Archive for August, 2019

Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot System to Defend Against Aircraft, Missiles – Raytheon

Bahrain has agreed to buy the US-built Patriot anti-aircraft and missile interceptor system, the Raytheon Company said in a press release.

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US inks deal to purchase Iron Dome missile systems from Israel

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on US inks deal to purchase Iron Dome missile systems from Israel

The US army has formally signed a contract to purchase two Iron Dome missile systems from Israel, according to a report.

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Pakistan’s PM vows to respond to any aggression in Kashmir

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Pakistan’s PM vows to respond to any aggression in Kashmir

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned India that Pakistan is prepared to respond to any aggression in the disputed region of Kashmir as tensions skyrocketed between the nuclear-armed rivals in the wake of New Delhi’s revocation of the autonomy of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Yemen Talks to Prevent Country’s Division

Fighters loyal to Yemen’s Houthis attacked several positions belonging to southern separatists Wednesday, Arab media reported. The attacks occurred a day after a Houthi delegation met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who reportedly backed a resumption of stalled talks between rival Yemeni groups.

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Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Hypersonics Remain Top Priority for DOD

A hypersonic weapon moving at five times the speed of sound can travel across the Pacific Ocean in just over 100 minutes.

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Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey Building Second Base in Qatar Amid Gulf Tensions – Reports

Turkey established its first military base in Qatar in 2017, on the basis of a bilateral security agreement signed in late 2015, with the base said to be part of a broader security effort by the two countries to confront unspecified “common enemies.”

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Mexico urges U.S. to designate El Paso shooting as terrorism

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Mexico urges U.S. to designate El Paso shooting as terrorism

Mexico’s government on Wednesday amplified its assertion that the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, was an act of terrorism against Mexicans, urging the United States to ensure the attack was designated as such.

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For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on For ISIS Children, Returning Home to Europe Meets Resistance

Years after their parents left Belgium and France to join the Islamic State, 18 children were taken from squalid refugee camps in Syria and flown recently to new lives in Belgium and France, drawing widespread attention in those countries as examples of Europe grudgingly accepting the children of its jihadis.

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Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran general: Hezbollah strong enough to annihilate Israel on its own

IRGC chief says Lebanese proxy group honed skills fighting in Syrian civil war, claims US-led efforts to undermine Tehran’s regional influence have backfired.

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Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran’s Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has criticised a US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz, saying Washington’s military build-up in the Gulf was aimed at “creating division and emptying the treasuries” of countries in the region.

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Actions In Kashmir Are Latest Conflicts In The Long-Disputed Region

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Comments Off on Actions In Kashmir Are Latest Conflicts In The Long-Disputed Region

On August 3, 2019, Indian authorities and Kashmir’s government ordered thousands of tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave Indian-administered Kashmir, warning of a “terror threat” against Hindu pilgrims heading to the Amarnath shrine. Officials claim that armed militants backed by Pakistan were planning an attack on the annual pilgrimage. While the Indian government has deployed […]

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Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Criticizes Macron For Sending ‘Mixed Signals’ To Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending “mixed signals” to Iran over possible talks with Washington.

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked.

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ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on ISIS, Assad, and Turkey Are Waging a Shadow War on U.S. Allies in Syria

An enormous fire raged across several wheat fields outside this town on July 6. It was a dry summer day and dark smoke towered over the countryside as the flames spread across the farmland. Some locals watched in awe at the inferno. Others tried to fight back with shovels and rakes. They had little success. […]

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Pentagon: Da’esh Slight Comeback Causing Stir in Region

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Pentagon: Da’esh Slight Comeback Causing Stir in Region

A Pentagon report that the Islamic State terror group is making a resurgence in both Syria and Iraq is causing bit of a stir in the region, where most governments would like to see a definitive end to its saga.

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Khamenei’s Nuclear Fatwa is a Deception, a Ploy and a Lie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Khamenei’s Nuclear Fatwa is a Deception, a Ploy and a Lie

If history is anything to go by, the Supreme Leader’s statement is barely worth a pinch of salt. It is notable that that the first time Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons took place right after his government was caught red-handed pursuing secret nuclear activities and enriching uranium in two clandestine nuclear […]

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Panic Buying And Toxic Rocket Fuel: What Exactly Happened At A Russian Missile Test Site?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Panic Buying And Toxic Rocket Fuel: What Exactly Happened At A Russian Missile Test Site?

There are reports of panic buying of iodine drops in Severodvinsk. Emergency officials reported a spike in background radiation. The White Sea bay where both the shipbuilding port and the regional capital Arkhangelsk are located has been ordered closed for swimming and fishing, due to the presence of toxic rocket fuel.

