News Alert No.93: British SAS wiped out several hundred ISIL fighters

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Along the past two days [November 22 and November 23, 2014], Mail on Sunday published a piece of news describing, with some details, the way in which the notoriously effective British SAS (Special Air Service) is directly involved in fighting against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Iraq. According to the British newspaper, “SAS troops […]

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News Alert No.92: Beijing is building a strategic island in South China Sea

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On November 21, Reuters reports that “satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands”. The new island will be “large enough to accommodate what could be its [China’s] first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea”.  The piece of news is based on images obtained by IHS […]

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Policy Brief No.60: Increased U.S. and NATO military presence in Romania

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On November 17, 2014, exactly one day after the second round of presidential elections in Romania, two very senior U.S. officials came to Bucharest, a political move clearly showing how important the Eastern flank of the Alliance became in the context of increased Russian aggressiveness along the past few months. On that day, an official […]

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Policy Brief No.59: Germany’s uncomfortable role in solving the crisis in Ukraine

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Several open sources offered, along the past few days (mainly starting with November 17, 2014), a lot of units of significant information, and also a lot of ideas and suggestions, on the role Germany might play – and has to play, according to its obvious great European power status and also according to its increasingly […]

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Policy Brief No.58: Butchery in Jerusalem – two Palestinians killed four rabbis in a synagogue

Butchery in Jerusalem

Two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers “killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday [November 18] before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city”, Reuters reports. Eight other Israelis were wounded, Al Jazeera reports. Four of the dead were rabbis (three holding […]

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Policy Paper No.10: Increased number of aggressive incidents staged by Russia

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On November 15, “NATO fighter jets intercepted two Russian military airplanes over the Baltic Sea, adding to a string of incidents amid a confrontation over Ukraine between the U.S., European Union and Russia”, Bloomberg reports. The incident took place “over neutral waters near Latvia’s territorial seas”, and Latvia’s armed forces said on their Twitter account […]

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Policy Brief No.57: U.S. military readiness ‘degrades significantly’

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“We aren’t modernizing as fast as we should in a highly competitive, technical landscape. Almost every element of our forced structure is shrinking while potential threats expand”, Admiral James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declared on November 15. He also said that “procurement of new weapons had slowed, even as escalating […]

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