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The US said on Tuesday that it had observed preparations for a possible chemical weapons attack at a Syrian air base allegedly involved in a sarin attack in April following a warning from the White House that the Syrian regime would “pay a heavy price” for further use of the weapons.

In a bluntly worded statement released late on Monday night, the White House said: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children

The unusual public warning on Monday night appeared to be intended to deter the regime from repeating its use of chemical weapons against rebel-held cities and towns.

It may also have been aimed at the regime’s backers in Moscow and Tehran, who have resolutely backed Assad and denied the regime’s responsibility for chemical weapons use.

Although the focus of US military operations in the region is the defeat of Isis in its two major strongholds, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, the Trump administration has showed itself willing to act if the Assad regime carries out a major chemical weapons attack.

US forces in Syria have also been empowered to defend themselves and their allies against attack, which has led to a string of recent clashes with pro-regime forces competing for the same territory. theguardian.com
Honduran officers under the command of DEA agents fired at unarmed passengers traveling by taxi boat in May 2012, killing two pregnant women and a schoolboy while seriously injuring three others.

The operation, which has since been abandoned, was said to have 'misled' the US Justice system with major discrepancies in the agency’s description of the events.

While the DEA maintained it was a Honduran-led operation, new reports reveal the agency controlled the operation.

It was also noted the mission's American leaders showed little interest in helping the dead or injured and did not participate in search-and-rescue efforts.

It took community members two days to recover all four victims from the river. theguardian.com
South Korea has fired into North Korea after an "unidentified object" was sent towards the country.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the South Korean military bolstered its air surveillance and broadcast a warning to North Korea in response to the object.

It provided no other details.

The mystery flying object may have been a drone, local media speculated.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, without citing a source, reported that South Korea fired about 90 machine gun rounds into the air and toward North Korea.

It said South Korea was analyzing whether a North Korean drone had crossed the border. telegraph.co.uk
The Battle of Britain cost the lives of my pilots in a struggle that would result in the first major victory against Nazi Germany. 

The Royal Air Force had great planes but they needed better ones to stop the German onslaught.

“The pugnacious Beaufighter derived closely from the Beaufort design, and more distantly from Blenheim antecedents. Equally, at home on land or sea, the Beaufighter was highly successful as a heavy strike fighter, as a night fighter, in reconnaissance or in the torpedo attack role.”

The fact that these planes were equipped with radar allowed for better detection of enemy aircraft during the blitz, allowing it to succeed as an interceptor.

But not all was well for the Beaufighter, it was afflicted by a major issue that affected its success in combat.

Its weight was on the problematic side, slowing it down to a near vulnerability when it was in combat and pilots also complained of dangerous landings to the weight. worldwarwings.com
AN SAS sniper killed an ISIS terrorist from almost 2.4km away using a mega-powerful rifle, a report says.

It took three whole seconds for the bullet to reach the terror thug in Mosul, Iraq two weeks ago.

A veteran sniper hit the insurgent in the throat as he tried to escape a burnt-out building, killing him almost instantly.

It is believed to be one of the most difficult long-range kills in the elite regiment’s history.

The paper claimed the shot was fired from a CheyTac M200, a record-breaking US-made rifle with a max range of up to nearly 3.2km.

It was reportedly on loan to the British army as part of a battlefield trial. news.com.au