WEDNESDAY PDB – Putin’s Disastrous ‘Partial Mobilization,’ Russia Illegally ‘Annexes’ Ukrainian Territory, Communist China Buying Land Near US Military Bases, Iranian Drone Threat in Ukraine, Artemis Moon Stored to Avoid Hurricane

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Nord Stream leaks (sabotage) underline gray-zone risks. Damaging a neighbor’s environment can be easy, cheap, and deniable.


BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS – Watchdog report details distress of migrant children housed at Fort Bliss. Unaccompanied migrant children held at a makeshift shelter in a Texas military base last year spent weeks without hearing any updates on their cases, causing distress, anxiety and panic attacks, according to an internal watchdog report released Tuesday.


Lawmakers raise concerns about Chinese-based firm’s acquisition of land near US military installation. Fifty-one lawmakers in a new letter are sounding alarms over a Chinese-based manufacturer’s acquisition of land near a U.S. Air Force base in North Dakota.

Ex-Army reservist convicted of illegally acting as Chinese agent. Four years after he was arrested on suspicion of spying, a former U.S. Army reservist has been convicted by a federal jury for acting as an illegal agent on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

Marines to send F-35Bs to Philippines, fire HIMARS there and in Japan next month. Thousands of U.S. Marines armed with stealth fighters, attack helicopters and long-range missiles will train with Japanese, Filipino and South Korean troops in Japan and the Philippines during the first half of October.


Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 217. Europe is investigating what Germany, Denmark and Sweden said were attacks that caused substantial leaks into the Baltic Sea from two Russian gas pipelines at the center of an energy standoff. It remains unclear who might be responsible. Three explosions were heard, and then electricity was cut in Ukraine’s second-biggest city of Kharkiv.

Advanced air defense weapons head to Ukraine in 2 months. The Pentagon will deliver the first two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS, to Ukraine in the next two months.

Russia’s ‘partial mobilization’ of civilians is going about as well as you’d expect. “We know our government lies to us. We are just meat for them.”

Officials say 98,000 Russians enter Kazakhstan after call-up. About 98,000 Russians have crossed into Kazakhstan in the week since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine, Kazakh officials said Tuesday, as men seeking to avoid the call-up continued to flee by land and air into neighboring countries.

Photos show 10-mile line at Russian border as many flee mobilization. A line of vehicles stretched for 10 miles at Russia’s border with Georgia after President Vladimir Putin’s partial military mobilization for the war in Ukraine.

Staged referendums yield expected result as Russia readies annexations. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to illegally annex four partially-occupied regions in eastern Ukraine lurched forward Tuesday, as Russian officials and Kremlin proxy leaders claimed that staged referendums showed residents in favor of joining Russia by absurd margins of more than 97 percent.


‘Huge problem’: Iranian drones pose new threat to Ukraine. Recent attacks are prompting renewed calls for the U.S. to send more advanced weaponry.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards attack ‘terrorists’ (Kurdish militants) in Iraq – IRNA. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched missile and drone attacks on “terrorists” in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Wednesday, the Iranian state news agency reported.


Artemis I rocket rolled back to VAB as NASA, Space Force prep for Hurricane Ian. NASA teams in Florida, racing against the clock to avoid impacts from Hurricane Ian, completed rollback of the agency’s massive Artemis I moon rocket to its home in the Vehicle Assembly Building early Monday.

Hurricane Ian prompts evacuation of Navy ships and aircraft. As Hurricane Ian prepares to make landfall in Florida, U.S. 4th Fleet has ordered ships and aircraft to sortie out of the hurricane’s way.


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