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Is Russia taking control of Syria’s air defences?

By Jonathan Marcus on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Russia has been talking about selling the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria for almost a decade. But it was never delivered; a product of Israeli diplomatic efforts and a certain indifference from Moscow towards Israel’s air campaign over Syria. Now, though, Russia seems to be signalling that its “neutrality” is over and that Israel’s air operations are seen as running counter to its strategic interests. Back in 2011 news…

Swedish PM Lofven ousted in no confidence vote

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered a hung parliament. In Tuesday’s dramatic vote, 204 MPs voted against Mr Lofven while 142 voted in favour. Parliament’s speaker will now propose a new leader – a process that could take weeks. Mr Lofven is…

US Army misses 2018 recruiting goal, which hasn’t happened since 2005

By recruiting goal for 2018, on Monday, September 24, 2018

The Army fell short of its recruiting goal for 2018, missing its mark for the first time since 2005 as it looks to grow its force strength in the face of growing threats from competing world powers such as Russia and China. The Army has launched a large-scale review of its recruiting practices, senior service officials said Friday. The service will pour millions of dollars into revamping recruiting facilities and…

Ruling and opposition parties trade blows over ‘Fort Trump’

Monday, September 24, 2018

The investment in a permanent US military base will an investment in Poland’s defence infrastructure, the Polish defence minister said in response to the opposition party’s criticism of the project. “The money invested in the permanent base for American troops in Poland is the money invested in infrastructure which will be part of Poland’s defence system,” said Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Monday. Former Polish president Bronisław Komorowski, who…

Ministers warn harder Brexit risks breaking up Britain

Monday, September 24, 2018

Theresa May is being warned by cabinet colleagues that a shift towards a harder Brexit will hasten the break-up of the UK, amid a renewed attempt by Brexiters to secure a clean split from the European Union. With senior Tories warning that the prime minister now risks a diplomatic calamity on the scale of the Suez crisis, following her disastrous Salzburg summit, she is facing a renewed campaign among ministers and influential…

U.S. Army announces conversion of two brigade combat teams

Monday, September 24, 2018

The U.S. Army has announced the conversion of two brigade combat teams that will contribute to Army efforts to build a more lethal force and is an investment to increase overmatch against country’s potential adversaries. According to the statement, announced on 20 September by the U.S. Army, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division (1/1 AD) stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, will convert from a Stryker brigade combat team (SBCT) to…

U.S. will not end North Korea sanctions until ‘denuclearization’: Pompeo

Monday, September 24, 2018

Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won’t be reduced until it completes “denuclearization” after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North’s main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea’s president that he was willing to dismantle the Nyongbyon nuclear complex in the presence of outside inspectors if the U.S. takes unspecified…

Iran warns U.S., Israel of revenge after parade attack

Monday, September 24, 2018

The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned U.S. and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday’s assault that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards. The…

Browder: British authorities took no action when told about Baltic banks

Saturday, September 22, 2018

British-registered shell companies routinely used Baltic banks to launder millions of dollars, American-born financier Bill Browder told Bloomberg a day after the UK’s role in Danske Bank’s Estonian money laundering scandal was revealed. Browder, the CEO of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management and former employer of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, made the claim on Friday when the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said it would look into the role of…

Washington sanctions China for buying Russian military equipment

Friday, September 21, 2018

U.S. government has introduces sanctions against the Chinese army over a purchase of fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, despite a U.S. sanctions law targeting Moscow for attempts to sway in the 2016 U.S. election. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on Friday, September 21, that the U.S. State Department has announced immediate impose sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department, the branch of the Chinese military responsible for weapons and…