Archive for July, 2019

Turkey: Out in the Cold

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey: Out in the Cold

The fight for Tripoli has killed more than 750 people – not a stunning number when compared to 9/11, but not small enough to be ignored like a bomb blowing up in Paris, Istanbul or Berlin.

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

Qatar opens largest naval base amid US-Saudi military drills

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar opens largest naval base amid US-Saudi military drills

Qatar, which is home to the biggest US military base in the Middle East, has opened its own largest naval base amid ongoing tensions with Saudi Arabia, currently holding joint military drills with American forces.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Russia rejects starting talks with Japan on return of islands: Kyodo

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Comments Off on Russia rejects starting talks with Japan on return of islands: Kyodo

Russia has rejected starting talks with Japan on the return of two disputed islands despite an agreement last year, in a move that could further delay the signing of a peace treaty, Kyodo news agency says.

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PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME: EXTERNAL SUPPORT TO CIVIL WARS & INSURGENCIES

Thursday, July 18, 2019 Comments Off on PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME: EXTERNAL SUPPORT TO CIVIL WARS & INSURGENCIES

The United Arab Emirates has dumped weapons into conflict zones throughout the Middle East. Given how unstable the situation in Libya remains and the more external actors involved, the more prolonged and bloody the conflict is likely to become.

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Germany – Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Germany – Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE) with support for an estimated cost of $401 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, […]

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Greece – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Greece – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019.

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Turkey Challenges US as Russian Missiles Arrive

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Challenges US as Russian Missiles Arrive

Russia is delivering its S-400 missile system to Turkey, a move that threatens to rupture Turkish-U.S. relations and puts Russian military technology inside a key NATO alliance member.

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Islamic State Turkey province video claims new wilayah in old turf

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Turkey province video claims new wilayah in old turf

ISIS released a propaganda video from ‘Wilayah Turkey,’ showing a small group of militants pledging bayah, or allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The eighth in the “And the best outcome is for the righteous” series, the video is the first from this new province, but ISIS already has a complex presence in Turkey.

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

Islamic State Remains Unpredictable as it Regroups

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Remains Unpredictable as it Regroups

The Islamic State terror group is adapting to the loss of its self-declared territorial caliphate by returning to its origins and becoming once again a more local, Iraq-focused insurgency, and is recruiting in remote border areas in Iraq’s western desert. But it still harbors ambitions to strike in the West, warn European officials and analysts.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

It’s time to hold Iran accountable for terrorism in Argentina

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Comments Off on It’s time to hold Iran accountable for terrorism in Argentina

Twenty five years ago this month, the world watched in horror as rescuers in Buenos Aires picked through the rubble of a Jewish community center, searching for survivors of a suicide bombing that leveled the building, killing 85 people, including a five-year-old boy, and wounding 300 more.

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

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 […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

European Union: Toward a European Superstate

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on European Union: Toward a European Superstate

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, nominated to be the next President of the European Commission, has called for the creation of a European superstate. “My aim is the United States of Europe…” she said in an interview with Der Spiegel. She has also called for the creation of a European Army.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Yemeni armed forces display new domestically-built missiles, drones

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on Yemeni armed forces display new domestically-built missiles, drones

Yemeni Armed Forces have unveiled new domestically-built military hardware, including ballistic and winged missiles in addition to unmanned aerial vehicles, which Sana’a says could act as game changers in the face of the Saudi-led military aggression against the Arab country.

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MP reveals details of Iran plan to charge ships passing through Strait of Hormuz

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on MP reveals details of Iran plan to charge ships passing through Strait of Hormuz

A senior member of the Iranian parliament has shared more details of a plan to collect tolls from foreign ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

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Iran officially begins enriching uranium beyond 3.67% level

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on Iran officially begins enriching uranium beyond 3.67% level

Iran on Sunday has officially announced the beginning of the second phase of reduction of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, increasing the level of its uranium enrichment to a level beyond the 3.67% limit set by the accord.

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US has given Lebanese Armed Forces a pass with Hezbollah — conditioning aid is necessary

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on US has given Lebanese Armed Forces a pass with Hezbollah — conditioning aid is necessary

American diplomats have been quietly mediating a resolution to the Israeli-Lebanese maritime border dispute, an important step to avoiding another war between these two countries. However, even if American mediators can resolve the dispute, Hezbollah’s presence in southern Lebanon keeps alive the possibility of a devastating war.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Israeli attacks on Iranian, Hezbollah targets in Syria show no sign of waning

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli attacks on Iranian, Hezbollah targets in Syria show no sign of waning

Tensions between Israel and Syria are escalating and show little sign of slowing. Suspected Israeli strikes June 30 in Syria killed 15 people, the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.

