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01.08.2018 - 16:23 [ Haaretz ]

Iranian Forces Pulling Back From Israel Border, Says Russia

Lavrentiev said Iranian service personnel whom he described as advisors could be among Syrian army forces who remain closer to the Israeli border.

„But there are no units of heavy equipment and weapons that could pose a threat to Israel at a distance of 85 km from the line of demarcation,“ Lavrentiev said.

25.07.2018 - 12:40 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Russia: Israel has not rejected our proposal to distance the Iranians 100 km from border

According to a statement made by the Russian embassy, „The talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were very constructive.“

11.07.2018 - 17:46 [ Stripes.com ]

UK to nearly double troops in Afghanistan after Trump request

The United Kingdom will nearly double the number of troops it has in Afghanistan in response to a request by President Donald Trump for additional support in America’s longest war.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that 440 more British servicemembers would deploy to the country, bringing the U.K.’s total contribution to about 1,100 troops.

30.06.2018 - 12:02 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe

The Pentagon analysis of basing in Europe comes as relations between Trump and Europe have plunged over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, sparking tit-for-tat measures, and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a pact viewed in Europe as a model for peaceful conflict resolution.

25.06.2018 - 09:09 [ Toronto Star ]

Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Mali as yearlong mission begins

Vance was greeted by several German officers, who have a large peacekeeping contingent in Mali, which includes a unit of helicopters, some of which Canada will replace in the coming weeks.

The members of the advance team are only the first of what will be a steady stream of troops and equipment to arrive between now and August, including eight helicopters, to help the beleaguered UN mission.

25.05.2018 - 13:18 [ Jason Ditz / antiwar ]

US Commander in Europe Wants More Troops, Resources to Target Russia

Gen. Scaparrotti suggested that the “modernization” of Russia’s military means that the US needs to deploy even more troops into Europe, with yet more equipment, to “deter” Russia. US officials have been claiming that Russia would invade Eastern Europe at some point.

19.05.2018 - 16:31 [ alarabiya.net ]

Russia calls for foreign troop pullout from Syria including Iran, Hezbollah

On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: „This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria including the Turkish, American, Iranian and Hezbollah.“

Lavrentiev stressed that Putin’s statement on this issue represents a “political message”, but added „not to view it as the beginning of a withdrawal process of foreign troops from Syria.”

04.05.2018 - 10:31 [ New York Times ]

Trump Orders Pentagon to Consider Reducing U.S. Forces in South Korea

A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Patrick Ryder, said he had no information about troop options being prepared for the president.

For Mr. Trump, withdrawing troops would have multiple benefits, said Victor D. Cha, a Korea scholar at Georgetown University who was for a time under consideration to be ambassador to Seoul. It would appeal to his political base, save the United States money and give him a valuable chit in his negotiation with Mr. Kim.

28.04.2018 - 20:37 [ Daily Mail ]

Austria probes UN peacekeepers over Golan deaths

The Austria Press Agency quoted a spokesman for the United Nations as calling the video „disturbing“.

The world body would follow up actively on this issue in cooperation with the Austrian authorities, the spokesman says.

The spokesman added that the incident, which left nine members of the Syrian security forces killed by 13 members of the armed opposition, was reported to the UN Security Council and included in a UN report.

18.04.2018 - 08:43 [ CNN ]

Bolton dealing to build an Arab military force in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, said Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is engaged in talks with the US and would consider sending forces to Syria along with other Arab countries as part of this contingent.
Jubeir also noted that the idea is not necessarily new, as Saudi Arabia made a similar proposal to the Obama administration, but that the US did not take them up on the offer.

11.04.2018 - 15:01 [ teleSUR ]

Algeria: More Than 100 Feared Dead After Plane Crash

More than 100 people are feared dead after an Algerian plane crashed at 8:00 a.m. near Boufarik airbase 20 miles outside Algiers, according to Algerian state radio.

The Ilyushin Il-76 military plane, which was transporting troops and equipment, was heading to the western Algerian city of Bechar, an Algerie24 report said.

05.04.2018 - 13:10 [ Washington Post ]

Trump instructs military to begin planning for withdrawal from Syria

Trump agreed that the military, as fighting continued against remaining militant pockets, could train local security ­forces.

But officials said he stressed that U.S. strategic goals in Syria do not include longer-term stability or reconstruction efforts. He said he did not want to be having the same conversation about withdrawal six months or more from now.

05.04.2018 - 13:04 [ Ahval News ]

Turkey carries out “war of conquest” in Syria – leftist party leader

“Turkey is one of the countries responsible for the situation in Syria,” Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) leader Alper Taş told Ahval.

Turkish troops, backed by their Islamist Syrian allies, seized the Syrian town of Afrin last month after a two-month offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkey now controls a swathe of territory in northern and northwestern Syria and has threatened to capture northeastern Syria from the Kurds.

03.04.2018 - 10:43 [ Tass ]

Germany insists UN peacekeeping mission should be deployed across Donbass

(4.1.2018) A UN mission should be deployed in the areas of eastern Ukraine gripped by the conflict, not just along the contact line to protect observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Kiev on Wednesday.

„It is necessary that a UN armed and powerful mission can be deployed across the entire territory [of Donbass], but not merely for protection of a small group of OSCE mission and along the contact line as a new border of Ukraine,“ Gabriel told a joint news conference with Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.

31.03.2018 - 01:28 [ Times ]

Saudi Crown Prince Says U.S. Troops Should Stay In Syria

“We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” he told TIME Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.

Bin Salman, a 32-year old who last year disrupted the line of succession when he became next in line for the Saudi throne, has emerged as the most powerful Saudi ruler in decades. In addition to being selected as the crown prince, he serves as First Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, and Minister of Defense.

30.03.2018 - 16:39 [ Kurdistan24.net ]

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

According to the report, Macron met with a Rojava delegation, including members of the YPG, at the Élysée. The delegation had arrived in Paris two days ago.

Accompanied by his special chief of staff, Admiral Roger, Macron announced that he would send French Special Forces to Manbij in coordination with the US, another report by Le Parisien said.