Archive for May, 2019

India Reaches ‘Milestone’ in Anti-Air Capabilities After Firing Israeli Missile

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on India Reaches ‘Milestone’ in Anti-Air Capabilities After Firing Israeli Missile

The test enables India to share sensor data on air targets, including incoming enemy aircraft and cruise missiles, in real time. The Barak-8 is a supersonic surface-to-air missile with a range of 70-100 km. In a significant milestone, the Indian Navy has conducted the maiden co-operative engagement test of the medium range surface to air […]

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Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian Military Official: Missiles Capable of Striking Warships in Gulf

A senior member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps said Friday Iranian short-range missiles can “easily” reach warships in the Persian Gulf, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

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US should continue to work with Kurds to prevent ISIS resurgence, security expert says

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on US should continue to work with Kurds to prevent ISIS resurgence, security expert says

The United States should continue to work with the Kurdish security forces in both the Kurdistan Region and Syria to prevent a possible resurgence of the so-called Islamic State, a US foreign policy and security expert said on Tuesday.

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Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Are Russia and Turkey making deals or parting ways in Syria?

Over the past few weeks, northwest Syria witnessed yet another serious military escalation. Russian and Syrian regime forces unleashed a deadly campaign of bombardment on parts of Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces, after two attacks by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an armed group formerly linked to al-Qaeda, killed 22 pro-regime fighters on April 27.

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

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea

The intelligence that caused the White House to escalate its warnings about a threat from Iran came from photographs of missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf that were put on board by Iranian paramilitary forces, three American officials said.

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U.S.-backed forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria’s Deir al Zor

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on U.S.-backed forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria’s Deir al Zor

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against “terrorists” linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that residents and witnesses say has been at the center of protests opposing the rule of U.S.-supported militia.

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India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test: The Potential International Security Risks

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on India’s Anti-Satellite Missile Test: The Potential International Security Risks

Since 1999, India has launched 269 foreign satellites from 32 different countries. This has positioned it as a relevant player in the field of space exploration. The Indian Space Research Agency (ISRA) is involved in Earth observation and support for disaster management and telecommunications from space; and has its own launch site, the Satish Dhawan […]

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

The Future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Our Global Environment

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on The Future of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Our Global Environment

Between the 25th and 27th April 2019, the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation took place in Beijing. The leaders of 36 countries, along with 5,000 participants representing 150 nations, attended this three-day symposium. According to official sources, the Forum yielded 283 “concrete” deliverables (delineated here) and nearly £50 billion worth of corporate […]

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In quest for bigger military budget, UK’s new defense chief speaks of Russian, Chinese threats

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on In quest for bigger military budget, UK’s new defense chief speaks of Russian, Chinese threats

British Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who took the position two weeks ago, has used her maiden speech to plead for more military funding by citing Russia and China as threats, following what has become a trend in the UK’s foreign policy of recent months.

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Libye : Emmanuel Macron recevra le maréchal Khalifa Haftar à Paris

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Libye : Emmanuel Macron recevra le maréchal Khalifa Haftar à Paris

Le président français Emmanuel Macron recevra la semaine prochaine le maréchal Khalifa Haftar, l’homme fort de l’Est libyen, afin de tenter de relancer le processus politique dans le pays.

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Hezbollah blasts US over new Iran mining sanctions

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Hezbollah blasts US over new Iran mining sanctions

Lebanese terror group says US ignores international law, follows ‘law of the jungle,’ amid escalating row between Washington and Tehran.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

China Launches Two New Missile Destroyers Amid US Show of Force in S China Sea

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on China Launches Two New Missile Destroyers Amid US Show of Force in S China Sea

Over the past two weeks, the US and its regional allies demonstratively sailed through the disputed maritime territory, with six vessels including two US guided missile destroyers taking part in ‘enhanced interoperatibility’ drills last week.

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Pompeo to Meet With Putin, Lavrov Amid Tensions

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo to Meet With Putin, Lavrov Amid Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week, as the two countries clash over a number of issues including Venezuela, Iran, and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Afghan Official: US Diversion of Funds Not to Undermine Security Cooperation

Afghan officials are downplaying the significance of the United States diverting funds from its military mission in Afghanistan, as a senior American diplomat has arrived in Kabul for high-level discussions.

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Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Taliban Train Sights on Aid Groups, an Ominous Turn in Afghanistan

A Taliban attack on two aid organizations last week, the deadliest episode in a recent surge of violence against humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, is a signal to many that as peace talks falter, the insurgents are lashing out against so-called soft targets.

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Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iran may attack Israel if U.S. standoff escalates: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday of possible direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel should the stand-off between Tehran and Washington escalate.

