Tag: Military

Syria Opposition Says Russian Military Pullout Helps Peace Talks

Russia began its withdrawal of forces from Syria as the country’s opposition said the move will help peace talks in Geneva, while a top Russian military official said airstrikes will continue against terrorists. The pullout ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin is “a positive step which will help to move forward the negotiations,” Salem al-Muslet, […]

New Libyan government prepares to establish Tripoli office

Ministers from a newly appointed Libyan unity government are expected to establish an office in Tripoli in the coming days, but their arrival is likely to be contested and could trigger fresh violence in the capital.   Western capitals predict the new government will give a green light to a future military training programme for […]

US: China could project ‘substantial offensive military power’ from Spratlys

China will be able to project “substantial offensive military power” from artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands within months, the director of US national intelligence said.   In a Feb. 23 letter to John McCain, chair of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, James Clapper said Chinese land […]

Biden arrives in Israel to talk billions in military aid — and patch things up

JERUSALEM — Vice President Biden arrives in Israel on Tuesday to patch up, again, relations between the Obama White House and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a very public and deeply partisan spat over the Iran nuclear deal last year.   The vice president will meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday when the two […]

Taliban Say They Won’t Attend Peace Talks, but Officials Aren’t Convinced

The Taliban said on Saturday that they would not participate in international peace talks, citing what they claimed were increased American airstrikes and Afghan government military operations.   The talks, convened by the United States, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, were expected to start this month in Pakistan. Taliban envoys were expected to join the discussions […]

North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes

North Korea has threatened “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes on the US and South Korea as the two begin their largest ever military drills. The exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, are an annual event and always generate tension. The order for a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” was made in a statement put out by Pyongyang. […]

US Admiral Proposes 4-Nation Effort to Safeguard Freedom of Navigation in Asian Waters

For the second time in ten days, a senior U.S. official has raised the prospect of joint U.S.-India naval patrols in a region where China’s expanding territorial and military ambitions have raised tensions, and this time the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific suggested widening the proposed cooperation to include Japan and Australia as […]

World War III Approaches: Saudi Arabia And Turkey Drop Hints That An Invasion Of Syria Is Imminent

As you read this article, Turkish forces are massing along the border with Syria, and the largest “military exercises” in the history of the Middle East are being held in northern Saudi Arabia.  The Saudis are publicly warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “will be removed by force” if a political solution cannot be found, […]

In Syria, Obama-backed “Rebels” Battle Obama-backed Militias

Further illustrating what would at least appear to be the incredible absurdity of what passes for U.S. government “foreign policy,” Sunni jihadist “rebels” in Syria backed by al-Qaeda and the Obama administration have been battling against Shia militias that have also been backed by Obama. Both sides are fighting with American weapons, according to news […]

Obama Is Pressed to Open Military Front Against ISIS in Libya

President Obama is being pressed by some of his national security aides, including his top military advisers, to approve the use of American forces in Libya to open another front against the Islamic State.   But Mr. Obama, wary of embarking on an intervention in another Muslim country, has told his aides to redouble their efforts to […]