ISIS used chemical weapons against Kurds – monitor
This is the first documented case of IS using chemical weapons against Kurds.
by RT
US Pacific Fleet Commander: We Are Ready to Act in South China Sea
US Navy currently has four coastal combat ships operating in the contested waterway.
by Sputnik

Japan’s parliament panel greenlights military deployment law
If the parliament backs the bill, Japan’s Self Defense troops will be allowed to engage overseas for the first time since World War II.
by RT

U.S., World Powers Reach Historic Deal with Iran
The accord follows 18 days of marathon diplomacy in Vienna — and heralds a summer of political blowback at home.
by Michael Crowley, Nahal Toosi
Syria: Who is Responsible for the Horrors?
Syria has been largely destroyed.
by Eric Margolis

Second Tunisia terror attack foiled: Five ISIS extremists are shot dead in Islamic stronghold
Five Islamic extremists were killed by Tunisian special forces in El Ktar.
by UK Daily Mail
Japan 'interested' in joining NATO missile building consortium – report
The US supports a plan that could enable Japan to lead similar alliances in Asia.
by RT

China-Russia To Boost Military Technical Training Cooperation
“China hopes to develop an all-around and broad cooperation with Russia, including in military-technical cooperation…”
by Michelle FlorCruz
Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
A hugely significant move by NATO’s second biggest fighting force.
by Thomas Seibert

The Pentagon Goes Nuclear On Russia
We’re talking about the unthinkable here; a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia
by Pepe Escobar
ISIS Wannabes Focusing on U.S. Attacks, Study Says
Law enforcement and the judicial system seem to be approaching this new threat in a novel way.
by NBC News

US, Russia edging toward nuclear catastrophe
NATO has mounted a series of military drills on its eastern borders to counter Russia.
by Press TV
NATO Returns Its Attention to an Old Foe, Russia
Nuclear fears mount as rhetoric between East and West continues.
by Eric Schmitt & Steven Lee Myers

NATO plans 40,000-strong rapid response force in E. Europe
“The US-Russia conflict is not going to be resolved in weeks or months. This challenge will take years, even decades.”
by RT
UK Boosts Nato Force Commitment
Chiefly in response to the ‘threat’ posed by Russia…
by BBC