Putin threw his best troops into a meat grinder, war strategist says

Russia “threw its best troops into the meat grinder” in the early stages of its war on Ukraine, a military analyst has said. And Vladimir Putin’s insistence that the so-called “special operation” is going to plan is making things even worse, Simon Miles, an assistant professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, has said. Ukrainian forces … Continue reading Putin threw his best troops into a meat grinder, war strategist says

Poland and Czech to protect Slovak airspace as ageing MiGs are retired

FILE: Slovak Air Force MiG-29 goes through a water gate during an airshow in Malacky, Slovakia, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.Petr David Josek / Associated Press Poland and the Czech Republic have agreed to protect Slovakia’s airspace as the country seeks to retire its 11 Soviet-era fighter planes. At an air show this weekend, the defence … Continue reading Poland and Czech to protect Slovak airspace as ageing MiGs are retired

Russia approves ‘forceful conscription’ to increase military personnel

Russia recruitment drive 'unlikely to improve combat power' The British Ministry of Defence said that a new Kremlin-ordered drive to recruit more personnel to the Russian military "is unlikely to make substantive progress towards increasing Russia's combat power in Ukraine."  On 25 August, Vladimir Putin issued a new decree increasing the overall number of personnel … Continue reading Russia approves ‘forceful conscription’ to increase military personnel

South Korea prepares to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats

South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered an update to the military's operational plans, aimed at countering North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats. Yoon said he wanted updated plans this week while visiting a military bunker that would serve as a command post in the event of a war. The announcement coincided with the … Continue reading South Korea prepares to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats

ICC to prosecute Buratai, military chiefs and others over alleged abuse of human rights

Ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd) and his Nigerian Air Force counterpart, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar (retd) will soon face criminal charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings during their time as security chiefs. According to a civic group, the Africa Centre for … Continue reading ICC to prosecute Buratai, military chiefs and others over alleged abuse of human rights

US military using lessons from Ukraine to prepare Taiwan against invasion

Americans want to use what they have learned from arming Ukraine to help Taiwan prepare for a potential Chinese attack, the NYT says The US is seeking to reshape Taiwan's defense systems in light of the experience gained from sending military aid to Ukraine, which is currently locked in a conflict with Russia, the New … Continue reading US military using lessons from Ukraine to prepare Taiwan against invasion

Biden explains action near tombstones of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

As President Joe Biden stood in the rain on Wednesday among the tombstones of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan, thoughts of his late son Beau were not far from his mind as he explained his decision to begin America’s exit from its longest war. The president’s elder son earned the Bronze Star while serving in … Continue reading Biden explains action near tombstones of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Armies of robots to fight in future wars

Major military powers are racing to embrace weapons that select and fire on targets without meaningful human control. This is raising the specter of immoral, unaccountable, largely uncontrollable weapon systems killer robots. It is also driving fears of widespread proliferation and arms races leading to global and regional instability, Human Rights Watch said in a … Continue reading Armies of robots to fight in future wars

Israel lied about Syria’s downing of its aircraft

  Syrian air marshals shot down Israeli missiles near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, local state media reported, while Israel said it was protecting itself from anti-aircraft fire. The official Syrian news agency SANA said air defences "intercepted hostile missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes" from over Lebanese territories, citing a military source. It added … Continue reading Israel lied about Syria’s downing of its aircraft

Kim Jong Un not happy with corrupt leadership in DPRK’s military

    Thae Yong-ho, a former DPRK's deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom who defected with his family to South Korea in 2016, has revealed Kim Jong Un's discontentment with high-ranking officials in North Korea's military. Image: Thae Yong-ho According to The Dong-a Ilbo, Kim is furious over an alleged misappropriation of state funds by military … Continue reading Kim Jong Un not happy with corrupt leadership in DPRK’s military

Vladimir Putin considers withdrawing Russian troops from Syria

President Vladimir Putin has considered a partial withdrawal of his troops from Syria, having made an official announcement to this effect on Monday during a surprise visit to a Russian military base in Latakia. "I order the defence minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their … Continue reading Vladimir Putin considers withdrawing Russian troops from Syria

British nationals in Zimbabwe advised to stay indoors amid political crisis

Citizens of the United Kingdom who are resident in Zimbabwe have been advised to remain indoors and stay clam amid threats of violence and rumors of coup d'etat in south African nation. The UK embassy in Zimbabwe wrote in a Twitter post: 'Due to the uncertain situation in Harare, incl. reports of unusual military activity, we … Continue reading British nationals in Zimbabwe advised to stay indoors amid political crisis