Thursday, February 23, 2017

North Korea Mocks China

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a performance given with splendor at the People's Theatre on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State Merited Chorus in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA/Reuters)

BBC: North Korea says China 'dancing to the tune of the US'

North Korea has lashed out at its only international ally, China, accusing it of giving in to American demands.

Last week, China announced a ban on coal imports during 2017, in response to North Korea's continuing ballistic missile tests.

The statement did not name China, but referred to a "neighbouring country" which "often claims" to be friendly.

"This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the US," the state-run news agency said.

In a direct reference to the ban on imports, the statement said China had "taken inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade", which would help its enemies "to bring down the social system" in North Korea.

The country relies on the coal trade with China for cash income.

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WNU Editor: There is going to be blow-back from China on North Korea for this.

More News On North Korea Accusing China Of "Dancing To the U.S. Tune"

North Korean state media: China dancing to U.S. tune -- AP
North Korea raps old ally China after China's ban on coal -- Reuters
North Korea Mocks China for ‘Dancing to U.S. Tune’ -- WSJ
North Korean state media lambastes key ally China for ‘dancing to tune of U.S.’ -- Japan Times
Is China Really ‘Dancing To The Tune Of The US’? -- Ryan Pickrell, Daily Caller

A Look At How Drone Intel Analysis Is Helping The U.S. Target Its Enemies

An MQ-1B Predator from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Detachment 1 sits on a ramp, Feb. 3, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)

Military.com: Strike on ISIS Drone Cell Highlights Airman's Novel Intel Methods

It all started with a small tip of intelligence.

A U.S. airman in Virginia spotted a piece of intel thousands of miles away. Ten days later, warplanes bombed 11 sites in the Middle East where American military officials say Islamic State militants manufactured deadly drones.

The operation -- detailed for the first time by Air Force officials to Military.com -- underscores a growing trend in modern warfare in which troops at their home bases are intimately involved in wars half a world away. It also highlights a new way of analyzing intelligence to find, track and kill enemies and their weapons, they say.

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WNU Editor: Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson sums it up best when it comes to how the U.S. targets the enemy .... "analysis is the foundation that's going to drive everything".

World News Briefs -- February 23, 2017



Reuters: Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport, military base

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces captured Mosul airport on Thursday, state television said, in a major gain in operations to drive Islamic State from the western half of the city.

Elite Counter Terrorism forces advanced from the southwestern side and entered the Ghozlani army base along with the southwestern districts of Tal al-Rumman and al-Mamoun.

Losing Mosul could spell the end of the Iraqi side of militants' self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria, which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared from the city after sweeping through vast areas of Iraq in 2014.

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MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi forces push up to Mosul’s key military base by airport. Iraqi forces storm Mosul airport in effort to seize city from Isis. Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Airport. Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city.

Syria rebels announce capture of Al-Bab from IS. Turkey-backed rebels in 'near full control' of Al Bab.

Syria's warring sides brought together for Geneva talks. UN envoy doubts 'breakthrough' at Syria peace talks.

McCain makes secret trip to Syria as US debates new plans to fight Islamic State.

Tension rising between regional rivals Turkey and Iran.

Yemen loyalists push back rebels on Red Sea coast.

Netanyahu backs pardon for Israel soldier who shot Palestinian.

ASIA

Deadly blast rocks upscale market in Pakistani city of Lahore. Blast hits Lahore Defence area market. Pakistan blast: At least six dead in Lahore.

Pakistan army launches nationwide anti-terror operation.

Asean unsettled by China action in disputed waters

Pyongyang blames Malaysia for death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother. Kim Jong-nam murder: North Korea blames Malaysia for death of 'DPRK Citizen'.

South Korea resumes loudspeaker operations after Kim Jong Nam assassination.

Philippine court orders arrest of President Duterte's leading critic.

Japan's next emperor announces readiness for Akihito to abdicate.

