NATO moves 1,000s of troops in one of year’s largest Europe drills


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NATO allies are conducting a massive drill in southeastern Europe meant to test the alliance’s ability to move large quantities of troops and equipment into the region.

 

Troops and vehicles from bases in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Norway, and Albania are to roll through or fly over Europe to the final rallying ground in Cincu, Romania, where the active phase of Operation Noble Jump 17 is to start on June 8. Some parts of the training will take part in Bulgaria and Greece as well, the Sofia Globe reported.

 

Of the some 4,000 allied troops taking part in the war games, 1,900 are part of the so-called Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Around 500 military vehicles are taking part in the drill as well.

“The exercise demonstrates results, capability and readiness all of which are critical for defense and deterrents,” said British Major General Ian Cave, the director of the NATO operation.

“It also shows NATO as a responsive and capable alliance, which reassures all of our allies, all of our populations and all of our partners,” he added.

https://www.rt.com/news/390445-nato-massive-drill-romania/

23mn Americans to lose health insurance by 2026 under GOP repeal of Obamacare – CBO


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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s latest scoring of the House Republican replacement to Obamacare shows that by next year, 14 million people would lose health coverage, while a total 23 million would lose insurance within a decade.

 

The CBO’s report Wednesday takes into account amendments attached to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, shortly before the House bill’s partisan passage which was nearly denied by just two votes. This is the AHCA’s second scoring by the CBO, which released its first report in March.

Around 23 million Americans would lose health care insurance by 2026, the new report found. The CBO had previously projected 24 million people losing health coverage. However, it remains unclear how much, if any, good news the Senate Republicans can take away from the government report.

https://www.rt.com/usa/389630-cbo-republican-healthcare-obamacare-insurance/

 

US Army lost track of $1 billion worth of arms & equipment in Iraq, Kuwait


 

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A newly released declassified audit from the US Department of Defense shows that negligent accounting by the military has resulted in the Pentagon not knowing what happened to more than $1 billion in arms and equipment meant for the Iraqi Army.

 

The Office of Inspector General for the Pentagon’s findings from September 2016 was made public Wednesday as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from human rights group Amnesty International.

Over $1 billion worth of arms and military equipment designated under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) and meant to assist the Iraqi government in combatting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), was not accounted for, the DOD audit found.

https://www.rt.com/usa/389643-amnesty-army-lost-billion-arms-iraq/

Man v bear: Stomach-churning moment hunter fights for life (VIDEO)


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One Canadian man was enjoying the great outdoors on his spring hunt when he happened upon a black bear in the distance. He stayed calm and patiently waited for the bear to pass without disturbing it. The bear had other ideas, however.

 

Richard Wesley, a locomotive engineer and “proud North American native,” living in Hearst, Ontario captured every hunter’s worst nightmare on camera.

An experienced hunter, Wesley knew that black bears will often bluff when charging, so he stood his ground and made lots of noise to scare the bear off.

In this case, unfortunately for Wesley, the bear meant business and proceeded to leap at him. Black bears are excellent at climbing and most bears can outrun humans so Wesley was forced to do the unthinkable: Fight a bear with his bare hands.

https://www.rt.com/viral/389673-man-fights-bear-attack/

 

US to leave 8,400 troops in Afghanistan into 2017, 35 percent more than expected


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The US will leave 8,400 troops through the end of the Obama administration, the president announced. Obama had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 troops by the end of 2016. But the increase of Taliban attacks have intensified calls to leave more troops there.

“The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,” Obama said. The Afghan military still needs our help, the president added.

“It is in our national security interest, esp after all the blood and treasure we’ve invested over the years, that we give our partners in afghan the best chance to succeed.”

Flanked by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, Obama announced Washington’s new exit strategy from the White House’s Roosevelt Room on Wednesday. His remarks focused on the need for partnership between the US and Afghan militaries.

https://www.rt.com/usa/349693-obama-afghanistan-withdrawal-number/

Islam stands above German law for half Turkish Germans – survey


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Almost half the ethnic Turks living in Germany consider following Islamic teaching more important than abiding by the law, a new survey claims. They also view Islam as the “only true religion” with about one in five justifying violence if it is provoked by the West.

The study by the University of Münster titled “Integration and Religion from the viewpoint of

The Turkish Germans in Germany” outline some deep divisions within the German society as 47 percent of ethnic Turks living in the country said that following religious dogmas was “more important” to them than obeying “the laws of the land in which I live,”particularly if the two were incompatible. Moreover, 32 percent from those questioned said they yearn to live in the society of the times of the Prophet Mohammed.

https://www.rt.com/news/347063-germany-turks-islam-law-survey/

Two US Navy F-18s crash in the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks


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Two of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed. Their crews have been recovered and taken to a hospital.

 

Four people have been recovered and taken to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Virginian-Pilot reported citing Coast Guard Petty Officer Fagal Nifin.

Nifin said the extent of the crew members’ injuries is “unknown.” One of the crew had a leg injury, reported WCTI.

https://www.rt.com/usa/344498-hornets-crash-atlantic-pilot/