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Interior minister of Turkey announces Turkey and Iran will conduct joint raid operations against Kurdish rebels but has not given the date and locations of operations yet. Al Jazeera

Trump told the senators that he agrees with the decision to keep the U.S. military in Syria to ensure stability in the region and prevent the return of ISIS. AniNews

Top Philippine defense official called for a review of Philippine’s decades-old military treaty with Washington, fearing that Manila might be sucked between a war. Washington Times

Putin said Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-Style crisis and threatened to place hypersonic nuclear missiles on ships or submarines near U.S. territorial waters. Reuters

Putin threatens to attack western capitals with his own new weaponry in retaliation if the US deploys new missiles in Europe.   Al Jazeera

Two US warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, a move that earned a rebuke from Beijing at a time of tense relations between the…

The US ambassador to Germany says Berlin needs to escalate its stand-off with Russia by investing more in weapons, and pressuring it over energy links. RT

US intelligence agencies highlight their concerns over uncertain funding with the government shutdown, detecting and outing attacks in cyberspace, and other trends. VOA

Taiwan conducted large-scale military drills on the west side of the country amid rising tensions with an increasingly assertive China. CNN

A senior Republican U.S. senator reassured that Trump is committed to defeating Islamic State even as he plans to withdraw American troops from Syria. VOA News