Airbnb is banning some users under 25 from renting certain listings to help crack down on party houses

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  • Airbnb is cracking down on unauthorized house parties by banning some users under 25 from renting entire homes in their area. 
  • The new rule, which applies only to those users who have fewer than three positive reviews, has been in place in Canada since earlier this year. 
  • The changes come after a shooting at a California Airbnb party left five people dead last year. 
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Airbnb is implementing a new policy to help crack down on unauthorized house parties.

a blog post Thursday that it will start banning users under the age of 25 with fewer than three positive reviews from renting an entire house in their area. Those users will still be able to rent hotel rooms and private rooms, as well as any listings outside of their region. ” data-reactid=”24″>The home-sharing company announced in a blog post Thursday that it will start banning users under the age of 25 with fewer than three positive reviews from renting an entire house in their area. Those users will still be able to rent hotel rooms and private rooms, as well as any listings outside of their region. 

Airbnb also noted that younger guests who have no negative reviews and more than three positive ones will still be able to book without restrictions. 

“There will always be people who work to find ways around our trust and safety protections, and we know that people over the age of 24 are perfectly capable of booking a home for the wrong reasons, too,” Airbnb’s blog post said. “But based on the positive impact this policy has had on unauthorized parties booked by guests under 25, we believe this is the right action to continue to protect the safety of our community.”

banned party houses at the beginning of this year, prohibiting parties that guests promoted on social media and banning large events in dwellings like apartment buildings and condos. At the time, Airbnb said it would also add a dedicated phone hotline where neighbors could report concerns. ” data-reactid=”27″>The new rule follows a test of the program in Canada starting earlier this year, during which time Airbnb says it saw a decrease in the number of house parties. Airbnb banned party houses at the beginning of this year, prohibiting parties that guests promoted on social media and banning large events in dwellings like apartment buildings and condos. At the time, Airbnb said it would also add a dedicated phone hotline where neighbors could report concerns. 

a mass shooting at an Airbnb house party last Halloween left five people dead. The party was advertised on Instagram as an "Airbnb Mansion Party," though the host had explicitly banned parties at the home, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.” data-reactid=”28″>The changes to Airbnb’s platform come after a mass shooting at an Airbnb house party last Halloween left five people dead. The party was advertised on Instagram as an “Airbnb Mansion Party,” though the host had explicitly banned parties at the home, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on

The occupied protest zone near downtown Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or “Chop”, effectively came to a swift end early on Wednesday morning when officers largely cleared the area of people and encampments, despite some protests lingering overnight into Thursday.

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Now activists say the relationships built and lessons learned over the last three weeks in the self-proclaimed police-free zone have already had a lasting impact that will live on past the physical presence of Chop.

“We won, we’re winning, we made history,” said Rick Hearns, who had become head of security at Chop. “Look what we did here. The world saw it.”

But the protest area also became the location of a series of night-time shootings, which left a 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man dead and several others seriously injured.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday afternoon, Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, highlighted the violence in the zone, saying “the recent public safety threats have been well documented” and “this violence demanded action”.

She said: “Our conversations over the weekend made it clear that many individuals would not leave, and that we couldn’t address these critical public safety concerns until they did.”

The autonomous zone emerged organically following a series of dangerous clashes between protesters and law enforcement during marches against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd, and African American, by a white police officer, in Minneapolis in May.

Officers in Seattle abandoned their east precinct building as demonstrations closed in, after which protesters camped out around it, with the intention of protecting the building from possible destruction that might be blamed on them.

In the days that followed, hundreds more joined, and suddenly several blocks of the city’s streets were teeming with people of different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, focused on calling for the defunding the city’s police department – echoing such protest cries emerging coast to coast, which can mean diverting money budgeted for police departments to social and education services, or even dismantling an entire department and restructuring the law enforcement system.

And they wanted an end to police brutality against black people, explained Tarika Powell, an organizer with Seattle Black Collective Voice.

