Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria

urkey’s president has said that up to three million Syrian refugees could return to their country to live in a “safe zone” in the north.

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Iraq launches anti-ISIS operation near Saudi border

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq launches anti-ISIS operation near Saudi border

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command announced on early Monday the start of a military operation to “dry up the sources of terrorism” in the desert areas between the provinces of Anbar and Najaf along the Saudi Arabian border.

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Trump Says Iran Appears Responsible for Saudi Attack but That He Wants to Avoid War

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Says Iran Appears Responsible for Saudi Attack but That He Wants to Avoid War

President Trump said Monday that Iran appeared to have been responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. But he also said he would “like to avoid” a military conflict with Tehran, emphasized his interest in diplomacy and played down the attack’s jolt to the global oil market.

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Syrian gov. threatens US-backed SDF, calls them ‘terrorists’

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Syrian gov. threatens US-backed SDF, calls them ‘terrorists’

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Sunday described the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as “separatist terrorist” forces and asserted Damascus is determined “to reclaim every inch of Syrian territory.”

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Airstrike Targets Iran-backed Militias Near Iraq-Syria Border, Media Reports Say

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Airstrike Targets Iran-backed Militias Near Iraq-Syria Border, Media Reports Say

Iraqi channel attributes strike to Israel ■ Reports come a week after a deadly strike on militias in Syria that a Syrian official blamed on Israel.

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US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, without providing further details. Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the Taliban to end American’s longest war, citing the killing of a U.S. service member in a Taliban attack days earlier.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi praises the Islamic State’s global operations

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi praises the Islamic State’s global operations

Undeterred by the loss of his territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi preaches patience in a newly released audio message. Baghdadi’s message was released online yesterday via various social media sites. The production was recorded and distributed by Al Furqan Establishment for Media Production, which has long served as the propaganda arm […]

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Russia Has Found Aircraft to Succeed 5th Gen Su-57 Stealth Fighter

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Has Found Aircraft to Succeed 5th Gen Su-57 Stealth Fighter

Under development since 2012, the 20+ tonne stealthy flying wing design began rigorous military testing earlier this year.

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India Successfully Tests its Air-to-Air Missile Astra From Su-30MKI

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on India Successfully Tests its Air-to-Air Missile Astra From Su-30MKI

India launched the project to develop Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Astra missiles in 2004, at a budget of Rs. 995 crores (approximately $138.4 million).

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Explainer: Was Iran Behind Attacks On Saudi Oil Installations?

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Explainer: Was Iran Behind Attacks On Saudi Oil Installations?

Suspected drone attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia have rattled world energy markets, spiked regional tensions, and provoked threats of military action by the United States.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran

Experts: Saudi Arabia’s Sophisticated Defense Vulnerable to Drone Strikes

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on Experts: Saudi Arabia’s Sophisticated Defense Vulnerable to Drone Strikes

The recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude oil hub at the Abqaiq and Khurais production facilities reveal that even a nation with a sophisticated military and a massive defense budget is still vulnerable to drone strikes.

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New NATO command declared operational

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on New NATO command declared operational

A new NATO command in the German city of Ulm achieved initial operating capability on Tuesday (17 September 2019). The establishment of the Joint Support and Enabling Command is part of NATO’s increased deterrence and defence in response to a changed security environment. The new command will help to speed up, coordinate and safeguard the […]

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Delivery of second S-400 battery to Turkey completed, defense ministry says

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Delivery of second S-400 battery to Turkey completed, defense ministry says

Turkey’s Defense Ministry says the delivery of the second battery of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems has been completed, and that the systems would become operational in April 2020.

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Yemeni drone attacks halve Saudi oil, gas production; US pins blame on Iran

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Yemeni drone attacks halve Saudi oil, gas production; US pins blame on Iran

Riyadh has admitted that Yemen’s drone strikes on Saudi Arabia’s key oil facilities have shut down about 50 percent of the kingdom’s crude and gas production, with the United States rushing to point the finger at Iran for the raids without providing any evidence.

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Trump: US is ‘Locked and Loaded’ to Respond to Saudi Oil Attack

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Trump: US is ‘Locked and Loaded’ to Respond to Saudi Oil Attack

U.S. President Donald Trump says American forces are ‘locked and loaded’ to respond to the fiery attacks on one of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields and the world’s biggest crude oil stabilization facility.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Syrian government labels SDF ‘separatist terrorist militias’ ahead of Ankara talks

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Syrian government labels SDF ‘separatist terrorist militias’ ahead of Ankara talks

Kurdish-led SDF calls for dialogue one day before Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani are set to meet in Ankara. In a rare shift of rhetoric, Syria’s foreign ministry labeled the Syrian Democratic Forces as “separatist terrorist militias” in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General.

