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‘I Feel Empty’: Russians Honor Prigozhin on 40th Day Since Merc Leader Was Killed

Russian mourners commemorated the founder and leader of Wagner mercenary group Yevgeny Prigozhin on the 40th day since his death, a Russian Orthodox tradition to honor those who have passed away.  Prigozhin, along with commander Dmitry “Wagner” Utkin and eight others were killed in an Aug. 23 plane crash in …

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Russian Forces Using 2B25 ‘Silent’ Short-Range Mortar in Ukraine

A ‘silent’ short-range mortar system, the 2B25 Spigot, has been spotted being used by Russian forces in Ukraine. Unlike other mortars, the weapon is said to be only as loud as a suppressed 7.62x39mm round being fired from a Kalashnikov rifle. And, according to a promotional video, the 2B25 was …

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Kremlin Faked Video Showing Chechen Warlord Kadyrov in Good Health, Ukraine Says

by Susan Katz Keating The Kremlin faked a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in order to show that the gravely ill warlord is in good health, according to a Ukrainian official. Kadyrov fell into a coma last month, Ukrainian SBU Security Service officials said. “Yes, …

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Serbia Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Military Buildup on Border With Kosovo, White House Says

Belgrade has launched an “unprecedented staging of advanced Serbian artillery, tanks, and mechanized infantry units” at the border with Kosovo, a senior U.S. official told reporters on Friday. The White House urged Serbia to pull back what it said is a large military deployment from its border with Kosovo amid …

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Putin Must Not Be Insulted: Inside the Mysterious Kremlin Agency That Controls Russia’s Internet

by Mike Eckel, Daniil Belovodyev, and Anton Bayev In the first half of October 2022, employees of an obscure Russian government department working out of a small business center in northeast Moscow were worried about the weather. Not Moscow’s weather, but rather weather in four regions of Ukraine that President …

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The Recurring Shock of Chinese Espionage: A Short History of Collective Amnesia

COMMENTARY by Susan Katz Keating When the Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing this week to address Chinese malign influence inside the United States, lawmakers ought to be given a cache of memory assistance devices. Perhaps that will stop them from succumbing anew to the amnesia that has plagued our …

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Attack on Kosovo Monastery: In Search of the Masterminds

RFE/RL Balkan Service Kosovar police have searched homes and buildings in a northern, ethnic-Serb-dominated district where an attack on an Orthodox monastery left four people dead, including a police officer. Roads into the village of Banjska, where the monastery is located, remained blocked by police on September 26, and authorities …

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‘I Miss the Battlefield’: A Warrior Longs for the Clarity of Combat

by Jim Lechner Editor’s note: Army Ranger (Ret) Jim Lechner wrote the following hymn to comradeship and patriotism – an essay that reverberates among those who long for the lost clarity of war. A veteran of multiple Special Operations missions, Lechner was wounded in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in …

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Mold, Sewage, and Rot in the Barracks: How Did the US Military Sink So Low?

ANALYSIS by John “Wolf” Wagner Mold, raw sewage, broken windows, and fire systems that don’t work. The Government Accountability Office recently highlighted these and other severe problems plaguing military barracks across the services. The problems also include non-existent maintenance and repairs, poor cleaning services, a lack of accountability, and more. …

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A Jeep, a Soldier, Some Booze, and One Very Rough Night in Camp

by James Woods Editor’s note: Reader James Woods sent this story about his father in law, who had an interesting time one night after dark during WWII. My father in law was assigned to the HQ company of an engineer unit as a driver during WWII. The unit was going …

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