Category: Wars & Rumors of Wars

300,000 more civilians may flee western Mosul as fighting intensifies

Up to 300,000 people may escape from western Mosul in a new wave of displacement, a spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency told RT. He added that danger for civilians is now coming from the air and the ground as Iraqi forces advance through the city. “The fighting is intensifying in Mosul, and as a result, displacement is intensifying. The latest figures suggest that 260,000 people have been displaced in total, and maybe around 150,000 of those since the second offensive of Mosul on the western side in mid-February,” Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees...

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Israel Strikes Hezbollah Convoy In Syria

Syrian Media reported early Monday morning that Israel had struck Hezbollah targets on the Syrian-Lebanese border. The unconfirmed reports stated that Israel struck a Hezbollah convoy. On Sunday, an Israeli drone reportedly struck a vehicle in the Quneitra countryside, killing the driver, Yasser al-Sayed, who was a commander in Syria’s air defense unit, according to Channel 2. Hours earlier, Syrian media reported that regime forces had “repelled” an Israeli reconnaissance drone near the town of Khan Arnaba, close to where Friday morning’s Israel Air Force strike allegedly occurred. The air force’s Arrow anti-aircraft missile defense system intercepted a Syrian...

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First civilian evacuation drills in Japan amid N. Korea missile tests

Japan has conducted its first-ever drills, simulating the evacuation of more than 100 people in the coastal city of Oga. The moves come amid North Korea’s recent missile tests. More than 100 people, including 44 schoolchildren, took part in the exercises in the prefecture of Akita on Friday, aimed at fine-tuning the safe evacuation of civilians in the event of an armed attack. The task was to move the residents safely to shelters — a public hall, elementary school, and other venues. “Anything can happen these days, and it’s even more true when we cannot anticipate the behavior of our...

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N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea

SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) — North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for “escalating nuclear attack threats,” citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea. North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth flight over the Sangdong firing range of South Korea on Monday for about an hour on a nuclear bomb-dropping drill aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets of the DPRK. DPRK is an acronym...

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Russian spy ship returns off U.S. coast, near sub base

A Russian spy ship has reappeared off the U.S. eastern seaboard, sailing just 20 miles south of the U.S. Navy submarine base at King’s Bay, Georgia, and heading north. CBS News correspondent David Martin reports the Viktor Leonov, known as an AGI (Auxiliary, General Intelligence) trawler, has a port call scheduled in Jamaica for mid-April, and the assumption among U.S. officials is that it will make one more run up and down the east coast before heading to Jamaica. They Leonov made a similar journey along the East Coast in February, sailing close to a U.S. naval base in...

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