We’re going to organize sit-ins, we’re going to spam the city officials, we’re going to show up

Jessie Livingston

“It was a space where people came to learn. We screened documentaries, we put on people’s assemblies every day where people had the opportunity to speak and share their feelings and ideas … we put on educational events every single day,” she told the Guardian.

“We had a space called the conversation cafe where people could come to learn about racism and to talk about it in ways they don’t get to do in their daily lives.”

It spurred not only important conversations and learning, but also lasting bonds, which have since resulted in the organizing of anti-racist protests and the creation of social justice groups.

The Seattle Black Collective Voice, for example, was formed after a group of organizers and protesters met in the Chop, explained Powell.

Today, there are about 40 people involved with the collective, and they hold weekly educational events, and organize neighborhood cleanups and mental health outreach for people in the African American community.

“We would have not been able to come together and engage in the work that we’re doing if it had not been for Chop,” she said.

Pay the Fee Tiny Library was launched in a tent at the Chop, and now organizers have set up the library, which includes black, indigenous and people of color and LGBTQ literature, around the city and held events. And a garden started in the Cal Anderson Park is now expected to become a permanent addition to the neighborhood.

Protesters have repeatedly stressed that the shootings and violence was not directly connected with Chop, and may have happened anyway . But it resulted in a dramatic decline in occupiers, it concerned local businesses and residents, and amplified officials calling on occupants to disperse.

By the time police cleared Chop on Wednesday, following Mayor Durkan’s emergency executive order, the area had largely been reduced to a small number of activists and many homeless people, explained Powell.

The truth is they “went in and did a violent sweep on homeless people, throwing away their tents and belongings”, she said.

“Those homeless people had come into Chop to be safe from the sweeps. That is the vast majority of people that were in that space since the shooting started.”

Officers reported on Twitter that they arrested 31 people during the sweep.

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Some activists have argued that the police precinct was needed as a bargaining chip in order to get their three main demands met, which involve defunding the police, using that money to invest in community health and services, and dropping criminal charges against protesters. Others say another occupation in the city could be a future possibility.

Jessie Livingston, 36, a protester who has been camped at Chop almost every day since it was founded, said she didn’t know exactly the form the movement might take, but said: “We’re going to organize sit-ins, we’re going to spam the city officials, we’re going to show up to city council meetings, we’re going to do everything we know how to do.”

She added: “We’re not going anywhere.”

Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters

A recent Harvard graduate who threatened to “stab” anyone who told her “all lives matter” has been fired from her job, she announced in a tearful video.

Claira Janover, who said in a viral but since-deleted TikTok post that she would “stab” those with “the nerve” to say “all lives matter,” posted several tearful videos explaining that her new employer, Deloitte, had fired her.

“I know this is what Trump supporters wanted because standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” Janover explained. “The job that I worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me just called me and fired me because of everything.”

In a second video, Janover claimed that “Trump supporters took my job away from me.”

“I have gotten death threats, rape threats, violent threats and it’s okay — but now it’s just like my future is entirely compromised because Trump supporters have decided to come for my life,” she stated. “I’m too strong for you. I am too strong for any of you, ‘all lives matter’ racist Trump supporters. It sucks but it doesn’t suck as much as systemic racism.”

Janover also criticized Deloitte, calling out the company for “cowardice.” The firm has not publicly commented on the situation.

explained in subsequent videos that her threat was “clearly” an “analogous joke.”” data-reactid=”25″>In the video that led to her firing, Janover warned “all lives matter” supporter that she would stab them. “While you’re struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘My cut matters too,’” she stated. After the video was picked up and circulated on Twitter, Janover posted a message on the video stating that “For legal reasons this is a joke.” She also explained in subsequent videos that her threat was “clearly” an “analogous joke.”

“Apparently I’m threatening the lives of people — unlike cops, obviously,” she added.

“Anyway, so If I get an email from the Department of Homeland Security or I get kicked out of Harvard or I get arrested or whatever — or I get murdered, according to the many death threats that I’m receiving right now — know that I appreciate you guys standing up for me,” she said.

