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U.S. Confirms Killing of Al-Qaeda’s South Asia Chief

U.S. Confirms Killing of Al-Qaeda’s South Asia ChiefU.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that a joint U.S.-Afghanistan commando raid on Sept. 23 killed Asim Omar, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), along with six other Al-Qaeda members in the southern Helmand province. News of the raid was first reported by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.Special forces struck a compound in the Musa Qala district, a Taliban stronghold, and took out Omar and six other Al-Qaeda fighters, including a courier for Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Umar, a Pakistani, headed AQIS from its inception in September 2014. Along with the initial statement, the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) shared pictures showing Umar both alive and dead. > 1/2: BREAKING: NDS can now confirm the death of Asim Omar, leader of Al_Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Sep. 23. pic.twitter.com/sFKi38M6MC> > — NDS Afghanistan (@NDSAfghanistan) October 8, 2019U.S. air strikes from an Air Force AC-130 gunship followed the raid to level the compound, but resulted in collateral damage, with Afghan officials telling the Associated Press that 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed. The operation also killed 22 Taliban fighters, the ADF reported. 14 people were arrested, including five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi. The statement said a large warehouse of supplies and equipment was also destroyed.News of Omar’s death comes on the 18th anniversary of the first American airstrikes in Afghanistan, and several weeks after President Trump confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza in September. U.S.-Taliban peace talks are currently tabled.



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China could ‘render US military bases useless’ within hours of conflict in Asia, report says

China could ‘render US military bases useless’ within hours of conflict in Asia, report saysChina’s military could use missiles to overwhelm American military bases in Asia within hours, a think tank has warned.The US defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific is “in the throes of an unprecedented crisis”, according to a report from the United States Studies Center, at the University of Sydney in Australia.



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China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia

China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in AsiaChina said Tuesday that it “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, follows the U.S.’s withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a move Fu said would have a “direct negative impact on the global strategic stability” as well as security in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.



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Russia says it would respond to U.S. missile deployments in Asia

Russia says it would respond to U.S. missile deployments in AsiaRussia said on Monday it would take measures to defend itself if the United States stationed missiles in Asia following the collapse of a landmark arms control treaty and that it expected Japan to deploy a new U.S. missile launch system. U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon.



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US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia: Esper

US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia: EsperWashington wants to quickly deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday in a move likely to anger China. The new Pentagon chief said the US was now free to deploy the weapons following its withdrawal Friday from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia. “Yes I would like to,” Esper said when asked if the US was considering deploying new medium-range conventional weapons in Asia.



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Esper: US to soon put intermediate range missile in Asia

Esper: US to soon put intermediate range missile in AsiaU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Esper, however, added that it will likely take some time to develop the more advanced land-based missile capabilities. The move is likely to anger China, but Esper said Beijing shouldn’t be surprised by it.



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Southeast Asia should be aware of Iran's tactics to evade oil sanctions: U.S.

Southeast Asia should be aware of Iran's tactics to evade oil sanctions: U.S.The United States is keen to see that Malaysia, Singapore and others are fully aware of illicit Iranian oil shipments and the tactics Iran uses to evade sanctions, a top U.S. sanctions official said on Friday. Sigal Mandelker, under-secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, told reporters in Singapore the United States had placed additional “intense pressure” on Iran this week.



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Boeing Sued Over Ethiopia Crash as Plane Orders in Asia Waver

Boeing Sued Over Ethiopia Crash as Plane Orders in Asia WaverChicago-based Boeing is under intense scrutiny after two crashes since October killed 346 people. As the company finalizes a software upgrade for the grounded 737 Max, it’s fighting to hang onto some customers whose confidence in the best-selling jet has been shaken. Boeing is also facing a criminal probe into how the plane was originally approved to fly.



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AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaDozens of people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks in Christchurch were "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.



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AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaDozens of people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks in Christchurch were "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.



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