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U.S. Strategic Command apologizes for tweet about dropping bombs

U.S. Strategic Command apologizes for tweet about dropping bombsU.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal, apologized for a Twitter message saying it was ready if necessary to drop something “much, much bigger” than the New Year’s Eve ball in New York and showing a clip of an aircraft releasing bombs. “#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” the tweet said, hours before the midnight descent of the illuminated ball in New York’s Times Square marking the arrival of the new year. The video showed a B-2 bomber dropping bombs, followed by explosions on the ground.



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Mattis outlines strategic hazards facing next Pentagon chief

Mattis outlines strategic hazards facing next Pentagon chiefWASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary resignation letter that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Donald Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief.



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Trump adviser says wants U.S.-Russia strategic talks on Chinese threat

Trump adviser says wants U.S.-Russia strategic talks on Chinese threatU.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Friday that the United States wanted to hold strategic talks with Russia about China’s belligerent activity. Bolton made the comments in an interview with Reuters in Tbilisi, the capital of ex-Soviet Georgia, where he was holding talks with senior government officials. Bolton said that Chinese missile capabilities posed a threat to Russia as the “Russian heartland” was in striking distance of such missiles.



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Trump pullout from Iran deal signals Mideast strategic shift

Trump pullout from Iran deal signals Mideast strategic shiftUS President Donald Trump’s rejection of an accord curbing Iran’s nuclear activities and the escalation in hostilities between Iran and Israel that followed herald a new strategic dynamic in the Middle East that has heightened fears of greater conflict. While Europe is leading efforts to save the nuclear deal with Tehran, Iran’s regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia both are behind Washington. “The result is a coalition that rather goes against their nature,” said Denis Bauchard, Middle East expert at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) in Paris.



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Trump vows no more ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea

Trump vows no more ‘strategic patience’ with North KoreaPresident Trump warned that America's “strategic patience” with North Korea has run out, a rhetorical escalation amid increasing U.S. pressure on China to rein in its smaller neighbor.



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China's 'Silk Road' stirs unease over its strategic goals

China's 'Silk Road' stirs unease over its strategic goalsBEIJING (AP) — In a mountain valley in Kashmir, plans are under way for Chinese engineers guarded by Pakistani forces to expand the lofty Karakoram Highway in a project that is stirring diplomatic friction with India.



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US military helping op to seize strategic dam near Syria's Raqa

US military helping op to seize strategic dam near Syria's RaqaThe US military provided air and artillery support — and transported local forces — in an offensive for a vitally important dam near the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqa in Syria, officials said Wednesday. Colonel Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the US-led coalition helping local fighters, said US support came overnight Tuesday-Wednesday via Apache helicopter gunships, airlifts, air strikes and advice to the Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish alliance. In a first, US forces helicoptered an unspecified number of Arab SDF troops to Taqba, meaning they are now behind IS lines as they try to secure the dam.



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