War

3 maps that explain the geopolitics of nuclear weapons

North Korea has received a lot of focus due to a recent missile test and the expectation of another nuclear test. It is a poor country whose nuclear program has allowed it to punch above its weight internationally. This has also forced superpowers to approach it with great caution.<p>Nuclear bombs are …

North Korea

Few clues emerge about the human damage caused by the US' 'mother of all bombs' dropped in Afghanistan

ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon's power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted.<p>Reuters …

Afghanistan War

Air strikes are not an effective tactic of war, but we keep using them anyway

Bombs over Baghdad? Largely ineffectual.<p>American military involvement in Afghanistan has been ongoing since 2001, making it the longest foreign war …

Armed Conflict

Bomb first, don't explain later: Trump's failure to justify his use of force

<b>(CNN) —</b> We're still less than 100 days into Donald Trump's presidency, but the candidate who promised to "bomb the s--- out of ISIS" has indeed shown a willingness, as President, to expand the use of American military force against a wide range of targets across the globe.<p>From an early commando …

Foreign Policy

North Korea could destroy the world with just three bombs, says ‘Ambassador to the West’

<b>North Korea could destroy the entire world with just three bombs if it wanted too, an ‘unofficial ambassador to the West’ has warned.</b><p>Putin sends …

North Korea

Syrian army, allies gain ground against rebels north of Hama

The Syrian army and allied forces advanced against rebels in western Syria near Hama city on Sunday, building on recent strategic gains in the area, a military source and a monitoring group said.<p>Government forces captured the town of Halfaya and nearby villages, they said, taking back territory …

Syrian Army

Forget the "Mother of All Bombs": 3 Defense Stocks to Own No Matter What Happens Abroad

Headlines come and go, but these stocks have a longer time horizon.<p>First came the Tomahawks -- 59 of them, launched at a military airfield in Syria. …

Military

This is what would happen if Trump went to war with North Korea

“Now that we possess mighty nuclear power to protect ourselves from US nuclear threat, we will respond without the slightest hesitation to full-out …

North Korea

International mission member killed in Ukraine blast

MOSCOW - A member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine has died and at least one other was injured after their vehicle was blown up by a mine in the Luhansk region.<p>Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and …

Ukraine

Labour repeats backing for Trident after Jeremy Corbyn casts doubt on it

Party moves to put a stop to speculation after leader says Labour government would review policy on nuclear deterrent<p>Labour has moved hastily to shut down speculation that it could withdraw support for Britain’s nuclear deterrent, after Jeremy Corbyn appeared to leave open the idea that renewing …

World Politics

At least 140 dead after Taliban attack on a key Afghan army base, officials say

<b>By Sayed Salahuddin and Pamela Constable</b>, <i>The Washington Post</i>KABUL, Afghanistan – The nerve center of Afghan and NATO combat activities in northern …

Afghanistan War

Peacekeeping / Peace Enforcement

Alex J. Bellamy, Paul D. Williams, and Stuart Griffith, <i>Understanding Peacekeeping</i>, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010)<p>Boutros Boutros-Ghali, <i>An</i> …

International Relations

Army officers discuss security threats, advocate tri-service doctrine at annual conference

<b>New Delhi:</b> Top army commanders have carried out a detailed analysis of India's internal and external security threats and decided to push for …

Armed Conflict

2 Militants Gunned Down By Security Forces Jammu & Kashmir’s Budgam District

Two militants, who opened fire on an army patrol, were killed by the security forces in an encounter on Saturday in the Budgam district of central …

Jammu and Kashmir

Militia, Monitor: Israeli Fire Kills 3 in Syria at Pro-Government Military Base

An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defense Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members on Sunday, …

Syria

UN Early Warning for Preventing Conflict

Since Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali released An Agenda for Peace: Preventive Diplomacy, Peacemaking and Peace-keeping (1992), every …

World Politics

President Francois Hollande votes in French election

President Francois Hollande has cast his vote in the first round of the French election in his political fiefdom of Tulle in Correze, southwestern France.<p>The incumbent Socialist president made the unusual move last year of pledging to not stand for re-election.<p>Hollande was the most unpopular French …

Europe

Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an …

Armed Forces

Korean peninsula conflict unlikely: Labor

Labor's defence spokesman Richard Marles does not believe conflict on the Korean peninsula is particularly likely and backs the approach the US has …

International Relations

The Rembrandt of Paybacks

I’m not fond of the “Putin is a chessmaster” meme.I am, however, willing to say he’s nobody to piss off; it’s just <i>not</i> a good idea to mess with …

Afghanistan War

How Formidable Is North Korea's Air Force?

The Korean People's Army Air Force is perhaps the least threatening branch of Pyongyang’s military forces.<p>However, while technologically backwards …

North Korea

How the military's newfound independence could cause headaches for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to give his commanders more authority when it comes to carrying out military campaigns, but that increased leeway could complicate the White House's messaging on key policy areas.<p>"What I do is I authorize my military," Trump said earlier …

Armed Conflict

You Saw What the 'Mother of All Bombs' Did to ISIS. Now, Check Out the 'Father of All Bombs' Russia Says It Has

By now you've likely heard of the “Mother Of All Bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon in the American military arsenal, which was dropped on an …

Armed Conflict

Defence giants are the winners in Trump's new 'arms race'

It is, in a classic example of American hyperbole, called the “mother of all bombs”. Dropped by the US military on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan, the “MOAB” was the largest non-nuclear weapon the country has ever used in combat.<p>Its detonation marked the second time in barely a week that …

Armed Conflict

North Korea: U.S. Will Use Chemical Weapons to Take Out Kim Jong Un and Control the World

North Korea has accused the U.S. of plotting to enact "Plan Jupiter," an alleged biochemical weapons attack meant to topple Kim Jong Un.

North Korea

How US, UK France Are Prepping for War

The United States Air Force is holding a major exercise called Atlantic Trident 17 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.<p>The war games bring …

Cold War

Joseph Kony is still at large. Here’s why the U.S. and Uganda were willing to give up the hunt.

KAMPALA – This week, the international manhunt for Joseph Kony came to an undistinguished end. Both Uganda and the United States said they were withdrawing forces dedicated to catching the warlord, who remains on the run despite a multi-year, multimillion-dollar chase.<p>Just five years ago, Kony …

Africa

Why Trump's claim that he's expanding the military is absurd

Among President Donald Trump’s peculiar Easter-morning tweets was this.<p>If Trump is implying that this buildup is the result of his choices and actions, the claim is not only false but impossible.<p>The Trump administration has not yet spent an extra dime on defense, nor enlarged the military by a …

Armed Conflict

With F-15, Air Force faces Catch-22

The Air Force has good reason to feel conflicted as retirement talk swirls around its F-15C Eagle fighter jet.<p>The aircraft has a stellar combat …

Military

Defeating Russia and China's Air Defenses

U.S. warplanes flying over Syria today find themselves operating within the range of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles. While the U.S. military …

Cold War