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Four US littoral combat ships to operate out of Singapore by 2018

The littoral combat ship Independence (LCS 2)

Four US warships designed to fight in coastal areas similar to Southeast Asian waters will operate out of Singapore by 2018, a senior US Navy official said Tuesday, further underscoring Washington’s military tilt to Asia. The “rotational deployment” of the […]

Canada cost of fighting IS group tops $100 mln

Canada cost of fighting IS group tops $100 mln

The cost of Canada’s six-month bombing mission against the Islamic State group in Iraq was estimated at more than $100 million, according to officials Tuesday. The independent parliamentary budget office put the tally at Can$128.8 million (US$103.8 million) to Can$166.40 […]

Ukraine rebels say no arms pull-back until ‘full ceasefire’

Ukraine Rebels

Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine said Monday they will only start pulling back weapons from the frontline under a peace deal once there is a “full ceasefire”. “In accordance with the Minsk agreement, the withdrawal of military hardware can only […]

Egypt Strikes IS Group Targets in Libya

F-16D Egypt

Cairo has carried out air strikes against Islamic State group targets in Libya after the jihadists posted a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. Egypt said a “tough intervention” was needed and with France called on the UN […]

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 […]

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