29 Aug 2018

Russia deploys military ships to Syria armed with Kalibr cruise missiles

“The Russian military is deploying a flotilla of at least 10 ships to the Syrian coast, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday, citing unidentified Defense Ministry sources. The grouping was reported as Russia’s most powerful to deploy to Syria since Moscow began its intervention in the conflict there nearly two years

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27 Aug 2018

Russia is apparently putting assault rifles on underwater drones

“A Russian state-owned arms maker reportedly unveiled the world’s first underwater drone armed with an assault rifle that’s designed to defend naval bases from enemy divers and assault teams. ‘The drone is fitted with an underwater assault rifle. It has undergone sea trials,’ Rostec, the company behind the drone’s development,

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27 Aug 2018

Iran says ‘no third party’ will limit its support to Syria

“Iran’s defense minister said Sunday his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region, adding that the nature of the two countries cooperation won’t be decided by a ‘third party.’ Israel has expressed concern over Iran’s growing influence in Syria, accusing Iran

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27 Aug 2018

Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence in Afghanistan

“Vladimir Putin’s Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. To some, Russia’s offer to host talks next month might contain at least the seeds of a positive pivot if the

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24 Aug 2018

Russia defends sending warships through English Channel

“Russian ships sailing through the English Channel pose no threat to the United Kingdom, according to Russia’s diplomatic corps. ‘The Russian naval ships act under international law and strictly observe the operating laws for the passing of military ships through the English Channel; they do not pose any threat to

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22 Aug 2018

Russia to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey in 2019

Russia is scheduled to begin delivery of its S-400 missile system to Turkey in 2019, an update that comes in the midst of an ongoing Turkey-U.S. political escalation. The $2.5 billion deal will be the first to equip a NATO ally with Russian missile defense systems, one that is incompatible

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22 Aug 2018

Facebook, Twitter Remove Political Misinformation Accounts Linked to Iran, Russia

Facebook and Twitter announced the removal of hundreds of accounts and pages linked to disinformation campaigns originating in Iran and Russia. Facebook stated that they removed “652 pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East,

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21 Aug 2018

Russian military on alert for massive war games with China and Mongolia, largest since Soviet period

Russia is gearing up for its largest war-games since 1981, exercises that will also include China and Mongolia. The size and scope of the drills highlight Moscow’s increased emphasis on military exercises and ties with China as partners opposing the “unipolar world” under U.S. domination. The drills will span the

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20 Aug 2018

Norway confirms plan to double number of U.S. Marines training near Russian border

Norway and the U.S. will double the number of U.S. Marines (from around 300 to 700) training near the Russian border next year as the country increases defenses amidst growing fears of Russian military activity. Russia has promised that the move will lead to destabilization of the region and force

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20 Aug 2018

The U.S. Is Worried That a Russian Satellite Is Really a Weapon

The “abnormal behavior” of a Russian satellite of unknown function has prompted U.S. concern that it may be surveilling U.S. space assets, preparing for future attacks, or developing offensive technologies. These concerns, as well as continued Russian and Chinese development of “dual use” space technology that could be used for

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