The FRN Daily News Brief 2019-12-11

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a field during a clearing mission April 9. Marines with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, learned basic route clearance techniques from engineers like Hickok, who are deployed with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall)
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This Daily FRN News Brief is a summary of 9, articles about Afghanistan, Anglo-5, Crime, Eurasia, Finance, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Nato, Politics, United-States, Iraq, Isis, Defense, Turkey, Russia, China, Latin-America, Venezuela, Lebanon.

Tags in this brief: NATO Afghanistan, Terrorism, US Imperialism, War On Drugs, Geopolitics, Iraq, ISIS Oil, Economy, F-35, Military, Turkey, USA, Nuclear, Russia, US, Arctic, China, Crypto, Maduro, Venezuela, Lavrov, Lebanon.

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Official: Cultivation of Opium in Afghanistan 50-Folded since US Invasion

Published 2019-12-11 23:10:19 by Drago Bosnic in Afghanistan, Anglo-5, Crime, Eurasia, Finance, Headline-News, Iran, Mena, Nato, Politics, United-States

TEHRAN – Secretary-General of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters Brigadier General Eskandar Momeni said that opium production in Afghanistan has undergone a 50-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. “Production of opium in Afghanistan has 50-folded since the US occupation of the country and it has increased from 200 tons to 9,000 tons,” General Momeni said in the central city of Qom on Tuesday. He described the cultivation of opium in Afghanistan as one of the most important reasons for drug addiction in Iran, saying, “650 tons of narcotics have been discovered in Iran since the start… Continue ->

Tags: NATO Afghanistan, Terrorism, US Imperialism, War On Drugs


Official: ISIS Occupation of Oil Wells in Diyali Prevented by Iraqi Militia

Published 2019-12-11 22:33:26 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Headline-News, Iraq, Isis, Mena, Nato, Politics, United-States

Diyali Province, Iraq – Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) thwarted an ISIS plot to occupy the oil wells in Iraq’s Diyali Province, a senior security official said. Head of the security committee at Diyali governor-general’s office Sadeq al-Hosseini told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh website that Hashd al-Shaabi forces in Naft Khaneh region in eastern Ba’aqoubah repelled the ISIS plot to occupy the oil wells. He added that Hashd al-Shaabi adopted the strategy of line of fire in its recent operations to confront the ISIS attacks against the oil-rich region of Naft Khaneh and adjacent areas. “Hashd al-Shaabi plays a strategic role… Continue ->

Tags: Geopolitics, Iraq, ISIS Oil, Terrorism, US Imperialism


US: Lawmakers to Limit Transfer of F-35s to Turkey

Published 2019-12-11 22:03:33 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Defense, Eurasia, Finance, Headline-News, Nato, Politics, Turkey, United-States

ANKARA/WASHINGTON, D.C. – US lawmakers announced they are considering purchasing F-35A fighter jets under Turkish inventory by US Air Force, due to Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 extremely long-range surface-to-air (SAM) and ballistic missile defense system. The National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, a joint defense budget prepared by the Senate and the House of Representatives released Monday, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernization of national defense, Anadolu news agency reported. “The conferees support the removal of the government of… Continue ->

Tags: Economy, F-35, Geopolitics, Military, Turkey, USA


US Military Funds Rare-Earth Plant for Weapons Development

Published 2019-12-11 21:31:45 by Drago Bosnic in Anglo-5, Defense, Finance, Headline-News, United-States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Army plans to fund construction of rare-earth processing facilities, part of an urgent push by Washington to secure domestic supply of the minerals used to make military weapons and electronics, according to a government document seen by Reuters. The move would mark the first financial investment by the US military into commercial-scale rare-earth production since World War Two’s Manhattan Project built the first atomic bomb. It comes after President Trump earlier this year ordered the military to update its supply chain for the niche materials, warning that reliance on other nations for the strategic minerals… Continue ->

Tags: Economy, Military, USA


Russia blames the US for lack of political will to extend the nuclear weapons agreement

Published 2019-12-11 14:30:00 by Paul Antonopoulos in Anglo-5, Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia, United-States

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WASHINGTON – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Riabkov said his country does not see the political will of the United States to extend the Strategic Weapons Reduction Treaty (START III) that expires in 2021. “There are no insurmountable problems here, it is a matter of political will. But so far we do not see that political will on the part of the Americans,” the diplomat said. START III, signed on February 5, 2010, limits the arsenals of the two countries to a maximum of 700 missiles deployed, 1,550 nuclear warheads and 800 corresponding vehicles, deployed and in reserve. Riabkov said… Continue ->

Tags: Nuclear, Russia, US


Russia is developing mobile airfields for the Arctic region

Published 2019-12-11 13:30:16 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Russia

MOSCOW – The Russian Armed Forces will soon have technology that will allow them to deploy an aerodrome network beyond the Arctic Circle in a matter of hours. Any type of helicopter in service in Russia will be able to replenish its ammunition, refuel or make minor repairs to these mobile airfields. These structures will provide quick access to any part of the Arctic coast and islands, which is especially important in conducting search and rescue operations, says the Russian newspaper Izvestia. The technology has recently been tested in the Arctic and from 2020 it will be applied regularly. What… Continue ->

Tags: Arctic, Russia


China will soon test its own cryptocurrency for financial sovereignty

Published 2019-12-11 12:30:22 by Paul Antonopoulos in China, Eurasia, Headline-News

BEIJING – The People’s Bank of China has stepped up efforts to launch its own cryptocurrency with the goal of gaining leadership before other central banks in the world. In addition, the Asian giant intends to maintain its financial sovereignty and is planning to conduct a series of tests with the system called Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) in some cities of the country, reports The Global Times. The tests will be attended by some of the largest banks in the country and telecom operators, and should be expanded next year. In addition to banks, e-commerce giants such as Alibaba… Continue ->

Tags: China, Crypto


Maduro says 2019 was the year of the failure of the US plan in Venezuela

Published 2019-12-11 11:32:36 by Paul Antonopoulos in Headline-News, Latin-America, Venezuela

CARACAS – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that during 2019, the US plan to overthrow the South American president failed. “In 2019 we had to face the failed plan of US imperialism, the failed plan of Mike Pompeo [US Secretary of State] to impose on the country a president no one elected, and we beat him, he is on canvas, defeated, the plan of imperialism failed,” said Maduro. The statements by the Venezuelan president came after the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. After that meeting, Pompeo said he had… Continue ->

Tags: Maduro, Venezuela


Russia is against foreign interference in Lebanon and Iraq

Published 2019-12-11 10:32:10 by Paul Antonopoulos in Eurasia, Headline-News, Iraq, Lebanon, Mena, Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was against foreign interference in the situation in Iraq and Lebanon. “With regard to the situation in Lebanon and Iraq […] our position is that it is possible to overcome the current crisis in these countries only through national dialogue,” said Lavrov. “I hope that neither Lebanon nor Iraq will have destructive interference by outside forces,” the minister added. According to him, in Lebanon, it is necessary to resolve conflicts based on respect for the principles of the Lebanese constitution, and not to allow a situation in which a particular… Continue ->

Tags: Iraq, Lavrov, Lebanon, Russia


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