Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Suspected Jemaah Islamiyah Leader on Trial in Indonesia

The suspected leader of Indonesia’s al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network went on trial Wednesday on charges of terrorism that could result in a death sentence.

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Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

Monday, March 30, 2020 Comments Off on Extremist charities spread in Indonesia

The Indonesian government has arrested more than 1100 suspected terrorists since 2015, with still more killed in counter-terrorism operations or during attacks. As of 2018, there were 432 terrorist inmates across 117 prisons. Hundreds are undergoing or awaiting trial. While the Indonesian government is successfully enforcing the anti-terrorism law, the proliferation of extremist charities exposes […]

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Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Coronavirus outbreak rising globally, China’s outbreak continues to slow down

The number of coronavirus infections in the world have been rising even as countries take precautionary measures to slow the spread down.

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Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Presidential Rift, Coronavirus Eclipse Afghan Peace Deal

A lingering dispute over Afghanistan’s presidential election and an outbreak of coronavirus in the country appear to have complicated further an already troubled effort the United States is making to help find a negotiated end to nearly 19 years of war.

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Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Japan Unveils Plans for Domestically-Made Hypersonic Weapons – Report

The blueprint reportedly stipulates the development of the Hypersonic Cruise Missile (HCM) and the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) which are expected to enter service in the early 2030s.

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Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Central Asian Countries Use Different Strategies To Deal With Coronavirus Crisis

A glance at a global map tracking the spread of the coronavirus just one week ago would have shown a large blank space south of Russia, north of Iran, and west of China as an area completely free of the virus.

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Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Monday, March 23, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese major homemade aircraft conducts test flights despite epidemic

Major Chinese home-grown aircraft, including the C919 large passenger jet, AG600 large amphibious aircraft and Y-20 large transport aircraft, have managed to conduct test flights and operations despite the novel coronavirus epidemic.

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Erdogan Confirms First Turkish Soldier Deaths in Libya

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Erdogan Confirms First Turkish Soldier Deaths in Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Tuesday the deaths of two Turkish soldiers in Libya, where Ankara has military forces in support of the internationally-backed government in Tripoli. Word of the losses comes as the Turkish opposition steps up pressure against Erdogan’s Libya policy.

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DOD Adopts 5 Principles of Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on DOD Adopts 5 Principles of Artificial Intelligence Ethics

The Defense Department has formally adopted five principles for the ethical development of artificial intelligence capabilities.

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Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Monday, March 2, 2020 Comments Off on Kabul Chaos: Afghan Election Dispute Could Spill Over Into Peace Process

Afghanistan has averted a full-blown political crisis after the two main contenders in a bitterly disputed presidential election — each claiming victory — agreed to back down from their escalating feud.

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Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on Fighting could disrupt U.S.-Taliban truce in Afghan hinterlands

The road to Zabol province is specked with craters. Army outposts line a raw landscape of mountains and open steppe. Winds snap hard; signs warn of minefields. The Taliban has blown up most of the bridges.

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U.S. would take military action if China attacks Taiwan: Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. would take military action if China attacks Taiwan: Bernie Sanders

United States Senator Bernie Sanders, who is vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, said Sunday that if elected, he would be prepared to take military action if China attacked Taiwan.

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Russia To Deploy New Air-Defense Equipment To Base In Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Russia To Deploy New Air-Defense Equipment To Base In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan says Russia plans to install new air- and missile-defense equipment and drones at its air base near the former Soviet republic’s northern city of Kant.

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Chinese military never engages in cyber espionage: Defense Spokesperson

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese military never engages in cyber espionage: Defense Spokesperson

“The Chinese military has never engaged in any form of cyber theft. The US accusation is groundless and totally hegemonic,” said Senior Colonel Wuqian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, in a written statement published on Thursday.

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Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Chinese Telecommunications Conglomerate Huawei and Subsidiaries Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

Charges also Reveal Huawei’s Business in North Korea and Assistance to the Government of Iran in Performing Domestic Surveillance

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Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey to oppose Pakistan blacklisting at anti-terrorism finance meet

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he would help Pakistan stay off a terrorism financing blacklist at a meeting of a global finance watchdog, a move he suggested would counter “political pressure” from Islamabad’s critics.

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Sign Logistics Interoperability Framework

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Sign Logistics Interoperability Framework

Vice Adm. Rick Williamson, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics (N4), and Rear Adm. Masatomi Dairiki, director general of the Logistics Department of the Maritime Support Office, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, signed a revised framework to improve cooperation and interoperability for maritime logistics Feb 5 at the Pentagon.

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India – Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) and Related Equipment and Support

Friday, February 14, 2020 Comments Off on India – Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) and Related Equipment and Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020.

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Russia starts production of S-400 systems for India

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Comments Off on Russia starts production of S-400 systems for India

Russia says it has started the production of a batch of S-400 missile defense systems for India under a deal the two countries reached two years ago, despite threats of sanctions made by the United States against New Delhi over the purchase of the advanced Russian systems.