AFRICA

South Sudan accused of blocking aid, despite famine.

Somalia's new President appoints Prime Minister.

Two Christians killed by militants in Egypt’s north Sinai amid growing attacks on Copts.

S.Africa struggles to quell anti-immigrant violence.

Libya's eastern authority freezes women's travel ban.

New claims over scale of ex-Gambian leader's theft from state coffers.

Gunmen kidnap two Germans in northern Nigeria: police.

EUROPE

Cyprus talks falter over nationalist commemoration row.

French elections: Emmanuel Macron and François Bayrou form alliance.

IMF chief Lagarde meets Merkel over Greek debt forgiveness.

Germany's migration agency taking longer to process asylum requests.

Romania: 1,300 officials prosecuted for graft last year.

Paris protests: Students tear-gassed by police.

Russian military admits significant cyber-war effort.

AMERICAS

US Treasury's Mnuchin promises 3% growth by end-2018.

Trump expected to submit budget blueprint March 13.

Mexico will not accept Trump's immigration plans, says foreign minister. Outrage in Mexico over immigration policies ahead of Rex Tillerson talks. Mexico's foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy.

Number of refugees who are fleeing America and traveling to Canada nearly doubles in the wake of Trump's immigration crackdown.

Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools.

Ecuador will hold run-off poll to choose new president.

Venezuelan vice president slams drug sanctions in full-page NYT ad.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Al Qaeda-linked Uzbek groups advertise operations in Afghanistan.

Columbia man charged with plotting Islamic State terror attack on Kansas City.

German police arrest 26 year-old over terror plot.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says he won’t label China a currency manipulator...yet.

Google launches robo-tool to flag hate speech online.

Military plane cost hits Airbus profits.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 23, 2017

China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of the South China Sea, in this photo taken in December 2016.

VOA: Southeast Asia, China Move Toward Elusive Deal to Avoid Conflicts in Contested Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — A group of 10 Southeast Asian nations will try again this year to sign documentation for a code of conduct aimed at preventing mishaps in the fractious South China Sea, as many have formed new bonds with Beijing despite its extensive, controversial maritime activities.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will make the framework for a code of conduct a "top priority" this year under Philippine leadership, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said. China and ASEAN have set a 2017 goal of approving the framework, the department's undersecretary told Philippine media in January.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 23, 2017

China nearly finished building South China Sea structures to house missiles, officials say -- FOX News

China building third aircraft carrier to protect 'overseas interests' -- International Business Times

China Building Third Aircraft Carrier, Plans To Build More -- NDTV

Aware of US carrier in South China Sea: China military -- Reuters

China Denounces 'Relevant Countries' after US Carrier Deployment -- Military.com/Stars and Stripes

China on edge as US carrier strike group exercises in South China Sea -- Asia Times

U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Warplanes and Destroyer Begin ‘Routine Operations’ in South China Sea -- NBC

US Preparing For War? China Closely Watching US Navy Ship In South China Sea -- International Business Times

The US Navy Sends a Powerful Message to Beijing in the South China Sea -- Ciro Scotti, Fiscal Times

China May Soon Surpass America on the Artificial Intelligence Battlefield -- Elsa Kania, National Interest

China again dismisses reports of military patrols in Afghanistan -- Reuters

Chinese military veterans stage protests in central Beijing over pensions -- Reuters

US base buzz: Japan to pay Okinawa residents record $267bn in damages over jet noise -- RT

Indian Air Force rejects British Advanced Hawk aircraft -- Defense News

Putin says sending Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores was his own idea -- RT

Hungary gets more flight time on leased Gripen fighters -- UPI

Where Eagles Dare: French military using winged warriors to hunt down rogue drones -- FOX News

Iran Sends Military Students to Syrian Front -- VOA

More US Troops in Syria, Iraq Possible Under Mattis Plan -- Military.com

US military will retain core strategy against Isis as Trump mulls escalation -- The Guardian