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Hezbollah’s new missile ‘capable of destroying all military battleships’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s new missile ‘capable of destroying all military battleships’

“Our new missile is capable of destroying all military battleships, killing all who are on board,” wrote a Hezbollah activist on Twitter.

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ISIS comeback increasingly likely

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS comeback increasingly likely

In politics, as in life, the urgent always trumps the important. The urgent question about ISIS these days is the fate of thousands of foreign former fighters now languishing in limbo in makeshift prisons. The countries these militants come from are reluctant to take them back.

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Isis gains traction in Afghanistan as US talks collapse

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Isis gains traction in Afghanistan as US talks collapse

Minutes after the younger brother of Afghanistan’s Taliban chief rose to lead Friday prayers at a Pakistan mosque last month, a bomb ripped through the building.

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Saudi Oil Attack Photos Implicate Iran, U.S. Says; Trump Hints at Military Action

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Oil Attack Photos Implicate Iran, U.S. Says; Trump Hints at Military Action

The Trump administration intensified its focus on Iran Sunday as the likely culprit behind attacks on important Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, with officials citing intelligence assessments to support the accusation and President Trump warning that he was prepared to take military action.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Defense report details coastal strategy to repel Chinese forces

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Defense report details coastal strategy to repel Chinese forces

Taiwan’s latest defense report, released Wednesday, made public for the first time the military’s plans to repel invading Chinese forces along the coast of Taiwan proper as part of the country’s new defense strategy adopted since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in 2016.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

India Set to Carry Out Biggest War Games Near China Border

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on India Set to Carry Out Biggest War Games Near China Border

India is set to launch its biggest war games in disputed Arunachal Pradesh, near the Chinese border.

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Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of thirty-two (32) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $6.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 10, 2019.

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US, Turkish troops launch joint ‘safe zone’ operation in northeast Syria

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on US, Turkish troops launch joint ‘safe zone’ operation in northeast Syria

Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria Sunday as part of a planned so-called “safe zone” that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

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Syria war: ‘Air strikes’ hit Iran-backed forces near Iraq border

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Syria war: ‘Air strikes’ hit Iran-backed forces near Iraq border

Warplanes have struck positions of Iran-backed militias near Syria’s border with Iraq, activists say.

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Iran gives Hezbollah precision-guided terrorism

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran gives Hezbollah precision-guided terrorism

The war between Israel and the Iranian-controlled Hezbollah terrorist network is continuous. It has flared into major conflicts several times since 1982.

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Israel Blames Islamic Jihad Drone for Border Tensions

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Blames Islamic Jihad Drone for Border Tensions

Tension in the border area with the Gaza Strip was caused by a drone operation carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Israeli army spokesman said on Sunday.

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Israel: Shi’ite Force Fired Rockets From Syria; ‘Strike on Syria-Iraq Border Kills 18 Iran-backed Militiamen’

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israel: Shi’ite Force Fired Rockets From Syria; ‘Strike on Syria-Iraq Border Kills 18 Iran-backed Militiamen’

On Monday, the Israeli army said Shi’ite units led by Tehran’s Quds Force attempted to fire several rockets Sunday overnight which failed to cross over to Israel.

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After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

President Trump’s decision to break off peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now, left Afghanistan bracing for a bloody prelude to national elections this month, while the administration declined on Sunday to rule out a withdrawal of American troops without a peace accord.

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Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Afghanistan’s president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending America’s longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

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Iraqi forces kill 5 IS militants in Salahudin province

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi forces kill 5 IS militants in Salahudin province

Iraqi forces on Thursday killed five Islamic State (IS) militants in an operation and an airstrike in the central province of Salahudin, a military statement and a police source said.

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EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

The European Union has set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, EU officials said on Thursday.

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Top US Official in Talks With Houthi Rebels in Bid to End Yemen War Report

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Top US Official in Talks With Houthi Rebels in Bid to End Yemen War Report

A senior U.S. diplomatic official reportedly said Thursday the U.S. is negotiating with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels an in effort to end the Yemeni Civil War.

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Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

A Taliban car bomb exploded and killed U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, the second major attack this week as the Afghan government warned that a U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America’s longest war was moving at dangerous speed.

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Iraqi intelligence kill 9 Islamic State militants in Mosul

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence kill 9 Islamic State militants in Mosul

Nine Islamic State militants were killed Tuesday during a counter-terrorism operation in Mosul city, a senior security official said.

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