North Korea claims to have successfully tested an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The missile — which was tested Tuesday morning — reportedly reached an altitude of over 1700 miles and a distance of almost 580 miles before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.

American Special Forces have “boots on the ground” and are helping Philippine troops and police fight Islamist rebels in the Southern town of Marawi, according to U.S. and local officials cited in news reports around the world. The news comes after firebrand Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, accused of extra-judicial killings as part of his war on drugs, repeatedly threatened to evict all U.S. troops from the Philippines. A number of legal concerns have been raised surrounding the operations for both governments. However, with officials and media outlets arguing that the fighting is aimed at stopping Islamists supposedly “loyal” to the Islamic State (ISIS), the legal issues have been mostly swept under the rug so far.

Two unnamed U.S. officials told CNN that U.S. satellites have detected new activity at North Korea’s underground nuclear test site for the first time in several weeks.

North Korea has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships that recently engaged in exercises off the Korean peninsula.

The ISIS attacks in Tehran illustrate, once again, that Iran and ISIS are on opposite sides in the “war on terror” that our government is fond of proclaiming as justification for our never-ending intervention in the Middle East.

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