Archive for the ‘Eurasia’ Category

Israel Uncovers Hezbollah Precision Missile Site in Lebanon

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Uncovers Hezbollah Precision Missile Site in Lebanon

Israeli military says Hezbollah evacuating the Bekaa Valley site, which was used to develop and enhance high-accuracy missiles, out of fear of strikes The Israeli army announced Tuesday that it identified a Hezbollah precision missile development and enhancement site, which is operated in partnership with Iran.

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U.S. INCHES CLOSER TO A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. INCHES CLOSER TO A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN

America’s longest war – soon approaching its 18th year in Afghanistan – is not over although it may be entering a new phase.

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German Air Force Suffers Shortages Amid Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target – Reports

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on German Air Force Suffers Shortages Amid Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target – Reports

Washington has been very critical of Berlin in the past due to the latter’s failure to meet NATO’s defence spending target, with a shortage of planes also signaling Germany’s inability to meet the required training practice for its pilots.

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Pence says US military to expand presence in Poland; NATO allies yet to hit spending goals

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Pence says US military to expand presence in Poland; NATO allies yet to hit spending goals

The United States is planning to expand its military presence in Poland, Vice President Mike Pence says, praising the NATO ally for being among the few members of the Western military alliance who are trying to meet Washington’s spending requirements.

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Rouhani: Iran has no intention to talk with US

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Rouhani: Iran has no intention to talk with US

President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran opted for national resistance to the US maximum pressure and active diplomacy and that has not decided to negotiate with the US despite some suggestions from many states.

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US-backed forces in Syria capture top ISIS financial officer

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed forces in Syria capture top ISIS financial officer

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) Counter-Terrorist Forces on Sunday captured a so-called Islamic State financial officer during an operation in Syria.

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Commander of ISIS Foreigners Captured

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Commander of ISIS Foreigners Captured

Kurdish forces in northern Syria have arrested a Portuguese extremist from London involved in kidnappings and executions of Western hostages held by ISIS after years on the run.

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Cease-fire brings temporary calm to Syria’s Idlib

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Cease-fire brings temporary calm to Syria’s Idlib

Government airstrikes and artillery attacks ceased Saturday following a unilateral cease-fire in the northwestern province of Idlib, a Syrian war monitor said. The U.S. military, meanwhile, said it struck an al-Qaida leadership facility north of Idlib, marking the first American strike inside the war-torn country since July .

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Taliban Attack Kabul as US Nears Peace Deal

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Attack Kabul as US Nears Peace Deal

The Taliban claimed responsibility for an explosion in Kabul late Monday, just hours after a U.S. negotiator shared with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “key details” of a deal that would see thousands of American troops leaving Afghanistan.

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Airstrike targeted Al Qaeda leadership in Syria, U.S. military says

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Airstrike targeted Al Qaeda leadership in Syria, U.S. military says

The American military conducted an airstrike against al Qaeda in Syria (AQ-S) “leadership at a facility north of Idlib, Syria” earlier today, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). It is the second time the U.S. has struck al Qaeda operatives in Syria since late June.

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Russia Hopes Su-35 and Su-57 Could Interest Turkey Amid F-35 Row With US

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Hopes Su-35 and Su-57 Could Interest Turkey Amid F-35 Row With US

Earlier, after a visit to an air show in Russia, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that Turkey may opt to buy Russia’s Su-57 fifth generation fighter, instead of the F-35, after the US kicked Ankara out of the programme earlier this year.

