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afghanistanAlmost 26000 US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and similar number of contractors

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The U.S. has almost 26,000 troops deployed total in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, according to a new DOD report, far exceeding the Pentagon’s previously acknowledged troop levels overseas. The U.S. has 8,892 forces in Iraq, 15,298 troops in Afghanistan and …

iranTurkey, Iran, and Iraq join forces against emergence of Kurdistan

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Turkey, Iran, and Iraq adopted a coordinated, aggressive force posture in retaliation for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independence referendum on September 25, 2017. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) conducted military exercises on the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan with the …

afghanistanUS Dept of Defense estimate of war costs per taxpayer

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The US department of Defense reported to congress on the total incremental cost of the post-2001 wars per tax payer. Their lowball calculation is $7740 and continuing to increase by $200-300 per year. It does not include all the increased …

afghanistanUS spent $250 billion on contractors from 2007-2017 andmay adopt Blackwater 2.0 plan

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A US Congressional report shows that From FY2007 to FY2016, obligations for all DOD-funded contracts performed with in the Iraq and Afghanistan areas of operation totaled approximately $249 billion in FY2017 dollars. For the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) …

canadaCanadian Sniper has a 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill which over 1 km past old record

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A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 meters (2 miles). The 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill is 1065 meters …

chinaUSA needs to find ways to spend less on military and achieve more

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William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel , makes the case at Tom Dispatch that the USA is behaving much like the Soviet Union before its collapse. Nextbigfuture thinks the USA is not in any danger of collapsing but there …

futureClaimed solid metallic hydrogen sample was lost

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The claimed solid metallic hydrogen sample has been lost on February 11. It was being stored at temperatures around 80 Kelvin (-193 degrees Celsius and -316 degrees Fahrenheit), and at incredibly high pressures between two diamonds in a type of …

afghanistanCarnival of space 494

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1. Universe Today – Here’s the Highest Resolution Map of Pluto We’ll Get from New Horizons Color mosaic map of Pluto’s surface, created from the New Horizons many photographs. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI 2. Universe Today – New Age in Weather Forecasting …

geopolitical2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap

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Here is a 50 page 2017 terahertz science and technology roadmap from the Journal of Physics D- Applied Physics Science and technologies based on terahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation (100 GHz–30 THz) have developed rapidly over the last 30 years. For …