Diego Garcia is subject to a territorial dispute from its native population, which was expelled by Britain before the island was leased to the US. Despite ongoing lawsuits, neither the US nor Britain has any intention of allowing the natives to return.
“This opportunity for two carrier strike groups to train and operate together in the region provides combatant commanders with significant operational flexibility and capabilities that only the U.S. Navy can bring.”
This is the first time that American strategic long-range bombers are exercising in Swedish airspace, Dagens Nyheter reports.
Norway’s Defense command says Wednesday’s exercise is “one of the largest of its kind, and several allied and partners trained along with the US B-1.”
Die von Verteidigungsministerin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer für diese Woche angekündigte Entscheidung über den Kauf neuer atomwaffenfähiger F-18 Kampfflugzeuge muss verschoben werden, fordert die IPPNW in einem offenen Brief an die Bundesregierung.
„There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,“ Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing. „We are monitoring the Shia militia groups carefully and if the threat level perceives to go up them we will raise our force protection levels accordingly.“
But after being pressed by reporters on the matter, Ghika engaged in verbal gymnastics to try to say he was on the same page as the White House by saying the coalition monitors a range of possible threats and it raises and lowers security levels appropriately.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met quietly Monday with the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, and the two men discussed continued “cooperation” between the two nations in fighting terrorism, according to Riyadh’s state-run news agency.
B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base took off from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said in a brief statement Monday. Additional bombers in the task force had been deployed to an unspecified base in the Middle East.
“They’re here to defend our forces and interests,” said Lt. Col. Christine Millette, a spokeswoman for Air Forces Central Command. Millette did not provide further mission details.
The South Korean foreign ministry summoned a senior Russian diplomat and “expressed regrets and urged the incident not to happen again”, it said in a statement.
South Korea’s defense ministry called in a Russian military official and lodged a protest about the incursion.
Meanwhile, Russia’s defense ministry said two TU-95 bombers conducted a regular flight over the international waters of the East Sea, the Yellow Sea and a part of the Pacific Ocean.
The Russian ministry said the bombers were escorted by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets on some parts of the flight.
The Russian planes appear to be TU-95 warplanes, a source said.
Observers presumed that the Russian planes might have violated the KADIZ to practice long-distance operations or to probe neighboring states to check their responses.