SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesU.S. President Barack Obama
Last Sunday marked the three-year anniversary of the most egregious use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century: the sarin gas massacre in Ghouta, Syria, where President Bashar Assad caused the death by asphyxiation of 1,300 men, women and children. No particular fuss was made over the milestone, and it’s not hard to understand why.
Syrians are now being burned to death by napalm. A primitive version of the Vietnam-era incendiary jelly is routinely packed into the crude barrel bombs Assad’s forces have been dropping on civilian neighbourhoods at a rate of about 220 a week since October, when his friends in the Kremlin assured...
Ukrainian Armed Forces got new armament and military equipment
President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko handed armament and military equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Today we sent to the frontline another batch of 141 items of armament and military equipment, which were produced or modernized at the defense industry facilities. I am confident that you, our officers and soldiers, will use this armament and materiel most effectively”, Petro Poroshenko said handing the armament and military equipment to the servicemen during the working travel to Kharkiv oblast.
The Head of State noted that he was pleased to hear from the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, who had just returned from the frontline, that the Ukrainian forces show both powerful discipline and strong morale and are ready to stop the enemy at the contact line.
US Works to Keep Turkey in Its Fold as NATO Ally Looks East
In this Aug. 16, 2016 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
Associated Press | Aug 23, 2016 | by Josh Lederman
WASHINGTON — With suspicions on both sides mounting, the United States is struggling to preserve its wobbly partnership with Turkey as it entertains a closer relationship with Russia and fumes over a U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last month's failed coup attempt.
Vice President Joe Biden faces a difficult mission when he travels to Ankara on Wednesday to try to smooth over recent strains: He comes bearing no assurances that the U.S. will agree to Turkey's demand that it extradite that cleric — Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania. Instead, he'll try to convey that the U.S. still needs and values Turkey as a key NATO ally, even amid worrying signs that the U.S. and Turkish...
Turkey Raises Possibility of Opening Incirlik Air Base to Russia
An A-10C Thunderbolt II attack aircraft taxis on the flight line after landing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Oct. 15, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cory W. Bush/Released)
Military.com | Aug 23, 2016 | by Richard Sisk
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim rattled NATO allies with recent remarks suggesting that Russian warplanes could share Incirlik Air Base with the U.S. before adding that it wasn't likely to happen.
Moscow hasn't asked to use Incirlik, and "Russia doesn't need to use the base. They have bases in Syria," Yildirim told foreign reporters in Istanbul on Saturday, according to Turkish news outlets. "Russia had no demands to use Incirlik Air Base. Those reports are not true."
However, Yildirim said that other nations use Incirlik in southeastern Turkey and a Russian request to base planes there...
Syria discloses four secret chemical weapons facilities, UN says
News raises concerns Islamic State could get hold of remaining stockpiles a year after UN joint mission set out to destroy them
Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria. A deal to remove the weapons was reached last year under threat of US air strikes. Photograph: Uncredited/AP
Associated Press at the United Nations
Tuesday 7 October 2014 18.48 BST Last modified on Friday 27 May 2016 07.52 BST
Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it had not previously disclosed, a special representative of the United Nations secretary general told the security council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government has not been fully open about its chemical weapons program.
Diplomats said Sigrid Kaag told them during closed consultations that three of the facilities are for research and development and one is for...
Pipeline attacks: FG imports Russian war helicopters, UAVs from Dubai
August 21, 2016
Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin
The Federal Government is making a comprehensive arrangement to respond to the attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region through the importation of sophisticated military hardware.
A top military source said on Saturday that the Defence authorities had completed arrangements to bring in latest Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to boost the planned military operation in the oil-rich region.
It was gathered that the Federal Government has ordered for the Yahbon/20UAVs from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
It was further learnt that the Yahbon/20UAVs were being procured to replace the Chinese CH-3A UAV in the arsenal of the military.
It was stated that the military would rely heavily on the Yahbon/20...
Top US commander warns Russia, Syria
By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) August 21, 2016
CNN)In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
"We've informed the Russians where we're at ... (they) tell us they've informed the Syrians, and I'd just say that we will defend ourselves if we feel threatened," Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told CNN in a telephone interview Saturday from his Baghdad headquarters.
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of US forces in Iraq...