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If Iran does eventually cede to Putin and Trump's demands and back out of Syria, it will provide the US a strong inflection point on which it can leave the country, having handily defeated ISIS there.
Israeli F-35s flew over Syria after Iranian forces fired rockets towards Israel and Israel's air force launched a blistering retaliation that killed dozens of Iranians and more than 50 individual targets, Schlomo Brom, a retired Brig. Gen in the Israeli Air Force told Business Insider.
Head-to-head comparisons of countries' armed forces have to compensate for a variety of factors, but the number of troops a country can commit to combat right away is a key factor in its military strength.
North Korea rips ‘denuclearization’ narrative from Trump with flashy, probably meaningless test-site destruction
Officials plan to destroy a nuclear test site in Wonsan in front of foreign media on Tuesday. The move represents denuclearization North Korea's way, meaning it isn't permanent, verifiable, irreversible, or complete.
North Korea has measurably gained from its diplomatic offensive by forging closer ties with China, and, as President Donald Trump has acknowledged, seemed to get Beijing to ease off sanctions. Trump's main achievement on North Korea so far has been getting China to adhere to international sanctions.
Trump calls out China for helping North Korea — and it highlights how Kim Jong Un is winning the talks
ANALYSIS: If Kim Jong Un's diplomacy has bought him more economic support from China, then he's gained a massive boost for the talks. If Kim drives a wedge between Washington and Beijing, there's little else President Trump can do to pressure North Korea besides war.
Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in a clear sign that it’s pushed out the US without firing a shot
China's landing nuclear-capable bombers on artificial islands that it said it wouldn't militarize sends a message to its neighbors and the US: Beijing has won the battle of the South China Sea without firing a shot.
President Donald Trump's idea of a "Libya model," which involves national devastation for the country, "would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely," Trump said. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy."
North Korea had been pushing diplomacy and saying it would denuclearize while the military drill was going on until suddenly stopping on Tuesday, when it began to complain and make threats.
The US reportedly called Kim Jong Un’s bluff by demanding its nukes — and North Korea is flipping out
Media from Pyongyang on Tuesday complained about a host of issues, from the US demanding unilateral and complete denuclearization of North Korea, to certain unsavory comments made by Trump officials, and to US and South Korean military exercises.