The wars that really are about the oil

Source: Spectator UK Excerpt: Americans who hope that ‘energy independence’ can reduce US involvement in the Middle East similarly fail to understand the post-Cold War strategy of their own country. Thanks to the revolution in oil and gas production made… Continue Reading

Russian Arctic island to serve as base for military transport planes

Source: Russia and India Report A Russian Arctic aerodrome will be upgraded to receive Ilyushin Il-76 heavy military transport planes, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Col.-General Viktor Bondarev said on Monday. Plans are afoot to make the Temp aerodrome… Continue Reading

U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015

Source: Huffington Post The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow’s support for rebels in… Continue Reading

Lebanon Deploys Troops to Halt Syrian Jihadist Spillover

Source: VOA Lebanese security forces say a tip from U.S. intelligence agencies enabled them to pre-empt an assault planned by Syrian jihadists on predominantly Shi’ite Muslim villages in the Bekaa Valley. The intelligence disclosure is part of a mounting Western… Continue Reading

Dutch Special Forces, HUMINT and ELINT in Mali tackle changing threat

Source: Reuters Dutch troops have joined a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali to meet a growing security threat from the region to the Netherlands, and Europe as a whole that “softer” approaches can no longer contain, the Dutch foreign minister… Continue Reading

Private military companies to be in Russian reserve force in case of mobilization

Source:Voice of Russia The Russian Defense Ministry will take under control Russian private military companies (PMC) and will be able to use them in the event of imposing a state of emergency in the country, The Izvestia reports with reference… Continue Reading

Baghdad must accept Kirkuk is now part of Kurdistan—KRG official

Source: Aawsat London, Asharq Al-Awsat—The federal government in Baghdad must now accept that Kirkuk is a part of the autonomous Kurdistan region, a senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official has said, echoing earlier comments by Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. Speaking exclusively to Asharq… Continue Reading