Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

Argentina to designate Hezbollah as terror group – Report

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Argentina to designate Hezbollah as terror group – Report

According to La Nacion, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri asked his government to find the most rapid solution to include the Iranian—backed group in the list of terror organizations. Argentina’s government is planning on designating the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group as a terror organization for its role in the terror attacks against the Israeli embassy and the […]

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Afghan government unable to administer 64 districts

Monday, July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan government unable to administer 64 districts

The Afghan government is unable to administer 64 districts from the district centers, according to a recent survey. The 64 districts, which are located in 19 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, are either being administered remotely, or the district centers have been moved due to heavy fighting with the Taliban. The data track with an ongoing […]

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Dozens Killed as Taliban Bombs in 4 Humvees Rip Through Afghan District

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Dozens Killed as Taliban Bombs in 4 Humvees Rip Through Afghan District

When the Taliban overran the district center of Maruf in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar this year, the government resorted to a familiar tactic: Simply relocate the district office 25 miles to the south to say it had not fallen.

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Jihadists in the Caucasus, Philippines renew allegiance to Baghdadi

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Jihadists in the Caucasus, Philippines renew allegiance to Baghdadi

The Islamic State has continued to produce videos depicting small bands of jihadists renewing their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Comments Off on Acting US Defense Secretary: China Still Top Priority

Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan said Wednesday that China remained his top defense priority, but that message could ring hollow during his current trip to Asia as Iranian threats loom over American plans to focus on great-power competitors.

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Japan Agrees to Buy 105 US F-35 Fighter Jets – Trump

Thursday, May 30, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Agrees to Buy 105 US F-35 Fighter Jets – Trump

US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, are currently paying a four-day state visit to Japan. Donald Trump announced on Monday that Japan plans to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes; this would make it home to the largest F35 fleet of any US ally.

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Indian forces kill leader of al Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir: police

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Comments Off on Indian forces kill leader of al Qaeda affiliate in Kashmir: police

Indian forces have killed the leader of an al Qaeda affiliated militant group in Kashmir, police said on Friday, triggering protests in parts of the disputed region.

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India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

Friday, May 24, 2019 Comments Off on India Test Fires Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

The 2.5-ton air-launched version of the BrahMos (BrahMos-A) missile, named after India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River, has an operational range of around 300 km. It can be dropped from 500 to 14,000 metres.

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US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Comments Off on US, Taliban Blame Each Other for Acting Against Afghan Peace

Taliban and American military officials have taken to social media to accuse each other of acting against peace building efforts in conflict-torn Afghanistan.

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India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test: The Potential International Security Risks

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test: The Potential International Security Risks

Since 1999, India has launched 269 foreign satellites from 32 different countries. This has positioned it as a relevant player in the field of space exploration. The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRA) is involved in Earth observation and support for disaster management and telecommunications from space; and has its own launch site, the Satish Dhawan […]

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Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions.

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Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on two aid organizations last week, the deadliest episode in a recent surge of violence against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, is a signal to many that as peace talks falter, the insurgents are lashing out against so-called soft targets.

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Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Thousands of Afghans taking part in a rare grand assembly to discuss a possible peace deal with Taliban militants are demanding a ceasefire on both sides as a first step, officials said on Thursday.

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US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

The U.S. military and NATO have stopped producing an assessment that was considered key for measuring progress against the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a report released on April 30 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The metric, which tracked district stability, was one of the “most widely cited Afghan security […]

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Pakistan Says Iran-Based Group Behind Deadly Attack

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan Says Iran-Based Group Behind Deadly Attack

Pakistan has urged Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 soldiers earlier this week.

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Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban, ISIS-aligned fighters engage in deadly Afghanistan clashes

At least 12 Taliban and six Islamic State fighters have been killed in bloody clashes that erupted in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, according to the Afghan military.

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Pakistan arrests ‘last terrorist at large’ in Daniel Pearl killing

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan arrests ‘last terrorist at large’ in Daniel Pearl killing

Counter-terrorism officials in Islamabad have confirmed that the remaining terrorist sought in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl has been taken into custody. Azim Jan, a commander of the TTP, the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, was apprehended on Friday in a joint operation headed by Pakistan Security Forces.

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Taliban going for the win in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban going for the win in Afghanistan

‘AL-FATH’ MEANS ‘VICTORY’: The peace talks with the United States may have only emboldened the Taliban to believe it can cut a deal to end the 18-year war that leaves it in a position to control the country and dismiss the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.

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China builds world’s first armed amphibious drone boat that can lead land assault

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Comments Off on China builds world’s first armed amphibious drone boat that can lead land assault

China has built the world’s first armed amphibious drone boat which military analysts said could be used in land assault operations and is capable of forming a combat triad with aerial drones and other drone ships.

