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  • NPR's Deborah Amos reports BBC is declaring "clashes between Russia and NATO" - fake news?

    09/19/2017 10:15:30 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 19 replies
    Deborah Amos' verified twitter account ^ | 19 Sept. 2017 | Deborah Amos
    Crowd sourcing please. I was listening to a BBc news feed in a ny cab about clashes with Russia and NATO - now I see nothing. Weird BBC reports Vilnius declares state of emergency. Bbc reporting clashes between NATO and Russia. "Something Major underway"
  • Macron Gives In To Pressure From Trump On Defense Spending

    09/08/2017 8:10:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies ^ | Jacob Bojesson
    France will increase its defense budget by nearly $2 billion next year, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday. The increase of 1.6 billion euros ($1.93 billion) will continue over the next few years and President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal to meet NATO’s target to spend 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. “This will be continued in 2019 and 2020 because the world we are living in is dangerous,” Philippe told broadcaster BFM. The increase comes less than two months after Pierre de Villiers, the head of France’s armed forces, resigned in protest of an 850 million...
  • Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence System

    09/04/2017 11:00:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Sep 4, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    The CAMM missile is seen on its first flight from HMS Argyll. The missile’s clean aerodynamic design provides it with improved performance in the air, while also making it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Photo: MBDA The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll. The frigate is one of three Royal Navy Type 23 frigates being modified with the Sea Ceptor system, replacing the older Sea Wolf. The test is a major milestone for the life-extension program of Type 23 frigates. HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program....
  • Turkey's Choice: Past or Future

    09/02/2017 5:14:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 2, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    ISTANBUL -- Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned "Murder on the Orient Express," smoke shops and modest restaurants, and luxury car dealers. It is a metaphor for the choices Turks are being forced to make under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: forward to a better future and a recapture of their secular state, or back to a nostalgic past when Islam was the official religion of the Ottoman Empire....
  • Merkel: Germany won't necessarily take US side in potential Korea war

    08/24/2017 7:54:45 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 69 replies
    Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has warned the United States that Berlin would not necessarily take the side of Washington in a potential war against North Korea, saying the two sides of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula had better seek a diplomatic solution and avoid direct military confrontation. If a military conflict erupts between the United States and North Korea, Merkel said on Wednesday, Germany would not automatically take the side of Washington. Berlin and other members of the European Union are in favor of a peaceful solution, she added. Merkel said resorting to military action to overcome the...
  • Germany welcomes US troop boost in Afghanistan, but won’t follow suit

    08/22/2017 10:08:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 22 August 2017 17:19 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    The German government said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan was “the right thing to do.” “It is the right thing to do, and we have been requesting for some time that the end of operations there be based on realities on the ground,” a government spokeswoman said. “It is our common goal that no more terror attacks are planned on Afghan soil.” […] Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen also welcomed the decision, but said that Germany would not follow suit by further raising its troop numbers. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Does Donald Trump deserve a chance?

    08/02/2017 10:09:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies ^ | Thursday, August 3, 2017 | B. S. Raghavan  » News » Does Donald Trump deserve a chance? Does Donald Trump deserve a chance? August 03, 2017 08:35 IST While political observers are unable to make head or tail of the US President, those moving in high business and industry circles tell B S Raghavan that Trump's style is exactly that of an aggressive and successful businessman.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.comUnited States President Donald J Trump, both during his campaign and after assuming office, has stood on their head all the canons held sacrosanct by students of leadership, management, public administration and governance.He has, in fact, set at naught a whole...
  • Germany to pause all armament projects with Turkey

    07/21/2017 4:48:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 21 Jul 2017, 09:39 | ANF Berlin
    The Berlin administration is reportedly going to suspend military cooperation with the Turkish state on top of the sanctions announced by the German Foreign Minister. According to an article in Bild, one of the best selling daily newspapers in Germany, the Merkel administration is suspending all armament projects with Turkey. The newspaper cites government sources for the article. This will be the first time a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member country suspends military cooperation with another member. Several German arms manufacturers have factories in Turkey. In the previous months, the German government had barred arms sales deals with Turkey,...
  • French Army Chief of Staff Resigns After Budget Cut Fight With President Macron

    07/19/2017 11:35:50 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-19-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    If this doesn't convince you that Donald Trump was absolutely right to criticize European leaders for not sufficiently investing in defense, I don't know what will: "General Pierre de Villiers, the French army’s chief of staff, resigned on Wednesday after an increasingly bitter public feud with President Emmanuel Macron over proposed budget cuts to the military." "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," the general...
  • Turkey edges towards S400 missile deal with Russia despite US plea

    07/14/2017 6:37:11 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Hatti US ^ | July 13, 2017 | none stated
    Turkey is inching closer to buying Russian-made S400 missiles, despite a recent flurry of entreaties from the US for it to remain reliant on its Nato ally for air defence, according to two officials familiar with the matter told Financial Times. Turkey and Russia have agreed a price of as much as $3bn for four missile battery systems and a number of missiles, a senior Turkish official told the FT. Bloomberg earlier reported the price as $2.5bn, which included a requirement that two of the batteries be manufactured or assembled in Turkey as part of a “technology transfer” agreement. A...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Libyan Army Spox Says Obama, Clinton 'Abandoned the Libyan People to the Terrorists'

    07/11/2017 12:54:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11 July 2017 | Patrick Poole
    In an exclusive interview with PJ Media, the Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman, Col. Ahmed al-Mesmari, says that President Obama and Hillary Clinton "abandoned the Libyan people to face these terrorists alone." He also implicates the Obama administration in supporting terrorist militias -- including Libyan al-Qaeda leader Abdelhakim Belhadj and Muslim Brotherhood militias allied to al-Qaeda. Col. al-Mesmari also claims that the February 17th Martyrs Brigade -- hired by Hillary Clinton's State Department to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi -- cooperated with Ansar al-Sharia in attacking the consulate compound on September 12, 2012. That attack led to the deaths...
  • Poland wants Trump's vow of protection from Russian activity