U.S. soldiers deploy to Central Africa to support the fight against Boko Haram -- Defense News

‘3rd Fleet Forward’ One of Several Tools to Deter North Korean Aggression -- USNI News

U.S. Marines Head to Norway and Australia -- Cipher Brief

Poll: 80% of Americans view NATO as good for U.S. -- UPI

IDEX 2017: Future F-16 Fighter Jets To be Made in USA -- Defense World

Boeing Fighter Jet, Feared Dead, Gets New Life From Trump Tweets -- Bloomberg

Trump’s Plan to Compete Jets ‘Doesn't Make Sense’ to Key Republican -- Bloomberg

The Navy Wants the Army to Start Sinking Ships -- Popular Mechanics

The US Navy Is Ready To Blast Enemy Targets With Star Wars-Style Lasers -- Maxim

The next big thing: Drones supplying U.S. troops -- USA Today

Air Force faces pilot shortage, but training is a challenge -- FOX News

McMaster's Tank Battle in Iraq May Shape Advice in New Role -- Military.com

A new era for information warfare -- Mark Pomerleau, C4ISRNet

The U.S. Air Force's new push to brace for war in space -- Gen. Dave Goldfein and Gen. Jay Raymond, Defense News

U.S. Air Force Fighter Wing In Germany Accidentally Sends Out A Missile Attack Warning


Popular Mechanics: Air Force Accidentally Sends out Missile Attack Warning

Complete with an inexplicable emoji.

A U.S. Air Force fighter wing in Germany accidentally sent out a missile attack warning to its members last week, warning that a missile was inbound and urging recipients to take shelter. The warning was rescinded eight minutes later.

The missile attack warning flashed across screens of computers at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base. The warning consisted of the words:

Inbound Missile. Severity: High: Type: Other. Missile Inbound. Seek Shelter Immediately! Sites at Risk:

According to Stars and Stripes, a member of the 52nd Wing was creating a template to send out in case of attack. And also promptly sent it out to the entire wing.

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WNU Editor: I would have used this emoji ....


Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe Is Still Unknown

Air quality stations in Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain have detected the presence of Iodine-131 at low levels

Daily Mail: US 'nuclear sniffer' plane flies to Norway - where radiation particles spreading across Europe were first detected - as mystery still surrounds the source

* WC-135 Constant Phoenix was deployed to RAF Mildenhall in Britain last week
* Plane detects radiation from explosion in the air, used after Chernobyl disaster
* Comes after spike in the levels of radioactive Iodine-131 in Europe was detected
* Radioactive particles have moved from Eastern Europe towards the UK

A US Air Force 'sniffer' plane which took off from Sussex today was on a mission to find evidence of nuclear activity or explosion, according to strong rumours.

The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is specially modified to collect atmospheric samples, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on operational sorties.

The specialist equipment enables the crew to detect radioactive debris 'clouds' in real time is believed to be heading towards northern Europe and the Barents Sea.

News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported.

According to spotters a second 'spy' plane was also deployed from Mildenhall.

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WNU Editor: Some are sceptical about all the news attention .... Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation. (Popular Mechanics). As for a U.S. nuclear sniffer plane being sent to Europe .... nothing abnormal there .... Sorry, ‘Sniffer’ Fans: WC-135 Isn’t Smelling Russian Nukes (DoD Buzz). Still .... no one has come out and explained why there is that radiation spike.

More News On A Spike In Radiation Particles Spreading Across Europe

US 'nuclear sniffer' plane deployed in Europe amid mysterious spike in radiation -- The Independent
A radiation ‘sniffer plane’ is reportedly searching for the source of a cloud of nuclear isotopes floating across Europe -- News.com.au
US 'nuclear sniffer' plane deployed to Europe amid radiation spike -- International Business Times
What is Putin up to? US 'nuclear sniffer' plane is sent to Britain as wave of deadly radioactive particles spreads across Europe -- Daily Mail
No One Can Figure Out What's Behind a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe -- Science Alert

China's Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete (And More Are Coming)

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Dave Majumdar, National Interest: China's Second Aircraft Carrier Is Almost Complete (And 4 More Could Be Coming)

According to Chinese state media, Beijing’s first domestically built carrier is nearing completion at Dalian.

