The Russian fleet is believed to be sailing to the Syrian port of Tartus. Russia’s defense ministry said on October 10 that the country was poised to transform its naval facility there into a permanent base.
That’s the last paragraph of this story about Russian warships moving to their new military foothold in the Middle East. It should be the first paragraph – in fact it’s short enough to be a sub-title, or one of those excerpts you see highlighted by font modifications in some blog posts.
Iran claims it has captured a U.S. drone aircraft. Although no journalists or other outsiders have seen the drone, the Iranian government did provide the above authentic, unretouched photograph. The U.S. Navy says none of its unmanned aerial vehicles is missing – like they would admit it if one was.
The Veterans Administration has been criticized in a report by the office of its Inspector General for spending as much as $6 million dollars on conferences for the department’s human resources employees. Expenses included a parody video of the famous opening speech from the film “Patton”. Assistant secretary for human resources and administration John Sepulveda has resigned as a result of the report.