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Report: US Tweaked the Weapons It Gave Ukraine

'WSJ' reports US secretly modified rocket launchers to prevent firing of long-range missiles

(Newser) - The Biden administration must not have been convinced by Ukraine's promise not to use US-provided weapons to strike Russia, as the Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon secretly modified advanced rocket launchers sent to the war-torn country to prevent them from firing long-range missiles. The US has sent...

AP Reporter Canned Over Story on Deadly Missile in Poland

James LaPorta cited anonymous US official who suggested missile was Russian; it was Ukrainian

(Newser) - The world held its breath last week after a report suggested two missiles had been fired by Russia amid its war in Ukraine and killed two people in Poland—an incident that could have qualified as a breach against a NATO nation and possibly triggered a military response from western...

NATO, Poland: No, Missile Wasn't Fired by Russia

Jens Stoltenberg, Polish prez say fatal incident was most likely Ukrainian air defense missile

(Newser) - First President Biden expressed doubt that a missile that killed two in Poland had been fired by Russia. Now, NATO's chief and Poland's president are doing the same. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that there is "no indication" of a deliberate Russian attack and preliminary...

Russia Unleashes One of Its Largest Assaults Yet

Missiles rain down from east to west in Ukraine, leaving many cities in the dark

(Newser) - Russian airstrikes targeting energy and other facilities rocked Ukraine from east to west Tuesday, causing broad power blackouts. A senior official warned that the situation was "critical" and urged Ukrainians to "hang in there" as neighborhoods went dark, per the AP . The Washington Post describes the assault as...

Russia Recieving Weapons From Iran
Russia Receiving
Weapons From Iran

Russia Receiving Weapons From Iran

Missiles, attack drones are intended for attacks in Ukraine, officials say

(Newser) - Iran has agreed to supply Russia with attack drones and missiles for use against Ukraine, US security officials said. The surface-to-surface missiles are intended to be employed against cities as well as Ukrainian troops, the Washington Post reports. The US military publicly stated that Iranian-made drones already have been used...

Ukraine: Russia Using Weapons That Can Cause Mass Death

UK Defense Ministry: Missiles meant to destroy aircraft carriers can cause 'severe' damage on land

(Newser) - Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the...

It's Time for Biden to Stop 'Mollycoddling'
It's Time for
Biden to Stop
'Mollycoddling'
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It's Time for Biden to Stop 'Mollycoddling'

Critics say he needs to arm Ukraine for victory, not compromise

(Newser) - America is spending billions of dollars to arm Ukraine, while holding back weapons that could provide victory over Russia—an apparent plan to force the two sides into a stalemate and give Ukraine more power at the bargaining table, the Economist reports. But not everyone is pleased with the strategy:...

Seoul: N. Korea Launches Missiles After Biden Visit

Test of presumed ICBM, other missiles came as president was returning to DC after trip to region

(Newser) - North Korea launched three missiles Wednesday morning, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the South Korean military. The tests came on the heels of President Biden's visit to the region earlier this week. The first launch was probably a Hwasong-17, the largest known ICBM in the North's...

N. Korea Accused of Continuing Its 'Provocative Streak'

South Korea says its neighbor launched ballistic missile on Saturday, likely from submarine

(Newser) - North Korea flight-tested a ballistic missile that was likely fired from a submarine on Saturday, South Korea's military said, continuing a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations that may culminate with a nuclear test in the coming weeks or months. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch...

Report: DOD 'Vehemently' Objected to Passage in Esper Book

Pentagon didn't want ex-defense secretary to write about Trump wanting to fire missiles into Mexico

(Newser) - Update: The Defense Department vetted all relevant claims Mark Esper made in his upcoming memoir, but it apparently wasn't thrilled with some of them. In fact, sources tell CNN Business that Pentagon officials were "vehemently" against the former defense secretary writing about then-President Trump suggesting in 2020 that...

With Tensions Rising, a New Strike From North Korea

S. Korean, Japanese officials say the North fired ballistic missile toward waters off its eastern coast

(Newser) - North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear arsenal "at the fastest possible pace" and threatened to use them against rivals. The launch, the North's...

Russia Is Using a Novel Decoy Missile
Russia Is Using
a Novel Decoy Missile

Russia Is Using a Novel Decoy Missile

'New York Times' reports it may be why Ukraine has been struggling to intercept missiles

(Newser) - Ukraine has won praise for its ability to blunt the progress of Russia's military—see this assessment in the Conversation —but footage from Kyiv and elsewhere makes clear that aerial bombardments are still exacting a massive toll. One reason, reports the New York Times , is that Ukraine's...

India Accidentally Fired a Missile at Pakistan

Says 'technical malfunction' caused missile firing into Punjab province

(Newser) - Tensions between India and Pakistan haven't been too bad over the past few months, but a missile that landed this week in the eastern part of the latter country may have just raised ire again. Per Reuters , India acknowledges the missile originated within its borders, but a statement from...

North Korea's Missile Launches Keep Coming
North Korea's Missile
Launches Keep Coming
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North Korea's Missile Launches Keep Coming

North Korea confirms 4th missile launch this month

(Newser) - Update: North Korea said Tuesday it had conducted a test-firing of “tactical guided missiles,” a day after South Korea’s military detected the North launching two ballistic missiles into the sea. Monday’s test was North Korea’s fourth round of missile launches this month and the second...

North Korea: Yeah, That Was a Hypersonic Missile

Pyongyang says it hit a target 435 miles away

(Newser) - Updated: North Korea claimed Thursday that its Wednesday launch was the second successful test flight of a hypersonic missile. The official Korean Central News Agency said the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party expressed “great satisfaction” at the results of the missile test, which was observed by leading...

China's 'Around the World' Missile Test Raises Alarms

'They look like a first-use weapon,' Gen. John Hyten says of hypersonic missile

(Newser) - The second-highest figure in the US military says a hypersonic missile China tested in July "went around the world," raising the possibility of a surprise nuclear attack on the US. "They launched a long-range missile. It went around the world, dropped off a hypersonic glide vehicle that...

Israel Strikes Syria After Missile Lands Near Reactor

Israeli media called it an 'errant' projectile

(Newser) - A Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed in southern Israel early Thursday, setting off air raid sirens near the country's top-secret nuclear reactor, the Israeli military said. In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher and air-defense systems in neighboring Syria. It marked one of the most serious incidents of...

Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: 'Stay Alert'

Kingdom claims missile or drone interception in Riyadh, maybe launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom's yearslong war against neighboring Yemen's Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities...

Clues to Huge Fireball Over Tehran Come Via a Photo

Analysts think explosion that shook Iran's capital originated at site near where missiles are made

(Newser) - An explosion that rattled Iran’s capital came from an area in its eastern mountains that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites, satellite photos showed Saturday. What exploded in the incident early Friday that sent a massive fireball into the sky near Tehran remains unclear,...

Now Aboard US Subs: a Nuclear Policy 'Landmark'

'Low-yield' long-range missile is first major addition to strategic nuclear arsenal in recent decades

(Newser) - The US military has deployed a new addition to its nuclear arsenal—a long-range missile armed with a nuclear warhead of reduced destructive power. The so-called low-yield missile has been fitted atop an undisclosed number of Trident ballistic missiles carried aboard the Navy's Ohio-class submarines. The debut deployment aboard...

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