The vessel—which is expected to become operational in 2020—will be launched soon.

Thereafter, the new carrier will spend roughly the next two years being outfitted with various systems such as sensors and other hardware.

Compared to the Liaoning—which was rebuilt from the decaying hulk of the Soviet Kuznetsov-class Baku—the Beijing’s new Type-001A will be much improved. Particularly, the Chinese have improved the crew spaces—which have never been a priority onboard Russian vessels.

“Unlike the Liaoning (Type 001), China's first aircraft carrier, a refitted ship built by Ukraine (under the former Soviet Union), the 001A is China-built, and its design, combat capability and technologies will be much more advanced,” Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, told the Global Times. “One key difference is the design will be more 'humanized,' which means all personnel on the carrier will enjoy a more comfortable and modern environment.”

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More News On China's Aircraft Carrier Program

China's Second Aircraft Carrier to Begin Sea Trials in 2019 -- The Diplomat
China building third aircraft carrier to protect 'overseas interests' -- International Business Times
China's Home-made Aircraft Carrier Ready For Launch, To Enter Service in 2 Years -- Defenseworld
Aircraft Carriers: China Versus America -- Barrett Tillman, Town Hall

Does The U.S. Navy Have A Carrier Gap?


Rick Berger, RCD: Fixing the Navy’s Carrier Gap

For almost two months, the United States Navy has operated without its required aircraft carrier in the Middle East and Europe. These continual carrier “presence gaps” should not surprise us; they represent a voluntary choice by a Navy asked to do too much with too little for too long. And while Pentagon leadership and combatant commanders have agreed for years that the Navy requires at least twelve carriers to keep three deployed at any one time, appropriators long ago failed to fund a carrier fleet of that size. Today, President Trump and the Republican Congress have signaled their intent to repair the U.S. military, but no easy or quick fixes exist for America’s aircraft carrier fleet. Reconstituting a healthy carrier force requires an understanding of the real problem, followed by several short-term actions and a generational commitment to America’s premier power projection force.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. Navy's newest carrier .... Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) .... begins sea trials next month .... Carrier Gerald R. Ford Heads to Sea Next Month; Commissioning Later This Year (USNI News).

Iran Resumes Its Cyber War On Saudi Arabia

Washington Free Beacon: Iran Renews Destructive Cyber Attacks on Saudi Arabia

Tehran strategy seeks takeover of oil-rich U.S. ally

After a four-year hiatus, Iran recently resumed destructive cyber attacks against Saudi Arabia in what U.S. officials say is part of a long-term strategy by Tehran to take over the oil-rich kingdom and regional U.S. ally.

Late last month, the Saudi government warned in a notice to telecommunications companies that an Iranian-origin malicious software called Shamoon had resurfaced in cyber attacks against some 15 Saudi organizations, including government networks.

The Shamoon malware was last detected in the 2012 cyber attack against the major Saudi state oil producer Aramco. That cyber attack damaged or destroyed some 30,000 computers and was considered one of the more destructive state-linked cyber attacks to date.

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Update: Why Iran's favorite weapon is the cyber attack (Alex Lockie, Business Insider).

WNU Editor: Both sides in the past few months  have been  escalating their conflict .... cyber war is just another escalation.

U.S. Senator McCain Makes A Secret Trip To Syria

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Wall Street Journal: John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

The senator travelled to Kurdish-controlled Kobani, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials.

The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met with leaders of the Free Syrian Army, the umbrella group supported by America and its allies. This was believed to be his first visit to Syria since then.

