This guy becomes really dangerous when he’s not busy spending all his time golfing.
President Obama has announced that the United States is fully lifting the ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam, which has been in place for decades.
In a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons was part of a deeper defense co-operation with the country and dismissed suggestions it was aimed at countering China’s growing strength in the region.
Instead, it was the desire to continue normalizing relations between the U.S. and Vietnam and to do away with a ban “based on ideological division between our two countries,” he said.The Vietnam War ended in April 1975 with the fall of Saigon — now called Ho Chi Minh City — after the U.S. withdrew combat forces and the North Vietnamese launched a massive offensive to reunite their homeland under communism.
The Afghan government and a senior Taliban commander confirmed Sunday that the extremist group’s leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a US drone strike.
Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to the leadership, told The Associated Press that Mansour died in the strike late Friday “in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.”
Afghanistan’s intelligence agencyannounced that Mansour had been killed in an air attack Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, the National Directorate of Security, as the secret service is known, said the attack took place in Baluchistan province, in southwestern Pakistan.