Articles written by: Agence France-Presse

Libya raids turn Egypt’s Sisi into key anti-IS ally

Egypt's Sisi

By targeting the Islamic State group with air strikes in Libya, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, having crushed Islamist opponents at home, has become a key ally of the West against jihadists, experts say. His warplanes bombed IS camps and […]


Egypt ends US arms ‘monopoly’ with French jet fighter deal

Egypt ends US arms ‘monopoly’ with French jet fighter deal

Egypt’s decision to buy 24 Rafale jet fighters from France underscores its determination to diversify its sources of weapons and reduce its dependence on the United States, experts said. The 5.2-billion-euro ($5.9 billion) deal is a historic first foreign sale […]


Poland to spend billions on defence amid rumblings of war in Europe

Poland to spend billions on defence amid rumblings of war in Europe

Looking east to the bloody conflict gripping Ukraine, NATO-member Poland has kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw believes peace in Europe is no longer a given. The escalation of tensions with […]


China to probe army spending in corruption crackdown: report

China Military Soldiers

China’s ruling Communist Party will launch a year-long probe into the incomes of military staff, state media said Thursday, following revelations of widespread graft in its armed forces. Party leaders have described corruption as a key threat to China’s military […]


France clinches first foreign sale of Rafale jets with Egypt contract

Rafale fighter aircraft

France announced Thursday it will sell 24 Rafale fighters plus a frigate to Egypt in a 5 billion euro ($5.7 billion) deal that marks the first foreign contract for the multi-role combat jet. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will […]


Ashton Carter confirmed as US secretary of defense

Ashton Carter briefs the press at the Pentagon

Ashton Carter was confirmed as secretary defense Thursday, taking on the job of supervising the war against Islamic State jihadists in the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Carter, 60, was approved in a 93-5 vote. An accomplished Pentagon […]


Obama says special forces could target IS leaders

Obama says special forces could target IS leaders

President Barack Obama said he would not flinch from sending US special forces to kill Islamic State leaders, as he called for Congress to authorize military operations that stop short of a full-scale invasion. Tantamount to a declaration of war, […]


Ukraine military ‘unsuited’ to current conflict: study

Ukraine military ‘unsuited’ to current conflict: study

Ukraine’s military is “unsuited” to the current conflict against pro-Russian separatists and needs more armored vehicles and artillery rockets, a British defence think tank said on Wednesday. Regularizing volunteer battalions that have played a key role in the fighting will […]


North Korea warns South of ‘most miserable end’

North Korea warns South of ‘most miserable end’

North Korea stepped up its rhetoric against the South Wednesday, warning that its neighbor would face a “most miserable end” if it joined the US in “a war of aggression” against Pyongyang. The threat follows a series of North Korean […]


As China circles, US-Thai military friendship stumbles

Thai soldiers stand guard

Perturbed by Thailand’s coup, the United States has scaled back a showpiece joint military exercise with its Southeast Asian ally, but analysts say that with China circling for influence, Washington will not push the kingdom’s generals too far. Famed for […]


 
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