US Ships to Stay Permanently in Eastern Mediterranean Sea

On October 30, an unnamed senior US defense official said that dozens of F-15C jets would join A-10 ground attack aircraft at the Incirlik Air Base in south Turkey. Earlier, around a dozen “tank killer” A-10s landed at Incirlik in mid-October. Although the Pentagon announced that the deployment is to ‘ensure the safety’ of America’s NATO allies, the move was seen by some […]

U.S. drawing a line against Putin in Europe

Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression.   Deterring Putin was a central theme at a conference here […]

‘Cross Out Socialism and Put in European Union And It Fits Like A Glove’

UKIP leader Nigel Farage took to the European Union’s (EU) Strasbourg Parliament today to lecture Eurocrats and europhile MEPs on how they are becoming increasingly dictatorial and authoritarian, blocking sovereign democracy across the continent for objecting to an Soviet-like EU.   Farage blasted the mainstream media for ignoring the story about Portugal’s president, as reported […]

As Russia reasserts itself, NATO opens biggest exercises in years

NATO and its allies opened their largest military exercise in more than a decade on Monday, choosing the central Mediterranean to showcase strengths that face threats from Russia’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Syria.   As planes flew over a gala ceremony for NATO’s military and political leaders at an air base in […]

NATO Chief Warns of Russian ‘Escalation’ in Syria

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned of a “troubling escalation” in Russian military activity in Syria, as defense ministers held talks on Moscow’s dramatically expanded air campaign.   Stoltenberg also said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was ready to deploy forces in key member Turkey if needed after Ankara complained about a series […]

Syria army in ‘vast offensive’ backed by Russian strikes

NATO head sees ‘troubling escalation’ of Russian activity as Moscow synchronizes moves with Syrian regime   Syria’s army announced Thursday a “vast offensive” to wrest back territory from armed opposition groups, as NATO voiced alarm at escalating Russian military activity in the war-torn country.   Moscow has dramatically stepped up its nine-day-old air war against […]

Russia has ‘substantial’ number of troops inside Syria, says Nato secretary-general

Russia has built up a “substantial” military presence including ground troops in Syria, according to the Nato secretary-general.   Jens Stoltenberg told journalists that Vladimir Putin’s forces have not mainly been targeting Isis, but other opposition groups.   “I will not go into any specific numbers but I can confirm that we have seen the […]

NATO head says Russia’s Turkey air violations ‘not an accident’

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russian violations of Turkish airspace were “not an accident” after Turkey complained of two incursions by Moscow’s jets.   “For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation,” Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels ahead of a meeting of the […]

US, NATO Leery of Russian Actions in Syria

U.S. suspicions about Russian activity in Syria are not confined to Syria’s borders. Officials in Washington are concerned the moves could be part of a broader strategy by Moscow to extend its influence, while at the same time acting as a counterbalance to the United States in the Middle East.   U.S. officials are investigating […]

Amid NATO Tension, Russian Army Held 79 Drills In August

Such large-scale military drills have become more common as tensions between Russia and NATO have increased after the country’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its purported involvement in the conflict in Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and the Ukrainian government that has killed at least 6,400 people.   Russia recently finished exercises with China that […]