World View: India Tests Nuclear-Capable Long-Range Missile

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  • India tests nuclear-capable long-range missile
  • Dozens killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq

India tests nuclear-capable long-range missile

India's Agni-V missile (EPA)
India's Agni-V missile (EPA)

India has successfully conducted the second test flight of the indigenously developed Agni ("Fire") V nuclear-capable long-range missile. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher and is capable of reaching deep into China and as far as Europe when it's deployed in 2014 and 2015. Only China, France, Russia, the United States, and Britain are currently deploying this kind of long-range missile. India is far behind China in military capabilities, which continue to grow rapidly, while China's ally and India's enemy, Pakistan, is also rapidly expanding its military, leading to an arms race in the region. Hindustan Times and Reuters

Dozens killed in bombings and shootings across Iraq

Site of car bomb attack in Basra on Sunday (Reuters)
Site of car bomb attack in Basra on Sunday (Reuters)

As part of a continually growing trend of sectarian violence, a wave of car bombs and shootings across Iraq killed some 40 people on Sunday. On Saturday, more than 20 people died when a suicide bomber targeted a Shia funeral. On Friday, at least 30 people died in a bomb attack on a Sunni mosque. 

The psychopathic mass slaughter of Sunni Muslims by Syria's Shia/Alawite president Bashar al-Assad, enthusiastically supported by massive shipments of heavy weapons from Russia's president Vladimir Putin, has inflamed the entire Sunni/Shia fault line from Pakistan to northern Africa to the Caucasus and probably nowhere more so than in Iraq. 

Ever since American forces were pulled out of Iraq in December 2011, sectarian violence, particularly Sunni jihadist violence targeting Shias, has been growing steadily every month. Some 800 people were killed in August alone. In recent weeks, Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of alleged al-Qaeda members around Baghdad. These arrests have angered the Sunni community, but the violence continues to grow. BBC and Reuters

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, India, Agni-V missile, China, Iraq, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, al-Qaeda, Russia, Vladimir Putin 

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