28 Aug 2019

Russia strikes deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, says Putin

On the sidelines of Russia’s air show MAKS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presented an image of unity on Tuesday, despite their countries’ conflicting interests in Syria. Erdogan criticized the Syrian government for its recent campaign to recapture Idlib from rebel forces, calling it

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07 Aug 2019

NATO needs to address China’s rise, says Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Wednesday that the alliance needs to “address the rise of China,” by cooperating with regional partners like Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. Stoltenberg pointed to Beijing’s investments in critical infrastructure in Europe; increased activity in the Arctic; growing presence in Africa

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30 Jul 2019

NATO, Afghan forces killed more civilians than Taliban: UN

During the first half of 2019, the war in Afghanistan resulted in 1,366 civilian deaths, which is 30% lower than in the same period last year, a new report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) shows. Shockingly, pro-government forces including NATO troops were responsible for the majority of

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18 Jul 2019

Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF nuclear missile treaty

If Russia will continue to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after August 2, it can expect a “measured, defensive” response by NATO, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Thursday. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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12 Jul 2019

Turkey defies US as Russian S-400 missile defence arrives

In defiance of repeated warnings by the United States government, Turkey on Friday accepted a first shipment of parts of a Russian S-400 missile defense system. The US has been urging Turkey for months not to go through with the purchase, and has even put its planned sale of US

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05 Jul 2019

NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

NATO is considering to upgrade its missile defense capabilities in order to defend against Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles that were banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that is set to be dissolved in August unless the US and Russia reverse their decision to abandon the agreement. In

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03 Jul 2019

Report: Pentagon Should Assume US Satellites Are Already Hacked

New research by London-based think tank Chatham House warns that NATO forces need to step up efforts to protect their space infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russia, China and other adversaries. Space-based systems are an increasingly important part of defense strategies, due to their role in guiding weapons, intelligence gathering, and

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14 Jun 2019

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey on Friday warned that the country will “take reciprocal steps” if the US government “takes any negative actions towards” the country over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile-defense systems. The US has been urging Turkey for months not to go through with the purchase, which it considers a security

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24 May 2019

NATO Warns Russia of ‘Full Range’ of Responses to Cyberattack

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned adversaries that the alliance “can and will use the full range of capabilities at our disposal” to respond to cyberattacks. This week, elections for the European Parliament are held in all EU member states, which has European governments worried about Russian hacking and

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06 May 2019

How to Win America’s Next War

In the face of growing threats from China and Russia, the US can no longer take its military superiority for granted according to Elbridge Colby, the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. In fact, Colby believes that if the US military doesn’t undergo

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