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British Chief of Staff warns of “reckless” actions by Russia, China and Iran

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If history sometimes gives the impression of repeating itself, it is probably because we do not draw lessons from it that one should and therefore, one is called to make the same mistakes. This is, at least, what General Nick Carter, the British Chief of the Defense Staff, thinks when he points out in the […]

US forces in Syria to be redeployed in western Iraq

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Last week, following Trump’s decision to launch a Turkish-led attack on the Syrian Kurdish army, Pentagon leader Mark Esper announced that the United States would take special forces, about a thousand, from northern Syria. Since then, several US-occupied bases have been under the control of the Syrian military. And on October 20, American troops withdrew […]

Russia will not allow clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces

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On October 15, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe again criticized the withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, which gave the green light to Turkey to lead the offensive against Syrian Kurdish militia that it has promised for a long time, even before the end of the “caliphate” proclaimed by the Islamic State. This Turkish […]

South Korea could get two nuclear attack submarines

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While North Korea claimed last week that it had managed to launch a Pukguksong 3 sea-ground ballistic missile from a submarine (the Pentagon denies this), Seoul plans to make a significant effort to strengthen its submarine warfare capabilities. Currently, the South Korean Navy has 18 diesel-electric submarines manufactured under license by Hyundai Heavy Industries and […]

London believes Iran is responsible for attacks on Saudi oil sites

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A week after the attacks on Saudi oil production, Iranian President Hassan Rohani strongly criticized the presence of “foreign forces” in the Arabian Gulf region [GAP] and announced that he would present a “plan of cooperation” to ensure safety. “Your presence has always brought pain and misery to the region,” Rohani said of countries that […]

President Trump breaks peace negotiations with Afghan taleb movement

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Initiated early this year, peace negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taleb movement were about to be completed. In a nutshell, it was a question of significantly reducing, in under 135 days, the US military presence in Afghanistan, in exchange for the guarantee that the Taliban would not let this country become a […]

Erdogan “does not accept” that Turkey can be deprived of nuclear missiles

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Was Hans Rühle, a German defense expert, right when he suggested that Turkey was trying to acquire nuclear weapons? Several plans to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey have been mentioned over the years, but none were verified. And in July 2000, then-Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit put an end to the project to build […]

To finance its military spending, Sweden will tax its banks

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With the intensification of Russian military activities in its immediate environment, Sweden has relaunched its defense effort. Thus, this country has restored military service, remilitarized the island of Götland, took over the defense industry, returned to military exercises and brought up to date its concept of total defense. At the same time, the debate on […]

South Korea relies on US to share intelligence with Japan

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If they have much in common, starting with the US military umbrella they both enjoy, Japan and South Korea also have deep disagreements, such as for example the Liancourt Rocks which are claimed by Tokyo while administratively attached to the South Korean island of Ulleungdo. And that’s without counting the disputes inherited from history, and […]

US Administration Proposes to Sell F-16V Aircraft to Taiwan for $8 Billion

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After deploying troops to the border, the Chinese authorities have warned that they will not remain “idle” if the demonstrations underway in Hong Kong were to “degenerate.” This territory, which was once under British sovereignty, has, until 2047, a wide autonomy from Beijing. But the announcement in April of a bill to allow for judicial […]

The US Navy will abandon the touch screens to facilitate the maneuvering of its destroyers

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In August 2017, and in a matter of days, two US Navy destroyers, the USS Fitzgerald and John McCain, were involved in collisions with civilian ships while sailing respectively off the coast of Japan and the United States. The internal investigations, which resulted in sanctions against the officers responsible for the conduct of these two […]

US Senators Urge Pentagon to Do More to Export F-35 Aircraft

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Because it has decided to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems, Turkey has been ousted from the F-35 program, which it was a partner of since 2002. Now, therefore, in the United States, it is necessary to find suitable customers to order the 100 aircraft that were to be returned to the Turkish Air Force. […]

US threatens to redeploy Polish forces to Germany

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The upcoming G7 summit, which will take place in Biarritz from August 24 to 26, will no doubt be an opportunity for US President Donald Trump to attack Germany again, which he regularly criticizes for its low military spending and its participation in the Nord Stream II gas pipeline project, which will increase its dependence […]

Iran is suspected of sending false GPS signals in the Strait of Hormuz

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Following the attack by six armed men and the arrest of two others in the Strait of Hormuz, Bahrain organized a meeting last week on the security of the Arabian Sea. The participating countries have not yet been formally represented at this conference. But according to The Guardian, the United States and “other European countries” […]

China warns against any US deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Asia

