Vickiie Oliphant – January 12, 2018
RUSSIA has sparked fears of a potential war looming as thousands of troops simulated a deadly attack during huge military drills. Pictures from the Khmelyovka training ground show soldiers in a massive range of war scenarios, including detonating weapons on the battlefield.
Huge explosions are seen in some of the photos, blasting sand from the beach as fireball erupted.
Troops were seen testing out UR-77 Meteroit mine clearing systems, or working with an array of pistols and guns.
And flares filled the air with smoke as soldiers advanced on their targets under the cover of the thick black plumes.
The drills involved more than1,000 soldiers, including the engineer and sapper units of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet.
Reuters – December 6, 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) – Large military drills being carried out by the United States and South Korea and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula “an established fact”, North Korea’s foreign ministry said.
A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry also blamed “confrontational warmongering” remarks by U.S. officials for pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.
“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” the spokesman said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.
“We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it,” he said.
Afp – August 18, 2017
Hamas held a closing ceremony in the Gaza Strip on Friday for a batch of the 120,000 boys and girls attending the Islamist movement’s controversial summer schools.
The ceremony, for some 1,000 students who took part in camps in the southern city of Khan Yunis, was framed as part of the militant group’s plan to continue its armed conflict with Israel.
Boys between 15 and 18 years of age were put through military drills at the week-long camp, including shooting with live ammunition and training in scouting skills.
Hamas official Ashraf Abu Zayed said the training came within the framework of “preparing for the liberation of Palestine”.
Sputnik News – January 27, 2017
After South Korea and the US conducted joint military drills in Pyeongchang this week, North Korea threatened retaliation to what it labeled “mad cap mid-winter” exercises. Beginning January 15 and ending February 3, the drills come amid speculation that the North will again defy UN sanctions by conducting another missile test.
Roughly 28,500 American troops have been deployed to help protect Seoul from Pyongyang. US Captain Marcus Carlstrom described the exercises to reporters saying, “U.S. Marine Corps and ROK (Republic of Korea) Marine Corps partnered together at every level to build a camaraderie and friendship of the two countries’ militaries but also to increase our proficiency in the event where we have to fight a war together.”
The DPRK Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), quoting the Minju Joson newspaper, derided Seoul’s involvement saying, “The colonial puppet forces, no more than a rabble, are keen on escalating the tension and the moves to ignite a war at a time when even their American master is at a loss how to cope with the DPRK’s powerful nuclear deterrent,” adding, “… If the South Korean warmongers ignite a war against the DPRK, totally counting on the US, the revolutionary forces of the DPRK will wipe out the aggressors to the last man by fully displaying their tremendous might…”
July 18, 2016
China announced Monday that it will close off part of the South China Sea for military drills this week, just days after an international arbitration court ruled that Beijing’s disputed claims to the strategic waterway are invalid.
China’s Maritime Safety Administration said that an area southeast of the southern island province of Hainan would be closed from Monday to Thursday to allow for the military exercises. The military would not elaborate on any specifics regarding the drills.
The Chinese government has refused to comply with the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s July 12 ruling in The Hague,Netherlands, that nullified its territorial and maritime claims to virtually the entire South China Sea.