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Sweden's prime minister orders an inquiry into the failure of the country's no-lockdown coronavirus strategy

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  • Sweden has launched an inquiry into its no-lockdown policy after thousands of coronavirus deaths in the country.

  • Sweden now has the fifth-highest per capita death rate in the world with a larger death toll than all of its neighbours’ combined.

  • Sweden’s daily new cases rose to over 1,000 in the last week, up from fewer than 500 in May.

  • Sweden’s prime minister said the country must now change its approach.

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Sweden’s prime minister has ordered an inquiry into the country’s decision not to impose a coronavirus lockdown after the country suffered thousands more deaths than its closest neighbours.

The Times of London reported.” data-reactid=”30″>”We have thousands of dead,” Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven said at a press conference on Wednesday, while admitting that the country’s handling had exposed Sweden’s “shortcomings,” The Times of London reported.

“Now the question is how Sweden should change, not if.”

Unlike most other European countries, including its closest neighbours, Sweden did not implement strict, wholesale lockdown measures in response to the pandemic. Instead, the country has largely allowed businesses and hospitality to remain open and students to attend school.

In May, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell,  justified this response by saying that countries that imposed strict lockdowns would likely suffer large second waves later in the year, whereas Sweden’s would be smaller.

told the Financial Times. "Sweden will have a high level of immunity and the number of cases will probably be quite low."” data-reactid=”34″>”In the autumn there will be a second wave,” Tegnell told the Financial Times. “Sweden will have a high level of immunity and the number of cases will probably be quite low.”

Anders Tegnell.

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However, the strategy appears to have failed, with recent data suggesting the virus has spread faster in Sweden since Tegnell’s remarks two months ago, while failing to stimulate sufficient antibodies in the community to prevent a second wave.

A study published in May suggested that a small number of people in Stockholm, 7.3%, had developed coronavirus antibodies, casting doubt over whether Sweden could achieve herd immunity in the near future.” data-reactid=”48″>A study published in May suggested that a small number of people in Stockholm, 7.3%, had developed coronavirus antibodies, casting doubt over whether Sweden could achieve herd immunity in the near future.

Sweden’s capital Stockholm has also failed to avert the same sort of economic downturn seen in other parts of Europe.

The country has in the last week recorded daily new cases of well over 1,000, up from fewer than 500 in mid-May.

5,370 people in Sweden had died after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus as of Thursday morning, putting it among the worst-affected countries in the world in terms of deaths per capita. Meanwhile, its Scandinavian neighbours have recorded much fewer deaths. Denmark has the second-highest death toll in the region with just 606 fatalities as of this morning.

As well as opting against a strict lockdown, Sweden has taken a more relaxed approach to testing than most other countries, focusing mainly on healthcare workers and people who are hospitalized and not the wider population.

The inquiry announced by Lofven will first consider why approximately half of Sweden’s deaths have taken place in its care homes, The Times of London reported.

“We did not manage to protect the most vulnerable, the elderly, despite our best intentions,” the prime minister said.

The Swedish government has previously said it is not aiming only for herd immunity, in which 60% of a population catches the virus, but that it could slow the spread of the virus enough to ensure that the capacity of its health service is not breached.

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Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

FILE PHOTO: A crewman from Vietnamese coastguard ship 8003 looks out at sea as Chinese coastguard vessels give chase to Vietnamese ships that came close to Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in South China Sea

By Phuong Nguyen and Neil Jerome Morales

HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) – Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan’s Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels.

Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law.

China claims historical jurisdiction over about 80% of the sea.

Hanoi and Manila warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at an ASEAN summit last Friday, amid concern, including from the United States, that China was using the cover of the coronavirus pandemic to step up naval activities and advance its territorial claims.

Even though the Philippines has no claim to the Paracels, Lorenzana said China holding exercises beyond its own waters was not acceptable.

“That is very concerning, we view that with alarm,” he told a security forum.

“Doing it in the contested areas then that will, you know, sound the alarm bells for all the claimants,” he said.

“That’s highly provocative,” he added.

