Archive for January, 2019

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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Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Warns It’s Ready for Strike Against Syrian YPG

Turkey claims its military preparations for a cross-border operation into Syria against a Kurdish militia are complete. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made the announcement Tuesday. “When the time comes, the necessary actions will be taken both in Manbij and east of the Euphrates,” Akar said during a visit to a military facility in Turkey’s […]

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Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official

Iran has no scientific bottleneck to extend its missiles range but, according to its defense doctrine, the country is only focusing on improving the precision of its missiles and not on extending their ranges, said the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran on Tuesday.

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DNI: Russia, China Most Serious Espionage Threats To U.S.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Comments Off on DNI: Russia, China Most Serious Espionage Threats To U.S.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats says Russia and China present the most serious espionage and cyberattack threats to the United States as the two seek to expand their global reach. In testimony on worldwide threats, Coats told the Senate on January 29 that the Kremlin’s relationship with Beijing “is closer than it’s been […]

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Talk to Kabul, US Envoy Tells Taliban

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Talk to Kabul, US Envoy Tells Taliban

The U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation is urging direct talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government as he confirmed details in a draft peace deal aimed at ending the 17-year conflict in the country.

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Some 600 US Soldiers Arrived at Syria Military Bases Amid Pullout – Reports

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Some 600 US Soldiers Arrived at Syria Military Bases Amid Pullout – Reports

In December, US President Donald Trump declared victory over the Daesh* terrorist group and said he would withdraw some 2,000 US troops who are currently deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

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Turkey: Imprisoning Dissidents while Bidding for EU Membership

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Imprisoning Dissidents while Bidding for EU Membership

At a rally in Ankara over the summer, held by the women’s branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced:

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U.S. Lifts Sanctions On Rusal, Other Firms With Links To Deripaska

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Lifts Sanctions On Rusal, Other Firms With Links To Deripaska

The U.S. Treasury Department says sanctions imposed on three companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska have been lifted. The action, which was vehemently opposed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House, was announced on January 27 in a statement by the Treasury.

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Kremlin Casts Doubt On Report It Sent Military Contractors To Help Venezuela’s Maduro

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Kremlin Casts Doubt On Report It Sent Military Contractors To Help Venezuela’s Maduro

The Kremlin has cast doubt about a report that it has sent as many as 400 private military contractors to Venezuela to help embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro strengthen security amid opposition protests and a competing claim to leadership by opposition head Juan Guaido.

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Reporter de guerre dans le Donbass

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Reporter de guerre dans le Donbass

Effectivement, il n’y a pas eu de bataille ! Ils ont cette tactique tout le long de la ligne de front. Ils le font d’ailleurs autant en RPD qu’en RPL, encore récemment vers Zoloteïe, où ils se sont vanté d’une avancée significative.

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Macron, Poutine, le G20 et Bolsonaro. Bien pensance et transition écologique contre souveraineté

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Macron, Poutine, le G20 et Bolsonaro. Bien pensance et transition écologique contre souveraineté

Au lendemain de l’élection de Jair Bolsonaro fin octobre 2018, Emmanuel Macron lui adressait des félicitations d’une tiédeur déconcertante. Se posant en « progressiste » en lutte ouverte contre les « nationalistes », il déclarait demander au nouveau Président brésilien le « respect des valeurs démocratiques », un message déjà assez mal perçu à Brasilia. […]

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Kosovo, Serbie et 11 Novembre 2018

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Kosovo, Serbie et 11 Novembre 2018
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Les Confins de la Pologne : le mythe et sa géopolitique

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Les Confins de la Pologne : le mythe et sa géopolitique

Les territoires entre les grandes puissances – les confins – ont toujours été l’objet d’affrontements. Il en va de même pour les pays situés entre la Russie et l’Occident, ceux qui faisaient autrefois partie de l’Union soviétique ou qui étaient intégrés à sa sphère d’influence. Cette « zone grise » de l’Europe s’est reconfigurée depuis […]

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Saudi Arabia building its first ballistic missile factory: Report

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia building its first ballistic missile factory: Report

Saudi Arabia, already known as the world’s top importer of foreign-made ballistic missiles, has started building its first missile production factory near the central town of Al-Watah, The Washington Post has quoted experts as saying.

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Reuters Reports Russian Military Contractors Operating In Venezuela

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Reuters Reports Russian Military Contractors Operating In Venezuela

Reuters is reporting that private military contractors working on behalf of Russia are in Venezuela to help embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro strengthen security amid opposition protests and a competing claim to leadership.

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Colombia Won’t Provide US With Bases Needed for Invasion in Venezuela

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Colombia Won’t Provide US With Bases Needed for Invasion in Venezuela

The Colombian government is not going to provide the United States will military bases so that the latter could launch a possible military invasion in Venezuela, the Colombian Defense Ministry told Sputnik. “No,” the Defence Ministry’s representative said, answering the question, whether Bogota was going to provide Washington with military bases needed for a possible […]

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OPINION / LIBAN – Une république bananière en état de décomposition avancée

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on OPINION / LIBAN – Une république bananière en état de décomposition avancée

Le Liban, où aucune réforme sérieuse n’a été entreprise depuis la présidence du général Fouad Chéhab, fait figure de pays irréformable et gangrené par la corruption.

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LIBAN – Le communautarisme, un virus prolifique

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on LIBAN – Le communautarisme, un virus prolifique

La mondialisation, le retour du religieux et l’accroissement des flux migratoires ont favorisé les crispations identitaires, le populisme et le virus du communautarisme.

