Tag: Military

Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

ERBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi military’s operation to retake the northern city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State occupation could require months, even with American help. But the recapture may turn out to be the easy part.   If history is a guide, vast parts of Mosul, once Iraq’s No. 2 […]

Look beyond military to reach peace in war-torn Middle East

On the first full day of the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, the former head of U.S. commando strike operations told a Tampa audience that removing ISIS alone won’t bring peace.   “It is certainly not the cause of” the region’s problems, said Stanley McChrystal, who once […]

Mosul assault – a military Tower of Babel

Sunday night, Oct. 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, supported by a bevy of generals, announced that the military operation to recapture Mosul from its two-year occupation by the Islamic State had begun. Three formally approved participants are taking part in the operation, DEBKAfile’s military sources report: 1. American special operations, artillery and engineering units […]

‘Prospects Low’ for Direct US-Russia War, but ‘Clashes Possible in Third States’

Commenting on the recent remarks of the US military that the Pentagon is being forced by Russia and China to “contemplate and prepare for violence on the scale that the US Army has not seen since Korea,” Russian and American military experts believe that a global war is highly unlikely to occur; however, these nations […]

Iran: Any US Attack Against Assad Regime Will be ‘Suicidal’

A senior advisor to Iran’s supreme leader warned Sunday that any U.S. military strike against Syria’s Assad regime would be “suicidal.”   “If the Americans take military action in Syria, it will be a suicidal action,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister who serves as foreign affairs advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.   […]

Russia could invade Europe within 48 hours, warns ex-military chief

A former NATO chief has warned Europe could be at the mercy of an imminent attack from Russia with no defence plans to repel an invasion.   General Sir Richard Barrons claimed Russia could deploy warplanes, ships and troops on European soil within 48 hours if it desired, with NATO some months away from an […]

Missiles, tanks on show at Iran military parade

Iran showed off missiles, warplanes, tanks and marching troops on Wednesday in a display of military strength in the face of growing regional tensions.   The Islamic republic used the 36th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war to parade arms including 16 ballistic missiles through Tehran.   A new missile with multiple warheads, […]

Israel and US sign historic military aid package deal

Israel and the US signed the terms of a new $38 billion aid package for Israel during a State Department ceremony on Wednesday.   The agreement, which will go into effect upon the expiration of the current package in 2018, will last for 10 years. The deal is the largest ever delivered by the US […]

Juncker proposes EU military headquarters

The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a “permanent structure” resulted in money being wasted on missions. Part of his annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK’s unexpected vote to […]

U.S. Finalizes Deal to Give Israel $38 Billion in Military Aid

The United States has finalized a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years, the largest of its kind ever, and the two allies plan to sign the agreement on Wednesday, American and Israeli officials said.   The State Department scheduled a ceremony to formally announce the pact, which will […]