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Drone attack hits US-led coalition base in southern Syria

Al Jazeera

A drone attack hit a US-led coalition base in southern Syria, the US military's Central Command has said. "Three one-way attack drones attacked the al-Tanf Garrison in Syria," a CENTCOM statement said on Friday. Two of the drones were shot down by the coalition, but the third hit the compound, wounding two allied Syrian opposition fighters who received treatment, the statement added. "Attacks of this kind are unacceptable," CENTCOM spokesperson Joe Buccino said, without specifying who carried it out. "They place our troops and our partners at risk and jeopardise the fight against ISIL." There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.


Russia-Ukraine War an outlook for 2023: more bloodshed to come with no end in sight

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Former Defense Intelligence Agency Officer Rebekah Koffler discusses why peace talks are unlikely between Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., on'Varney & Co.' As we have welcome the New Year, many on both sides of the Atlantic are wondering whether the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the biggest war in Europe since World War II, will come to an end this year. The largest country on the continent, Ukraine, is being depopulated, having lost more than 100,000 of its citizens to death or injury. Europe itself is being destabilized by financial woes and influx of refugees from war-torn areas. Contrary to the hopes of many, not only will 2023 not bring peace, it will likely see the most bloodshed yet, as the key warring parties – Moscow, Kyiv, and Washington, D.C. – are all postured for decisive escalation. Here's why we are probably entering the "hottest" phase of this war.


Ukraine war shows us that old nuclear strategies won't keep us safe and Biden must wake up

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during an audio-only gaggle Friday that the U.S. has no indication that Russia plans to use nuclear weapons, after President Biden warned of "Armageddon." The war in Ukraine has revealed how the digital age is leveling the playing field between great powers and smaller countries. Ukraine has skillfully deployed precision munitions, drone technology and sophisticated encrypted software to gain the upper hand against Russia's invading conventional military, but Russian President Vladimir Putin's most recent remarks, and his move to illegally annex portions of Ukraine, make it clear that digital warfare will also unleash a second nuclear age. Western technology, including encrypted command and control, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), drone and counter-drone systems, combined with Ukrainian savvy and resolve have arrested Russian advances and recently rolled back Russian gains. Chips and software have proven more potent than tanks and soldiers.


Navy stops Iran from taking US military drone in Arabian Gulf

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The U.S. Navy stopped an Iranian ship from taking an American sea drone in the Arabian Gulf Monday night. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy was in the process of towing the drone, which belongs to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet at 11 p.m. local time when the American Navy immediately sent out the nearby Navy coastal ship USS Thunderbolt. The 5th Fleet also repeatedly called Iranian officials, who then let the drone go.


NATO summit will test Biden's resolve to defeat Putin and pressure Erdogan

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Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation weighs in on the progression of the Russia-Ukraine conflict as Biden faces criticism at the G7 Summit on'Fox News Live.' JERUSALEM, Israel – President Biden's appearance at the NATO summit in Madrid on Tuesday presents the most serious test for his administration's effort to repair a fractured military alliance and roll back Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The United States government is widely viewed as the lead partner of the world's most powerful military body -- the 30-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Marshall Billingslea, a former NATO Assistant Secretary General, told Fox News Digital, "This NATO Summit is a crucial test for Biden's leadership. First, and most importantly, he must clear the way for Finnish and Swedish membership by brokering a deal with Turkey. Second, he has to get countries to deliver significant additional heavy weapons to Ukraine, particularly Germany, who has largely paid only lip-service to military aid."


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Deep learning[133] uses several layers of neurons between the network's inputs and outputs. The multiple layers can progressively extract higher-level features from the raw input. For example, in image processing, lower layers may identify edges, while higher layers may identify the concepts relevant to a human such as digits or letters or faces.[134] Deep learning has drastically improved the performance of programs in many important subfields of artificial intelligence, including computer vision, speech recognition, image classification[135] and others. Deep learning often uses convolutional neural networks for many or all of its layers.


As diplomacy hopes dim, U.S. marshals allies to furnish long-term military aid to Ukraine

The Japan Times

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The United States marshaled 40 allies on Tuesday to furnish Ukraine with long-term military aid in what could become a protracted battle against the Russian invasion, and Germany said it would send dozens of armored anti-aircraft vehicles. It was a major policy shift for a country that had wavered over fear of provoking Russia. The announcement by Germany, Europe's biggest economy and one of Russia's most important Western trading partners, was among many signals on Tuesday pointing to further escalation in the war and disappointment for diplomacy. Germany's shift on weapons also was seen as a strong affirmation of a toughened message by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, which has said it wants to see Russia not only defeated in Ukraine but seriously weakened from the conflict that Russian President Vladimir Putin began two months ago. The increasing flow of Western weapons into Ukraine -- including howitzers, armed drones, tanks and ammunition -- also amounted to another sign that a war Putin had expected would divide his Western adversaries had instead drawn them much closer together.