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Pentagon Slashes Black Hawk Numbers it Planned to Supply to Afghan Forces

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Pentagon Slashes Black Hawk Numbers it Planned to Supply to Afghan Forces

In a new report, the Pentagon said it would be slashing the number of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it planned to supply to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) by nearly two-thirds. Instead, it plans to supply CH-47 Chinook heavy-lifting choppers in a bid to replace the AAF’s Russian-made helicopters.

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Germany Abandons $2.5 Billion Purchase of US Triton Drones

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Germany Abandons $2.5 Billion Purchase of US Triton Drones

Berlin’s Federal Ministry of Defense has opted to purchase three Bombardier Global 6000 jets and abandon its plan to buy four US-made MQ-4C Triton aerial surveillance drones.

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Outbreak Death Toll Rises to 132, as China’s Xi Vows to Defeat ‘Devil’ Coronavirus

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Comments Off on Outbreak Death Toll Rises to 132, as China’s Xi Vows to Defeat ‘Devil’ Coronavirus

Chinese President Xi Jingping vowed the country will conquer the fight against a “devil” coronavirus outbreak that has killed 132 people and sickened thousands in China and around the globe.

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Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Escalating U.S.-Iran tensions mean Afghanistan, which shares a border with Iran, could be the next proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, a clash that threatens to undermine the Trump administration’s pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban and eventual drawdown of American troops.

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China launches powerful destroyers, delivery expected in two years

Sunday, January 5, 2020 Comments Off on China launches powerful destroyers, delivery expected in two years

China reportedly launched an additional Type 055 destroyer and a Type 052D destroyer right before the year draws to an end, a move Chinese experts called on Sunday an astounding achievement in shipbuilding, as they expect the ships to enter military service in two years.

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Trump and Netanyahu: Both Being Investigated for Made-Up Crimes

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Comments Off on Trump and Netanyahu: Both Being Investigated for Made-Up Crimes

The most striking similarity is that both are being investigated for actions that their legislatures have not explicitly made criminal.

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UK Pitches its State-of-the-Art Super Aircraft Carrier to Make it in India

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on UK Pitches its State-of-the-Art Super Aircraft Carrier to Make it in India

The statement comes days after Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh highlighted the requirement of three aircraft carriers for the Navy to overcome critical capability voids during a naval commanders’ conference in New Delhi.

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US Lawmakers Renew Calls For Sanctions on China Following Document Leak on Xinjiang Abuses

Friday, November 22, 2019 Comments Off on US Lawmakers Renew Calls For Sanctions on China Following Document Leak on Xinjiang Abuses

U.S. lawmakers and experts have renewed calls for sanctions against China over rights abuses in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), in a swift response to the leak of hundreds of pages of documents detailing a crackdown on ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities ordered by President Xi Jinping.

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India Reportedly Wants Russia to Expedite S-400 Missile Delivery Schedule

Monday, November 11, 2019 Comments Off on India Reportedly Wants Russia to Expedite S-400 Missile Delivery Schedule

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, leading an official delegation which includes over 50 businessmen, is expected to hold discussions with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu in Moscow, on all areas of bilateral military and military-technical cooperation.

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US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Comments Off on US Peace Envoy Makes First Afghan Visit After Trump Ended Taliban Talks

The U.S. chief peace negotiator for Afghanistan met leaders in Kabul Sunday after arriving in the country on an unannounced visit, his first since President Donald Trump halted talks with Taliban insurgents on ending the Afghan war.

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Pakistan PM Says Ready to Host Iran-Saudi Peace Talks

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan PM Says Ready to Host Iran-Saudi Peace Talks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks Sunday with leaders in Iran to formally begin a diplomatic offensive he said was aimed at defusing the neighboring country’s escalating tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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Operation Cobra Warrior: Israeli F-15s Join RAF for First Ever Joint Drills on British Soil

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on Operation Cobra Warrior: Israeli F-15s Join RAF for First Ever Joint Drills on British Soil

The Israeli and British fighter jets conducted military exercise together over the eastern Mediterranean several months ago, and the drills also involved the US Air Force at the time.

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France: Macron Sides with Iran’s Mullahs

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Comments Off on France: Macron Sides with Iran’s Mullahs

On September 14, just a few days after former National Security Advisor Ambassador John R. Bolton was comfortably disappeared from the administration, Iran inflicted major damage on a massive oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

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US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on US Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan

A U.S. service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Monday, NATO said, without providing further details. Last week, President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with the Taliban to end American’s longest war, citing the killing of a U.S. service member in a Taliban attack days earlier.

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India Successfully Tests its Air-to-Air Missile Astra From Su-30MKI

Friday, September 20, 2019 Comments Off on India Successfully Tests its Air-to-Air Missile Astra From Su-30MKI

India launched the project to develop Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Astra missiles in 2004, at a budget of Rs. 995 crores (approximately $138.4 million).

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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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