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Israel Nearly Doubles Their Arsenal of Stealth Fighters. But Why?

The office of the Israeli Prime Minister issued a statement Sunday that the country would be adding 17 new F-35 stealth fighters to their Air Force.

The 17 new jets would bring the total number of stealth fighters in the Israeli arsenal up to 50. This will create the capability for Israel to run two full squadrons of the jets.

The F-35, nicknamed the Adir (translated to glorious or mighty in Hebrew) is a stealth fighter manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The fighter is capable of vertical takeoff, supersonic speeds, and evading radar.

HECKLER & KOCH WILL STOP ARMING ‘UNDEMOCRATIC AND CORRUPT’ COUNTRIES

German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch has announced they’ll no longer be supplying weapons to countries they deem “undemocratic and corrupt,” many of the countries that fit this criteria are US allies.

The primary countries who will lose access to the variety of pistols, rifles and submachine guns produced by the company will be a host of non-NATO nations. This includes the governments of places like Brazil, Mexico, India and Saudi Arabia.

Part of the reason Heckler & Koch won’t be selling to these countries is tight restrictions on bidding for these contracts imposed by the German government. The company has seen their profits decline around 90% in the last year due to difficulty obtaining the contracts with governments not on Germany’s list of “green” nations.

SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT SAYS SHE IS ‘WILLING TO RESIGN’

After over a month of protests, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has announced she is “willing to resign.”

As protests in Seoul entered their fifth week and Park’s approval rating hit an all time low around four percent she has finally been forced to consider resigning from office.

The protests started due to a scandal exposed in a 2007 diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks that raised concerns that Park was being almost completely influenced by her wealthy religious confidant Choi Soon-sil who is being referred to by many as the “Korean Rasputin.” Park has denied these rumors, but South Korean media claims they have uncovered further evidence that proves illegal activity.

AFTER DEATH OF TPP, CHINA MAKES MOVES TO DOMINATE ASIA WITH NEW TRADE PACTS

For all the horrible chapters and faults of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), it seems President Obama was right about one thing – without the trade pact, southeast Asian countries are now looking to China for economic opportunity.

This past week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru, Barrack Obama spent his time addressing the representatives assuring them that the United States and the southeast Asian countries would continue to find a way to cooperate economically. Yet despite Obama’s optimism, the real winner that seems to be emerging from the summit is China.

SAUDI-BACKED FIGHTERS TERRORIZE HOSPITALS IN YEMEN

Although the topic doesn’t get the media attention it deserves, it’s no secret that Saudi-led airstrikes frequently target non-military civilian areas such as funerals, hospitals, and agricultural land– with U.S. and U.K.-supplied weapons. But the violence doesn’t only come from the skies as a new report from Amnesty International shows that Saudi-backed forces on the ground are also terrorizing doctors, hospitals, and patients in the city of Ta’iz.

Doctors and staff stated that harassment and threats from the Saudi-backed coalition have been commonplace inside hospitals over at least the past six months. Pro-Hadi forces terrorize and intimidate hospital staff by forcing them at gun point to abandon treating Houthi fighters for life threatening injuries and instead treat Pro-Hadi Saudi-backed fighters for minor injuries such as broken legs. President Hadi currently lives in hiding in Saudi Arabia. The terrorism has prompted at least three hospitals to shut down. “According to eyewitnesses three armed men stormed an office at the hospital and threatened to kill medical staff if it was not shut down immediately. They also tried to drag the two surviving Huthi fighters – one of whom is a minor- out of the hospital’s intensive care and recovery units, but were prevented by medical staff. The third Huthi fighter had died while receiving treatment,” the report states describing an incident from last week.

JAPANESE TROOPS EXPECT TO FIGHT OVERSEAS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WWII

Japanese Defense Forces landed in South Sudan on Monday in an effort to aid UN peacekeepers and ultimately protect developing infrastructure in a country devastated by civil war. The 350 troops will replace a previous contingent of Japanese troops which did not have the constitutional authority to engage in combat.

Prior to 2015, the anti-war Japanese constitution did not allow for troops to engage in fighting overseas. But last year, lawmakers expanded the constitution to allow for some combat fighting overseas in certain situations. The troops deployed to South Sudan aren’t allowed to use force against an opposing army per se, but rather to protect civilians, UN members, and of course themselves. They will also be guarding UN bases which are reportedly frequent targets for attacks.

U.K. WOMAN WHO WAS RAPED IN DUBAI CHARGED WITH ‘EXTRAMARITAL SEX’

A British woman reported her alleged gang rape in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) only to end up being charged with ‘extramarital sex’ as her attackers were released on bail.

The victim works as an IT consultant in the united gulf kingdoms, which is primarily populated by people not originally from the Islamic theocracy. Despite the fact that Emirates only make up around 11% of the population, the country is still governed under strict Islamic law similar to that of their neighbor, Saudi Arabia.

The unnamed woman was allegedly raped by two other U.K. expats. She reported the incident to the authorities in Dubai but then was later served with the charge of extramarital sex and has to be bailed out of police custody. Her passport was seized as she tried to board a flight for Australia, so she can’t leave the country while awaiting trial.

Turkey and US to ‘govern’ a city in Syria

The United States and Turkish government have made an announcement on Sunday outlining their plans to “seize, hold and govern” the Islamic State (IS) capital city, Raqqa in northern Syria.

The Department of Defense published news on their site yesterday of a meeting in Ankara, Turkey between US Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and his Turkish counterpart Army Gen. Hulusi Akar. According to the press release the meeting was to work out long term plans for the ‘liberation’ and governance of the IS stronghold in Raqqa in the upcoming months.

The report noted that the fight in and around Raqqa has already begun yet direct Turkish involvement is set to escalate in the next few weeks. There are already points of tension between the US and Turkey in the fight for Raqqa who have been having trouble collaborating on multiple offensives in the war against IS.