Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tweets For Today

Do Russians See Themselves As Exceptional?

Gregory Carleton, The Conversation: Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe.

America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders, as I explore in “Russia: The Story of War.” And it plays a key role in how Russia sees itself in its increasingly tense relationship with NATO and the West.

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WNU Editor: Many Russians see themselves and Russia as exceptional. Many do not. As to what is my take .... it bugs me that Russia can be better .... correction .... much better.

Picture Of The Day

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters ride atop military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

WNU Editor:The above picture is from this impressive photo-gallery .... Islamic State's capital Raqqa falls (Reuters).

An Ackward Moment Between President Trump And Greek President Tsipras

CNN: Once-critical Greek PM praises Trump over 'common values'

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump sat for talks Tuesday with his left-wing Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, he faced a man who last year warned his own citizens that Trump represented an "evil" raft of ideas with no place in western democracy.

Now that Trump is President, Tsipras finds himself among the club of world leaders hoping to paper over their election-year criticisms of the billionaire businessman, who is known to carry a grudge and remember even the smallest slight.

Speaking in the Rose Garden after their meeting, Tsipras downplayed his election-year remarks, insisting he's ready now to partner with Trump.

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WNU Editor: From commenting last year that he hoped he "would not face this evil" (i.e. Trump) .... to praising him today over "common values" .... you just cannot make this up. But in all fairness to Greek Prime Minister Tsipras .... he came to power because the establishment in Greece utterly destroyed the country's finances .... and it has been an incredibly difficult job for him ever since. AS to today's meeting, what I find interesting about the two men is that they have a lot in common. Both are anti-establishment figures with a populist message, and both are despised and hated by the elites in their country.

Update: I like Zero Hedge's take on this Trump-Tsipras meeting today .... Trump Meets Tsipras, "Evil" Awkwardness Follows (Zero Hedge).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Will The U.S. Always Defend Its Asian Allies?

U.S. President Donald Trump meets South Korea's President Moon Jae-In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Brian Padden, VOA: Doubts Growing US Will Always Defend Asian Allies

SEOUL — In South Korea and Japan there is increasing support for the deployment of nuclear weapons to defend against the growing North Korean threat, and due to public concern that the U.S. may no longer be counted on to aid allies with extended nuclear deterrence.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency estimates North Korea may have as many as 60 nuclear weapons, and that it might have successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads to fit on its arsenal of 1,000 missiles.

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WNU Editor: South Vietnam was once a U.S. ally.

Does President Trump Deserve Credit For ISIS 'Giving Up'?

CNN: Trump takes credit for ISIS 'giving up'

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump took credit for the fact that ISIS is in retreat during an interview Tuesday, claiming that ISIS wasn't on the run before because "you didn't have Trump as your president."

The comment comes as US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa said "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost control of their self-declared capital.

American officials have not yet formally announced that the fight is won, but the development marks a significant moment for the war on ISIS.

"I totally changed rules of engagement. I totally changed our military, I totally changed the attitudes of the military and they have done a fantastic job," Trump said on "The Chris Plante Show." "ISIS is now giving up, they are giving up, there are raising their hands, they are walking off. Nobody has ever seen that before."

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WNU Editor: The Islamic State may soon be defeated on the battlefield, but it's ideology and the real threat that it can deliver lives on. And as to who deserves credit for defeating the ISIS caliphate as we know it .... in my book many people deserve credit for the pending defeat of the Islamic State .... President Trump included. After-all .... if this campaigned was still bogged down in Mosul, President Trump would be getting all the criticism and blame. But credit aside .... this war is far from over. The next step is winning the peace, and considering how close the Iraqi government and the Kurds almost came to blows this weekend .... I have no reason to be confident that a solution will be found, even with President Trump's involvement.

The interview between Chris Plante and President Trump can be seen here (link is here).

Oil Headed To $10? If The Answer Is Yes What Will Be The Geopolitical Fall-Out?

Market Watch: Oil headed to $10? China may be in the driver’s seat

So another week begins, and many investors may be wondering how many records will be broken now — at least those that have nothing to do with Mother Nature.

