Iranian state television reported on Saturday that the advanced S-300 air defense system, which the Islamic Republic bought from Russia, is now operational. “The S-300 air defense system has been tested … in the presence of government and military officials,” the Iranian report said, according to the AFP news agency. It added that the test at a desert base had seen several targets, including a ballistic missile and a drone, intercepted. Air defense commander General Farzad Esmaili told the television that a domestically manufactured air defense system dubbed Bavar 373 which was “more advanced than the S-300” would be...Read More
Category: Wars & Rumors of Wars
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council proposal that would have banned the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government, and blacklisted eleven Syrian military commanders over allegations of toxic gas attacks. The proposed resolution, put forward by Britain, France and the United States, was put to the vote of the international body on Tuesday despite an earlier pledge by Russia to use its power the quash the proposal, the seventh time it has done so since the conflict first erupted in Syria since 2011. The nations behind the proposal criticized Russia and China for the veto....Read More
Mexico has threatened to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes a border tax to pay for his controversial wall. Mr Trump has used almost every post-election speech to reiterate his promise to build a barrier separating his country from its southern neighbour. Proposals are to be sought next month for the wall’s design. An executive order on 25 January for the wall’s construction also asked government agencies to report on the financial assistance given to Mexico in the past five years. This led to speculation Mr Trump may also divert US aid to pay for the wall. But...Read More
The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly on Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments at a Washington research center as the 30 days that President Donald Trump gave military leaders to develop a strategy to fight the Islamic State are almost up. “I’m in the business of providing the president with options,” Dunford said...Read More
The election of Yahya Sinwar to lead Hamas in Gaza represents the completion of a lengthy takeover by Hamas’ military wing at the expense of its political wing. And it could signal an imminent confrontation with Israel. Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been gradually pushing aside the terror group’s political wing, seeing it as an impediment to its jihadist war efforts against Israel. Sinwar and his military wing comrades want to reestablish their alliance with Iran and boost their tactical partnership with ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula. Sinwar’s rise likely means that Hamas and Iran...Read More
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