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The other big lessons that the US Army should learn from Ukraine. The war in Ukraine is the first major land war between two modern militaries equipped with advanced conventional weapons in decades.
BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS KILLS – ‘Stacks of bodies’: 46 dead migrants found in truck in Texas. The bodies of 46 dead migrants were discovered inside a tractor-trailer on Monday in San Antonio, Texas, city officials said, in one of the deadliest recent incidents of human smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border. A San Antonio Fire Department official said they found “stacks of bodies” and no signs of water in the truck, which was found next to railroad tracks in a remote area on the city’s southern outskirts.
MESSAGE TO BEIJING – Raptors, Lightning IIs ‘critically important’ deterrence factors, says INDOPACOM chief. A permanent contingent of Air Force fifth-generation fighters west of the International Date Line is a “desirable” option as the U.S. seeks to deter an increasingly assertive China, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said Friday.
Australia commits to Pacific islands defense training as China plans rival meet. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific islands vast fishing zone and provide financing for Pacific islands to build more resilient infrastructure as Pacific sea level rises are forecast to be four-times the global average, Minister for International Development and Pacific, Pat Conroy, told a Pacific conference on Tuesday.
RUSSIAN TACTICAL NUKES ON NATO BORDERS – Russia to provide nuclear-capable missiles and fighter jets to Belarus. Russia will provide nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to Belarus and upgrade the country’s fighter jets to allow them to carry tactical atomic weapons, President Vladimir Putin said over the weekend.
NATO to boost reaction force, Ukraine support. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that the military alliance will increase the size of its rapid reaction forces nearly eightfold to 300,000 troops as part of its response to an “era of strategic competition.”
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 125. Russian missiles hit a crowded shopping centre in Kremenchuk, Poltava, killing at least 18 people and wounding 59 others, officials said. More than 40 people have been reported missing. Russian forces and Moscow-backed separatists now control part of an oil refinery in the city of Lysychansk, Moscow state news agency TASS reported. The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk region Serhiy Haidai said Russian forces are storming the town of Lysychansk from the west and southwest.
Kremenchuk mall strike a ‘terrorist attack,’ Zelensky says; NATO leaders to meet. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again urged the United States to name Moscow a state sponsor of terrorism — a designation that would trigger significant penalties — after a Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in the central city of Kremenchuk killed at least 18 people.
Iran, US restart crucial nuclear talks in Qatar with EU mediation. Nasser Kanani, newly appointed as the spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry, told Iran’s state-run IRNA news website on Monday that Tehran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani will travel to Doha on Tuesday to begin the talks. The US Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, is also reportedly headed to the Qatari capital.
PUTIN’S AFRIKA CORPS – Presence of Russia in North Africa is increasing – Spanish Foreign Minister. The presence of Russia in North African countries is increasing in a region where political instability and militant activity are spreading, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Tuesday, defending a foreign policy shift towards Africa.
Malaysian foreign minister says concerns remain about Aukus pact. Malaysia’s foreign minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, has said that his country’s concerns about the Aukus nuclear submarine pact remain unchanged, after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday with his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong.
US kills ‘senior leader’ of al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria. The attack on Monday targeted Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a “senior leader” of al-Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Din, while he was travelling alone on a motorcycle, the US Central Command said in a statement.
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EQUALITY IS A BITCH – SIGN EM UP – Requirement for women to register for the draft back on the table in annual defense bill. A fight over whether women should be required to register for a potential draft has been revived in Congress.
BUT TREADING ON THIN ICE – No, the Pentagon is not defying the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion. A number of viral social media posts inaccurately claimed that the Pentagon had defied the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
GOING WOKE DOESN’T HELP – Why nobody wants to join the Army this year. The military is currently behind its recruiting goals for this year by 23%.
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