That synchronized global uptrend is looking pretty intact, with almost every major world equity index at or near record highs. Asia has kept that going, and the Dow looks set for a fresh high this morning. Note that it’s been an incredible 236 days since the S&P 500 has had a decline of at least 3%.

This so-called “euphoriameter” says it all:

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WNU Editor: China is spending the money to bust their oil dependence. And if they do succeed in developing viable alternative energy sources .... the benefits will be worldwide .... but with one exception. For all the countries who have grown dependent on oil exports for revenues .... Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc. .... it is going to hurt.

This Wealth Management Group Believes There Is A 20% Chance Of War With North Korea

Switzerland's national flag flies under the logo of Swiss bank UBS in Zurich, Switzerland April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Bloomberg: UBS Wealth Stands Pat on 20% Chance of North Korea War

* Kelvin Tay says company is sticking to China, Indonesia bets
* If war does break out, Malaysia stocks may outperform, he says

UBS Group AG’s wealth management unit got its in-house risk analysts to help gauge the threat of war on the Korean peninsula, mapped out the impact on its investments, and then decided to do nothing.

Even as North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations said a nuclear war “may break out any moment,” the money manager dismissed it as “saber rattling, drum beating.”

“It’s just two dogs barking at each other,” said Kelvin Tay, regional chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management in Singapore, referring to the escalating rhetoric between North Korea’s leader and U.S. President Donald Trump. “Do you seriously think Kim Jong Un is going to fire a missile” at one of his enemies?

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WNU Editor: UBS Wealth Management oversees 2.2 trillion Swiss francs ($2.2 trillion). In short .... they are in the business of protecting and making money for their clients. I also read their stuff (i.e. UBS Group and others) all the time .... that is why I know that the above Bloomberg article is correct .... that when it comes to assessing the risks in potential wars, large financial institutions like UBS Group have no clue on what they are doing. C'mon .... how did they reach their 20% figure. What scale, data, and measurement did they use to assess such a risk? For an institution that handles trillions .... they seem to be whistling in the dark when it comes to assessing how potential wars may impact their clients. And that is the ugly truth .... no one can accurately assess what is the risk of war with a country like North Korea. That includes trillion dollar financial institutions, the Pentagon/White House, the defense and intelligence ministries in China, Japan, South Korea, etc.. No one really knows. As to what is my prediction for war with North Korea .... what makes me unique is that (to me) such scenarios are either 0% or 100% .... and in this case it is at 0%.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 17, 2017

ABC News Online: Kirkuk: Why the battle over the Iraqi city matters

They may be allies in the war against the Islamic State (IS) group, but yesterday Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters turned their weapons towards one another.

The clash began when Iraqi forces entered Kirkuk, a city in the north of Iraq that sits about halfway between Mosul and the country's capital Baghdad.

Kurdish forces held a controversial referendum on independence three weeks ago and tried to claim the city as their own, but the Iraqi Government has other plans.

Here's why both sides want Kirkuk, what happened during the clash, and what it could all mean for the fight against IS.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 17, 2017

Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here’s why -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Iraq's reconquest of Kirkuk checks Kurdish secession -- Tallha Abdulrazaqby, Al Jazeera

A Kurdish State Is Inevitable -- Mohammad Amjad Hossain, Jerusalem Post

Syrian endgame is nigh as rival factions look to cut deals -- Sami Moubayed, Asia Times

Fighting Islamic State -- Lisa Beyer, Bloomberg

Islamic State is not beaten and will return -- Shiraz Maher, New Statesman

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War? -- Grant Rumley and Neri Zilber, Foreign Policy

Trump Will Have A Hard Time Getting Congress To Rewrite The Iran Deal For Him -- Michael Wilner, Five Thirty Eight

China Isn't Fixing Its Flaws -- Leland Miller and Derek Scissors, Bloomberg

Afghanistan talks without Taliban: What can they achieve? -- Shamil Shams & Masood Saifullah, DW

North Korea Is Playing a Longer Game Than the U.S. -- Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

Japan ruling bloc headed for election win despite distaste for Abe -- Linda Seig, Asia Times

Saakashvili on why he's challenging Poroshenko's leadership of Ukraine -- DW

How money will divide Europe after Brexit -- Paul Wallace, Reuters

The Method to Trump’s ‘Madness’ -- Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

World News Briefs -- October 17, 2017 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Kurds abandon territory in the face of Iraq government advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK (Reuters) - The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.