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More News On U.S. Senator McCain Making A Secret Trip To Syria

McCain makes secret trip to Syria to meet with US troops -- AP
Sen. John McCain makes unannounced trip to Syria -- USA Today
McCain made secret trip to Syria -- The Hill
John McCain made a secret trip to Syria -- CNN

Chaos In President Trump's Administration Is No Different From What Previous Administrations had To Go Through


Ed Klein, Townhall: When It Comes to Chaos, Trump Has Nothing on Previous Presidents

If you get most of your news from the mainstream media, you might come to the conclusion that the first month of Donald Trump’s administration is unique in the annals of presidential chaos and incompetence. Rather than the “well-oiled machine” touted by Trump, the press portrays his presidency as a jalopy full of circus clowns.

But is that true? Are Donald Trump’s stumbles really unique? Have previous presidents been paragons of proficiency and professionalism who’ve gotten off to a smooth start during their first 100 days?

For an answer, let’s go to the presidential videotape.

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WNU Editor: As I said before .... all incoming administrations go through a rough patch. President Trump's administration will be no different from past administrations, And how long does it take for an incoming administration to get their act together .... I say 6 months to a year. Then again .... the Trump administration is different from past administrations .... starting with President Trump who is .... as Presidents go .... unique.

Tweet For Today

The Mainstream Media Is Going To Be Put Under The Spotlight

He confirmed that suspicion on Wednesday afternoon by tweeting a picture of himself in front of a screen that says 'CNN tapes' with the text 'Tomorrow. #CNNLeaks'

CNN: Conservative provocateur targets CNN with secret recordings

Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe is setting his sights on CNN.

O'Keefe said in a telephone interview with CNN on Wednesday that he has "a few hundred hours" of "secretly recorded material" from inside the network. "We're calling it CNN Leaks," he said, drawing inspiration from WikiLeaks' document dumps.

He said "part one" would be published Thursday at about 10 a.m. ET. "This is all legally recorded information," he said, declining to be more specific.

O'Keefe, who uses undercover stings to trap his targets, has a reputation for shady tactics and exaggerated statements.

Some of his so-called exposés have relied on misleading editing techniques. And an incident in 2010 landed him in legal trouble. After he was arrested at Senator Mary Landrieu's office, O'Keefe pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for entering federal property under false pretenses. He was sentenced to three years of probation, plus community service and a fine.

Given his track record, many consider O'Keefe discredited, and not a serious journalist.

In the phone interview on Wednesday, he said that characterization is "very false and very inappropriate."

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Update #1: Project Veritas owner James O'Keefe tells Sean Hannity that he's set to release 'hundreds of hours' of newsroom footage 'Wikileaks style,' confirming on Twitter that CNN will take the hit (Daily Mail)
Update #2: Is James O'Keefe About To Smoke CNN? Tells Hannity He's Set To Release "Hundreds of Hours" Of Newsroom Footage "Wikileaks Style" (Zero Hedge).

WNU Editor: You can tell by reading the above CNN report that they are very nervous on what James O'Keefe has. If he has hundreds of hours of video tapes .... I can only imagine on what he will be posting.

Picture Of The Day

Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fires towards Islamic State militants during a battle with Islamic State militants, west of Mosul,Iraq February 22, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

A Look At How Bunker Busting Bombs Are Made



We Are The Mighty: This is why Bunker Buster bombs are made from spent howitzer barrels

It was a common sight during Desert Storm: grainy black-and-white footage of an Iraqi bunker or hanger slowly getting closer and closer to the screen.

Munitions with cameras fed the footage of new, precision-guided “smart bombs” to Americans watching the war at home.

Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi Army used underground facilities beneath layers of sand and reinforced concrete to protect his command and control centers, research labs, and ammo dumps. The U.S. military tasked its defense apparatus to come up with a way to penetrate and destroy these shelters.

Thus, the GBU-28 Bunker Buster bomb was born.

