These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
The threat of war
North Korea put its military might on show during Saturday’s massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong-un in the capital Pyongyang. The event was held on the occasion of the 105th birth anniversary of the nation’s founding father, Kim Il-sung. The parade came as tensions on the Korean peninsula have been mounting since US president Donald Trump threatened to take unilateral action against North Korea. And the US move to dispatch a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group, to waters near North Korea, seems to have let the genie out of the bottle. During the military parade, North Korea's second most important official Choe Ryong-hae issued a stark warning to the US saying: “We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack.”
US bombs away
The United States of America’s military actions are becoming more and more rampant as time goes on. Whether this is due to the influence of the reckless President, Donald Trump, or maybe an indirect message at other states as a muscle flexing exercise, the US is beginning to get away with murder! Following the completely unjustified missile attack on Syria, the US has this week dropped the largest ever, conventional weapon in history. The GBU/43B, known by its technical name of Massive Ordinance Air Blast, and renamed the Mother of All Bombs, was released by a Lockheed C-130 over Afghanistan, killing around 90 people with the purported aim of disposing of 300 meters of subterranean tunnels used by Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
US militarism in Somalia
The US is further expanding its military presence abroad under the administration of President Donald Trump. Dozens of American soldiers have been deployed to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, with the stated aim of training and equipping Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia which us fighting extremism in the country. This marks the first presence of US forces in Somalia since March 1994 when Washington abandoned the UN intervention operation in the war-torn country, 5 months after 18 US special forces personnel were killed in a battle with Somali militiamen. The same event inspired the famous American movie Black Hawk Down.