On this day in history: Abraham Lincoln makes the ‘Gettysburg Address’ on the former battlefield | SOFREP

The Gettysburg Address–it’s been etched into American culture and reminds us of the bloodiest battle in American history.

During this war, there were an average of 420 combat deaths a day. This means that the Civil War cost more American military lives than World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and GWOT all combined.

Source: On this day in history: Abraham Lincoln makes the ‘Gettysburg Address’ on the former battlefield | SOFREP

Russia issues alarming warning about N. Korea’s plans to strike West Coast | WPXI

A member of the Russian lower house of parliament’s international affairs committee who recently visited Pyongyang, North Korea, claimed Friday that Kim Jong-un has plans of proving the rogue state can hit the West Coast of the United States with a missile in its arsenal.

According to Reuters, Anton Morozov and two other Russian lawmakers visited from Oct. 2-6 and Morozov says that North Korea gave them “mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States.”

Source: Russia issues alarming warning about N. Korea’s plans to strike West Coast | WPXI

As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise | Fox News

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials – including former CIA Director James Woolsey – have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S power grid to an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

Earlier this month, state news agencies in the Kim Jong Un-dictated country explicitly cautioned that it could hit the U.S. with an EMP offensive. A hydrogen bomb detonated at a high altitude would create an EMP that potentially could abolish prominent parts of the electrical grid.

Source: As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise | Fox News

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

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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

Another North Korean missile launch expected this weekend – WTAE

SEOUL, South Korea —South Korea says it expects another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch on September 9, as the country marks the anniversary of its founding.

“The situation is very grave. It doesn’t seem much time is left before North Korea achieves its complete nuclear armament,” South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told a meeting of defense ministers in Seoul Thursday.

Source: Another North Korean missile launch expected this weekend

South Korea seeks bigger warheads, North Korean ICBM reportedly on the move

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the United States to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.

South Korean officials believe more provocation from the reclusive state is possible, despite international outrage over Sunday’s test and calls for more sanctions on North Korea.

Source: South Korea seeks bigger warheads, North Korean ICBM reportedly on the move

South Korea simulates attack on North’s nuke site after test – NY Daily News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Following U.S. warnings to North Korea of a “massive military response,” South Korea’s military on Monday fired missiles into the sea to simulate an attack on the North’s main nuclear test site a day after Pyongyang detonated its largest ever nuclear test explosion.

Source: South Korea simulates attack on North’s nuke site after test – NY Daily News

U.S., Japanese and South Korean warplanes carried out a show of force against North Korea – USATODAY.com

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, bombs dropped by U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, F-35 stealth fighter jets and South Korean F-15 fighter jets hit a simulated target as they fly over the Korean Peninsula, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo: AP)

Russia warned the United States that new sanctions against the reclusive nation would be “dangerous.”

Source: The Latest US and World News – USATODAY.com

Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Over 800 terrorists of the ISIL group were killed in Syria as a result of an operation conducted by the Syrian government forces and the Russian air force, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

More than 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 39 pick-up trucks equipped with large-caliber machine guns, 9 mortars and artillery guns were destroyed during the operation, the document said.

Source: Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Harvey drops nearly two feet of water on Houston area, causing deadly floods

The National Weather Service warned of “catastrophic” and potentially “historic” flooding in the metropolitan area of the country’s fourth-largest city.The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched five helicopters and Houston is expecting about 40 additional boats to find those in need of help, Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news conference. More than 66,000 homes were without electricity.

Source: Harvey drops nearly two feet of water on Houston area, causing deadly floods

James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” Mr. Mattis told reporters travelling with him during a diplomatic visit to Jordan, which is the first time the former U.S. Central Command chief will visit the country as defense chief.

Source: James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

North Korea Says It Won’t Fire Missiles At Guam, After All : The Two-Way : NPR

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviewed his military’s plans to rain “an enveloping fire” around the U.S. territory of Guam — but opted not to fire missiles at this time, according to state media. Despite the stand-down, some Guamanians were alarmed after two radio stations aired an erroneous emergency alert Tuesday.

Source: North Korea Says It Won’t Fire Missiles At Guam, After All : The Two-Way : NPR

US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News

Military says deaths, and 5 other troops wounded, not result of “enemy contact,” but gives no further details.

Thousands of U.S. troops are taking part in the war against ISIS in Iraq. They are mainly providing logistical and other support to Iraqi troops, but many operate close to the front lines.

Source: US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News