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Iraq, South Sudan: End of Year Offers No Respite

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US Helps Iraq, from the Outside * More than 8,000 Iraqis died in 2013 as the al-Qaeda-related Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) launched hundreds of attacks over the year. The US is delivering Hellfire missiles and Scaneagle UAVs as the State Department condemned these attacks. Situation Getting Worse in South Sudan * The UN Security Council agreed to ramp up peacekeeping forces in South Sudan as the violence in the country threatens to develop into a full-fledged civil war. Chinese oil workers were evacuated to Sudan. ‘Copyhawk’ Flies on Chinese Forums * China reportedly had the first test flight of its Z-20 utility helicopter, which bears more than a passing resemblance with UH-60s. * Here’s an overview China’s air force programs in 2013, and their naval projects. India’s C4ISR * The Indian Air Force has been improving its information and communication technology in recent months. How Much Deterrence is enough? * The libertarian CATO Institute recently looked at whether the US should revisit its nuclear policy and force structure, then the Congressional Budget Office just highlighted the high cost of US nuclear weapons. Video below:
US Helps Iraq, from the Outside

* More than 8,000 Iraqis died in 2013 as the al-Qaeda-related Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) launched hundreds of attacks over the year. The US is delivering Hellfire missiles and Scaneagle UAVs as the State Department condemned these attacks.

Situation Getting Worse in South Sudan

* The UN Security Council agreed to ramp up peacekeeping forces in South Sudan as the violence in the country threatens to develop into a full-fledged civil war. Chinese oil workers were evacuated to Sudan.

‘Copyhawk’ Flies on Chinese Forums

* China reportedly had the first test flight of its Z-20 utility helicopter, which bears more than a passing resemblance with UH-60s.

* Here’s an overview China’s air force programs in 2013, and their naval projects.

India’s C4ISR

* The Indian Air Force has been improving its information and communication technology in recent months.

How Much Deterrence is enough?

* The libertarian CATO Institute recently looked at whether the US should revisit its nuclear policy and force structure, then the Congressional Budget Office just highlighted the high cost of US nuclear weapons. Video below:

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