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Rouhani, Macron Discuss JCPOA: Tehran Warns of Its Reduced ‘Reversible’ Nuclear Deal Commitments

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Rouhani, Macron Discuss JCPOA: Tehran Warns of Its Reduced ‘Reversible’ Nuclear Deal Commitments

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has informed French leader Emmanuel Macron in a phone call that Tehran will launch the third stage in reducing its obligations under the nuclear deal later in September if Europe fails to live up to its part of commitments, noting that this step, as well as the previous ones, will be […]

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Israeli Military Striking Targets Inside Lebanon in Response to Anti-Tank Missile Attack – IDF

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Military Striking Targets Inside Lebanon in Response to Anti-Tank Missile Attack – IDF

Tensions between Israel and Lebanon began escalating last Sunday, after Beirut accused Tel Aviv of carrying out a drone attack against the media headquarters of political party and paramilitary group Hezbollah. Late last week, Israel claimed Hezbollah was trying to create missile factories inside Lebanon with assistance from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah denied the claims.

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Warsaw, Washington Agree on Six Locations for New Deployment of US Troops in Poland

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Warsaw, Washington Agree on Six Locations for New Deployment of US Troops in Poland

Additional US troops are set to be stationed in Poland ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the country for an event to commemorate the start of WW2. The US Ambassador to Berlin had earlier suggested that US troops in Germany could relocate to Poland after a spat over Berlin’s failure to meet its […]

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Trump Says U.S. ‘Not Involved’ In Iranian Rocket Launch Explosion

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Says U.S. ‘Not Involved’ In Iranian Rocket Launch Explosion

U.S. President Donald Trump says Washington had nothing to do with the explosion of an Iranian rocket as it sat on its launchpad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center.

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Syria: Debates won’t change reality

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Syria: Debates won’t change reality

Over the past few weeks, my colleagues at MEI have debated whether the U.S. should stay in Syria or leave. Here I’d make a different argument: that it doesn’t really matter. The president has already made the decision to leave, and while his aides may have been able to slow roll the troop drawdown, the […]

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Why does Trump treat Iran and North Korea so differently?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Why does Trump treat Iran and North Korea so differently?

Iran and North Korea both get a great deal of attention from the international community — for all the wrong reasons. Yet while U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un have met several times now, shaking hands, smiling, and posing for photos, Trump has not once met with Iranian President Hassan […]

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Countering and courting Iran: Israeli-Palestinian objectives in Iraq

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Comments Off on Countering and courting Iran: Israeli-Palestinian objectives in Iraq

Israel has reportedly expanded its operations against Iran in the Middle East. In July, Israeli and foreign media attributed airstrikes on Iranian targets near Baghdad to Israel. Last week, U.S. officials confirmed that Israel was responsible for the attacks, which mark the first such air raids on Iraq since 1981, when Tel Aviv destroyed Saddam […]

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Palestinians: Why Allow Facts to Get in the Way?

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Palestinians: Why Allow Facts to Get in the Way?

Why are the details about Rina Shnerb’s hometown and her age worth mentioning? Because the Palestinian media has again engaged in a campaign of fabrications and lies to justify the terror attack and the murder of an innocent Jewish teenager.

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Hariri urges Russia to help prevent Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Hariri urges Russia to help prevent Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has strongly condemned Israel’s recent “dangerous” drone incursion into the Arab country, delivering a warning to the regime through Russia against further violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty.

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With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told

“It capitalizes on its affiliates and inspired attacks and has an estimated residual wealth of up to three hundred million dollars at its disposal”, said Vladimir Voronkov Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in his briefing on the threat ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses to international peace and security.

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Iran’s AEOI cheif says grounds prepared for producing 60 modern centrifuges

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s AEOI cheif says grounds prepared for producing 60 modern centrifuges

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday announced the establishment of an advanced hall with the capacity to produce 60 new centrifuges.

