a TV interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

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WNU editor: The Philippine government is saying that he was being sarcastic .... Invoking defense pact with US another 'sarcastic' remark from Duterte — Palace (PhilStar)

More News On President Duterte Invoking The Philippine-US Defence Pact

Philippines' president calls on US defense pact to back him in a naval fight with Beijing in the South China Sea -- Business Insider
Philippine president calls on Trump to park US Navy outside China -- Washington Examiner
Duterte slams critics as he invokes Philippine-US defence pact over South China Sea dispute -- SCMP/AP
'I'm calling now America': Duterte invokes defense treaty with US -- ABS-CBN
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Melanie Marlowe, Bryan McGrath, and Christopher Preble, War On The Rocks: Net Assessment: Is America Poised to Lose the Next War?

Bryan, Chris, and Melanie take on a new report by Chris Dougherty that argues that, unless America changes how it fights wars to more closely align with the priorities laid out in the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), it is in real danger of losing the next war to China or Russia. Has the thinking in the NDS become conventional wisdom? Is Dougherty’s assessment overly pessimistic? Is there sufficient political will to follow through with expensive, long-term changes? Are American military planners up to the intellectual challenge? Finally, Bryan gives us the rundown on his much-anticipated staycation, Chris has some love for the U.S Women’s Soccer Team, and Melanie hopes we can do a better job learning our history.

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WNU Editor: An interesting podcast.
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War News Updates by War News Updates Editor - 6h ago
#UPDATE A suspected arson attack on an animation studio in Japan on Thursday has left one person dead and dozens injured, several of them seriously, the emergency services said https://t.co/Bb9gIs965X pic.twitter.com/ia9wlcAjle
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 18, 2019


WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify https://t.co/VYcXY9QvqR pic.twitter.com/FobADCTcOA
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 18, 2019


The United States is "unwinding" Turkey from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program as a result of the country buying the Russian S-400 air defense missile system. Read more here: https://t.co/KuJoAKzaCp pic.twitter.com/xKjjVS73Uk
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) July 18, 2019


Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF missile treaty https://t.co/2D46313Hyu
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 18, 2019


Demise of key nuclear pact looms as US, Russia meet https://t.co/uShNLfv2xJ pic.twitter.com/N0td9bsnDp
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) July 18, 2019


B-2 Stealth Bomber’s Incredible First Flight https://t.co/Jp24ESi4ZM
— Military.com (@Militarydotcom) July 17, 2019
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A member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police wears a bomb suit as he begins an explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, culminating training exercise, July 4, 2013, in eastern Afghanistan, which was coordinated by U.S. EOD advisers with the 731st EOD Company, out of Fort Stewart, Ga. Afghan security forces continue to grow as they prepare to take full responsibility for security ahead of the U.S. Forces scheduled drawdown. (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Elvis Umanzor, 4th IBCT, 3rd Inf. Div. Public Affairs)

New York Times: Fighting Next to U.S. Commandos, but Without the Same Training and Gear

WASHINGTON — The Army has failed to adequately train and equip the military bomb technicians and infantry troops who are increasingly accompanying American commandos on high-risk missions in war zones, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times.

As the Pentagon draws down the number of troops in combat, including in Afghanistan and Syria, it is largely relying on Special Operations forces to keep up the fight. Those American commandos depend on support from remaining conventional troops for extra firepower, security and logistics.

But the documents and interviews with seven military officials show that the backup forces — including explosive ordnance disposal, or E.O.D., soldiers — often do not have the necessary gear for protection nor the same level of training as the commandos they join on Special Operations raids and patrols.

“There is a difference between conventional and S.O.F. support equipment requirements for E.O.D. personnel,” concluded one of the documents from October 2017, which reviewed the performance of an Army bomb disposal unit after it returned from Afghanistan.

“We need to be able to shoot, move, and communicate as effectively as our supported unit in order to remain an enabler, not a liability,” the document said.

One bomb disposal soldier was killed last month, and another in March, while accompanying Special Operations forces on missions. They were among the 10 American troops who have died in combat in Afghanistan so far in 2019.

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WNU Editor: Being a bomb disposal soldier must be one of the most dangerous jobs in the military.
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War News Updates by War News Updates Editor - 7h ago
Workers stand next to an excavator robot during preliminary work in the Notre-Dame Cathedral, three months after a major fire, in Paris, France July 17, 2019. Stephane de Sakutin/Pool via REUTERS

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Rebuilding Notre-Dame Cathedral (Reuters).
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Full extent damage to Notre-Dame seen during minister's visit - YouTube


Euronews: Full extent of damage to Notre-Dame seen during minister's visit

The full extent of the destruction to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was laid bare on Wednesday as French culture minister Franck Riester visited to look at renovation efforts.