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A terrorist’s bioweapon could kill millions — and there’s little we can do to stop it

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on A terrorist’s bioweapon could kill millions — and there’s little we can do to stop it

The nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea have been a primary concern to world security for more than a decade. But there is another significant worldwide threat to consider — bioweapons. And with the advent of genetic editing — where the DNA or RNA of a virus or bacteria can be modified to […]

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US Call for Syria Troops Divides German Coalition

Thursday, July 11, 2019 Comments Off on US Call for Syria Troops Divides German Coalition

Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region.

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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 […]

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

Niger military base raided by the Islamic State

Monday, July 8, 2019 Comments Off on Niger military base raided by the Islamic State

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s complex assault on a Nigerien military base near the border with Mali. At least 18 soldiers were killed, while several more are still missing.

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ISIS Says Slain Tunis Suspect Was One of its Militants

Monday, July 8, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS Says Slain Tunis Suspect Was One of its Militants

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast in the Tunisian capital earlier this week. A wanted militant wearing an explosives belt blew himself up in Tunis on Tuesday after being surrounded by police, the government said, but there were no other casualties.

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‘Hardcore’ Isis ideologues held in Syrian camps represent long-term risk, warns US-led coalition

Monday, July 8, 2019 Comments Off on ‘Hardcore’ Isis ideologues held in Syrian camps represent long-term risk, warns US-led coalition

The US-led coalition formed to defeat Isis has warned that a new generation of jihadis is being created in camps holding the families of Isis fighters.

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Attacks from ISIS sleeper cells in Iraq and Syria could set the stage for a future land grab

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Attacks from ISIS sleeper cells in Iraq and Syria could set the stage for a future land grab

Remnants of the Islamic State are engaged in a campaign of violence, extortion, and terrorism in Syria and Iraq in an apparent effort to regroup after the disintegration of the jihadist group’s land caliphate earlier this year.

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Libyan National Army: Turkey supports terrorists, directly interferes in Libya

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Libyan National Army: Turkey supports terrorists, directly interferes in Libya

The Libyan National Army has accused the Turkish regime of supporting terrorist groups in Libya. The army announced in a statement that Libyan National Army is fighting against armed terrorists on Libyan territories, while a Turkish logistic support has been offered to terrorist elements since years ago.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Magreb, Middle Orient, Turkey

US carries out rare strike against al-Qaeda in Syria

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on US carries out rare strike against al-Qaeda in Syria

US forces carried out a rare strike against al-Qaeda in Syria on Sunday, killing eight commanders. US Forces conducted the strike against al-Qaeda in Syria (AQ-S) leadership at a training facility near Aleppo Province on June 30, 2019, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed on Sunday.

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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.

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

US military targets al Qaeda operatives in Syria

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on US military targets al Qaeda operatives in Syria

American forces struck al Qaeda “leadership at a training facility near Aleppo Province, Syria” yesterday, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The missile strike targeted al Qaeda “operatives responsible for plotting external attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.” The U.S. military did not provide any specific details about the jihadists’ external attack […]

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As Turkey admits to arming Libya militants, Ankara’s open support is causing conflict

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on As Turkey admits to arming Libya militants, Ankara’s open support is causing conflict

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is supplying militias backing the Tripoli government with arms, armoured vehicles and drones.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Several suspected U.S. spies ‘due to be’ sentenced to death, Iran says

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Several suspected U.S. spies ‘due to be’ sentenced to death, Iran says

Iranian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for several individuals accused of spying for the United States, Iran’s spokesman for the judiciary announced Tuesday.

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Iran warns Europe it ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on Iran warns Europe it ‘will take next step’ to enrich uranium to weapons-grade level if new deal isn’t reached

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned European nations Wednesday that Tehran will “take the next step” in increasing its uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels this coming Sunday if they do not offer a new deal by then, adding that they will increase it to “any amount that we want”.

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State Department designates Hizballah operative, Baloch separatist group

Friday, July 5, 2019 Comments Off on State Department designates Hizballah operative, Baloch separatist group

The State Department announced yesterday that it has added a Hizballah operative and a Baloch separatist group to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. In addition, State amended the terrorist designation for Jundallah to include Jaysh al-Adl as one of the group’s aliases.

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Iraq wants Shia militias as ‘indivisible’ part of army

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Iraq wants Shia militias as ‘indivisible’ part of army

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has issued a decree that further integrates the Popular Mobilization Forces, which have proven a decisive force in Baghdad’s counter-terrorism operations, into the country’s armed forces.

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US Will ‘Never Allow’ Iran to Develop Nukes After Iran Exceeds Uranium Limit

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on US Will ‘Never Allow’ Iran to Develop Nukes After Iran Exceeds Uranium Limit

The United States says it will “never allow” Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, after Tehran announced that it had exceeded the limit on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium it agreed to in the 2015 international accord restraining its nuclear weapons development.

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Foreign minister: Iran’s enriched uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Foreign minister: Iran’s enriched uranium stocks exceed 300kg

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country has increased the level of its low-enriched uranium production to over 300 kilograms as had been already announced by the country in line with paragraphs 26 and 36 of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

This was posted under category: Iran, Middle Orient