Tag Archive | Military

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

Mosul’s residents tell of hopes and fears after Isis flees Iraqi city

[…]The UN’s International Organisation for Migration estimated last week that more than a million people had been displaced from east and west Mosul and that there were more than 800,000 people living in camps. […]

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Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

Russia deploys troops westward because of NATO

Russia deploys troops westward because of NATO

Russia is building an army base near its border with Ukraine, the latest in a chain of new military sites along what the Kremlin sees as its frontline in a growing confrontation with NATO. While there have been no clashes between the former Cold War rivals, Russia is building up forces on its western frontiers […]

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Syrian rebels agree in Qatar to stop infighting

Two Syrian rebel groups which have been fighting each other near Damascus have negotiated a ceasefire in Qatar, statements published by the two groups said. More than 500 people have been killed since April when fighting erupted between rival Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman groups. Their rift has been exploited by Syrian government forces to […]

Obama lifts US arms ban on Vietnam

Obama lifts US arms ban on Vietnam

President Barack Obama announced Monday that the United States is fully lifting a decades-long ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam. In a joint news conference in Hanoi with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Obama said that the removal of the ban on lethal weapons was part of a deeper defense cooperation with […]

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s purge

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years. Up until now, government leaders have not revealed exactly what happened during one of the darkest periods of Indonesian history. Researchers estimate that half a million or more communists, […]

Purge of the military prepares the Chinese army

Purge of the military prepares the Chinese army

Much has been made of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s flurry of announcements in recent months signaling major structural reforms to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), scheduled for completion by 2020. While understanding the details of Xi’s reforms is critical to assessing the direction of PLA modernization going forward, it is also necessary to consider the […]