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In this July 25, 2019, file photo provided on Friday, July 26, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches a missile test in North Korea. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

North Korea slams U.S.-South Korea military drills

- The Washington Times

North Korea is intensifying its criticism of South Korea as joint U.S.-South Korea military drills enter their second week, with Pyongyang accusing the South of acting like a “shy dog barking more wildly.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chief of General Staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov oversaw the test launch of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room in Moscow on Dec. 26. Mr. Putin boasted that the successful test was an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation." (Associated Press/File)

How U.S. defense lost dominance to Russia and China in hypersonic weapons technology

- The Washington Times

The end of American dominance in the class of hypersonic weaponry can be traced back to a steady decline in research and experimentation that began more than a decade ago, scholars and military insiders say, and the U.S. is only now beginning to fully reinvest in the cutting-edge work necessary to keep pace with its highly motivated, well-financed adversaries.

Afghan security forces stand guard near the site of a deadly explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.A magnetic bomb was placed on a van carrying employees of the Interior Ministry's counter-narcotics division. The blast killed five people and wounded another seven, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul kills 14 people; 145 wounded

- Associated Press

A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a police station in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145, most of them civilians, officials said in one of the worst attacks in Kabul this year.

A South Korean army soldier walks up the stairs of a military post at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Kim Jong-un says North Korean launches were warning to U.S., South

- Associated Press

North Korea said Wednesday leader Kim Jong-un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.

Protesters hold up placards to oppose planned joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Both countries are preparing to hold their annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail the fragile nuclear diplomacy, Seoul's military said Friday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

U.S., South Korea prepare military drills despite North’s ire

- Associated Press

South Korea and the United States are preparing to hold their annual joint military exercises despite warnings from North Korea that the drills could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy, Seoul’s military said Monday.

In this image made from video of a still image broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, equipped with binoculars, supervises a rocket launch test. North Korea said Thursday, Aug. 1, leader Kim supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.(KRT via AP Video)

North Korea confirms another test of rocket launcher system

- Associated Press

North Korea said Saturday its leader Kim Jong-un supervised another test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance the country’s ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.

Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of Sunday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 29, 2019. A complex attack against the office of the president's running mate and a former chief of intelligence service Amrullah Saleh on Sunday in the capital Kabul, killed scores of people, an official said on Monday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pentagon report shows sharp drop in number of Afghan security forces

- The Washington Times

The number of present Afghan security forces is at the lowest level since 2015, according to the Pentagon’s latest Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction [SIGAR] report that chronicles the American and NATO-led mission to create a fully capable Afghan fighting force.

Security forces inspect the site of a deadly attack in Aden, Yemen, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Yemen's rebels fired a ballistic missile at a military parade Thursday in the southern port city of Aden as coordinated suicide bombings targeted a police station in another part of the city. The attacks killed more than 50 people and wounded dozens. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Yemen officials: Al Qaeda kills at least 20 at military camp

- Associated Press

Al Qaeda militants targeted a military camp in Yemen’s southern Abyan province, killing at least 20 troops and setting off hours-long clashes that lasted into early morning Friday, Yemeni officials and tribal leaders said.

This Saturday, July 27, 2019, file photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying an injured girl after an airstrike hit the northern town of Ariha, in Idlib province, Syria. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

Airstrikes halt in Syria’s Idlib as truce goes into effect

- Associated Press

Syrian government airstrikes halted on Friday in the country’s northwest after a truce went into effect there but ground fire killed at least one person in a government-held village near President Bashar Assad’s hometown, state media and opposition activists said.

North Korea says it tested crucial new rocket launch system

- Associated Press

North Korea said Thursday leader Kim Jong-un supervised the first test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there.

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. North Korea on Wednesday fired several unidentified projectiles off its east coast, South Korea's military said, less than a week after the North launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea in a defiance of U.N. resolutions. The signs read: "North Korea's missile is a bit different from the past." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul: North Korea launches 2 short-range ballistic missiles

- Associated Press

South Korea’s military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week Wednesday, firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast in a move observers say could be aimed at boosting pressure on the United States as the rivals struggle to set up fresh nuclear talks.

In this June 10, 2014, file photo, John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on Examining U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan. With Washington set to send billions of dollars in fresh aid to Afghanistan despite the military drawdown, Sopko says its not too late to address the fraud and mismanagement that has bedeviled the 14-year effort to rebuild the country. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) **FILE**

U.S. watchdog sees Afghan rebuilding problems

- The Washington Times

Afghan military forces face heavy turnover rates and a lack of quality equipment, shortcomings that are keeping the country from being self-sustaining even after 18 years of war and $83 billion in U.S. security support, the top U.S. watchdog for the Afghan mission said Monday.

Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Afghan officials say the political offices of the president's running mate were hit by a large explosion and stormed by an unknown number of attackers. Nasrat Rahimi, the interior ministry spokesman, said vice-presidential candidate and former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh survived the attack. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Death toll in attack at Afghan political office rises to 20

- Associated Press

The death toll from an attack against the Kabul office of the Afghan president’s running mate and former chief of the intelligence service climbed to at least 20 people on Monday, an official said.

People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 25, 2019. North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea on Thursday, South Korea's military said, the first launches in more than two months as North Korean and U.S. officials work to restart nuclear diplomacy. The signs read: "North Korea fired after May 9." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

North Korea fires missiles into sea in apparent pressure tactic

- Associated Press

North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Thursday in the first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent effort to pressure Washington as the two sides struggle to restart nuclear negotiations.

In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks after reviewing the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy fleet in the South China Sea. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

China says U.S. has ‘undermined global strategic stability’

- The Washington Times

China lashed out anew Wednesday over Washington’s deployment two years ago of a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea, asserting in a rare defense white paper that the move “severely undermined the regional strategic balance” in northeast Asia.

In this Sunday, July 21, 2019, photo, an aerial view shows a speedboat of Iran's Revolutionary Guard moving around the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday by the Guard, in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. (Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

British vessel transits strait where Iran seized tanker

- Associated Press

A large British-flagged vessel transited the Strait of Hormuz and arrived at a port in Qatar on Wednesday in the first such passage made by a British ship of its size since Iran seized a U.K.-flagged tanker last week, according to maritime tracking data.

In this undated file photo by China's Xinhua News Agency, two Chinese SU-30 fighter jets take off from an unspecified location to fly a patrol over the South China Sea. (Jin Danhua/Xinhua via AP, File)

Surging Chinese defense firms now among world’s biggest: Report

- The Washington Times

A major influx of Chinese defense companies is catching and surpassing their U.S. and European counterparts, with six new Chinese defense enterprises now among the world’s 15 largest defense companies, according to a report released Tuesday.

In this June 27, 2019, file photo, incoming plebes carry their belongings down a staircase during Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md. An analysis released Tuesday, July 23, 2019, shows the percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising although men are still put forward at numbers nearly three times higher than women. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Nominations to military academies on the rise for women

- Associated Press

The percentage of female students nominated by members of Congress for admission to U.S. service academies has been rising, but men are still put forward nearly three times as often as women, according to an analysis released Tuesday.