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French Troops End Combat Mission in Afghanistan

French Troops End Combat Mission in Afghanistan

French troops on Tuesday ended their last combat mission in Afghanistan by withdrawing from Kapisa province as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country. The last 400 soldiers deployed to the volatile province started to leave Nijrab, the […]


Iraq’s Maliki In Russia for Huge Arms Deal, Syria Agreement

Iraq’s Maliki In Russia for Huge Arms Deal, Syria Agreement

Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years. Maliki arrived in Moscow for three days of discussions Monday that […]


Indonesia Ditches Dutch Tank Deal, Goes to Germany Instead

Indonesia Ditches Dutch Tank Deal, Goes to Germany Instead

Indonesia has abandoned plans to buy 80 second-hand tanks from the Dutch army and has placed the order with Germany instead, according to local media reports. According to the Jakarta Post, the government opted to do business with Germany because […]


Dutch Help Block Weapons Delivery to Syria

Dutch Help Block Weapons Delivery to Syria

The Dutch navy was involved in the international effort to stop a potential weapons delivery to Syria, according to caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal. The British Minister of Foreign Affairs William Hague says the ship in question, the […]


Benelux Army in the Making

Benelux Army in the Making

The armies of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are to be largely merged into a Benelux army. The three countries will make a joint statement today at a NATO meeting in Brussels, according to Defence Minister Hans Hillen. The alliance […]


Netherlands to Order Less F-35 JSF Jets

Netherlands to Order Less F-35 JSF Jets

Even if the next cabinet decided in favour of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF/F-35) to replace the country’s aging fleet of F-16′s, it would almost certainly order fewer planes than initially planned. Defence Minister Hans Hillen made this remark on […]


Dutch Defence Minister In Texas to Discuss Joint Strike Fighter

Dutch Defence Minister In Texas to Discuss Joint Strike Fighter

Defence Minister Hans Hillen says he did not avoid thorny issues during his recent visit to the JSF factory in Texas. “Lockheed Martin knows it will have to work hard to keep us on board,” he said afterwards. The Netherlands […]


South Korea Developing Anti-Ship Missiles: Report

South Korea Developing Anti-Ship Missiles: Report

The South Korean military is developing anti-ship cruise missiles, a news report said Wednesday, after sea trials of China’s first aircraft carrier sparked regional security concerns. Development of the supersonic missiles is expected to be complete in three or four […]


Arms Sales to Middle East Backfire

Arms Sales to Middle East Backfire

Arms sales to Arab countries have been a gold mine for the Dutch government, but now it seems the Netherlands is regretting its choice of trading partners; Dutch armed vehicles may have been used against protesters in the recent uprisings […]


 
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