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Pentagon chief Mark Esper wasted no time. While the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty had officially come to an end on 2 August, he announced the next day that he would like to deploy new conventional weapons of intermediate scope in Asia. “Yes, I would like to do it,” said Esper, answering a question on […]

UK to join US for ‘maritime security mission’ in Persian Gulf

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After Iran’s seizure of the UK-registered oil tanker Stena Impero, Jeremy Hunt, then British Foreign Minister, proposed to set up a European naval mission that would have been tasked with ensuring maritime safety in the UK. And there was no question of participation in the international coalition wanted by the United States, given the different […]

Army Chief of Staff says he observes “China’s increasingly aggressive attitude”

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In 2015, China published a White Paper on Defense in which it focused on the concept of “active defense.” This document emphasized the development of the projection capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army [PLA]. As part of President Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream of a great national renaissance,” the White Paper explained that the naval component […]

South Korean aviation fired warning shots to chase Russian military aircraft out of its airspace

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This is a serious incident that involved South Korean KF-15 and KF-16 fighter jets in a Russian “A” Mainstay A-50 aircraft. On July 22, the aircraft violated the airspace of South Korea twice, in the vicinity of the Dokdo archipelago, which is also the subject of a territorial dispute with Japan. After entering the South […]

Qatar has inaugurated a large naval base for its coastguards

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If Qatar had to have only one Achilles heel, it would certainly be its supply of fresh water. Not having enough to meet the needs of its inhabitants, it relies on seawater desalination plants, located mainly on the site of Ras Laffan, which is also the largest gas complex in the Middle East. In 2013, […]

Pyongyang promises to respond to deliveries of US F-35A aircraft to South Korean Air Force

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Seven years ago, we learned that the South Korean Air Force would use 40 F-35As. The contract was signed in 2014 for $6.5 billion. This did not stop the Korean summit in Panmunjeom, where Seoul and Pyongyang entered into peace and cooperation agreements, along with Singapore and Hanoi, between the United States and North Korea. […]

Turkey threatens Marshal Hafter’s forces with retaliation for attack on his interests in Libya

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Given the proximity of some militias that support it with the brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan national unity government [GNA], led by Fayez el-Sarraj and formed under the auspices of the United Nations, is supported by Turkey and Qatar faces its rival Tobruk, which holds its legitimacy in the parliamentary elections in June […]

The United Nations asks Russia to justify itself about the bombing of hospitals in Syria

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Escaping control of the Syrian regime, the province of Idleb, largely led by the jihadist organization Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, has been the target of frequent air raids since the end of April. According to figures provided by the United Nations, at least 23 hospitals and one ambulance have been affected. Since the beginning of the […]

The British F-35Bs made their first operational missions over Syria

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Six months after reaching their initial operational capability [IOC], the Royal Air Force [RAF] F-35Bs made their first aerial sorties over Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Shader, which is the British contribution to the anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States. According to the explanations given by the British Ministry of Defense [MoD], […]

Saudi Arabia says it captured the head of the Yemeni branch of the Islamic State

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Although its main goal was to support Yemeni leader Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi against the Houthi uprising in Iran, the jihadist group in Yemen also noticed active jihadist groups in Yemen. The Emirati army is the largest in this battle. “Regardless of the extent of the conflict in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates will continue its […]

Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers accused of violating Japanese airspace twice

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Japan and Russia have not yet signed a peace treaty since the end of the Second World War and continue to oppose the status of the Kuril Islands, annexed by the Soviet Union in 1945. And the settlement of this dispute territorial is not about to succeed. It remains “a painstaking task to achieve a […]

According to the Pentagon, the drone lost by the US Navy was flying 34 km off the Iranian coast when it was shot down

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It may be difficult for the Revolutionary Guards to reveal US Navy drone pictures beginning on June 20, claiming that they violated Iranian airspace. In fact, according to Chief Joseph Castella, chairman of the United States Air Force Centcom, the intelligence agency, BASM-D was flying 34 kilometers off the coast of Iran when it was […]

Despite a steep budget, the Australian armed forces are struggling to find recruits

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Canberra’s White Paper on Defense provided for a significant increase in military spending to fund a large program to modernize the capabilities of Australian forces and a modest increase in the strength of the Australian forces. This effort, it was explained at the time, was justified by an increasingly uncertain strategic context for Australia, marked […]

S-400 / Turkey: US threatens to suspend training for future F-35 Turkish pilots

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO, Andrew Winternitz, has warned Turkey of its intention to acquire Russian air defense systems S-400 “Triumph.” “Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems creates an unacceptable risk for the United States. There is no measure that can lessen our concerns about this,” said Winternitz at the […]

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