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Israel Shoots Down Drone That Crossed From Syria

Israel’s military said it shot down a drone that crossed into its airspace from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Sunday, the latest sign of intensified civil war battles along a tense border that have caught United Nations peacekeepers in the crossfire. Israel’s military said it fired a Patriot missile at the drone and that it believed it ... Read More »

NATO Leaders to Discuss High Readiness Task Force

NATO leaders meeting at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4 and 5 will be discussing the option of adding a “high readiness joint task force” or “spearhead force” to the existing NATO Response Force (NRF) capable of reacting to threats to NATO territory within two days, said a senior NATO official here Sept. 1. “At the moment, the ... Read More »

In Interviews, 3 Americans Held in North Korea Plead for U.S. Help

North Korea granted two United States news organizations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with each prisoner apologizing for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send a high-level emissary to negotiate their release. The three had been interviewed before in orchestrated televised appearances in which they expressed contrition and asked the United States for help. But Monday was ... Read More »

Indian Navy plans new carrier, SSBN base in Bay of Bengal

The Indian Navy (IN) is building a new base on India’s east coast to further boost force levels in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and to counter China’s growing presence. Senior IN sources told IHS Jane’s that the new facility, codenamed Project Varsha, will be located at Rambilli on the Bay of Bengal, about 50 km southwest of Visakhapatnam, headquarters ... Read More »

RSAF grounds US-based F-16Ds after structural cracks found

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has grounded an unspecified number of Lockheed Martin F-16D multirole combat aircraft attached to its Peace Carvin II training detachment at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) revealed to IHS Jane’s on 29 August. The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 19 August that it had removed 82 ... Read More »

Democracy Backers in Hong Kong Face Tough Choices

For more than a year, Democrats in Hong Kong have threatened to disrupt Asia’s most important financial center with a sit-in protest if the central government in Beijing put onerous restrictions on a voting plan here. China’s Communist Party-controlled legislature did just that on Sunday, so now the democracy movement must decide how to carry out its threat, even while ... Read More »

Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies

Congo’s government spokesman says a top general based in the country’s volatile east has died. Lambert Mende said Sunday that Gen. Lucien Bahuma, 57, died Saturday after being evacuated to South Africa from Uganda, where he had been attending a military meeting in the town of Kasese. Mende said Bahuma died of an apparent cardiovascular problem and an autopsy will ... Read More »

Lesotho ‘coup’: Sadc rejects Thabane’s troop request

Regional leaders have rejected calls by Lesotho’s exiled Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for the immediate deployment of troops to help restore order in his country, an official has told the BBC. Instead, an observer team would be urgently sent to Lesotho, she said. Mr Thabane fled to South Africa on Saturday, claiming the military had staged a coup – a ... Read More »

Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison

Somalia’s government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there, officials said. All the attackers, three government soldiers and two civilians were killed, said Information Minister Mustafa Duhulow. Duhulow denounced the extremists as “against the security improvements we ... Read More »

U.N. Says 43 Peacekeepers Detained by Armed Group in Golan Heights

Rebel groups, including an al-Qaeda affiliate, are clashing with the Syrian military at the border between Israel and Syria. The United Nations said Thursday that 43 UN peacekeepers are being detained by “an armed group” at the border between Syria and Israel where Islamist militants are clashing with the Syrian military. Another 81 UN peacekeepers in the area of separation ... Read More »

Syrian Refugees Surpass 3 Million, U.N. Says

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war has risen above three million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, calling the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” More than a million people have fled in the last 12 months alone, the refugee agency said, counting only those who registered as refugees. The total number is believed ... Read More »

Egypt: Hegazy Meets Libyan Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt General Mahmoud Hegazy met on Wednesday 27/8/2014 with Chief of Staff of the Libyan Army Major General Abdel Razek al-Nazoury, who visited Egypt at the head of a high ranking delegation within the framework of efforts to heal the rifts in the Libyan State. The meeting dealt with successive changes and developments ... Read More »