defense & security


The US put a $100 million drone base next to a world heritage site

The United States now leans on the Niger base because, according to newly-revealed documents, it's the only country that will let them conduct drone operations.


Airstrikes in Aleppo are killing dozens of children

Aleppo under fire as Russia says chances of ending the Syrian war "almost impossible"


We’re suing the FBI for info about its hack of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

VICE News, the Associated Press, and USA Today filed a lawsuit Friday seeking records related to the FBI's purchase from hackers of a "tool" to unlock the shooter's iPhone 5c.


At least four freed Gitmo detainees have returned to terrorism this year, US says

A new government report says at least four released Guantanamo Bay detainees have "returned to terrorist activities" in the first half of 2016.


Congress is trying to block the release of 20 Gitmo inmates by refusing to pay for it

US lawmakers are once again trying to use the annual defense spending bill to block the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release.


France to open first 'de-radicalization' center for potentially violent extremists

Up to 25 young people who espouse radical ideology are supposed to voluntarily check in to the center in Beaumont-en-Veron, a town of about 2,800 people located 210 miles southwest of Paris. They can return home on the weekends if they choose.


Israel will reportedly get a record $38 billion in military aid from the US

The deal, reportedly worth $3.8 billion a year for 10 years, will stipulate that Israel spend more of its aid money with US defense contractors.


Hillary Clinton's probably too late to keep her word about North Korea's nukes

Clinton says she would “not allow” Kim Jong-un to develop a nuclear warhead, but experts say that will happen soon if it hasn’t already.


Philippine president warns that terrorists could 'really kill' American troops

"Americans, they will really kill them, they will try to kidnap them to get ransom," Rodrigo Duterte said of Islamic State affiliate Abu Sayyaf in a speech on Monday.


Assad vows to retake every inch of Syrian soil — with ceasefire hours away

Assad expressed dismay that, "after five years, some people still haven't woken up from their fantasies," and vowed to retake "every area from the terrorists and to rebuild."


North Korea will probably keep testing nukes no matter what the US does

Kim Jong-un’s regime has repeatedly made a mockery of international sanctions designed to stop the country’s development of nuclear weapons.


9/11 families could sue Saudi Arabia soon — unless Obama stops them

9/11 families are looking for compensation, but a little newspaper in Florida wants to know what the feds aren't telling us.