The United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats Dec. 29 retaliation for alleged interference with the recent U.S. presidential election, BBC reported. It will also close two Russian compounds used for intelligence gathering, in Maryland and New York, as part of a raft of other measures. It was not clear whether President-elect Donald Trump would be able to immediately overturn the measures upon taking office in January. His policy on Russia is likely to diverge from that of the Obama administration. Just as Trump regards the one-China policy as a relic of the Cold War worth revisiting, he intends to update Washington's relationship with Moscow.
Militants have long targeted the soft area outside airports' security sectors.
For example, a Palestinian militant group known as the Abu Nidal Organization attacked ticket desks in Rome and Vienna in December 1985, and a ticket desk at Los Angeles International Airport was attacked by a gunman in July 2002.
In 2011, a bomb attack at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport killed 35 people and injured more than 160. The departure and arrival areas outside of airport security usually provide a sizable pool of potential victims who can be attacked without having to sneak weapons past security.
The bombing on Daallo flight D159 was arguably a failure; though one passenger — likely the bomber — was killed, the aircraft landed safely after the attack Feb. 2
Investigators have yet to trace the person responsible for building the explosive device on an Airbus 321 in Somalia, though notorious terrorist group al Shabaab has finally stepped up to claim responsibility for the attack.
That, and not the organization responsible, should be the authorities' focus as they uncover more details surrounding the explosion on Daallo flight D159.
The bombing on Daallo flight D159 was arguably a failure; though one passenger — likely the bomber — was killed, the aircraft landed safely after the attack Feb. 2. But if the flight's low altitude limited the bomb's effectiveness, that does nothing to change its level of sophistication.
Russia's military modernisation has reduced NATO's air superiority in Europe
The Pentagon is most alarmed by Russia's power to create A2/ADVERTISING challenges
Russia's military modernisation has reduced NATO's air superiority in Europe, US Air Force (USAF) General Frank Gorenc, the commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, said through the Air Force Association's annual symposium on 14 September.
"They've closed the gap," Gen Gorenc, additionally the leader of Allied Air Command, told reporters during a briefing.
"The edge that we've got from the air, I could really say, is decreasing," he added. "But the more alarming matter is their power to produce anti-accessibility/place refusal [A2/ADVERTISING]."
Following issues that Moscow experienced during the 2008 invasion of Georgia, Russia began "a huge modernisation", Gen Gorenc said. "They learned a lot over the way, and they made moves to close the asymmetric edge presented by the caliber of our air force; they have done it."
Gen Gorenc is very concerned about two A2/AD zones - Crimea to the Black Sea and Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. "Some of the array that is in Kaliningrad extends into Poland now," he said. "That is a fact."
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine will hold local elections on Oct. 18, the republic's leader said Sept. 16, Sputnik reported. According to your statement posted by the area's Supreme Court, the surveys will have "nothing to do" with Ukraine's national elections and will also be held relative to the Minsk deals. The Ukrainian authorities has refused to acknowledge them and calls these surveys a breach of Ukrainian law as well as the Minsk agreement.
There is only one event in recent days' cluster of activity that should give us pause: Jabhat al-Nusra's decision to withdraw from areas north of Aleppo. It demonstrates that the Turkish-U.S. partnership may have legs.
One of the chief things Washington needs from Ankara is Turkey's ability to work with rebel groups so that the rebels the United States favors can succeed. Getting Jabhat al-Nusra to withdraw is the first demonstrable sign that the buffer zone will be created, though the group's official retreat from the area tells us nothing about which rebels will actually do the fighting.
Still, Monday was an active day in the Syrian civil war. The Jaish al-Fatah rebel group took full control of the northern Sahl al-Ghab plain in Hama province, setting the stage for the battle over Joureen and the middle Sahl al-Ghab plain. The group also continued attacks on the last remaining government forces in Idlib province concentrated in the Shiite towns near Binnish. Islamic State forces remained stalled around al-Qaryatayn, which they took on Aug. 6, but are still poised to threaten loyalist forces in Homs province. Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate and arguably the strongest of the Syrian rebel factions, declared it would retreat from northern Aleppo around the Islamic State-free buffer zone that Turkey and the United States intend to create.
Step back from this detailed view and more events come into focus. The morning of Aug. 9, six U.S. F-16s, two support aircraft and 300 U.S. personnel arrived at Incirlik air base. U.S. operations out of Incirlik against the Islamic State will begin soon. Meanwhile, Stratfor believes that the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a Marxist organization with deep roots in Turkey's radical leftist circles, was responsible for two attacks in Istanbul on Aug. 10. In the Sultanbeyli district, a car bomb struck a police station, and assailants attacked responders to the scene, killing at least one police officer. Outside the U.S. Consulate, armed assailants reportedly associated with the same Marxist organization attempted an attack but failed to inflict casualties or damage the consulate. In the Kurdish hinterlands of southeastern Turkey, Kurdistan Workers' Party militants conducted two separate attacks, killing four police officers and a soldier.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who also acts as Defence Minister, is seeking cooperation with France to develop the Saudi industry of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
May 20, 2015
Massive strikes in Turkey’s auto sector have allegedly spread to include Ford Motor Co. workers, AFP reported May 20. Two factories in Turkey’s western Kocaeli province operated by Ford Otosan — a partnership between the U.S. car maker and Turkish industrial conglomerate Koc Holding – were reportedly forced to close May 20 because of the strikes for higher pay. However, Ford Otosan denied that the closures were the result of strikes and said they were instead due to a lack of parts caused by disturbances at other factories. Turkey’s Renault and Fiat factories, as well as several auto parts manufacturers, have been inoperable the past few days because of the demonstrations.
MAY 19, 2015 | 17:10 GMT
Two mortar rounds landed on the premises of the Russian Embassy in Damascus on May 19, causing damage but no injuries, an embassy spokeswoman said, Sputnik News reported. One mortar fell near the main entrance, and the other hit an administrative building. A similar attack targeted the embassy in January.