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US plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

US plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

The United States plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700 million deal, officials said Tuesday, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground captured by Sunni militants. The US government, which has been reluctant so far […]


China’s aircraft carrier puts naval ambitions on show

China’s aircraft carrier puts naval ambitions on show

At a northern quayside China’s first aircraft carrier dwarfs nearby vessels, its take-off ramp rising higher than the top deck of the cruise ship at the next berth, symbolizing the country’s naval ambitions. Dalian, where the Liaoning was refitted and […]


Russian fighter jet crashes, killing pilot

Russian fighter jet crashes, killing pilot

A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault. “An accident took place and the pilot died,” General Viktor Bondarev said, quoted by […]


North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea

North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military’s latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure. Saturday’s launch was the first since the UN Security Council on July 17 […]


Russia delivering weapons to Iraq: report

Russia delivering weapons to Iraq: report

Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq’s defence minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive. “A number of contracts with Iraq have entered into force […]


Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start war games

Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start war games

The United States, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China and its military buildup. Warships from the three countries are to […]


Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

Israel strikes kill dozens in Gaza as toll tops 670

An Israeli air strike on the northern Gaza Strip killed five people on Wednesday evening, medics said, as Israel’s army announced two more soldiers had died in fighting. Earlier, Israeli tank fire killed five people, including two children, in southern […]


Ukraine rebels ‘shoot down two fighter jets’

Ukraine rebels ‘shoot down two fighter jets’

Pro-Russian rebels on Wednesday shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets in eastern Ukraine just days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Ukrainian military spokesman told AFP. “Two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down. The fate […]


China to join military exercise with US, Australia

China to join military exercise with US, Australia

China’s military will take part in an infantry exercise for the first time with Australian and US forces in October, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The joint exercise will take place in northern Australia and marks another step forward in […]


 
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