The Pentagon believes that 19% of the objects on the balance sheet of the DoD are useless and just waste the federal budget allocated for military needs. «I must be able to eliminate excess infrastructure in order to shift resources to readiness and modernization. » said SecDef James Mattis. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith has recently calculated that figure includes 29% excess capacity for the Army and 28% excess capacity for the Air Force.
The fighting in East Ghouta, Damascus, has not ceased since yesterday — last night the government forces concentrated artillery fire in the areas of Ain Tarma and Jobar, after the attack by «Faylaq al-Rahman»,which resulted in Shilka SPAAG and demining machine destruction.
At the UN General Assembly Russia called upon the United States and other countries to immediately get rid of the stockpiles of chemical weapons. The appeal, according to Ermakov, the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department on the non-proliferation of weapons, primarily concerns the United States, which initiated the non-proliferation convention against other states, and themselves «remain the largest possessor of chemical weapons.» It is worth noting that Washington actively contributed to the elimination of the Russian chemical arsenal, allocating $1 billion for this purpose.
In the Rostov region, the FSB detained a Ukranian citizen Ternovsky, who was involved in the activities of the extremist organization Praviy Sector which is banned in Russia. He is accused of propagating the «Praviy Sector» among users of social networks. «The actions of Ternovsky are subsumed under the relevant articles of the Criminal Code of Russia on participation in the activities of an extremist organization,» said a representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Tragic news came from Syria! The Syrian sources reported the death of Major General of the Syrian Republican Guard Issam Zahreddine. According to preliminary information, Zahreddine’s vehicle was struck by a mine near the settlement of Hawija Saqr, province of Deir ez-Zor. Major General Zahreddine played an important role in the Syrian conflict on several fronts. It was he who commanded the 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard in Douma and Harasta-el-Basal, which was previously led by Bashar al-Assad. He also led the defense of Deir ez-Zor, an epicenter of currently unfolding battles and a region of high strategic importance.
The Australian Foreign Minister has expressed concern that after the liberation of Syrian Raqqa from the ISIS militants, terrorists could move to the Philippines. «ISIS is on the run now, and we are worried about the possibility that it will appear somewhere in other regions of the world, including the Philippines,» the minister said. She claims that there is no state that can be completely safe from terrorist attacks.