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Turkey opposed to NATO’s Blatic plans

Turkey will oppose NATO’s plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a NATO alliance summit in London. Relations between Turkey and its NATO allies have been strained over a host …

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Erdogan accuses Macron of brain death

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a “sick and shallow” understanding, telling the French president “you should check whether you are brain dead”. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the French foreign ministry, which summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Paris …

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France in bid to boost Saudi security

The United States and France are boosting Saudi Arabia’s radar systems following crippling drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September, which Washington blames on Iran. The chief of the U.S. Central Command and France’s defense minister, whose countries have taken divergent approaches to Iran, also touted …

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French to build missiles with UAE

France’s MBDA and Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA) plan to open a missile engineering facility and a flight testing center in the United Arab Emirates, the UAE’s defense and security industry enabler Tawazun Economic Council said on Saturday. The announcement comes on the eve of the biennial Dubai Air Show which begins …

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Saudi in defence talks with Oman

Saudi Arabia’s vice minister of defense visited Oman on Monday and met with ruler Sultan Qaboos, Omani state news agency ONA reported, following a deal to end a power struggle in the south of Yemen. The Saudi defense ministry said Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of the king, would …

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Iran shoots down drone over port city

A semi-official Iranian website reported on Friday that Iran had shot down a drone over its southern port city of Mahshahr, without providing further details. The Iran Front Page website did not say whether it was a military or civilian drone. Iranian officials were not available to comment. The Young …

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Russian nuclear bombers in South African training run

Russia landed two nuclear-capable bombers in South Africa on a training mission on Wednesday, a flight apparently timed to coincide with President Vladimir Putin’s opening of a flagship Russia-Africa summit designed to increase Russian influence. The two Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers touched down at Waterkloof air force base in Tshwane …

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Japan deploying forces to Strait of Hormuz

Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the U.S.-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, the Asahi newspaper reported. The decision is in line with a previous Japanese media report that Japan would not join …

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UAE in defence talks with UK

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has received Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, the UK’s Defence Senior Adviser to the Middle East and North Africa. During the meeting held at Al Bahr Palace, His …

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UAE joins International Maritime Security Construct

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced it has joined International Maritime Security Construct, an international alliance that aims to protect the safety of maritime navigation and international trade. Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi, Director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said …

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Sustain and Enhance Emiratisation in Defence and Security pogramme a success

More than 40 representatives from international defence manufacturing companies expressed interest in joining the Sustain and Enhance Emiratisation in Defence and Security, SEEDS, programme, the latest initiative of the UAE defence and security industry enabler Tawazun Economic Council. This came during a gathering hosted by Tawazun in London earlier this …

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Autonomous weapons a threat to all, experts say

Even if world governments consider a ban on autonomous weapons that can kill without human input, their use by terrorist actors will still remain as a threat to humanity, an internationally known expert told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, in an exclusive interview. “I think a number of governments are …

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Joint Russian-Iranian naval drills planned

Russia and Iran are planning to hold joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean, the TASS news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday. Earlier on Monday, Zarif said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Tehran welcomed a Russian proposal for ensuring …

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UK considers sending drones to Gulf region

The United Kingdom is considering deploying British drones to the Gulf amid tensions with Iran, Sky News reported early on Monday. UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait and flying over Iraq and Syria. These could be re-tasked if the decision to …

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UAE in defence talks with Brazil

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC, received Eduardo Bolsonaro, Chairman of Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, and discussed with him ways of enhancing friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The two sides took stock of the latest …

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Iran foils CIA plot, caputres 17 spies

Iran has captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. State television quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying it had broken up a CIA spying ring and captured 17 suspects. A ministry official said some …

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