Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will meet the leaders of Russia, France and Germany next month to discuss the situation in northwest Syria, where a military push by Moscow-backed government forces against the last opposition-held enclave has displaced nearly a million people. His comments on Saturday came[…]
Tehran is to revive maritime security talks on Tuesday with officials from traditional foe the United Arab Emirates (UAE), amid worsening frictions between Iran and the West in the Gulf region. “The 6th joint meeting will be held on Tuesday between a visiting seven-member delegation from the United Arab Emirates’[…]
Author: Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent meeting with Donald Trump has been chock-a-block with[…]
Pakistan has reopened its skies for civilian flights, which had been forced to make detours after the fighting between New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir earlier this year. India has reportedly done the same. On Tuesday morning, the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority released a statement, saying it had issued a[…]
Video footage of Iran’s air defenses shooting down a high-altitude US Navy surveillance drone has been posted on social media by the Iranian military. It shows the missile launch and an explosion at the moment of interception. The brief clip, filmed early Thursday morning and set to rousing music, shows[…]
Iran has shot down an American RQ-4 reconnaissance drone flying over Hormuzgan province, Tehran claims. The US military declined to comment. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps air force shot down an “American espionage drone” that was invading Iranian territory, the IRGC’s public relations arm said in a statement released on Thursday.[…]
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has announced the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were “defensive purposes,” citing concerns about a threat from Iran. “I have authorised approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats[…]
Russian fighters were scrambled twice to intercept American B-52H bombers, active on the eastern and southern borders. The close encounters between Russian and US planes occurred both above the Baltic and Black seas. The US strategic bombers were intercepted twice on Monday, Russian Defense Ministry has said, without providing exact[…]
The Japanese company that owns the ‘Kokuka Courageous’ tanker has said its crew spotted “flying objects” before the attack in the Gulf of Oman, contradicting US claims that the vessel was damaged by a naval mine. Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, told reporters on Friday that sailors on board[…]
(CNN) The United States military on Thursday released a video that it says shows an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Japanese-owned chemical tanker Kokura Courageous, one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday[…]
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