Wednesday PDB – No Charges for Officer who Pepper-Sprayed Army lieutenant, War Spurs Ukrainian Efforts to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, and Sudan’s Military Leaders launch ‘Manhunt’

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No charges for officer who pepper-sprayed Army lieutenant. A special prosecutor in Virginia says the former police officer should be investigated by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office for civil rights violations. 


US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said early Wednesday that China had sent 21 planes flying toward Taiwan, 18 of them fighter jets.

Taiwan defence ministry says Chinese drills seriously violated island’s sovereignty. Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that Chinese military drills have violated United Nations rules, invaded Taiwan’s territorial space and amount to a blockade of its air and sea, amid high tensions as U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits the island.

China sends warships to surround Taiwan amid Pelosi visit. China’s defense ministry announced Tuesday that its military would conduct “targeted” drills and missile tests around Taiwan in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s arrival there on Tuesday, in Beijing’s latest escalation since news emerged of the speaker’s highly anticipated trip.


NATO fortifies Eastern Europe’s defenses under new ‘air shielding’ mission. NATO is building up its defenses in Eastern Europe to fend off Russian aggression in a new effort it calls “air shielding.”

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 161. Ukraine’s military has reported heavy Russian shelling of Kharkiv and other towns and villages in its vicinity, and air and missile strikes on civilian installations. Russia denies targeting civilians.

Russia shells apartment buildings in Ukraine. Russian forces struck Ukrainian-held territory in the country’s south, according to local officials, as both sides shift their attention toward a looming fight for the area.

Russia brands Ukrainian steel plant defenders terrorists. Russia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Ukraine’s Azov Regiment a terrorist organization, a designation that could lead to terror charges against some of the captured fighters who made their last stand inside Mariupol’s shattered steel plant.

Russia’s ethnic minorities lament the war in Ukraine. Ethnic minority troops are said to be dying in greater numbers than their Slav compatriots in the so-called ‘special military operation’.

FOR F’S SAKE – War spurs Ukrainian efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. The role of gay soldiers, the lack of legal rights for their partners, and the threat of Russia imposing anti-L.G.B.T. policies have turned the war into a catalyst for change in Ukraine.


Pakistan insurgents claim downing army helicopter, killing six. Separatist insurgents in Pakistan’s resource-rich Balochistan province said they shot down a military helicopter that went down during a flood relief operation on Monday, killing all six on board including a top army commander.

Sudan’s military leaders launch ‘manhunt’ for suspected sources after CNN gold investigation sparks protests. Sudan’s military authorities have launched a “manhunt” for people suspected of providing information to CNN for an investigation that exposed Russia’s plundering of gold in the African nation, according to multiple former and current officials.


YES, BUT – AL QAEDA IS BACK IN AFGHANISTAN – Kirby: US has ‘visual confirmation’ of al Qaeda leader’s death in missile strike. White House national security spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday said the United States has “visual confirmation” that a CIA drone strike killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and officials would not need further corroboration. 


How L3Harris created US special operators’ new plane to hunt and strike terrorists. U.S. Special Operations Command’s new Armed Overwatch aircraft will be able to carry multiple weapons configurations and modular sensors that can be quickly swapped out as well as be disassembled for deployment within hours.

Big changes ahead for how troops battle future chemical, biological threats. Over the next few years, troops working closely with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats will get new suits, gloves and better detection devices.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - - PAULCRESPO.COM

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