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Gates, Petraeus differ on flexibility of Afghan exit

Gates, Petraeus differ on flexibility of Afghan exit

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisted Monday the July 2011 date to start withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan was set in stone, putting him at odds with his top Afghan war commander. Gates and General David Petraeus were in […]


Russia deploys air defence missiles in Abkhazia: general

Russia deploys air defence missiles in Abkhazia: general

MOSCOW: Russia announced Wednesday it had deployed a missile battery in Georgia’s pro-Moscow rebel region of Abkhazia, infuriating its arch foes in Tbilisi some two years after they fought a brief war. “We have deployed the S-300 system on the […]


Burning Russia battles to defend nuclear sites

Burning Russia battles to defend nuclear sites

MOSCOW: Russia fought a deadly battle Tuesday to prevent wildfires from engulfing key nuclear sites as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took to the air in a water-bombing plane to join the firefighting effort. Two soldiers were killed by blazing trees […]


North Korea fires artillery into sea as tensions rise

North Korea fires artillery into sea as tensions rise

Seoul: North Korea fired an artillery barrage Monday into waters near the disputed inter-Korean sea border as tensions rose over a South Korean naval exercise and the seizure of one of Seoul’s fishing boats. Seoul military officials said the North’s […]


Iraq takes delivery of American tanks

Iraq takes delivery of American tanks

Baghdad: Iraq on Saturday took delivery of the first 11 of 140 American M1A1 Abrams tanks, just weeks before the US military ends its combat mission here and pulls thousands of its troops out of the country. The remainder of […]


Russia tests two intercontinental missiles

Russia tests two intercontinental missiles

Moscow: Russia conducted Friday a successful test of two submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles, a defence ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. The two Sineva (NATO identification: SS-N-23) missiles were launched by the nuclear submarine Tula […]


Iran navy equipped with four new submarines

Iran navy equipped with four new submarines

Tehran: Iran’s navy on Sunday took delivery of four new mini submarines of the home-produced Ghadir class, media reports said. The navy already owns seven submarines of this type which weigh 120 tonnes and were first launched in 2007. Iran […]


Serbia delivers first military planes to Iraq

Serbia delivers first military planes to Iraq

Belgrade: Serbia has delivered the first three of 20 military training aircraft to Iraq as part of a 100-million-dollar weapons deal between two former allies, the defence ministry said Friday. Iraq was the largest economic partner of Serbia’s defence industry […]


S.Korea kicks off military drill despite threats

S.Korea kicks off military drill despite threats

SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday launched its largest-ever anti-submarine exercise including live-fire training near the disputed sea border with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threats of retaliation. The South has warned the North it will not tolerate provocations during the five-day […]


 
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