Posts tagged as United States

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

By Kathy Gannon on Monday, June 10, 2019

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its…

Lithuania must ‘close the chapter’ on CIA prison

Monday, June 10, 2019

Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said the country must “close the chapter” and prevent similar legal precedents in the future as he presented Lithuania’s actions in the suspected secret CIA prison case on Friday. The minister informed the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg about Lithuania’s progress in executing the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that the CIA operated a secret detention site for terror suspects in the…

Around 15 NATO warships arrive in Baltic for NATO exercise

Friday, June 7, 2019

Over a dozen NATO warships have entered the Baltic Sea, ahead of the major international NATO BALTOPS annual exercise. The ships, which number at least 15 and include the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, entered the Baltic on Thursday via the Storebælt and the Kiel Canal, BNS reports. BALTOPS 2019 runs from June 9-21 and is under the command of the newly reestablished US Navy Second Fleet. The…

Iranian naval mines likely used in UAE tankers attacks

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday that attacks on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this month were the work of “naval mines almost certainly from Iran”. The UAE has not yet blamed anyone for the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi tankers, which was followed two days later by drone strikes on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh accused Tehran…

United States, Lithuania Sign Defense Cooperation Plan

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger met with Lithuanian Policy Director Robertas Šapronas today at the Pentagon to sign the U.S.-Lithuania Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap. The roadmap identifies specific security cooperation priorities the United States and Lithuania agreed to focus on from 2019 to 2024. These areas include: • Strengthening existing defense cooperation in training, exercises, and exchanges; • Cooperating on deterrence and the security…

North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with ‘gangster-like’ U.S.: diplomat

Saturday, March 16, 2019

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior diplomat as saying. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top U.S. officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Russia’s…

Latvians involved in alleged US auto scam

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Police have taken action in Latvia as well as the United States, Finland and Lithuania to bust an international luxury car scam, according to the Bloomberg newswire. According to Bloomberg, two Latvians were arrested in Kuldīga and extradited to the US for their part in a fraudulent scheme which saw luxury cars “sold” to buyers online that were never actually delivered with Tesla, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz models among those offered. However, an official press release about…

American “Trojan horse” in Poland and Baltic states

By Jonas Dringelis on Saturday, December 29, 2018

The confrontation between East and West threatens potential war between the United States and Russia. In this case, the Baltic countries, Poland can become a battlefield between West and East. Most NATO planners and independent experts think that if any fighting breaks out between Russia and its neighbors to the West, the likely battlefields will be Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland. And the question today is not whether NATO will fight, but…

U.S. announces end to its international role of global policeman

Thursday, December 27, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has declared the end of U.S. international role of a global policeman making unannounced visits to U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq and Germany. U.S. state media organisation Radio Free Europe, reports that on Thursday, December 27, the U.S. President visited American troops at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. On Wednesday, December 26, Trump paid a surprise visit to the Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq.…

No one can ‘dictate’ to China what it should do: Xi Jinping

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

President Xi Jinping warned on Tuesday (Dec 18) that no one can “dictate” China’s economic development path as the Communist Party marked 40 years of its historic “reform and opening up” policy amid a stern challenge from the United States. In a speech at the grandiose Great Hall of the People, Xi vowed to press ahead with economic reforms but made clear that Beijing will not deviate from its one-party…