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to China to oppose exercises that “seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty”, spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular briefing.

The drills “further complicate the situation, and are detrimental to the relationship between China and ASEAN”, she said.

Vietnam said in April that one of its fishing boats was sunk by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel. China called Vietnam’s maritime claims illegal and “doomed to fail”.

(Additonal reporting by Yew Lun Tian in Beijing; Writing by James Pearson and Martin Petty; Editing by Alison Williams)

Alabama college students are throwing 'COVID parties' where they invite infected people and gamble on who gets sick first, officials say

The Baptist Health Coronavirus Care Clinic in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 23.

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  • A city-council member in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, told ABC News on Wednesday that students in the college town had been throwing “COVID parties.”

  • People infected with the coronavirus are invited to the parties, and attendees take bets on who will get sick first.

  • As of Thursday, the state had confirmed more than 38,000 coronavirus cases and 947 deaths. Authorities have warned that intensive-care-unit beds might run out.

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College students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have been throwing parties in which they invite people infected with the coronavirus and gamble on who comes down with the illness first, city officials say.

ABC News about the practice on Wednesday. The city’s fire chief, Randy Smith, first reported the parties at a meeting on Tuesday, according to WBMA.” data-reactid=”29″>Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News about the practice on Wednesday. The city’s fire chief, Randy Smith, first reported the parties at a meeting on Tuesday, according to WBMA.

Smith said the fire service had received reports of students throwing parties and inviting “known positives” but initially thought it was a rumor.

“Not only did the doctor’s offices help confirm it, but the state confirmed they had the same information,” Smith said, according to WBMA.

McKinstry went into more detail about the parties Wednesday, telling ABC News that not only were these parties with the infected taking place, but attendees were also gambling on who would get sick next.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot,” she said.

“It makes no sense.”

Officials did not say which college the students attend. The largest school based in Tuscaloosa is the University of Alabama.

according to the school’s website.” data-reactid=”36″>In March, the University of Alabama canceled in-person classes and spring commencement to curb the spread of the coronavirus. It plans to reopen the campus for some in-person classes in the fall, however, according to the school’s website.

McKinstry said authorities were trying to break up any parties they heard of — a challenging task.

“It’s nonsense,” she said. “But I think when you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?”

Alabama residents are under an order to quarantine for 14 days if they test positive for the coronavirus. Breaking that quarantine can incur a fine up to $500.

state figures.” data-reactid=”40″>As of Thursday, the state had confirmed more than 38,000 cases, including 2,049 in Tuscaloosa County. More than 2,800 people have been hospitalized with infections and 947 have died, according to state figures.

told WBMA last week that 82% of ICU beds in the state were full.” data-reactid=”41″>Health authorities have warned that intensive-care-unit beds might run out in the state. Dr. Don Williamson, a doctor with Alabama’s Hospital Association, told WBMA last week that 82% of ICU beds in the state were full.

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Weibo deletes Indian Prime Minister's social media account

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Indian soldiers killed during confrontation with Chinese soldiers in the Ladakh region – India Government Press Information Bureau via AP

two countries continue to simmer over a border skirmish.” data-reactid=”17″>Sina Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, said it had deleted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account at the request of the Indian embassy, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer over a border skirmish.

Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Mr Modi has been an infrequent user of the Chinese social media platform. He had more than 200,000 followers and 100 posts before the account was shut.

Sina Weibo announced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the removal comes a few days after India banned dozens of Chinese apps, including Sina Weibo and ByteDance’s TikTok, following the border clash between the two nations.

The Indian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

Mr Modi was among a handful of foreign leaders with a Weibo account. Others include Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.

Notably, Mr Modi revealed the birth dates of both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang by wishing them “Happy Birthday” on Weibo.

The discussion of senior leaders’ private lives is extremely rare in China and the exact birth dates of most of them are not revealed publicly.

In contrast, Chinese leaders are rarely active on social media. Foreign social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

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Xinjiang: US seizes 'forced labour' Chinese hair imports

The US has seized a shipment of human hair products from China, that it says was made by forced labour from children or prisoners.

