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Turkey planning more missile purchases from Russia

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the purchase of S-400 defense systems from Russia was a done deal, adding that Ankara would also jointly produce S-500 defense systems with Moscow. U.S. officials have called Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 missile defense system “deeply problematic,” saying it would …

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UAE defence cooperation with Belarus

A senior delegation from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, led by Major General Pilot Isaac Saleh Mohammed Al Baloushi, Head of the Executive Administration of Industries and Defence Capacities Development at the Ministry of Defence, visited the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Machinery MILEX-2019, held in …

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Trump needs Congress to go to war with Iran

The Trump administration does not have congressional authorization to go to war against Iran, the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives warned on Thursday amid escalating tensions in the region. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she backed what appeared to be U.S. President Donald Trump’s …

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$3 billion sale of Apaches to Qatar approved

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $3 billion sale of Apache attack helicopters to Qatar, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Thursday. The government of Qatar has asked to buy 24 of the AH-64E helicopters made by Boeing Co. Other major defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp, …

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America to deploy B-52s against Iran

The U.S. military said on Tuesday that B-52 bombers will be part of additional forces being sent to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration says are “clear indications” of threats from Iran to U.S. forces there. White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that …

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UAE meets with Uzbek delegation

The UAE received a senior government delegation from Uzbekistan, which was led by Aziz Abdukhakimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, and included over 60 officials from key departments and ministries, with the aim of strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. The partnership includes the launch, in 2019, of …

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Japanese Nukes—On the Horizon? 

May 2, 2019 by Graham E. Fuller • Blog • Tags: China, East Asia, Japan, nuclear weapons, US • Japanese Nukes—On the Horizon? Graham E. Fuller (bozorgg@aol.com) Membership in the nuclear club is jealously guarded. The fewer the members the better. And the latest member to work his way in …

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Iran FM heading to North Korea for ralks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is planning to visit North Korea, Iran’s state television reported on Sunday, without giving the date of the visit. “The date of this trip will be set and announced soon,” the television quoted Zarif as saying. It gave no further details. North Korea’s top …

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Iran-Pakistan ant-terrorit rapid reaction force

Iran and Pakistan will form a joint quick reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday during a televised news conference with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state …

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Canadian defence minister in UAE

Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has met with Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, currently visiting the UAE. The meeting addressed the bilateral relations, with the two ministers exchanging views on a number of regional issues of common interest. Source: WAM

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A Review too Far: Ammar Al-Masry’s Throne of Atlantis confounds expectations as good battles evil in alphabetical order!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD   What can I say about Ammar Al-Masry’s Throne of Atlantis, the long awaited sequel to Shadows of Atlantis? It’s a mind-boggling treat! To remind those who have forgotten, myself included, here is a summary. In Shadows of Atlantis you have a near perfect world …

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Iran insists its army is not a regional threat

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces did not pose a threat to its neighbors as he addressed a display on Thursday of Iran’s latest military equipment, including domestically produced fighter jets and Russian-made missile systems. The parade to mark Army Day came as U.S. President Donald Trump pursues his …

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Iranian navy repel pirate attack on oil tanker

Iranian naval forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, state television reported on Friday. The broadcast said pirates in 11 speedboats attacked a tanker with a cargo of 150,000 tonnes on Thursday. It showed naval forces opening fire on speedboats, without …

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