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Libye : Fayez al-Sarraj va rencontrer Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel et Giuseppe Conte

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Libye : Fayez al-Sarraj va rencontrer Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel et Giuseppe Conte

Le chef du gouvernement libyen d’union nationale (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, va entamer mardi une tournée des principales capitales européennes pour y “réunir des soutiens contre l’agression” du maréchal Khalifa Haftar, a annoncé lundi le ministère des Affaires étrangères.

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Turkey kills 28 Kurdish militants in retaliation to attacks

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey kills 28 Kurdish militants in retaliation to attacks

Turkey killed 28 Kurdish militants on Saturday in retaliation to an attack which left three Turkish soldiers dead, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify

The escalation has raised fears that a truce that lasted almost eight months in Idlib will be declared over. Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have intensified their air offensive on the country’s rebel-held northwest for a fifth consecutive day in a widening campaign, killing and wounding dozens and forcing thousands to flee their […]

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Syrian rebels say goal of Russia’s Idlib assault is to take highways

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Syrian rebels say goal of Russia’s Idlib assault is to take highways

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said on Monday that Moscow and its Syrian government ally were trying to wrest control of two major highways in their last enclave in the northwest of the country in a bid to shore up Syria’s sanction-hit economy.

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The Hezbollah Sleeper Agent Busted for Black Ops in America

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on The Hezbollah Sleeper Agent Busted for Black Ops in America

Ali Kourani allegedly helped a global terrorist network plot revenge against the U.S. from a home in the Bronx. He was undone after running a stop sign with 190 pairs of Uggs.

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Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces

The United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to “clear indications” Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, U.S. officials said.

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Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain court jails 19 over Iran, Hezbollah links

Bahrain’s highest court slapped 19 people with jail terms after they were convicted of maintaining links with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, as reported on Anadolu Agency.

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UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel

A new programme aimed at improving the tracking of suspected terrorists, using state-of-the-art software, was launched by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) on Tuesday.

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Pompeo Visits Iraq Amid Reports of Iranian Missile Threat

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Pompeo Visits Iraq Amid Reports of Iranian Missile Threat

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an unscheduled visit to Iraq, amid growing tensions with Iran after intelligence reports indicated that Iran moved short-range ballistic missiles by boat in waters off its shores.

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Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic Jihad debuts new missile with attack on Israel, pledges bigger surprises

The al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, has unveiled its latest domestic missile by firing it at targets in the Israeli occupied territories. The resistance group released a video on Sunday which showcased the new missile, dubbed Badr 3, before cutting to footage of it being launched at positions in […]

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US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Expediting Navy Carrier to Arabian Sea as ‘Unmistakable Message to Iran’

The United States is speeding up the arrival of a naval aircraft carrier strike group to the Arabian Sea after concerns Iran may be planning an attack against American or allied targets.

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US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Friday, May 10, 2019 Comments Off on US Wary of Chinese, Russian Military Presence in Arctic

Aimed at countering China and Russia’s expansion in the Arctic, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the United States will increase its military presence in the polar region.

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Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Afghans demand ceasefire on both sides as first step to peace

Thousands of Afghans taking part in a rare grand assembly to discuss a possible peace deal with Taliban militants are demanding a ceasefire on both sides as a first step, officials said on Thursday.

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Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Escalated bombing in Syria’s Idlib displaces nearly 140,000, UN says

Fighting in northwestern Syria has displaced nearly 140,000 people since February, the UN said on Wednesday, as the regime and its ally Russia have stepped up their bombardment.

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White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on White House Considers Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a Terror Group

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released a new resource detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s established ties to more than 40 radical extremists, including terrorist groups, foreign fighters and extremism propagandists. The Brotherhood officially maintains a platform of non-violence, but has supported violent terrorism across the Middle East. The Brotherhood’s long-standing aims are to use its […]

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More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on More U.S. troops could be heading to Africa following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate

As both a candidate and commander-in-chief, President Trump put an emphasis on ending America’s involvement in conflicts overseas, especially in Syria and Afghanistan. But the reality has been more complicated; following the collapse of the ISIS caliphate, there are fears the terror group will spread instability to other areas, including Africa. And those fears have […]

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US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on US military ends reporting on security situation in Afghanistan’s districts

The U.S. military and NATO have stopped producing an assessment that was considered key for measuring progress against the jihadist insurgency in Afghanistan, according to a report released on April 30 by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The metric, which tracked district stability, was one of the “most widely cited Afghan security […]

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Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Grave concern over escalating humanitarian crisis, casualties, displacement across northwest Syria: UN

The UN has said it is “gravely concerned” over reports of a worsening humanitarian situation facing civilians across northwest Syria, with rising casualties, and “waves of displacement” due to intensifying conflict.

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Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Violent Standoff in Tripoli; Civilians Displaced, Suffering

“We need this war to end and to go back to civilian life,” says Mohammed, a 27-year-old soldier at a base in the suburbs of Tripoli. Less than a month ago, peace talks were planned and the reunification of Libya was back on the table. Now, fighters are in their fourth week of battle as […]

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