The products came from Xinjiang in the far west of China – where it’s thought a million Muslims have been detained in “re-education” camps.

“Production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation,” said US customs official Brenda Smith.

China said the “forced labour” accusation was false and malicious.

The US did not say whether the hair itself came from children or prisoners – merely that the products were made by them.

What was seized?

The products were detained by the US Customs and Border Protection at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The goods came from a company in Xinjiang, which, the agency said, indicated “potential human right abuses of forced child labour and imprisonment”.

The products were part of 13-ton shipment of hair products worth more than $800,000 dollars.

issued a "detention order" for all products from the Lop County Meixin Hair Product Company in Xinjiang.” data-reactid=”28″>Last month, the agency issued a “detention order” for all products from the Lop County Meixin Hair Product Company in Xinjiang.

bans the importation of any products made by "convict labour" overseas.” data-reactid=”29″>A long-standing US law bans the importation of any products made by “convict labour” overseas.

“The detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message…that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in US supply chains,” said Ms Smith.

The US embassy in China told Reuters: “The lawful labour rights and interests of the Chinese citizens of all ethnic groups, including those in Xinjiang, are protected by law.”

What else is the US doing about Xinjiang?

imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials "believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of…Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang".” data-reactid=”33″>In October last year, the US imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of…Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang”.

37 companies in Xinjiang, that it suspects of "forced labour and other human rights abuses".” data-reactid=”34″>The Department of Commerce has warned Americans against doing business with 37 companies in Xinjiang, that it suspects of “forced labour and other human rights abuses”.

"Uyghur Human Rights Act" into law, which allows for sanctions and increases US agencies’ reporting on Xinjiang.” data-reactid=”35″>And last month, President Trump signed the “Uyghur Human Rights Act” into law, which allows for sanctions and increases US agencies’ reporting on Xinjiang.

But Mr Trump recently said he held off on stronger sanctions because “we were in the middle of a major trade deal” with China.

“When you’re in the middle of a negotiation and then all of a sudden you start throwing additional sanctions on… we’ve done a lot,” Mr Trump told Axios.

What is the situation in Xinjiang?

China says the detention camps are to counter extremism – but the US, and others, believe more than a million people, almost all Muslims, have been detained without trial.

Last year, the BBC saw leaked documents that showed 15,000 people from southern Xinjiang were sent to the camps in one week alone.

The same documents showed inmates can be released only when they “understand deeply the illegal, criminal and dangerous nature of their past activity”.

Ben Emmerson QC, a human rights lawyer and adviser to the World Uighur Congress, said the camps were “a mass brainwashing scheme”.

“It’s a total transformation that is designed specifically to wipe the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang as a separate cultural group off the face of the Earth,” he said.

A year ago, the BBC found that China was separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language.

In one township alone, more than 400 children lost both parents to internment – either the “re-education” camps or prison.

And earlier this week, a report by a scholar of China said women were being sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices to limit the Muslim population.

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Military Mystery: What Happened to Russia's New T-14 Tank in Syria?

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interview on Rossiya-1, "Yes, that’s correct. They (Armata tanks) were in Syria. The testing in combat conditions in Syria took all finer aspects into account."” data-reactid=”21″>Last month multiple media reports suggested that the Russian military’s new T-14 Armata tank had been “battle-tested” in Syria. Russia Beyond cited Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, who had reportedly said in a mid-April TV interview on Rossiya-1, “Yes, that’s correct. They (Armata tanks) were in Syria. The testing in combat conditions in Syria took all finer aspects into account.”

Those “finer aspects” may have included the crews’ survivability if other media accounts are to be believed that an Armata tank was destroyed during the operations.