In the second day of a lightning government advance to take back towns and countryside from forces of the Kurdish autonomous region, Kurdish troops known as Peshmerga pulled out of the long disputed Khanaqin area near the Iranian border.

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Israel: No peace talks with Palestinian government reliant on Hamas.

Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State, US-backed forces announce.

All eyes are on Hezbollah in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor.

Baghdad: Iraqi forces in full control of Kirkuk. Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city.

After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq.

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran presence in Syria.

South Yemen separatists not in rush for vote.

12 Turkish police officers wounded in bombing.


Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 31 on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border.

Taliban attacks kill at least 69 across Afghanistan.

Over 60 percent of Afghan girls not in school, says report.

U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea.

North Korean official says diplomacy is off the table until it builds a missile that can hit the east coast of the US.

S, Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea.

US diplomat: We must be ‘prepared for the worst’ if diplomacy fails with North Korea.

U.S. Democrat Jack Reed: South Koreans 'confused, shaken' by Trump handling of North.

Philippine military pushes to defeat last Marawi fighters. Duterte: Marawi 'liberated' from ISIL-linked fighters.

China expected to work with Europe to preserve Iran nuclear deal after Trump threat.

Anger as Chinese media claim harassment is just a western problem.


Central African Republic children starve as aid workers flee fighting.

Chaotic response to Somali bombing cost lives, medics say.

Fighting in Libyan capital closes airport.

Death toll tops 300 from Mogadishu blast.

Mogadishu bombing: al-Shabaab behind deadly blast, officials say.

Boko Haram raids military base in Nigeria’s northeast, seizes weapons, ammunition.

'Shocking' abuse of migrants in Libya smuggling hub - UN.

US military plane lands in Somalia with aid after bombing.

DR Congo controversially elected to UN Human Rights Council.

Cairo 'most dangerous' megacity for women - survey.


Catalonia refuses to renounce independence, separatist protesters rally.

Foreign experts to help Malta investigate reporter's killing.

Spain High Court jails Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation. Spanish judge jails two Catalan independence leaders.

Protests erupt as Catalan separatist leaders jailed. Catalonia: Protests after Spain detains separatists.

Turkey spies betraying asylum seekers in German immigration offices.

US society ‘based on leaks,’ but proof of Russian election meddling never emerged – Lavrov.

Russia pressures Serbia on status of controversial base.

Malta journalist death: Caruana Galizia's son hits out.

Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, 88, given six-month jail sentence.


Trade talks with Canada and Mexico dissolve in harsh words.

Judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban order.

US Senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare backed by Trump.

Venezuela's Maduro defends disputed vote, opposition divided.

California wildfire death toll hits 41 as survivors face long road to recovery.

Trump says he'll declare the US opioid crisis a national emergency 'next week'.

Trump’s claim about predecessors, fallen troops disputed.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.

Venezuela's opposition refuses to accept elections results.

US says Venezuela vote 'neither free nor fair'. Venezuela elections neither 'free nor fair', says US.

Sonic attack on US diplomats? Cubans don't believe it.


British spy chief says Islamist militants can execute deadly attack plans in just days.

Pentagon: Dozens of ISIS fighters killed in Yemen strikes.

Supreme Court won't take case of alleged USS Cole mastermind.

ISIL capitalises on Peshmerga retreat in northern Iraq.

Alleged IS female recruiter arrested in Spain with FBI help.


Dow tops 23,000 for first time as stock market rally gains speed.

Iran aircraft deals hang by thread as Trump targets Tehran.

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe.

Airbus takes majority stake in Bombardier airliner program.

