Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

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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Five Nuclear Powers Meeting In Beijing As U.S. Calls For Transparency

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Five Nuclear Powers Meeting In Beijing As U.S. Calls For Transparency

The United States has called for more transparency from Russia and China regarding their nuclear programs, as diplomats from five major nuclear powers meet in Beijing. The two-day conference that opened on January 30 is aimed at preventing the further proliferation of nuclear weapons. Aside from Beijing, Moscow, and Washington, diplomats from London and Paris […]

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US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Comments Off on US limits contacts with Afghan military after insider attacks

The US military in Afghanistan has halted most face-to-face contacts with the Afghan security forces and has temporarily withdrawn troops from Afghan security facilities after recent “insider” shootings, US media reported on Thursday.

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Afghanistan declares ceasefire with Taliban

Monday, August 20, 2018 Comments Off on Afghanistan declares ceasefire with Taliban

The ‘conditional ceasefire’ starts on Monday and will be in place for around three months, ‘provided the Taliban reciprocate’, said President Ashraf Ghani. Afghanistan on Sunday declared a “conditional” ceasefire with Taliban militants ahead of the Eid-al-Adha festival this week. The ceasefire starts on Monday and will be in place for around three months, “provided […]

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Pakistan raises arms budget

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Comments Off on Pakistan raises arms budget

Pakistan has unveiled Rs5.66 trillion federal budget that set 6.2 per cent gross domestic target for 2018-19 with primary focus on economic stability, infrastructure development and social sector uplift.

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US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off on US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

The United States government on Monday released $100 million in budget assistance to Afghanistan. The agreement was signed between Afghan Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass in Kabul.

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Afghanistan security forces kill 54 rebels in operations

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off on Afghanistan security forces kill 54 rebels in operations

At least 54 rebels were killed and several others sustained injuries during clashes with Afghan security forces in the past 24-hours across Afghanistan, said Ministry of Defense on Friday. The casualties inflicted on the insurgents in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Kunduz, Baghlan, and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan, a statement by […]

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NATO backs intra-Afghan dialogue

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off on NATO backs intra-Afghan dialogue

NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann has stressed timely holding of upcoming election, saying, “With transparent polls, people’s trust in the democratic process increases.” Zimmermann made the remarks during a meeting with a number of Afghan journalists at his office. He said the new US strategy on Afghanistan encouraged NATO member countries to […]

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NATO chief warns that leaving Afghanistan would mean return to chaos

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off on NATO chief warns that leaving Afghanistan would mean return to chaos

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a four-day NATO parliamentary assembly in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday that “if NATO leaves too soon, we risk Afghanistan returning to a state of chaos – a safe haven for international terrorism”. “The situation in Afghanistan is challenging. We all understand the costs of staying in […]

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US demands Egypt to sever ties with N. Korea

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Comments Off on US demands Egypt to sever ties with N. Korea

US President Donald Trump’s administration has demanded that Egypt cut all ties with North Korea or face further punitive action, diplomatic sources have said. Washington has warned Cairo over its military relations with the pariah Asian state. The Trump administration has urgently demanded that Egypt close military attache offices and all related activity in both […]

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India, EU to step up fight against terrorism

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off on India, EU to step up fight against terrorism

India and European Union will seek to step up anti-radicalisation and counter-terrorism cooperation when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds summit talks with the leaders of the bloc on Friday. Modi will host the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, Donald Franciszek Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, in New Delhi for the 14th India-EU […]

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US could keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off on US could keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade

The US Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker said on Sunday that American troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade. “But are we likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade? Sure,” Corker said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd aired on […]

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US, NATO pledge support for Afghanistan in fight against terror

Friday, September 29, 2017 Comments Off on US, NATO pledge support for Afghanistan in fight against terror

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States have said they will not abandon Afghanistan. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary James Mattis at the news conference after holding closed door meeting, and reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan, saying ‘NATO wants to ensure the […]

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India, Afghanistan review bilateral relations

Friday, September 29, 2017 Comments Off on India, Afghanistan review bilateral relations

India and Afghanistan reviewed their bilateral relationship during a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday. “Strengthening strategic partnership with a close neighbour,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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14th India-EU summit to be held on October 6

Friday, September 29, 2017 Comments Off on 14th India-EU summit to be held on October 6

India and the European Union will hold their 14th summit talks on October 6 during which both sides are expected to discuss a host of key issues including ways to remove hurdles for the long pending free trade agreement. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MAE) said the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, […]

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US airstrike kills at least 8 IS terrorists in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Comments Off on US airstrike kills at least 8 IS terrorists in Afghanistan

At least eight terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group’s offshoot, ISIS Khorsan have been killed in an airstrike by the United States forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment in a statement said the airstrike was carried out in Nazian district of Nangarhar.

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Pence, Pakistani PM discuss South Asia strategy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Comments Off on Pence, Pakistani PM discuss South Asia strategy

Vice President Mike Pence met with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in New York on Tuesday and discussed the US strategy in South Asia, according to the White House. During their conversation, Pence highlighted ways Pakistan could work with the US to “bolster stability and prosperity for all in South Asia,” said the statement.

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