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U.S. ‘To End Contacts’ With Afghan Security Adviser Mohib Following Verbal Attack

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. ‘To End Contacts’ With Afghan Security Adviser Mohib Following Verbal Attack

A senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghanistan’s president that U.S. officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser, Reuters news agency reports, citing four knowledgeable U.S. and Afghan sources.

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Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Comments Off on Former Defense Intelligence Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage

Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, a resident of Syracuse, Utah, and a former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, pleaded guilty today in the District of Utah in connection with his attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24, 2019.

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China Blocks U.N. Vote to Blacklist Pakistani Militant Leader

Monday, March 18, 2019 Comments Off on China Blocks U.N. Vote to Blacklist Pakistani Militant Leader

China on Wednesday blocked a United Nations Security Council measure that would have blacklisted the Pakistani founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the militant group that nearly brought South Asia to the brink of war last month after one of its suicide bombers attacked Indian forces.

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Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunders Will Get Deadly New Radar, Weapons Upgrades

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunders Will Get Deadly New Radar, Weapons Upgrades

The JF-17 Thunder, jointly developed by Pakistan and China, is getting some new upgrades that will make the tactical aircraft all the deadlier. The news comes amid claims by Islamabad that it was a JF-17 that India shot down last month, not a US-made F-16, as well as a successful smart missile test by the […]

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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

Friday, March 15, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks End With ‘Real Strides’ Made But No Deal

The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12.

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Pakistan PM’s political party welcomes Harakat-ul-Mujahideen emir into ranks

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM’s political party welcomes Harakat-ul-Mujahideen emir into ranks

Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil and his supporters voice their support for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political party in July 2018, and not today as originally reported. Paragephs 1 and 3 have been updated to reflect the change.

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Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Saturday, March 9, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan seizes religious schools in intensified crackdown on militants

Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants on Thursday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups.

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India to Equip Su-30MKIs With Israeli High-Precision Bombs

Friday, March 8, 2019 Comments Off on India to Equip Su-30MKIs With Israeli High-Precision Bombs

New Delhi earlier reported that it had bombed a major terrorist camp in Pakistani territory, killing numerous militants, but did not specify the number of those killed. At the same time, Islamabad insists that no such camp ever existed and that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had bombed a largely barren hillside.

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Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban: Afghan Peace Talks With US Heading in ‘Right Direction’

American and Afghan Taliban officials have temporally paused ongoing peace talks in Qatar to consult with their respective leaderships before returning to the table on Saturday.

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Pakistan military says it shot down 2 Indian jets after airspace violation

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan military says it shot down 2 Indian jets after airspace violation

Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian military jets, which violated its airspace, and captured two pilots amid escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the recent developments in disputed Kashmir.

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U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. and Taliban Begin Highest-Level Talks Yet on Ending Afghan War

The highest-level negotiations yet between American diplomats and the Taliban began in Qatar’s capital on Monday, with the presence of the Afghan insurgents’ deputy leader raising hope of progress toward ending the long conflict that is taking lives in record numbers.

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The Kashmir Question:Made in India

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Comments Off on The Kashmir Question:Made in India

It has been stated before that when there is no political will to resolve a long pending dispute then ‘all roads can lead to hell’. Loss of 49 CRPF soldier’s lives in a sucide attack augurs ill. Despite massive military and security apparatus deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, no one had any clue that a […]

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India Promises Strong Response to Kashmir Attack

Monday, February 18, 2019 Comments Off on India Promises Strong Response to Kashmir Attack

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a strong response to a deadly attack on security personnel in Indian Kashmir as New Delhi said that there was “incontrovertible evidence” that Pakistan had a “direct hand” in the assault and called for its complete isolation.

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India Successfully Test Fires Air-to-Air Version of Anti-Tank Missile – Reports

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Comments Off on India Successfully Test Fires Air-to-Air Version of Anti-Tank Missile – Reports

Metaphorically named Nag (meaning cobra), it can be launched from both land and air-based platforms. The strike range of the weapon is 4 km and 7 km respectively.

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US Senate Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops from Syria, Afghanistan

Thursday, February 7, 2019 Comments Off on US Senate Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Withdraw Troops from Syria, Afghanistan

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to caution President Donald Trump against swift U.S. troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan. Trump revealed his decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria in December, declaring that the U.S. had defeated Islamic State and no longer needed to deploy troops in Syria.

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India Seeks License Extension from Russia to Manufacture More Su-30MKI Locally

Sunday, February 3, 2019 Comments Off on India Seeks License Extension from Russia to Manufacture More Su-30MKI Locally

India’s decision to manufacture additional Su-30MKI for the air force has been taken against the backdrop of a delay in the formal tendering process to acquire 110 fighter jets and upgrades of other existing jets, according to a highly placed official in India’s Defence Ministry.

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