Russian media outlet Репортёр (Reporter), the Russian-made tanks took part in fighting with Syrian-rebels, described as "terrorists," in the providence of Latakia, where "allegedly three T-14s were hit from TOW-2B anti-tank system, and one Armata was completely destroyed."” data-reactid=”23″>According to the Russian media outlet Репортёр (Reporter), the Russian-made tanks took part in fighting with Syrian-rebels, described as “terrorists,” in the providence of Latakia, where “allegedly three T-14s were hit from TOW-2B anti-tank system, and one Armata was completely destroyed.”

other media outlets have noted, "The jihadists and their allied militants release footage of their forces destroying tanks, especially on the battlefield… If the Armata was indeed destroyed, there would have been photos and videos of its destruction, especially because of its unique look and operation capabilities."” data-reactid=”24″>There has been no actual footage or photos of the allegedly destroyed T-14 tanks, and as other media outlets have noted, “The jihadists and their allied militants release footage of their forces destroying tanks, especially on the battlefield… If the Armata was indeed destroyed, there would have been photos and videos of its destruction, especially because of its unique look and operation capabilities.”

Russia Beyond, "There’s nothing for the Armata to do in Syria. The machine was tailored for battles with the most modern US and European tanks: the Abrams and the Leopard. But in Syria, who or what will it fight? Militants on pickup trucks or machine-gunners in foxholes?"” data-reactid=”25″>What could be telling about the alleged destruction is that some military analysts didn’t think the tank could even be adequately tested in Syria. Dimtry Litovkin, editor-in-chief of Independent Military Review told Russia Beyond, “There’s nothing for the Armata to do in Syria. The machine was tailored for battles with the most modern US and European tanks: the Abrams and the Leopard. But in Syria, who or what will it fight? Militants on pickup trucks or machine-gunners in foxholes?”

If the T-14 Armata was indeed taken out by insurgents – whether they simply “got lucky” or not – might not bode well for the advanced tank, especially given its costs, which are believed to have delayed delivery. Even as testing of the next-generation main battle tank (MBT) continues, the mass deliveries to the Russian Army will only begin next year.

“The high cost is also because the T-14 is going through a series of additional tests and upgrades ordered by the Ministry of Defense so that serial production can start next year under the signed contract,” Manturov added.

entirely new design for Russia, and it was first demonstrated during the May 2015 Victory Parade in Moscow. Unlike other Russian designs that had primarily followed an evolutionary path that was largely built upon preceding tank models, the T-14 began with a more simplistic design that could be traced back to the T-34. While much larger than traditional Russian tank designs, its three-man crew all sit in the hull as the turret is controlled remotely to increase crew survivability. As a result the T-90 has no gunner and instead uses an autoloader.” data-reactid=”28″>The T-14 has been seen as an entirely new design for Russia, and it was first demonstrated during the May 2015 Victory Parade in Moscow. Unlike other Russian designs that had primarily followed an evolutionary path that was largely built upon preceding tank models, the T-14 began with a more simplistic design that could be traced back to the T-34. While much larger than traditional Russian tank designs, its three-man crew all sit in the hull as the turret is controlled remotely to increase crew survivability. As a result the T-90 has no gunner and instead uses an autoloader.

The tank is also fitted with the Afganit active protection system that is meant to detect incoming rockets and missiles, which can be shot down before hitting the tank. However, the reports from Syria may suggest that if an enemy can get close enough this tank is as vulnerable as any.

destroyed" in a simulation conducted by the Invictus attack helicopters in a recent exercise-styled presentation.” data-reactid=”30″>In addition to the alleged loss of a T-14 tank in Syria, three “additional” Armata tanks – along with three more T-15s, the armored troop carrier version of the Armata – were “destroyed” in a simulation conducted by the Invictus attack helicopters in a recent exercise-styled presentation.

Moscow has postponed this week’s planned 75th anniversary Victory Parade due to coronavirus – where the tanks likely would have been seen – hasn’t helped matters.” data-reactid=”31″>The timing of the release of that new video along with the news that the actual tanks potentially came under fire just means the T-14 isn’t have a good week! The fact the Moscow has postponed this week’s planned 75th anniversary Victory Parade due to coronavirus – where the tanks likely would have been seen – hasn’t helped matters.

A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.” data-reactid=”32″>Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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