Investigation Launched Into Deadly Niger Ambush That Killed 4 U.S. Special Forces Personnel

CNN: US launches investigation into deadly Niger ambush and confusion that followed

(CNN)The Defense Department is conducting an initial review of the mission in Niger and the ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded.

Multiple US officials have described to CNN a scene of confusion on the ground during the unexpected firefight. The investigation will be an effort "to get all the facts correct," an administration official familiar with the review told CNN.

The review will aim to determine precisely what happened -- something that is still not clear nearly two weeks after the incident occurred, according to the official.

The comprehensive investigation of the timeline has been ordered by US Africa Command and includes all the military branches and elements of US intelligence agencies that were involved in the mission. Team members who were on the ground are being interviewed about what happened as well as preparations for the mission.

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WNU Editor: To conduct an investigation was probably decided upon a few days after the ambush, and it explains why President Trump has remained silent on this incident even though it happened 2 weeks ago .... The deadly ambush Donald Trump hasn’t yet acknowledged (MSNBC). My gut is telling me that there is far more to this story than what thy are telling us.

Update: This Democrat Senator instincts have been proven right. He made his remarks before today's announcement that an investigation has being ordered on the ambush that killed 4 U.S. special forces personnel in Niger.... Dem senator: Trump hasn't been forthcoming enough about attack on US soldiers in Niger (The Hill).

Is This The Real Russian Collusion Story?

The Hill: FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

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WNU Editor: I do not know if there is any more to this story than what is being reported .... but it just screams for a more thorough investigation from the Justice Department, and definitely more attention from the press. Will the Justice Department go forward .... I do not know. But I do know that with the exception of a few news sites and conservative blogs, the press has once again made the decision to avoid a story because it goes against their narrative on what they believe the real Russian collusion story is. I have said this more than once .... my beef with the U.S. main stream media is not on the stories that they cover, but on the stories that they choose not to cover. This is just one more example of what I am talking about.

More News On Reports That The FBI Decided To Keep Under Wraps Reports Of Russian Bribery, Kickbacks, Extortion And Money Laundering On A Russian-U.S. Nuclear Deal

FBI Kept Russian Bribery Plot Under Wraps Before Obama Administration Approved Nuclear Deal With Moscow -- Newsweek
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before controversial nuclear deal -- NYPost
Report: Russians used bribes, sought to pad Clinton charity amid Obama-era push to expand US nuclear footprint -- FOX News

Iraqi Forces Continue To Retake Territory From Kurdish Forces

BBC: Kirkuk: Iraqi forces seize largest oilfields near city

Iraqi government forces have taken control of the two largest oilfields near the disputed city of Kirkuk after Kurdish forces left the area.

Iraqi troops began a takeover of Kirkuk on Monday.

The actions come three weeks after a Kurdish referendum on independence, which was declared illegitimate by the central Iraqi government.

Voters in the Kurdish autonomous region and Kurdish-held areas overwhelmingly backed secession.

On Tuesday, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani released a statement calling for peace and pledging to keep working towards independence.

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WNU Editor: Iraqi forces and Shiite militias continue to take territory that Kurdish forces have been present in since the Iraqi Army fled when Islamic State Forces began their offensive 3 years ago .... Iraqi forces drive Kurdish fighters out of town of Sinjar (The Guardian). The U.S. has issued a warning .... Pentagon says Iraqi train-and-equip mission could end if attacks on Kurds continue (Defense News), but President Trump has made it clear that the U.S. is not going to take sides .... Trump Says He Won't Take Sides As Iraqi Forces Oust Kurds From Kirkuk (Radio Free Europe).