    07/03/2017 3:05:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 3, 2017 | monika scislowska, The Associated Press
    Poland's government would like visiting President Donald Trump to make assurances this week that the presence of U.S. and NATO troops in Poland will continue as long as the region's security is threatened by Russia, the foreign minister said Monday. Trump is to deliver a speech in Warsaw during a brief visit Thursday. The visit comes before Trump attends a G-20 summit in Germany, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Poland and other nations in the region that were under Moscow's dominance in the communist era are concerned for their security because of Russia's increased military activity, some...
  • NATO and Cyberwar: Will Britain Invoke Article 5?

    07/03/2017 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 3, 2017 | Jed Babbin
    On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a provision that committed the United States, along with the other members of the League, to the mutual defense of any member that was attacked militarily. Because treaties are the supreme law of the land — second only to the Constitution — Congress refused to surrender its power to declare war. Almost thirty years later, Congress ratified the NATO Treaty despite...
  • Trump Intends To Add Two Prominent Conservatives To His Administration

    06/30/2017 10:29:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/30/2017 | Alex Pfeiffer
    President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he intends to bring on former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky and former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson to his administration. Bailey Hutchinson was formally nominated to serve as ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and von Spakovsky will be appointed to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
  • Modi-Trump meet: Why I have low expectations

    06/24/2017 2:56:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies ^ | Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Rajeev Srinivasan
    Here's why Rajeev Srinivasan believes there will be nothing particularly positive about the prime minister's US visit. IMAGE: The fact that it has taken this long for the US to extend an invitation to Narendra Modi suggests that India is not on Donald Trump's event horizon. Photographs: Peter Nicholls/Getty Images and Carlos Barria/Reuters Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not naive, so he is surely approaching his fifth visit to the United States, and his first meeting with US President Donald Trump with careful preparation. He is also deliberately creating low expectations. Unlike the hoopla of his previous Madison Square Gardens...
  • 'Russian aggression in the Caribbean sparks fears of new Cold War.' Sorry, no it doesn't.....

    06/19/2017 8:07:39 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Peter Hichens Blog ^ | 6/19/2017 | Peter Hitchens
    ....but I suspect you'd be inclined to believe it if you read the following..... 'Russia last week deployed strategic nuclear bombers in the Caribbean, while Russian naval infantry simulated an air assault nearby. Russian heavy artillery also took part in a major live firing exercise in the Kaliningrad enclave, a few miles from Polish and Lithuanian NATO territory. This is typical of Russia's aggressive posture in the new Cold War.' Actually, I made all that up. Here is what actually happened, as reported in yesterday's (June 18 2017) Sunday Times: 'Russia's western enclave of Kaliningrad was surrounded on three sides...
  • For NATO, Time to Clarify Goals

    06/19/2017 5:57:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American ^ | June 19, 2017 | Peter Skurkiss
    During President Trump's recent visit to Europe, much was made of the fact that in a speech before NATO leaders, he did not explicitly affirm America's commitment to NATO's Article V. This put much of European opinion on edge and was one of the things that prompted German Chancellor Merkel to brazenly hint that Europe might have to 'go it alone.' Everyone knows about Article V, right? It is repeated ad infinitum in press releases and news stories about NATO. "An attack on one member state is an attack on all." The implication here is if, say, Russia overtly attacked...
  • Turkey's dismissed NATO officers admit massacres against Kurds

    06/18/2017 8:04:10 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    ANF News ^ | 7 Jun 2017, 12:52 | News Desk
    Vocal Europe news site has published an interview based on an extensive, full of inquiries and recorded conversation with five former Turkish Senior Officers, from Armed Forces, Air Forces and Navy, who served at SHAPE and NATO Headquarters in Belgium and who were purged after the attempted coup on 15 July last year. The interview gives place to the five officers' opinions on the coup attempt of 15th July 2015, and confessions on the situation of the Turkish army. The officers state that the Turkish army has been suffering heavy losses, and hold ErdoÄŸan's supporters responsible for the deadlock...
  • USAF Or NATO Should Snap Up The RAF's Retiring R1 Sentinel Radar Planes

    06/16/2017 9:01:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 16, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The Royal Air Force is being forced to give up one of its most powerful surveillance assets—its fleet of five Sentinel R1 ground targeting radar planes—due to competing budgetary priorities and yet another round of governmental cost saving measures. The R1 fleet has "been on borrowed time" fiscally for most its relatively short service life, but the final decision to axe the planes once and for all seems to have finally occurred, and they will be phased by the end of the decade. Although this is a major blow to UK Ministry of Defense's portfolio of capabilities, it is an...
  • KCK's Hozat: ISIS will receive the lethal blow in Raqqa

    06/14/2017 9:49:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    ANF News ^ | 7 Jun 2017, 11:03 | News Desk
    KCK Executive Council Co-chair Besê Hozat stressed that the control over Raqqa will be significant for Syria in general as well, and stated that ISIS will receive the lethal blow in Raqqa. KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-chair Besê Hozat spoke about the latest developments in Raqqa to the News Channel TV. Hozat stated that the just-launched Raqqa operation created intense conflict and squabbles among the international and regional powers and said: “The strategic location of Raqqa makes it strategic for the future of Syria. The war is at Raqqa’s door, and the conflicts and rivalries increased. There is...