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  • Oct- 2017 -
    9 October
    BusinessS-400 Triumf missile defense system

    Foreign minister: Turkey can back out of Russian S-400 deal without technology transfer

    Turkish authorities could annul the deal to purchase Russian S-400 air defense missile system if Moscow refuses to transfer technology, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. “We have heard no official refusal on that score. [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin told us we may take steps for joint production. Know-how will be crucial. If Russia’s attitude is negative, we may clinch a deal with another country,” Mr. Cavusoglu said in an interview with Aksam. Turkey and Russia had largely agreed on conditions for the S-400 deal, worth some $2.5 billion, over the summer. However, the agreement was officially signed only in September, when Ankara made an advance payment. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation, said last month that Moscow and Ankara were not discussing technology transfer at the time. “We are not speaking about it, as yet we speak only about supplies of ready weapons, technologies – no,” he said. According to Kozhin, Turkey wants to see the systems delivered before 2019, and the issue is still under discussion. Russia’s S-400 Triumf long-and medium-range air defense missile system can use five different missile types to destroy aerial targets including both planes and other missiles at a range …

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  • 7 October
    Middle EastErdogan Putin

    Russia to provide air support to Turkish operation in Syria, Erdogan says

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a "serious operation" has begun in Idlib province in Syria and that Russia will provide air support.

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  • 6 October
    WarJaysh Maghawir Al-Thawra (MaT) fighters

    Coalition denies striking Syrian regime forces after two convoys entered At Tanf deconfliction zone

    The Coalition confirmed that two pro-Syrian regime convoys entered At Tanf deconfliction zone, but denied reports that its aircraft struck a convoy

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  • 5 October
    Americas

    Hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico delay deployment of US troops to Afghanistan

    Deployment of U.S. troops to Afghanistan has been delayed due to ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie said on Thursday. “Forces are flowing to Afghanistan. They have been slightly delayed by ongoing hurricane relief efforts,” McKenzie told reporters. “There is a finite number of transport aircraft the U.S. Transportation Command has.” The general added that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan is currently “in the vicinity of 11,000.” Washington has pledged some 3,000 additional servicemen. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Tuesday the troops would provide advisory and fire support to the Afghan military. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said during a press conference in San Juan on Thursday that more than 11,000 Defense Department personnel are helping the territory to recover from devastating conscequences of Hurricane Maria.

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  • 5 October
    WarThe Iraqi National Army said its troops and federal police liberated the town of Hawija on October 5.

    Iraqi forces recapture Hawija from ISIS

    Iraqi forces recaptured the town of Hawija from Islamic State militants, less than two weeks after the offensive began, the army reported on Thursday.

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  • 4 October
    EuropeNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg inspects troops

    NATO official says alliance faces ‘hybrid challenges’ after reports of Russian smartphone attack

    NATO troops in the Baltic states and Poland face hybrid challenges and sophisticated attacks to undermine them, a NATO official told The Defense Post

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  • 4 October
    EuropeFormer Dutch minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

    Dutch defense minister resigns over deaths of Mali peacekeepers

    Both the Dutch defence minister and the chief of its military resigned over the deaths of two soldiers on a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in 2016

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  • 3 October
    WarJim Mattis and John Nicholson at Resolute Support HQ, Afghanistan

    Mattis details new ‘R4+S’ strategy for Afghanistan

    U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis provided some details on Tuesday on the new American strategy in Afghanistan, unveiling the Pentagon's newest acronym, "R4+S."

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  • Sep- 2017 -
    26 September
    Wardunford north korea nuclear

    US detects no change in posture of N. Korean military, top US general says

    The U.S. military has not detected any change in posture of North Korean forces despite the politically charged rhetoric coming from Pyongyang, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday. “We haven’t seen a change in the posture of North Korean forces. We watch that very carefully,” Mr. Dunford said in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. On Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said the U.S. had declared war on his country. The remarks came after U.S. President Donald J. Trump tweeted that North Korea “won’t be around much longer,” if Mr. Ri echoed the views of the country’s leader Kim Jong–un. The White House later dismissed the notion that Washington was at war with Pyongyang. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said earlier on Monday that the U.S. is going to continue to pursue diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis. “Hope that’s the way we’ll solve this,” he said.

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