After years of assisting Iraqi security forces from a distance, a US commander noted that in recent weeks the military has received approval to move closer to the frontlines in the fight for the terrorist stronghold of Mosul in Iraq.
While Washington signals its readiness to continue the Obama-era FONOP operations in the South China Sea, Beijing is seemingly not willing to go down without a fight, Russian expert Anton Tsvetov told Sputnik.
Mikk Marran, director general of the Information Board, Estonia's main intelligence agency, is concerned for the safety of the British troops soon to be deployed to Estonia. The troops, he says, could get into drunken bar fights with locals. These fights, naturally, would be caused by strategically placed Russian honeytraps, according to Marran.
This week Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Mexico to discuss trade, border security and law enforcement, among other issues. The US officials will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and other functionaries against the backdrop of strained relations with US President Donald Trump.
On Monday, Tekhmash, the Russian defense firm developing shells for the Armata T-15 and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles, announced that new 'smart ammunition' will be created for the armored vehicles by 2018. Speaking to Sputnik, military writer Viktor Baranets took note of the expected features of these smart shells.
Several media outlets, including the Associated Press, filed a brief with a federal court on Monday to require that the FBI make public certain evidence regarding the San Bernardino investigation, including information on the cost of the software tool the FBI used to hack an iPhone and the identity of the person or persons who sold it to the FBI.
Exascale supercomputers like China's planned Tianhe-3 are powerful tools for predicting the future, Professor Evgeniy Yushuk told Sputnik.
European Union data protection authorities have expressed fresh concerns about the privacy of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, despite tweaks being made to the OS after questions were raised about its treatment of personal data last year.
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