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IRAQ – Baghdad, Erbil… and Basra, new internal politic flashpoint

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on IRAQ – Baghdad, Erbil… and Basra, new internal politic flashpoint

When one thinks of the recent chaos that has been unfolding in Iraq since the Parliamentary Elections most thoughts generally focus on the process that has been unfolding to name not only a new Speaker for Parliament but potentially decide who will run Iraq as well.

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SYRIA – What for the Kurds now?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Comments Off on SYRIA – What for the Kurds now?

Kurds are to be awarded to the Turkish Security Services for their Brilliant Operations undertaken since early November 2018. We saw the reactions around the world regarding the horrific murder of the Saudi writer for the Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. This event presented an opportunity for Turkey to achieve […]

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Why Do Some Terrorist Attacks Receive More Media Attention Than Others?

Monday, January 28, 2019 Comments Off on Why Do Some Terrorist Attacks Receive More Media Attention Than Others?

Terrorist attacks often dominate news coverage as reporters seek to provide the public with information. Yet, not all incidents receive equal attention. Why do some terrorist attacks receive

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A Brief Primer on Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods in the Study of Terrorism

Monday, January 28, 2019 Comments Off on A Brief Primer on Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods in the Study of Terrorism

For years, terrorism researchers and security professionals have lamented a lack of primary data to inform our understanding of issues surrounding the use of terrorism and how that understanding might influence policy decisions. Despite these ongoing complaints, most research within terrorism studies has not featured primary data, employed rigorous social scientific

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Messages to Arabia: Al-Qaida Attacks MBS and the Saudi Monarchy

Monday, January 28, 2019 Comments Off on Messages to Arabia: Al-Qaida Attacks MBS and the Saudi Monarchy

Since the early 1990s, al-Qaida has routinely vilified the Saudi royal family and its government for being un-Islamic and illegitimate, describing the monarchy and the princes as apostates who should be attacked and toppled from power. The gist of al-Qaida’s condemnation of the Saudi rulers is that they are lackeys of the West who only […]

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Fratricide in rebel movements: A network analysis of Syrian militant infighting

Monday, January 28, 2019 Comments Off on Fratricide in rebel movements: A network analysis of Syrian militant infighting

Violent conflict among rebels is a common feature of civil wars and insurgencies. Yet, not all rebel groups are equally prone to such infighting. While previous research has focused on the systemic causes of violent conflict within rebel movements, this article explores the factors that affect the risk of conflict between pairs of rebel groups. […]

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US-backed forces close to uproot Daesh from Deir Ezzor province

Friday, January 25, 2019 Comments Off on US-backed forces close to uproot Daesh from Deir Ezzor province

Kurdish-led forces, backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition, have been so close to uproot Daesh (ISIS) from the eastern province of Deir Ezzor as the militants besieged in tiny enclave in Baghouz village, activists said Friday.

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43 IS militants killed planning attack on Iraqi troops

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Comments Off on 43 IS militants killed planning attack on Iraqi troops

Pro-government fighters of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi thwarted on Wednesday a planned attack by Islamic State militants on security forces in a village on the Iraqi-Syrian border, leaving 43 terrorists dead and wounded.

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UK minister: US withdrawal should not affect northeast Syria

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Comments Off on UK minister: US withdrawal should not affect northeast Syria

UK Middle East Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, said the withdrawal of American troops from Syria should not affect the fight against the Islamic State, nor result in Turkish incursions against Syrian Kurds.

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Turkey deploys tanks at border with Syria

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey deploys tanks at border with Syria

The Turkish military deployed tanks and armored vehicles to the border province of Hatay on Jan. 13, as Turkey continues its preparations for a planned military operation in the east of River Euphrates in Syria against ISIL and the YPG, which it sees as the Syrian branch of the PKK.

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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria over phone

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria over phone

In their third phone call to discuss the Syria situation and impending plans for US withdrawal, US president Donald Trump discussed with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday a framework that would protect Syrian Kurds while preserving Turkey’s security.

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Canada ends NATO deployment for 2018 in Romania

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Canada ends NATO deployment for 2018 in Romania

Canada’s Air Task Force (ATF) has completed its four-month deployment with NATO’s enhanced Air Policing in Romania, according to the Canadian Ministry of National Defense Thursday. ATF-Romania is composed of approximately 135 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and five CF-18 Hornets.

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Moldova expects support from Romania during its presidency of the Council of the EU

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Moldova expects support from Romania during its presidency of the Council of the EU

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip hopes that Romania within its presidency of the Council of the EU will support the European integration processes of the Eastern Partnership countries, including Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.

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Pompeo says US committed to fighting Daesh

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo says US committed to fighting Daesh

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure Iraqi officials on Wednesday that Washington remained committed to fighting the Daesh group, as he tours regional allies troubled by US plans to withdraw from Syria. Pompeo’s unannounced visit comes less than two weeks after President Donald Trump drew criticism for failing to meet a single […]

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Iraqi troops seize three Islamic State hideouts in Anbar

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi troops seize three Islamic State hideouts in Anbar

Iraqi security forces seized on Monday three hotbeds of Islamic State group during a security campaign in Anbar province, a security source said. “A security force from al-Jazeera Operations Command, backed by fighters of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, carried out a security campaign in northwestern Anbar, during

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Iraqi FM meets senior NATO official on developing bilateral relations

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi FM meets senior NATO official on developing bilateral relations

Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed al-Hakim has reiterated his country’s keenness on maintaining relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) over the coming period. The top Iraqi diplomat made the remarks Sunday during a meeting with NATO Assistant Secretary General John Manza at the ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad, his media office said in […]

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UK Defense Secretary praises Syria’s Kurds, wants them included in peace talks

Monday, January 14, 2019 Comments Off on UK Defense Secretary praises Syria’s Kurds, wants them included in peace talks

The United Kingdom owes its gratitude to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who should be included in a long-lasting peace effort in Syria, UK Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

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