General: China Space Threat Drives U.S. Space Warfare Buildup

A Long March 4B (CZ-4B) carrier rocket carrying the CBERS-4 satellite lifts off at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan city, north China's Shanxi province, Dec. 7, 2014

China’s growing space warfare capabilities are prompting the Air Force to develop military space weapons to protect U.S. satellites and shoot down enemy systems, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said in an interview that will air on Sunday.

“It’s a competition I wish wasn’t occurring, but it is,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the space commander, tells CBS News.

“And if we’re threatened in space, we have the right of self defense and we’ll make sure we can execute that right.”

Iranian Ships Moving Away from Yemen

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iranian ships are moving northeast away from Yemen, a U.S. official said on Thursday after a convoy of Iranian cargo ships prompted U.S. concerns that Tehran was sending weapons into the region.

Iranian Flotilla a ‘Factor’ in Warship Deployment Off Yemen

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt operates in the Arabian Sea conducting maritime security operations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Tuesday the presence of a large convoy of Iranian cargo ships in the Arabian Sea was one factor in the U.S. decision to deploy additional warships in the waters off war-torn Yemen but was not the primary reason for the move.

Ex-POW Jessica Lynch Expresses Concern for Iraqi Christians

Jessica Lynch shortly after her rescue / AP

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch expressed her concern over Christians being persecuted by the Islamic State in Iraq on Sunday. While speaking with The Rita Cosby Show on WABC Lynch, who was rescued from her captors in 2003 after being held hostage for 9 days, said she is disturbed by the brutal treatment many Christians have endured since the rise of the terrorist group.

Mother of Fallen Navy Seal Pens Scathing Letter to General Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey / AP

The mother of the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq has written an open letter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff complaining about his recent comments dismissing the importance of Ramadi. In the letter Debbie Lee, who lost her son Marc to fighting in Ramadi in 2006, describes how General Martin Dempsey’s claim that the city is “not symbolic in any way” made her feel. Dempsey’s comments and Lee’s letter come as the Islamic State is on the verge of capturing the city.