Pentagon chief: Iran not just a US problem

In response to attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Iran is not just a U.S. problem. He said the U.S. goal is to “build international consensus to this international problem.” (June 14)

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Pentagon proposing troop reinforcements in Mideast

The Pentagon was presenting proposals to the White House to send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday. (May 23)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday May 23rd: Violent tornado hits Jefferson City, Missouri; Evacuations in Oklahoma due to floods; Pentagon has plans for more troops in Mideast; Man rescued from ledge of burning building.

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‘We are not going to shut up’: New York protesters demand freedom for Assange and Manning

Rally was held at the steps of Times Square in New York on Saturday to protest against the recent detention of Julian Assange.

Holding banners and delivering speeches criticizing the Pentagon, protesters demanded freedom for Assange.

Assange, who was found guilty of breaching his bail at Westminster Magistrates Court, is facing up to 12 months in jail for breaching bail when he is sentenced at the Crown Court, as well as a formal request by US prosecutors that he be extradited on espionage charges.

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What Happens Next For Julian Assange (HBO)

Julian Assange’s lawyers are digging in for a furious, last-ditch effort to block his extradition to the U.S., following his dramatic arrest Thursday morning. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living since 2012.

Assange is now facing up to five years in American prison for allegedly conspiring to hack into a classified Pentagon computer system in 2010. A 2018 indictment, unsealed by the Department of Justice on Thursday, charges him with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleges that he tried to help former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning gain access to the government computer system in March 2010.

Given Assange’s contentious history with Washington, the initial indictment may be an attempt to bring Assange to the U.S. before targeting him with additional charges, former federal prosecutors told VICE News. His longstanding confrontation with the U.S. government now appears destined to play out in courtrooms in London and Alexandria, Virginia.

“Once the Justice Department gets him over here, they have a lot more leverage over Mr. Assange — and the tables are turned,” said Renato Mariotti, a former U.S. prosecutor based in Chicago. “You don’t need to be a legal analyst to see why the Justice Department would probably like to charge him with all sorts of things.”

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Pentagon successfully tests missiles over Pacific Ocean

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In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on Monday carried out a ‘salvo’ intercept of an unarmed missile soaring over the Pacific, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in southern California.

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Pentagon: successful missile defense test

In the first test of its kind, the Pentagon on Monday carried out a “salvo” intercept of an unarmed missile, using two interceptor missiles launched from underground silos in California. The target missile was destroyed over the Pacific. (March 26)

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US largest deployment of nuclear capable bombers to the UK in more than a decade

The B-52 strategic bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, are to take part in NATO drills in Georgia – close to Russia’s southern border.

They touched down just days after the Pentagon spoke on the possibility of a nuclear strike against Russia.

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