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WNU Editor: The above video is a must see on how these bombs are made.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The U.S. Is Not Ready To Respond To A Radio-logical Terrorist Attack On American Soil

Jana Winter, Daily Mail: Why America Can’t Spot Dirty Bombs

As Trump preps a new executive order to stop would-be terrorists before they enter the country, a government report finds the threat could come from within—and we aren’t prepared.

While President Trump doubles down on the hypothetical threats of incoming terrorists posing as refugees, he might be ignoring a very real concern here at home: The U.S. is largely underprepared to detect or respond to the threat of a radiological terrorist attack on American soil.

A so-called Red Team from the U.S. federal agency charged with evaluating domestic capabilities to defend against dirty bomb and weapons of mass destruction attacks found gaping holes in domestic nuclear detection and defense capabilities and massive failures during covert testing. That’s according to the most recent annual report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

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WNU Editor: This is one of those stories where everyone is talking about it .... but no one in Washington is seriously doing anything about it.

The Russian Military Is Building A Replica Of The German Parliament For Cadets To Practice Storming

The photo of the Reichstag building in Berlin with the Soviet flag raised above it is one of the most iconic from World War II and considered by many to be the ultimate symbol of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. @Wikipedia

An earlier, temporary model of the Reichstag at Patriot Park, which will be replaced by a permanent building (с) Oboronstroy

Washington Post: The Russian military is building a mini-Reichstag at its amusement park so that kids have ‘a real building to storm’

MOSCOW — What happens when you combine a military targeting the next generation of soldiers and the sacred memory of World War II in Russia?

“We're building a Reichstag in Patriot Park,” Sergei Shoigu, Russia's defense minister, announced during a parliamentary address Wednesday. “Not to full size, but so our 'youth army soldiers' can storm not just any building, but a concrete place.”

A quick rundown of terms. Patriot Park is the Russian army's amusement park (sometimes called “military Disneyland"), which opened last year near Moscow. The “youth army” is a network of youth groups across Russia created by the military to instill patriotism in children and teach them military skills, like how to assemble and disassemble an automatic rifle. And the Reichstag is the neo-Baroque building in Berlin that housed parliament under the German empire and the Weimar Republic. And it has been the seat of the German parliament since 1999.

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More News On The Russian Military Building A Replica Of The German Parliament For Cadets To Practice Storming

Russia builds Reichstag replica for teens to attack at a patriot theme park near Moscow amid heightened tensions with the West -- Daily Mail
Russia to Build Reichstag Model for Youths to Storm at Park -- AP
Russia to build replica of the Reichstag for cadets to practise storming -- DW
The Russian military is building a replica of the German parliament for kids to storm at a patriotic theme park -- Quartz
Russia builds replica Reichstag so children can recreate 1945 victory -- The Guardian
Russian Military Builds Reichstag Replica as Training Ground for Teenagers -- Sputnik
Russia building Reichstag replica for schoolchildren’s military exercises -- RT

Russia's Military Has Mobilised A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu © Sputnik

Reuters: Russia sets up information warfare units - defence minister

Russia's military has created a force tasked with waging information warfare, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten the West's concerns about what it sees as Moscow-sponsored "fake news".

Russian military planners, like their counterparts elsewhere, see the spreading of propaganda as a crucial part of modern warfare.

Moscow's activities in this area are under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence agencies accused the Kremlin of mounting an "influence operation" to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election last November.

European intelligence agencies have also said Moscow is seeking to destabilise governments and influence elections in Europe with cyber attacks and fake news. Moscow has denied interfering in other countries' elections.

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More News On The Russian Military Mobilising A Cyber Army To Wage Information Warfare

Russia's defense chief to mobilize new cyber army -- TASS
Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops -- AP
Russia adds 'information warfare' troops -- The Hill
Russia Military Power: Moscow Reveals Hacking Army To Expose West's 'Lies' -- International Business Times