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NATO set to increase its high-readiness forces to over 300,000 in massive military buildup
Europe · Washington

NATO set to increase its high-readiness forces to over 300,000 in massive military buildup

44% Center coverage: 90 sources
NATO will significantly increase the number of forces on high alert to over 300,000 from 40,000. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also confirmed that allies will expand troop deployments in NATO countries that sit closest to Russia. NATO will also change its language on Russia that in the alliance's last strategy from 2010 was still described as a strategic partner. "I expect that allies will state clearly that Russia poses a direct threat to our security," Stoltenberg said. The decisions will be set out at a landmark summit of the 30-member NATO alliance this week.See the Story
State TV: Iran launches rocket as nuclear talks to resume
US & Canada · Tehran

State TV: Iran launches rocket as nuclear talks to resume

44% Center coverage: 57 sources
Iranian state television says Tehran has launched a solid-fueled rocket into space. It's unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at Imam Khomeini Spaceport. Iran had previously acknowledged that it planned more tests for the satellite-carrying rocket, which it first launched in February of last year.See the Story
U.S. strike in Syria targets 'senior' militant -U.S. military
Military · Washington

U.S. strike in Syria targets 'senior' militant -U.S. military

47% Center coverage: 34 sources
The US carried out a strike in Syria on Monday. The strikes targeted Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a "senior leader" of Al Qaeda aligned Hurras al-Din. He was traveling alone on a motorcycle, the U.S. military said. An initial review did not indicate civilian casualtiesSee the Story

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Europe · Luhansk

Russia ‘pouring fire’ on Ukrainian city as offensive mounts

63% Center coverage: 19 sources
Lysychansk is the last Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region. Russian forces are pummeling the city after capturing the neighboring city of Sievierodonetsk. It's part of a stepped-up Russian offensive to wrest the broader Donbas region from Ukrainian government control.See the Story
Europe · Moscow

People’s war: Ukraine, Russia crowd-funding gear for troops

64% Center coverage: 17 sources
Ukraine is waging a people's war, fought away from front lines by self-starting networks. Tech-savvy systems convert millions of dollars in donations into swift Amazon-like deliveries. Crowd-funding initiatives have matured into well-oiled machines. Civilian assistance for the military effort has been a feature of Ukrainian resistance.See the Story
US & Canada · United States

Coast Guard rescues 7 after lightning strike 100 miles off Florida coast

50% Center coverage: 12 sources
Coast Guard helicopter lifts seven boaters to safety after their 39-foot vessel was struck by lightning 100 miles off the Clearwater coast. None sustained serious injuries. Boaters were equipped with an emergency beacon, flares and a maritime radio. The boaters were transported safely back to a Coast Guard air station in Clearwater.See the Story

Air Force ROTC cadet dies, 2 others injured in training accident

75% Center coverage: 4 sources
Mackenzie Wilson, 19, a cadet at Oregon State University, died of injuries sustained in an accident on Friday. Two cadets were treated for injuries at the hospital in Boise and later released. The fatal accident is being investigated by the Idaho State Police and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.See the Story

Troops' Abortion Access Will Continue Despite State Bans, Pentagon Vows

67% Right coverage: 3 sources
Pentagon insists there will be no interruption in access to abortion services for troops. But troops who seek or receive abortions in states that ban the procedure could face a legal fight. Troops are also going to be forced to rely heavily on leave policies to travel to states where abortion is legal. The Defense Department is barred by federal law from performing abortions.See the Story

Coalition Launches Effort to Get Veterans to the Polls -- As Workers

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
The Vet The Vote coalition wants 100,000 former service members and military dependents to serve at polling places this fall. Across the country, election officials have reported a shortage of poll workers to staff polling sites. The shortages have been attributed to retirement as well as concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.See the Story

Army Vet Elvis Presley Gets His Own 24/7 Streaming Channel

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
The Elvis Presley Channel is a 24-hour channel available on free, ad-supported streaming services. On launch, you can find the EP Channel on Sling TV, Plex, Amazon Freevee, Xumo, Local Now, LG Channels and VIZIO WatchFree+. Viewers who use Pluto TV, the Roku Channel and Tubi are out of luck so far.See the Story

Congress Eyes Extra Pay to Counter Wave of Suicides in Alaska and on Ships in the Yard

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Lawmakers are looking to respond to suicides among service members in Alaska and on the USS George Washington. Soldiers in the frigid arctic and sailors aboard ships undergoing major construction could get extra pay. The measures come after revealed that the ship had suffered a string of suicides that went back to last July.See the Story

Civilian Finds Rifle Left in Unlocked Vehicle by Guardsman on Border Mission

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Losing track of a weapon is widely seen as one of the greatest sins a service member can commit, a stance that's drilled into troops beginning in basic training.See the Story

America Needs Vets to Serve Again, This Time as Volunteer Poll Workers

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
The COVID-19 pandemic sharply cut the number of volunteers from the traditional 60-and-older cohort. Military veterans and their family members are ideal candidates to help solve this critical challenge to our democracy. Veterans are used to working together in teams, following orders and regulations, and tend to be exceptionally security-minded.See the Story
Ukraine · Ukraine

Veteran Captured While Fighting in Ukraine Speaks to Family

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
Alexander Drueke, one of two veterans captured while fighting in eastern Ukraine, contacted his family via phone on Saturday. Andy Huynh's fiance, Joy Black, told that they were hoping to speak with him as well "but unfortunately that did not happen" The State Department confirmed that the men are being held in the Donetsk region, a family statement said.See the Story

Senators Block VA Review of Hospital Closures, Upgrades

100% Center coverage: 1 sources
12 U.S. senators say they oppose a commission tasked with reviewing the Veterans Affairs' health care system. The group of senators said that they would not support confirmation hearings for the nominees to serve on the commission. The Asset and Infrastructure Review commission was created in 2018 as part of the VA MISSION Act.See the Story

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