News Alert no. 140: Top adviser to Khamenei says U.S. is to be confronted and rolled back by Tehran-led “resistance axis”

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According to official Iranian media, Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that a “resistance axis” led by Iran, and including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the [pro-Iranian forces in] Palestinian territories is “not only to fight against the dominance of foreigners in their countries”, but also […]

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News Alert no. 139: Major insurgent attacks in – and near – Kabul: 50 killed, hundreds wounded

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Starting with August 7, 2015, several significant attacks have been launched by insurgents (and at least two of them by Taliban fighters) against “Afghan army and police and U.S. special forces”, in or near Kabul, Reuters reports on August 8. At least 50 people were killed and several hundred have been wounded, and open sources […]

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

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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

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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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News Alert no. 108: India and Russia step up joint fifth generation aircraft development project just a few days before Obama’s visit

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The Times of India reports that on January 21, 2015, Manohar Parrikar, the Indian defence minister and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, “have decided to fast-track joint military programmes, including the proposed joint development and production of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA)”[1], a project that has known virtually no progress in the last few years. […]

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News Alert no.107: Japan approves largest ever defense budget

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On January 14, 2015, Japan approved its biggest defense budget ever for the next fiscal year. According to Business Insider[1], until March 2016, “Tokyo will spend 4.98 trillion yen ($41.97 billion)”; previously, the highest Japanese budget was the “4.96 trillion yen earmarked in 2002”. Part of the new budget will be spent on acquiring new […]

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

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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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