U.S. Bombers, Fighters Fly in International Airspace East of North Korea > U.S. Pacific Command

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2017. This mission was flown as part of the continuing demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to the defense of its homeland and in support of its partners and allies. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Smoot)

Earlier today, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.

Source: U.S. Bombers, Fighters Fly in International Airspace East of North Korea > U.S. Pacific Command

Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

Amer Al Sabaileh

Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.

Many reported that Russia’s support for Syria was limited and unreliable. And yet, Russia has successfully engaged in the region and over recent years has proved reliable to its allies. Now, as Russia has become central to everything, from regional security to the peace process, regional countries must change their approach and recognise its influence and importance.

Russian diplomacy has been instrumental to creating the potential for an end to the Syrian crisis.

Russia’s influence in the region is spreading. Russia is now allied with both Israel and Syria.

Source: Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

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U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan

The missile flew over Hokkaido in the north and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to the east, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew for about 19 minutes over about 3,700 km (2,300 miles), according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before.

Source: U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan

The Latest: Sirens blare, trains stop during N Korean missile flight

 Another missile launch by North Korea.

An emergency response official on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido says business has been usual most of the morning after a North Korean missile flew over the island.

Warning sirens to alert residents blared twice — once immediately after the launch Friday and the second time just after the missile passed above their heads.

Hokkaido prefectural emergency official Shuji Koshida said local trains and subways briefly stopped for safety checks but there was no panicking or traffic jams.

Source: The Latest: Sirens blare, trains stop during missile flight

Army Special Operations soldiers injured in Fort Bragg explosion – Business Insider

Eight soldiers were reportedly injured in an explosion during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.

According to Sofrep, four of the soldiers were killed in the incident, with three dying at the site and the fourth dying while being treated at a hospital.

The explosion reportedly occurred during a homemade-explosive familiarization exercise.

Source: Army Special Operations soldiers injured in Fort Bragg explosion – Business Insider