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Almost every second German citizen wants US troops to leave

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The US has reportedly been mulling the possibility of withdrawing its forces from Germany due to the costs of keeping them in Europe. As the Trump administration reportedly considers the possible withdrawal of US troops from Germany, Germans have expressed their own views. Some 34,000 US soldiers are currently deployed at multiple bases across Germany, where NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command (HQ AIRCOM) is situated, which controls the recently intensified air policing operations. The…

Jumping the gun: US media report successful test of Russia’s hypersonic missile

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Russia has been developing a hypersonic missile the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports. According to CNBC, Russia has tested the weapon, dubbed “Kinzhal,” 12 times on MiG-31 fighters. The last successful test was carried out earlier this month against a target nearly 800 kilometers (500 miles) away. The Kinzhal missile, whose name is aptly translated from Russian as Dagger, is a lethal weapon…

US reportedly to open new bases in Iraq, despite local authorities’ opposition

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A number of prominent political figures and members of the Iraqi parliament have spoken out against the US’ military presence in the country, with a senior adviser to Iraqi cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr slamming it as an “occupation of the country.” The US is planning to open a new military airbase in Iraq near the town of al-Qa’im in Anbar Province, the local news outlet BasNews has reported. The province borders Syria, where the US…

India’s Defense Minister on S-400 Deal: US Laws Don’t Apply to New Delhi

Friday, July 13, 2018

India and Russia have reached the final stage in negotiations on the delivery of S-400 Triumf air defense systems, Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Friday, adding that the United States is not the United Nations in its attempt to apply its laws internationally. “We have told the US Congress delegation [that visited India] that this is US law and not a UN law,” Sitharaman said, as quoted by The Tribune, adding…

Russian FM: No Evidence Indicted Russians Linked to Military Intelligence

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Friday saying there is no evidence that the 12 people indicted by the office of US special counsel Robert Mueller are linked to Russian military intelligence. The statement, released by the ministry’s Information and Press Department, claims the goal of the Friday indictments is to damage the “positive mood” of the upcoming Helsinki meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, scheduled for July 16.…

US, Japanese Forces Test-Fire Surface-to-Ship Missiles During Naval Drills

Friday, July 13, 2018

Officials with the US Army and the Japanese Defense Force teamed up on Thursday to test Japan’s Type 12 surface-to-ship missile (SSM-12) by launching it at a ship located some 60 miles off the coast of Hawaii’s Kauai. The test, which took place amid the ongoing 2018 Rim of the Pacific maritime (RIMPAC) exercises, was also done in an effort to test the task force’s ability to effectively communicate with one another and coordinate an attack.…

NATO Summit Results: Allies’ Promises, Trump’s New Demands, Canadian Uncertainty

Friday, July 13, 2018

The recent two-day members-only NATO summit in Brussels, devoted to upholding military spending commitments, is over, but has left some issues unresolved, while some answers only led to new questions. Sputnik has summed up the key outcomes of the summit. Deadlines for New Spending Goals As much as Trump wanted his NATO allies to spend 2% of GDP on defense “right now,” they have in fact only agreed to start doing so by 2024, although they also came…

Russia expects 15 percent foreign tourism boost after World Cup

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The soccer World Cup has helped “destroy stereotypes” about Russia and will boost foreign tourism by 15 percent as fans head home and spread the word that they had a great time, said Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets. The month-long tournament, which ends with the final between France and Croatia on Sunday, has so far been without major security incidents. Concerns about racism and hooligan violence that were raised in…

Britain’s Brexit minister tells EU: now it is your turn to respond

Thursday, July 12, 2018

British Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday that it was now up to the European Union to respond after the government published a long-awaited white paper policy document. “Now, it is time for the EU to respond in kind, we approach these negotiations with a spirit of pragmatism, compromise and, indeed, friendship, I hope, I trust that the EU will engage with our proposals in the same spirit,” he…

South Korea’s Moon says North Korea-U.S. talks ‘on track’, criticism a ploy

Thursday, July 12, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea’s criticism of the United States after recent talks on denuclearisation was part of its strategy and negotiations between them are on the “right track”. North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making “gangster-like” demands in the talks in North Korea late last week, contradicting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the old enemies had made…