Overnight Defense & National Security – Nuclear states don’t say winners in global war


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The US, Russia and three other nuclear states say there are no winners in nuclear war.

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Big 5 nuclear weapon states outweigh each other

The US and Russia stressed in a joint statement released Monday with China, France and the UK that there are no winners in nuclear war in the face of mounting tensions.

The nations said they consider “avoiding war between nuclear-armed states and reducing strategic risk as our primary responsibility”.

“We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be waged,” says the declaration for defense purposes, deterring aggression and preventing war. ”

“We firmly believe that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented,” it said.

Washington’s tensions with Russia and China: The declaration of the so-called “P5 states” – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – comes amid growing tensions between Russia and Western nations over Moscow’s troop surge near the Ukrainian border.

American and Russian officials are due to meet on January 10 to discuss each other’s security concerns. Thereafter, the NATO-Russia Council and the Organization for Security and Co-operation will meet in the Permanent Council of Europe.

The explanation also comes as China increases its nuclear weapons capabilities. A Defense Department report released in November predicted Beijing plans to have 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030, far beating earlier Pentagon estimates.

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Drones shot down in Iraq

Two armed drones approaching US forces in Iraq were shot down on Monday, Reuters reported.

The drones were approaching a military base that housed US troops, the outlet reported, citing US and Iraqi security officials.

An official with the US-led international military coalition told the outlet that the base’s defense system used “two fixed-winged suicide drones”. They were shot down without incident. ”

“This was a dangerous attack on a civil airport,” said the agent at the point of sale.


Monday will mark the second anniversary of the assassination of the highest general of Iran, Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani was killed in a US air strike in Baghdad that hit his convoy and was ordered by then.President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney citing testimony that Ivanka Trump asked on Jan. 6 to “please stop this violence,” McCarthy says that the Democrats are using Jan. 6 as a “partisan weapon” to speak on the anniversary of the Capitol Rising MORE.

No one immediately confessed to the incident involving the drones that were shot down in Iraq. But footage of the drones, which the international coalition had made available to the point of sale, showed debris with the inscription “Soleimani’s revenge”.

Iran wants to bring Trump to court: To mark the two-year anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi gave a speech calling for Trump and the former foreign minister Mike PompeoMike PompeoUS “concerned” about rocket launch in Iran What my 2021 inbox reveals about the 2024 GOP race The 10 Republicans Most Likely to Run for President MORE be brought to justice for the air strike.

Raisi said Trump and Pompeo should face “fair trial” charges for Soleimani’s murder. He called Trump an “aggressor”, “murderer” and the “main culprit”.

More on the anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination:

Austin’s groundbreaking COVID-19 case

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Sunday evening that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. I requested the test today after showing symptoms at home while on vacation,” Austin said in a statement.

He added that he was experiencing mild symptoms and planned to be quarantined at home for five days.

“Containing the spread of this virus, protecting our workforce and ensuring my own speedy and safe recovery remain my priorities,” added his statement. “As far as possible, I plan to take part virtually in the coming week in the most important meetings and discussions that are necessary to inform my situation awareness and my decision-making.”

Brand new instructions: Austin’s infection comes soon after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed their guidelines to reduce the quarantine period from 10 days to five days for people who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic or have symptoms, that dissolve. That isolation period should be followed by five days to mask others, the agency said.

Earlier on Sunday Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tests positive for COVID-19 CDC to reconsider latest guidance amid backlash, surge in cases of France demanding 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated U.S. travelers MORE, the White House senior medical advisor, said the CDC was considering further changing its isolation guidelines for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases with a possible testing requirement.

“There have been some concerns about why we’re not asking people to get tested during this five-day period. That is now being considered,” Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.


Last week, the Pentagon announced new containment measures amid an increase in new cases in the National Capitol region – the region that includes and surrounds Washington, DC

Under the new measures, food concessions at the Pentagon will no longer have seating available for guests starting January 3, and unofficial visitors will not be in the building until the end of January.

Read more about Austin’s diagnosis here.


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