More News On Iraqi Forces Continuing To Retake Territory From Kurdish Forces

Iraqi forces take control of all oil fields operated by state-owned North Oil in Kirkuk -- Reuters
Iraq forces take two key Kirkuk oil field from Kurds -- AFP
Kurdish forces pullout from Khanaqin area on Iraq-Iran border, security sources say -- Reuters
Baghdad: Iraqi forces in full control of Kirkuk -- Al Jazeera
Iraqis seize military base, oil field from Kurdish forces near contested Kirkuk -- Washington Post
Iraqi forces take Kirkuk, lower Kurdistan flag -- RUDAW
US military rushes to defuse looming crisis in Kirkuk after Iraqi army advances -- The Guardian

The Islamic State's Capital Of Raqqa Has Fallen To U.S.-Backed Forces -- News Roundup

New York Times: U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Captured Raqqa From ISIS

BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-backed forces said on Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, a major blow to the militant group, which had long used the city as the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.

Celebrations erupted in Raqqa, where residents had lived under the repressive rule of militants who beheaded people for offenses as minor as smoking. Fighters could be seen cheering and firing celebratory gunfire in the streets, according to residents reached by phone and text message.

The United States Central Command stopped short of declaring victory, saying “more than 90 percent of Raqqa is in S.D.F. control,” a reference to the Syrian Democratic Forces, an American-backed militia group made up of Syrian Kurds and Arabs.

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The Islamic State's Capital Of Raqqa Has Fallen To U.S.-Backed Forces -- News Roundup

U.S.-backed Syrian militias raise flag in Raqqa stadium -- Reuters
Syrian commander says Raqqa has been captured from militants -- AP
Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa -- Reuters
US-backed force says has fully captured Raqa from IS -- AFP
US-backed force claims capture of Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital Raqqa -- Washington Post
US-backed forces say Islamic State's capital in Syria has been captured -- Los Angeles Times
Raqqa: IS 'capital' falls to US-backed Syrian forces -- BBC
Raqqa 'liberated from Islamic State' in sign of jihadists' collapsing fortunes -- ABC News Online
Syrian Democratic Forces liberate Raqqa from 'Islamic State -- DW
Raqqa recaptured from Islamic State, US-backed forces announce -- The Guardian
SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL -- Al Jazeera
Islamic State cleared from Syria's Raqqa: monitor -- Reuters
Raqa battle over but aid effort just starting: group -- AFP
US-Backed Syrian Forces Have Defeated ISIS in Raqqa -- VICE
After victory in Raqqa over IS, Kurds face tricky peace -- Reuters
Five facts on former IS Syrian bastion Raqa -- AFP
Factbox: Raqqa - Islamic State's Syrian HQ has fallen -- Reuters
Timeline of events in Syrian city of Raqqa, once IS capital -- FOX News/AP

U.S. Drone Strikes Target The Islamic State In Yemen For The First Time. Dozens Reported Kill

Reuters: U.S. takes aim at Yemeni Islamic State for first time

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States said it launched its first attack on Islamic State’s deadly Yemen branch on Monday with a series of nighttime airstrikes that residents said targeted two villages and killed several people.

Unmanned U.S. drones launched around 12 missiles at militant positions in Yakla and al-Abl in southern al-Bayda province, according to local people living nearby, who declined to be named due to safety concerns.

They said the number of casualties caused by the attack was not immediately clear because locals were too afraid to approach the site as U.S. aircraft hovered over the area for hours.

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More News On U.S. Drone Strikes Targeting The Islamic State In Yemen For The First Time

US airstrikes killed 'dozens' of ISIS terrorists in Yemen, Pentagon says -- FOX News/AP
US kills ‘dozens’ of Islamic State members in Yemen -- Long War Journal
First US airstrike targeting ISIS in Yemen kills dozens -- CNN
Trump Targets ISIS In Yemen For First Time With Strikes on Training Camps -- Newsweek
US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training camps -- Al-monitor/AFP
'Dozens of IS fighters killed' in Yemen strikes -- DW
Pentagon: Dozens of ISIS fighters killed in Yemen strikes -- The Hill
Dozens of ISIS fighters killed after US strikes Yemen camps -- ABC News
Pentagon Reports Destruction of 2 Daesh Training Camps in Yemen -- Sputnik International
12 US drone strikes attack Daesh in Yemen for first time -- Middle East Monitor

Two U.S. Drone Strikes Have Killed 31 On The Afghan Border With Pakistan

Reuters: Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 31 on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier

PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said.

