23 august 2019

Pacific tensions rise; Israel bombed Iraq in July; Turkey is surrounded in Syria; 2 USSOF KIA in Afghanistan; And a bit more.


Tensions are rising in the Pacific. The U.S. Navy just sent a ship — the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, USS Green Bay ( LPD -20) — through the strategic Taiwan Strait, “rekindling one of a growing number of flashpoints in Washington’s relationship with Beijing,” Reuters reports this morning. Why send the LPD -20 through the Strait? As a “demonstrat[ion of] the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh [...]