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Hungary – AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Hungary – AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Hungary of one hundred and eighty (180) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM ) with support for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August […]

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Beirut Strike Target: Vital Iranian Device for Hezbollah’s Mass Missile Production

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Beirut Strike Target: Vital Iranian Device for Hezbollah’s Mass Missile Production

Iran delivered special propellants mixer – used in manufacturing ballistic missiles – to Lebanon in violation of international treaties. The attack in Beirut early Sunday morning, which has been attributed to Israel, hit a central component of Hezbollah’s missile program. It damaged a planetary mixer — an industrial-sized mixer weighing about eight tons, needed to […]

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Hezbollah Planning ‘Calculated Strike’ Against Israel

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah Planning ‘Calculated Strike’ Against Israel

Shi’ite organization warns retaliation ‘is being arranged in a way which wouldn’t lead to a war that neither Hezbollah nor Israel wants’ Hezbollah is preparing a “calculated strike” against its enemy Israel after drones crashed in Beirut but it seeks to avoid a new war, two sources allied to the heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim movement […]

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Here’s what’s left of ISIS — and why they still pose a major threat

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Here’s what’s left of ISIS — and why they still pose a major threat

-The US declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in March of 2019, but multiple reports show that the group is still active in those countries, and gaining traction elsewhere. -A blistering Pentagon report blamed Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria and cut diplomatic staff in Iraq for the resurgence of ISIS in […]

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Southern Yemeni Separatists Appear to Control Aden

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Southern Yemeni Separatists Appear to Control Aden

After several days of intermittent clashes, Yemen’s southern separatist forces appear to have recaptured strategic positions in the interim southern capital of Aden from forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The separatists’ latest defeat of Hadi’s forces came amid accusations by his deputy foreign minister that Saudi-coalition partner the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes […]

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Su-57 has finer craftsmanship; weapons bay needs improvement

Monday, September 2, 2019 Comments Off on Su-57 has finer craftsmanship; weapons bay needs improvement

The craftsmanship of the Su-57, believed to be Russia’s best fighter jet, is finer than expected but small details, such as the weapons bay door, appear to require improvement, a Global Times reporter observed.

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International Politics of Syrian Refugee Return: The Case of Lebanon

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on International Politics of Syrian Refugee Return: The Case of Lebanon

Introduction The Syrian refugee crisis has been one of the major challenges facing the Lebanese government in recent years. Since the eruption of the civil war in Lebanon in 2011, over one million Syrians, many of whom are not officially registered as refugees, have flooded the country. Given the magnitude of this refugee influx and […]

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Israel fires on militants at Gaza border, Palestinians say three killed

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on Israel fires on militants at Gaza border, Palestinians say three killed

Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen as they tried to cross the Gaza border, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed.

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Hezbollah’s pernicious influence spans the globe

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah’s pernicious influence spans the globe

The message from the US administration over the past week has been loud and clear: the menace from Iran-backed proxy Hezbollah is a spider’s web that spans the globe. At a press conference yesterday in Argentina, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the opportunity to talk of its pernicious influence from the other side […]

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Netanyahu says he’s ‘not impressed’ by Hezbollah chief’s threats

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on Netanyahu says he’s ‘not impressed’ by Hezbollah chief’s threats

After Nasrallah warns Israel against attacking Lebanon and claims Jerusalem afraid, prime minister points out that terror leader rarely emerges from hiding

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Brazil Considers Labeling Hezbollah as Terrorists in Pivot to U.S.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on Brazil Considers Labeling Hezbollah as Terrorists in Pivot to U.S.

Brazil is considering designating Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, as President Jair Bolsonaro increasingly aligns his government with the U.S. on foreign policy.

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Russia Disappointed by US Missile Testing, Which Aggravates Global Security Situation – Putin

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on Russia Disappointed by US Missile Testing, Which Aggravates Global Security Situation – Putin

Earlier, after Sunday’s test of a treaty-violating missile at a US test range in California, Russia and China formally requested a UN Security Council meeting to discuss Washington’s plans to test and deploy new medium-range ground-based missiles.

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China vows to impose sanctions on US firms

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Comments Off on China vows to impose sanctions on US firms

Mainland enjoys huge military edge despite jet sales, says expert China has vowed to impose sanctions on US firms participating in arms sales to Taiwan after the US State Department announced that the Trump administration had given formal approval for the sale of fighter jets and other military aircraft to the island worth $8 billion.

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