Walking beneath the melted and burned scaffolding from the cathedral's original renovation before the fire, Riester inspected the damage with Philippe Villeneuve, chief architect of historic buildings and current head of the Notre-Dame renovation efforts.

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WNU Editor: I expected more damage. We are also learning now that if it was not for the bravery of some, the entire structure could have been lost .... Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved (The New York Times). More here .... French lawmakers pass bill on Notre-Dame; new report says cathedral nearly collapsed during fire (CNA)
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Richard A. Bitzinger, Asia Times: Chinese fighter jets struggle to target buyers

The high-tech wannabees of Asia are going through a bit of a rough patch lately. India has to postpone its Chandrayaan-2 moon mission just an hour before launch, due to a “technical snag.” Japan is imposing controls on the transfer of certain technologies to South Korea, which could impair the latter’s smartphone and semiconductor sectors.

A bit more obscure but just as critical a development is affecting China’s fighter jet business. The Pakistanis have announced that they will start building a more advanced version of its JF-17 combat aircraft, for deployment in 2020.

With these new “Block III” versions, Pakistan will by the middle of the next decade operate up to 200 JF-17 fighters. And each JF-17 it purchases means one less opportunity for China to sell its own fighter jets to its best customer.

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WNU Editor: Selling sophisticated and expensive weapons is never easy .... as the Chinese are quickly learning.
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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) walks from a Republican Senate caucus meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2018. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Politico: Rand Paul angles to become Trump's emissary to Iran

The senator pitched the idea during a recent round of golf with the president.

Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump’s blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.

Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch on the president’s behalf, according to four U.S. officials. The aim: to reduce tensions between the two countries. Trump signed off on the idea.

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Update: Trump is locked in a dangerous stand-off with Iran, and reportedly turned to an anti-war Republican senator to break the deadlock (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: Someone deliberately leaked this story to kill any chance of Senator Rand Paul talking to the Iranians. Now that it is public, I doubt that this meeting is going to take place.
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Foreign ministry officials have strongly rejected some foreign media’s claims about Iran readiness to negotiate over its missile program.

MEHR News Agency: Iran’s missile program not negotiable under any condition

"We categorically reject the AP’s characterization of FM Zarif’s comments to NBC News that "if the US wants to talk about missiles, it should stop selling weapons, including missiles, to regional states” as meaning that Iran is willing to negotiate on its defensive missile program at some point. Iran’s missiles and its missiles are absolutely and under no condition negotiable with anyone or any country, period,” tweeted Alireza Miryousefi, head of Media office at Iranian Mission to the United Nations.

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WNU Editor: Quite a contrast from what Iran was saying yesterday .... Room for negotiations is ‘wide open’ if U.S. lifts sanctions on Iran, Zarif says (Tehran Times).

More News On Iran Saying That Its Missile Program Is Not Open For Negotiation

Iran Rejects Pompeo’s Suggestion It Is Willing to Negotiate Over Missile Program -- The New York Times
Iran walks back comments on missile production -- The Hill
Iran says its missile program is not negotiable -- Reuters
Iran foreign minister says country 'had no choice' but to build missiles for defense -- FOX News
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Pakistan arrests alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks - YouTube


DW: Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind on terror charges

Pakistani authorities have detained Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The radical cleric is a designated terrorist in the US, where there's a $10-million bounty on his head.

Hafiz Saeed was arrested Wednesday in Pakistan's northeastern Punjab province on charges of financing terrorism, authorities said.

The cleric is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamist militant group accused of orchestrating the 2008 attacks in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

Saeed is designated a terrorist by the United Nations and the US, which has offered a $10-million (€8.9-million) reward for his capture.

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More News On Pakistani Police Arresting Lashkar-e-Taiba Founder And The Mastermind Of The Mumbai Attack Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan again arrests Lahkar-e-Taiba emir Hafiz Saeed -- Long War Journal
Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect in Mumbai attacks -- AP
Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind ahead of US visit -- AFP
Pakistan arrests accused mastermind of Mumbai attacks Hafiz Saeed -- Reuters
Pakistani police arrest Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed -- Al Jazeera
US-wanted terror suspect blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 arrested in Pakistan -- FOX News

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