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Indonesia commissions third KCR-60M missile craft

The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentera Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) third KCR-60M missile attack craft, KRI Halasan (630), was commissioned in a 17 September ceremony presided over by defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro.The commissioning was conducted at PT PAL’s shipyard in Surabaya, where the vessel was built. It follows the successful delivery and induction of sister ships KRI Sampari (628) ... Read More »

Fear of Ebola Drives Mob to Kill Officials in Guinea

The bodies of eight officials and journalists who went to a remote village in Guinea to dispel rumors about the deadly Ebola outbreak gripping the region were discovered after a rock-hurling mob attacked the delegation, claiming that it had come to spread the illness, a government spokesman said Thursday. The delegation had left for the village on Tuesday for what ... Read More »

Nigeria to buy ‘significant number’ of Russian helos

Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a ‘significant’ consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. “In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian] helicopters,” Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Rostec’s International Cooperation Department, said at the ADEX 2014 international defence exhibition, ... Read More »

Amnesty: Nigerian police routinely use torture

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men and children as young as 12 with beatings, shootings, rape, electric shocks and pliers used to pull out teeth and nails, Amnesty International charged Thursday. Most of those detained are denied access to the outside world and even to visits from family or lawyers, said the new report collated from hundreds of ... Read More »

U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast

The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday. The attack brings the number of U.N. peacekeepers killed in the country this month to 10. “This incident follows many other attacks in the Kidal ... Read More »

Team Patrick-Cape Launches Atlas V CLIO Spacecraft

By [email protected] (45th Space Wing ) CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION — The 45th Space Wing supported a successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO Spacecraft into orbit for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Spacecraft lifted off from here at The Cape at 8:10 p.m. from Launch Complex 41. The 45th Space Wing team of ... Read More »

In Rare Bipartisan Vote, House OKs Syrian Rebel Train-and-Equip Amendment

The US House has signed off on granting the president authorities to train and arm Syrian opposition forces — while restricting the involvement of American ground forces. The chamber approved a measure Wednesday afternoon, 273-156, that would, if the Senate follows suit, clear the White House to begin preparing the rebels to fight the Islamic State (IS). The authorization came ... Read More »

85 Democrats buck Obama in ISIS vote

A total of 85 House Democrats, primarily anti-war liberals, voted Wednesday against the proposal to arm Syrian rebels against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The majority of the Democratic caucus, 114 members total, joined 159 Republicans to pass the amendment. But an unusual coalition of nearly an equal number of Democrats (85) and Republicans (71) opposed President ... Read More »

Senators Question Legal Basis for Iraq, Syria Strikes

The White House’s strategy toward Islamic State came under harsh scrutiny at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, with leading Democrats and Republicans both questioning whether it will be able to push back the militant group. Senators said they would press President Barack Obama to seek a new congressional authority to launch new military strikes in Iraq and Syria to replace ... Read More »

Marco Rubio Flaps His Hawk Wings

Dick Cheney has finally found the Harry Potter to his Albus Dumbledore—Sen. Marco Rubio. In a speech Wednesday, Rubio, R-Fla., called Edward Snowden a “traitor,” outlined an aggressive foreign policy platform, and took some not-so-subtle jabs at President Obama and some of his less-hawkish fellow Republicans. Rubio’s speech was sponsored by the John Hay Initiative, an organization that doesn’t have ... Read More »

US House Votes to Avert Government Shutdown; All Eyes Now on Senate

Congress is one step closer to avoiding another Pentagon and federal government shutdown, something leaders of both political parties fear heading into a crucial election homestretch. The US House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap appropriations bill on a vote of 319 in favor and 108 against that would fund the Defense Department and other federal agencies through Dec. ... Read More »

Arrow-2 Intercept Test Misses Target

Israel has determined that a Sept. 9 intercept test of the joint US-Israel Arrow-2 missile missed its target. Nearly a week of analysis from last Tuesday’s test concluded that the Arrow-2 successfully acquired and tracked its target, yet failed to destroy it in the “end game.” Experts here blamed the miss on software issues that are easily corrected. They consistently ... Read More »

A Mole Inside Assad’s Embassy Aided Syrian Rebels

Bassam Barabandi, a diplomat in the Syrian embassy here, was leaving Ramadan prayers at a mosque late one night two years ago when he ran into an opponent of the Syrian regime. Mr. Barabandi knew the man slightly and offered him a ride home. The chance conversation that followed transformed the diplomat’s life. It also altered the fortunes of scores ... Read More »