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Britain to re-deploy drones from Afghanistan to Iraq

Britain to re-deploy drones from Afghanistan to Iraq

Britain will shortly begin re-deploying its unmanned armed drones from Afghanistan to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Thursday. The remotely-piloted Reaper aircraft will provide surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence support to the Iraqi […]


India test-fires first home-made cruise missile

India test-fires first home-made cruise missile

India successfully test-fired its first domestically built nuclear-capable long-range cruise missile Friday, marking another step in building up the country┬┤s defence prowess. The “Nirbhay”, or “fearless”, missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Missile Test Range in […]


2 dead in Algeria military plane crash

2 dead in Algeria military plane crash

An Algerian air force plane crashed Monday in the south of the country during a training exercise, killing the two soldiers on board, the defence ministry said. It said the Sukhoi Su-24, a bomber first developed in the former Soviet […]


Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin

Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country. “The head of state has tasked […]


Pakistani air strikes kill 21 militants: officials

Pakistani air strikes kill 21 militants: officials

Pakistani air strikes killed at least 21 militants Sunday in attacks on their hideouts in a restive northwestern tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, officials said. The attacks were launched in the Kuki Khel area of the Khyber tribal district, where the […]


Future ground role for US military advisors in Iraq likely: Dempsey

Future ground role for US military advisors in Iraq likely: Dempsey

US military advisors are likely to take a more direct role in the ground campaign against jihadists in Iraq once Iraqi forces are ready to go on the offensive, the top US officer said in comments aired Sunday. General Martin […]


Iraqis will have to fight IS to win back country

Iraqis will have to fight IS to win back country

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it was ultimately up to Iraqis to fight back against the Islamic State group advancing in Iraq despite US-led airstrikes. “Over time we believe that the strategy will build, the capacity […]


ISIS advances in Kobane as Turkey rejects solo ground action

ISIS advances in Kobane as Turkey rejects solo ground action

Advancing Islamic State fighters seized a third of the Syrian border town of Kobane Thursday despite US-led air strikes, as Turkey rejected sending troops in against the jihadists on its own. In fighting that killed dozens, calls grew for ground […]


US-led air war a boon for defense contractors

US-led air war a boon for defense contractors

The US-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria is proving a boon to weapons makers, sending their share prices soaring and bolstering political support for higher defense spending. The open-ended air war against the Islamic State group will mean billions […]


 
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