Kurdish Militia Kill 10 People in Syria’s Al-Bab Town: TurkeyAt least 10 people were killed and more than 15 wounded in the northern Syrian border town of Al-Bab due to a car bomb attack by Syrian Kurdish fighters, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Saturday. Turkish forces seized al-Bab in a 2016 offensive.
Trump Grants Pardons to Army Officers in War Crimes CasesUS President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned two Army officers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and restored the rank of a Navy SEAL platoon commander who was demoted for actions in Iraq, a move critics have said would undermine military justice and send a message that battlefield atrocities will be tolerated.
South Korea summoned Japan’s ambassador on Wednesday to protest Tokyo’s decision to remove Seoul’s fast-track export status, which took effect amid a deepening political and economic feud, Reuters reported.
The Japanese government on Sunday protested against South Korea’s military exercises around tiny Liancourt Rocks islands, disputed by Tokyo and Seoul, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing sources in Japanese diplomatic circles.
Pyongyang reportedly has fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rejected any further talks with South Korea over a recent joint military exercise with the US.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un said the test launch of “new-type tactical guided missiles” was carried out as a warning to the US and South Korea, which resumed military maneuvers amid Pyongyang’s warnings that the war games would jeopardize peace negotiations.
Japan will reportedly skip an international fleet review in South Korea next week after Seoul has sided with the North Korea in demanding that Tokyo refrain from flying its military’s “rising Sun” flag on its warship during the event.