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Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Japan Mulls Own Patrols in Gulf Amid Reluctance to Join US-Led Mission to Counter Iran – Reports

Tokyo is reportedly considering its own operations and has no plans to join a US-led coalition tasked with securing oil shipping routes amid tanker seizures in the region.

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NATO Completes Upgrade of Aegis Ashore Missile System in Romania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on NATO Completes Upgrade of Aegis Ashore Missile System in Romania

NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania, which the military alliance said was purely defensive in nature.

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China’s New Naval Base: Cambodia

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on China’s New Naval Base: Cambodia

“[Scepticism] has grown louder recently, with the release of satellite images from the European Space Agency showing that the runway for the site’s airport is far longer than is required for civilian aircraft” — Andrew Nachemson, Cambodia-based journalist, South China Morning Post, March 5, 2019.

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Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Turkey mulling purchase of Russian Su-35 jets: Turkish daily

Turkey is reportedly considering the possible purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets after Washington suspended Ankara’s membership in its F-35 program.

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Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Hamas distances itself from terror attack, wants to keep truce with Israel

Hamas has distanced itself from Saturday’s botched attempt to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip by arguing that the four terrorists who were killed by the IDF had acted independently.

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Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border

Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence after one tossed a hand grenade at Israeli troops on Saturday, the military said.

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What do white supremacists and ISIS recruits have in common?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on What do white supremacists and ISIS recruits have in common?

On the surface, white supremacists and Islamic State recruits would not seem to have much in common. One group embraces a racist, anti-immigrant ideology and is mobilized by fear that a majority of people in the United States will soon no longer be white.

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Islamic State Working to Make US Military’s Fears Come True

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State Working to Make US Military’s Fears Come True

In the 4½ months since U.S.-backed forces declared victory over the Islamic State terror group’s last shred of territory in Syria, there has been a steady drumbeat of doubt.

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A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on A modern ‘Trojan Horse’ to stop Iran’s ship seizures in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran has seized another oil tanker in the Persian Gulf — this one, it says, was smuggling oil to Arab nations — weeks after it detained a British-flagged tanker and attacked several others.

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Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Boosts Aide To HAMAS To $360 Million – Reports

Two weeks after a visit to Tehran by representatives from HAMAS, Israeli media on Tuesday August 6 reported an eye-catching increase in Iran’s financial assistance to this Palestinian group.

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Shin Bet says it thwarted terror bombing in Jerusalem planned by Hamas

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Shin Bet says it thwarted terror bombing in Jerusalem planned by Hamas

The Shin Bet security service says it thwarted plans by Hamas members from Hebron to conduct a bombing attack in Jerusalem earlier this summer, retrieving the three-kilogram explosive device they intended to use.

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces huge financial, political challenges

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces huge financial, political challenges

Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based political party, is facing huge political and financial challenges because of the increased U.S. sanctions against Iran and the party’s military involvement in different parts of the Arab world, analysts told Xinhua.

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Islamic State wages desert-based insurgency in Iraq and Syria

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Islamic State wages desert-based insurgency in Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State is far from dead in Iraq and Syria. Despite losing its physical caliphate, the group maintained enough manpower and resources to continue waging an insurgency in both countries. And America’s partners and allies may not have adequate resources to finish off or contain the jihadist menace, as they “struggle” to hold territory […]

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Military and Political Dynamics in the Gulf

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Military and Political Dynamics in the Gulf

The Persian Gulf remains a potential flashpoint as the United States and its allies increase their deployments and Iran strengthens its defense posture. Iran’s seizure of another Gulf oil tanker in early August demonstrates Tehran’s confidence in its strategic position throughout the region.

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In response to West Bank terror, Netanyahu hints at annexation of Area C

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on In response to West Bank terror, Netanyahu hints at annexation of Area C

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the possibility of applying sovereignty to the West Bank settlements on Sunday, hours after the body of terror victim Dvir Sorek was found with stab wounds in Gush Etzion.

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Qatar bank accused of allowing terror financing in Syria

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Qatar bank accused of allowing terror financing in Syria

Funds transferred from accounts in the Qatari-state controlled Doha Bank were transferred to extremist groups perpetrating atrocities in Syria, a claim issued at the UK High Court has said.

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U.S. and Turkey Avoid Conflict by Agreeing on Buffer Zone in Syria

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. and Turkey Avoid Conflict by Agreeing on Buffer Zone in Syria

The United States and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria that would allow Turkey to protect its borders from Syrian-Kurdish forces that it regards as a terrorist threat and provide Syrian refugees in Turkey a safe space to return home.

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Chinese Air Force flies new version of fighter bomber

Monday, August 12, 2019 Comments Off on Chinese Air Force flies new version of fighter bomber

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is now flying a new type of warplane that is based on the JH-7 fighter bomber, which Chinese military experts said is likely to have enhanced flight performance and firepower compared to its predecessors.

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