Policy Brief no.77: Russian Navy, under the pressure of international sanctions


International sanctions “imposed for Moscow’s interference in Ukraine” are seriously slowing down the development of the Russian Navy; they “are blocking import of critical parts for warships”, and “at the same time an economic recession has lightened the nation’s coffers”, Stars and Stripes reports on August 2, 2015. The article we are commenting now is […]

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Policy Brief no. 76: The new Taliban leader, confronted with a horde of major problems


Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new Afghan Taliban leader, who recently replaced Mullah Omar (who “had been dead for some time”), is already confronted with very severe problems, Reuters indirectly indicates on August 1, 2015. In his first audio recording provided to journalists, Mansour intensely asked for “unity”. He said “the enemy can’t defeat us […]

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Policy Brief no. 75: Egypt and Saudi Arabia decide to create ‘joint Arab military force’


“Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies”, Al Jazeera is reporting on July 31, 2015. In a statement made public at the end of a meeting of very senior Egyptian and Saudi officials – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi […]

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News Alert no. 138: Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebels’ positions near Aden

Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebels

Yemeni forces loyal to the legitimate president of the country “have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said” on July 30, 2015, Reuters reports. The same open source says that “forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which […]

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News Alert no. 137: New massive U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia made possible: Iran is still generating major strategic concerns on the world arena


On July 29, 2015, Reuters is reporting that “The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said”. The same open source is also stating that “the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale would benefit a key […]

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Policy Brief no. 68: U.S. military advisers to be deployed near the front lines in Iraq, at Mosul

us in irak again

A “senior U.S. military official” quoted by CNN said, on January 24, 2015, that U.S. military advisers already deployed to Iraq in order to significantly boost combat worthiness of Iraqi troops might be sent near the front lines at Mosul (the largest city in Northern Iraq and the largest city controlled by ISIL). Most probably, […]

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News Alert no. 106: New high-speed sealift vessel joins the U.S. 6th Fleet


On January 1, 2015, a brief text posted on the Facebook page of the U.S. 6th Fleet[1], quoted on the official webpage of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet reports that “USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) enters” the area of responsibility of the 6th Fleet “to support of Africa Partnership […]

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