Ukraine uses facial recognition software to identify Russian soldiers killed in combat

The Guardian

Ukraine is using facial recognition software to help identify the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in combat and track down their families to inform them of their deaths, Ukraine's vice-prime minister told the Reuters news service. Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's vice-prime minister who also runs the ministry of digital transformation, told Reuters his country had been using software facial recognition provider Clearview AI to find the social media accounts of dead Russian soldiers. "As a courtesy to the mothers of those soldiers, we are disseminating this information over social media to at least let families know that they they've lost their sons and to then enable them to come to collect their bodies," Fedorov said in an interview, speaking via a translator. Ukraine's Ministry of Defense this month began using technology from Clearview, which scrapes images on the web to match with faces featured in uploaded photos. Reuters first reported Ukraine's use of Clearview earlier this month, but it was not clear at that time how the technology would be used.


'The Five' on alleged China-Russia alliance as war in Ukraine continues

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'The Five' weighs in on Russia asking China for military and economic aid during the Russia-Ukraine war. This is a rush transcript from "The Five," March 14, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. It's five o'clock in New York City, and this is THE FIVE. Brand-new drone footage showing the devastation in Mariupol where Russia is ramping up more reckless attacks shelling residential buildings injuring and killing civilians. For more let's go to Trey Yingst in Kyiv, Ukraine. We are learning more about the Russian advance on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Each hour they are shelling the outskirts of the city, they are also hitting it from the air using fighter jets. It's part of the reason we've seen so much air defense in the Ukrainian arsenal here trying to shoot those planes out of the sky, but you can see from this video when a Russian shell does get through it can cause immense damage. At least two people were killed at this first location this morning when a shell slammed into an apartment building. A Russian missile hit the sidewalk earlier today killing at least one person and injuring a handful more. The scenes of devastation that we've seen across this country now starting to take place in the Ukrainian capital. In the southern city of Mariupol this drone footage shows black smoke rising up from the horizon and it shows the level of devastation in residential areas. Analysts are warning that President Putin of Russia maybe planning to surround this city, and yet you can see similar damage taking place here, but again, there are civilians all around this area and it makes it extremely difficult to find safety as Russian forces attacked from the air and ground. The city is bracing for what could be a very bloody days ahead. JESSICA TARLOV, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Thank you. WATTERS: I'm sure you have a lot to say about what you've been seeing on television over the last couple of weeks. This is definitely a heavy news day to come back. I'm very thankful to be here with you guys, you've done an amazing job covering the story. What I was struck by from at least today's news was that now Putin is 12, 13 miles from the NATO border. And there can be something intentional or unintentional that suddenly something happened in Poland or another NATO country, and then, what, we haven't really.


'Your World' on Russian missile strike near Poland-Ukraine border

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Former US Ambassador to the OSCE discusses Russia's efforts to draw China into war with Ukraine on'Your World.' This is a rush transcript from "Your World," March 14, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. NEIL CAVUTO, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: All right, thank you, Martha. We are on top of the same developments you have been following right now, a little too close for comfort. That's the big story, as Russian airstrikes get very, very close to the Polish border. Try a little more than six miles, all of this as we're getting a dispute from the Russians, that they have never called on China for military or economic help. But there are some signs that is not quite the case, and the message we have for China, if it entertains doing just that, and all of this as President Zelenskyy is prepared to address Congress, albeit virtually, on Wednesday. We have got you covered, including a big, big drop in oil today. But that did not allay concerns that inflation is still a big problem. We will get into that in just a second. We are learning today more about the Russian advance on this city, both from the air and from the ground. We have heard the air raid sirens going off today in the Ukrainian capital, and that shelling getting closer and closer. You can see in this video this morning one of those Russian shells hit an apartment building, killing at least two people and injuring nearly a dozen others, the destruction quite widespread as firefighters rushed into the building trying to look for survivors. And a public bus was nearby. Thankfully, it was empty at the time, but it really shows you what the Russians are doing to Ukrainian towns and cities across this country. In the southern city of Mariupol, this drone video showing the pure devastation that Russian forces are inflicting on the civilian population there, indiscriminate firing on civilian areas and this Black smoke rising up across the horizon.