The attacks came days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the area in Pakistan’s northwest, striking a rare positive note in the country’s often-fraught relations with the United States.

On Friday, U.S. drones were seen hovering near where American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children, all born in captivity, were freed, after having been kidnapped by the Haqqani network while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012.

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WNU Editor: The Pakistani Foreign Minister is asking the U.S. to stop these drone strikes .... Pak FM asks US to stop airstrikes as drones target Haqqani network in Kurram Agency (Khaama Press). Other Pakistani agencies are saying that no drone strikes occurred .... No drone strikes took place in Kurram Agency: ISPR (GOE-TV). More denials here .... After day-long silence, ISPR says no US drone strikes in Kurram (Express Tribune). So .... was there a drone strike or two .... who knows.

More News On Today's Drone Strikes Targeting The Haqqani Network

Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials -- AFP
Deadly US airstrikes target Haqqani network compound in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency -- Khaama Press
Suspected U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 20 Militants Near Pakistani-Afghan Border -- RFE
US drones kill 31 on Afghan border as Pakistan calls for restraint -- Pakistan Today
Militant Haqqani Network - a brief history -- DW

Taliban Have Launched A Number Of Coordinated Attacks Across Afghanistan

Smoke rises from police headquarters while Afghan security forces keep watch after a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked the provincial police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

DW: Coordinated attacks, car bomb blasts rock Afghanistan

Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a police HQ in Afghanistan after driving an explosive-laden Humvee into the center of the Andar district. Elsewhere, a reinforcement convoy and a police training center were also hit.

Security forces were battling jihadists in at least two locations in Afghanistan, with dozens reported killed, officials said on Tuesday.

An attack in Ghazni province saw Taliban militants drive a stolen Humvee into the administrative center of Andar district and detonate the vehicle near the police headquarters and the seat of the district governor. Some 300 Taliban fighters then attacked the area. At least 30 members of the security forces were killed in the explosion and the subsequent gunfight, the DPA news agency reported, citing provincial council member Amanullah Kamran.

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More News On Today's Coordinated Attacks Across Afghanistan

Afghan officials: Taliban wave of attacks kills at least 74 -- AP
Taliban attacks kill at least 69 across Afghanistan -- Reuters
Afghanistan Taliban suicide attacks kill dozens -- BBC
Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces -- AFP
At least 33 dead in Afghanistan suicide bombing -- UPI
Carnage after Taliban militants strike Afghan police -- AFP
Deadly attack hits Afghan police training centre -- Al Jazeera
Back to back heavy explosions rocks Gardez city in Paktia -- Khaama Press

North Korean Diplomat: Nuclear War Could Break Out At 'Any Moment'

DW: North Korean envoy says nuclear war could break out at 'any moment'

Pyongyang wants a nuclear-free world, but a nuclear war might still start due to "extreme and direct" US threat, North Korean deputy UN envoy Kim In Ryong said. Separately, the US hinted at direct talks with North Korea.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula "has reached a touch-and-go-point and nuclear war may break out at any moment," North Korean deputy ambassador Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly's disarmament committee on Monday.

"The entire US mainland is within our firing range and if the US dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe," he said.

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WNU Editor: Maybe so, but not today .... U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea (Reuters). Meanwhile the top US commander in the Pacific is imagining the unmanageable .... US commander must 'imagine the unimaginable' on NKorea (AFP).

More News On Remarks From A North Korean Diplomat That Nuclear War "Could Break Out At Any Moment"

North Korea says 'a nuclear war may break out any moment' -- Defense News/AP
North Korea warns of nuclear war at 'any moment' -- CBC/Reuters
North Korea Warns Nuclear War At 'Any Moment' -- International Business Times
North Korean UN envoy says 'nuclear war may break out at any moment' -- The Guardian
Nuclear war may break out any moment, says N. Korean UN envoy -- RT
North Korea: Nuclear war may break out at 'any moment' -- Al Jazeera
North Korea says 'nuclear war may break out any moment' — but that's the last thing it wants -- Business Insider