Defence

Is Beijing using ‘law of the jungle’ in South China Sea?

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In one of his international homilies last year, Xi Jinping said that in our world today, “the law of the jungle where the strong prey on the weak and the zero-sum game are rejected.” Xuan Loc Doan Asia Times But China’s recent landing of an H-6K bomber on a disputed island in the South China Sea is another signal that the Asian giant is not practicing what its leader preached. Reading the Chinese president’s addresses to international audiences, one may ... Read More »

Russian Naval Exercises in Sea of Azov: A Prelude to ‘Hybrid’-Style Invasion?

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On May 18, Moscow released a navigation alert (NAVAREA 0423/18—reprinted by the Ukrainian government as coastal warning PRIP 173) for a section of the Sea of Azov, cautioning that Russian naval training exercises would make the area dangerous for maritime passage from… Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 78 Ihor Kabanenko The Jamestown Foundation The zone, which occupies 2,000 square kilometers, has been closed to shipping traffic. Though the announcement quickly drew the attention of Ukrainian news outlets (Obozrevatel.com, ... Read More »

Broken Dreams and Lost Lives: Israel, Gaza and the Hamas Card

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For days, now, the Israeli rewrite has been well underway, working overtime, to convince the world seven weeks of carnage in Palestine, more particularly Gaza, did not happen. Stanley L. Cohen CounterPunch Or, if it did, Israel’s responseto the Great Return March was a measured, proportionate answer to the menace posed by some burning kites, waving flags and nihilist teens armed with slingshot weapons of mass destruction. At times, we’ve seen Zionists rip a page straight out of the “Sandy Hook” playbook, suggesting gruesome virtual film footage of the on-going blood bath was ... Read More »

Turkey’s pipedreams and NATO’s nightmares

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Turkey’s relationship with NATO is at a nadir. Following its recent incursion into Syria’s Afrin district against NATO-backed Kurdish forces, Ankara now finds itself at loggerheads with the United States and other NATO… Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson The Strategist More troubling, Turkey’s offensive wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Russia: the operation required Russian clearance for Turkish warplanes to enter Syria’s airspace, and Ankara would have heeded assurances from… Then there’s the rapid progress on the controversial deal for Turkey ... Read More »

First country to use US-made F-35 in combat, Israel boasts

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel is the first country to have used the US-made F-35 stealth fighter in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday in remarks carried by the military’s official Twitter account. Saudi Gazette Local media further quoted Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin as saying in a speech to the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces convening in Israel: “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts”. Norkin ... Read More »

Island or Rock? Taiwan Defends Its Claim in South China Sea

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ITU ABA, South China Sea — The largest natural feature of the Spratly Islands, the hotly disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, is a forested, sun-drenched oval of land, cleaved by a single runway that gives the place the appearance of a raw coffee bean floating in… Steven Lee Myers The New York Times Called Itu Aba, it is occupied not by China, which has aggressively asserted its territorial claims in the sea, but by its archrival, the self-governing ... Read More »

Joint US/French carrier ops highlight common ground and interests

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The last time the United States and France combined for an operation off the coast of Virginia, the French Navy defeated the British and prevented resupply of Gen. Cornwallis’ troops, who was surrounded by French and… Mark D. Faram Navy Times The British surrendered and the United States won its independence. Now, 237-years later, the two long-time allies are at it again, this time experimenting with the idea of integrating aviaton squadrons of both navies into a single air wing ... Read More »

Could this be the new US Navy frigate design?

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NORFOLK, Va. — The Italian navy frigate Alpino visited Norfolk this week after participating in exercises with U.S. ships while at sea. Mark D. Faram Navy Times But its mission goes deeper than that, as the Italian Defense Ministry also says it’s here to hopefully interest U.S. officials in the ship’s design and capabilities as the U.S. Navy investigates future frigate designs. Commissioned in September 2016, the ship is an anti-submarine variant of the European multi-purpose frigate and is built ... Read More »

South Korea’s President Heads to Washington to Salvage Nuclear Deal

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SEOUL — North Korea’s recent threat to pull out of the upcoming nuclear summit with the U.S. has added new urgency to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Washington next Tuesday. Brian Padden VoA President Moon has played a key role in facilitating the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled to be held in Singapore June 12. Diplomatic jeopardy At the recent inter-Korean summit Moon got Kim to affirm a broad commitment ... Read More »

Turkey’s long, slow pivot to the dark side

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Some hardline conservatives in America are already over Turkey. “Turkey is effectively an ally no more,” argues Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the right wing Center for Security Policy. “I think we have been divorced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who seeks to become the leader of a new Ottoman caliphate.” Jamie McIntyre Washington Examiner It’s a harsh assessment for a country that has been a NATO member for 66 years, and which had been considered a model ... Read More »

‘Horrific’ Israeli ‘war crimes’ in Gaza must end now, human rights watchdog says

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As the death toll among Palestinian protesters rises in Gaza, Amnesty International has called Israel’s crackdown “deplorable,” and the UN has called for an end to the Israeli military’s “disproportionate” use of… RT “This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way,” Amnesty International’s Philip Luther said. “This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful… Over 2,700 people have been injured, many with live ... Read More »

Submarines are increasingly lurking in seas around the world, and the US Navy’s high-tech Poseidon is there to hunt them

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The US Navy announced this month that it was restarting the 2nd Fleet to oversee the western Atlantic Ocean, including the North Atlantic and the US East Coast. Christopher Woody Business Insider The decision comes after several years of tensions between NATO members and Russia — and several warnings from Western officials about growing Russian naval activity, including more sophisticated and more active submarines. NATO has responded in kind, with a special focus on antisubmarine warfare — a capability that ... Read More »

Q&A: Why is the Golan Heights so important?

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When Iran recently attacked the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from its positions in south-west Syria, Israel responded with a volley of air strikes that it says all but destroyed “almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria”. Abdulaziz Alghashian The Conversation It was a dramatic flare-up in a long-running enmity – and it was no coincidence that it happened over one of the most contested areas in the Middle East. When did Israel take full control of the Golan Heights, and why? ... Read More »

US should put the breaks on China’s expansion into South China Sea

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With North Korea dominating the headlines out of Asia, not enough attention is being paid to major developments dealing with the South China Sea – the major cause of tensions in the larger Indo-Pacific region before North Korea started testing its… Harry J. Kazianis FoxNews China recently placed advanced anti-ship missiles and air-defense batteries on islands it has built in the South China Sea – yes, China has built its own islands from almost nothing, using some of the world’s ... Read More »

Russia backs off delivery of S-300s to Syria after Israel PM’s Moscow trip

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Kremlin denies that sudden change of heart was related to Netanyahu’s talk with Putin Asia Times A high-profile visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have paid off, as comments from the Kremlin on Friday suggest they will not be delivering an advanced missile defense system to Syria. The change of heart comes after Russia’s defense ministry announced last month it was planning to send S-300 defense systems to Syria. Israel issued a warning in response that ... Read More »

India Sends Warship And MARCOS To Maldives For Joint Surveillance Of Exclusive Economic Zone

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In an indication of a slight upswing in bilateral military ties after a distinct chill, India has dispatched a warship to Maldives to undertake joint surveillance and patrol of the archipelago’s… Rajat Pandit Originally Published In The Times Of India Two officers and eight sailors from the Indian Navy’s elite marine commandoes wing are also currently at Maafilhafushi in Maldives, which is 145 km north of Male, to train its personnel in diving and tactics under the…… “It is an ... Read More »