Archive for September, 2019

Defense report details coastal strategy to repel Chinese forces

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Defense report details coastal strategy to repel Chinese forces

Taiwan’s latest defense report, released Wednesday, made public for the first time the military’s plans to repel invading Chinese forces along the coast of Taiwan proper as part of the country’s new defense strategy adopted since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) took office in 2016.

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India Set to Carry Out Biggest War Games Near China Border

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on India Set to Carry Out Biggest War Games Near China Border

India is set to launch its biggest war games in disputed Arunachal Pradesh, near the Chinese border.

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Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of thirty-two (32) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $6.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 10, 2019.

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US, Turkish troops launch joint ‘safe zone’ operation in northeast Syria

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on US, Turkish troops launch joint ‘safe zone’ operation in northeast Syria

Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria Sunday as part of a planned so-called “safe zone” that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region.

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Syria war: ‘Air strikes’ hit Iran-backed forces near Iraq border

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Syria war: ‘Air strikes’ hit Iran-backed forces near Iraq border

Warplanes have struck positions of Iran-backed militias near Syria’s border with Iraq, activists say.

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Iran gives Hezbollah precision-guided terrorism

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Iran gives Hezbollah precision-guided terrorism

The war between Israel and the Iranian-controlled Hezbollah terrorist network is continuous. It has flared into major conflicts several times since 1982.

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Israel Blames Islamic Jihad Drone for Border Tensions

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israel Blames Islamic Jihad Drone for Border Tensions

Tension in the border area with the Gaza Strip was caused by a drone operation carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Israeli army spokesman said on Sunday.

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Israel: Shi’ite Force Fired Rockets From Syria; ‘Strike on Syria-Iraq Border Kills 18 Iran-backed Militiamen’

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israel: Shi’ite Force Fired Rockets From Syria; ‘Strike on Syria-Iraq Border Kills 18 Iran-backed Militiamen’

On Monday, the Israeli army said Shi’ite units led by Tehran’s Quds Force attempted to fire several rockets Sunday overnight which failed to cross over to Israel.

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After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

Saturday, September 14, 2019 Comments Off on After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence

President Trump’s decision to break off peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now, left Afghanistan bracing for a bloody prelude to national elections this month, while the administration declined on Sunday to rule out a withdrawal of American troops without a peace accord.

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Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan president postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

Afghanistan’s president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the U.S.-Taliban talks on ending America’s longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday.

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Iraqi forces kill 5 IS militants in Salahudin province

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi forces kill 5 IS militants in Salahudin province

Iraqi forces on Thursday killed five Islamic State (IS) militants in an operation and an airstrike in the central province of Salahudin, a military statement and a police source said.

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EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

The European Union has set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, EU officials said on Thursday.

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Top US Official in Talks With Houthi Rebels in Bid to End Yemen War Report

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Top US Official in Talks With Houthi Rebels in Bid to End Yemen War Report

A senior U.S. diplomatic official reportedly said Thursday the U.S. is negotiating with the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels an in effort to end the Yemeni Civil War.

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Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban blast kills US soldier, several civilians in Kabul

A Taliban car bomb exploded and killed U.S. and Romanian service members and 10 civilians in a busy diplomatic area near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, the second major attack this week as the Afghan government warned that a U.S.-Taliban deal on ending America’s longest war was moving at dangerous speed.

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Iraqi intelligence kill 9 Islamic State militants in Mosul

Friday, September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Iraqi intelligence kill 9 Islamic State militants in Mosul

Nine Islamic State militants were killed Tuesday during a counter-terrorism operation in Mosul city, a senior security official said.

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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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