1…………> Turkish Army: Inside Afrin
“Operation Olive Branch continues as planned and the ground offense has begun,” Turkey’s military said as terrorist targets, their positions and shelters were being destroyed, with “utmost importance” being given to not harm any civilian.
Turkish ground forces have started to move into Syria’s with Free Syrian Army, backed by armored vehicles, special forces and infantry regiments advancing 3 miles inside Afrin as part of Operation Olive Branch.
During the movement, no major clashes took place.
Turkish warplanes and artillery have hit 153 PYD/PKK and Daesh targets in Syria’s Afrin, so far, the Turkish General Staff said earlier.
2…………> Who’ll Blink First:US Shutdown
As America’s most prolific monuments became emblems of the dysfunction of US “Twin Governments”, the impact of a shutdown that forced numbers of landmarks, agencies and outposts to close their doors, with almost half of the 2 million civilian workers are barred from doing their jobs.
Trump’s administration and “Deep State” McCain/Clinton governments appeared farther than ever in settling their differences over immigration policy and reaching an agreement to fund the Government and end the shutdown.
The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed were all closed due to lack of funds.
While active-duty troops will stay at their posts, overseas units were touched by the political firefight almost immediately, with the American Forces Network putting a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown”.
3…………> Back To Work: US Senate
With a US Senate vote of 50-49, falling far short of the 60 needed to advance the GOP government funding bill, it was abundantly clear that the Republicans do not have enough votes to pass it without some support from the Democrats, a development immortalized forever by the mafia movies as “bachio mortale”, or a kiss of death by someone who has just gulped up a clove of garlic.
Hundreds of thousands of federal staff face the prospect of unpaid leave, putting pressure on the politicians to pass a new budget and prevent further shutdown.
The Republican leader of the US Senate, Mitch “Harry’s Twin” McConnell, has said there will be a vote at 01:00 in the early hours of Monday (06:00 GMT) on a bill to fund the government until 8 February.
4…………> Pentagon White Paper: Back To Cold War
China has severely criticized a US Pentagon paper that claims that the greatest danger is not longer a terrorism, but military competition between nuclear power, namely China and ever more aggressive Russia.
5…………> Hydrogen City: Wuhan, China
Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province, will build itself into a “hydrogen city” through developing hydrogen energy industry, by advancing research and development of core technology of hydrogen production, storage and transport, and improve hydrogen infrastructure in the coming years.
Wuhan is scheduled to become a world hydrogen city by 2025, with 3 to 5 world leading hydrogen enterprises and 30 to 100 hydrogen fueling stations. The annual production value of hydrogen fuel cells will exceed 100 billion yuan (around 15.63 billion U.S. dollars), it added.
“Despite a late start, China has made rapid progress in hydrogen development, mastering core technologies of the hydrogen fuel cell,” said Zhang Qingjie, president of Wuhan University of Technology.
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