War on Terror

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

Russia tested over 160 new weapons in Syrian operation – defense minister

While the primary goal of Russia’s military operation in Syria is to prevent the disintegration of the country, it has also provided a chance to field-test 162 advanced Russian weapons, Russia’s defense minister reported. “During the operation in Syria, 162 advanced and upgraded weapons have been tested in combat. They have proven to be highly […]

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Religion is not the strongest driving force behind thousands of foreign fighters joining Isis and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, a report by US military researchers has found. A new study by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point revealed that the vast majority of almost 1,200 militants surveyed had no formal […]

Man in a bulletproof BMW saves 70 people from ISIS snipers

Man in a bulletproof BMW saves 70 people from ISIS snipers

When Ako Abdulrahman came under attack from ISIS militants advancing around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, he realized he needed protection. The Kurdish Peshmerga fighter decided to invest in an armored car, but he had little clue the vehicle would end up saving the lives of dozens of people. After shopping around, he settled on […]

US military: Air strike may have killed Iraqi soldiers

US military: Air strike may have killed Iraqi soldiers

An air strike by the US-led coalition countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group may have led to the death of Iraqi soldiers, the US military said in a statement. After acting on information from Iraqi security forces on the ground near Fallujah, coalition forces conducted several air strikes against ISIL […]

US drone strikes kill seven in eastern Afghanistan

US drone strikes kill seven in eastern Afghanistan

Two separate US drone attacks in the central-eastern region of Afghanistan have killed at least seven people, Press TV reports.  The latest drone strikes were carried out against positions of the Taliban militant group in Daimard and Chak districts of Maidan Wardak Province during the late hours of Monday, local Afghan officials said on Tuesday. Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Wardak governor, […]

US to sharply increase drone flights by 2019: Report

US to sharply increase drone flights by 2019: Report

The United States plans to expand the number of drone flights over the next four years in an effort to gain greater firepower and more intelligence in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, South China, and North Africa, a report says. Citing defense officials, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the daily drone flights would be increased […]

No more nuclear weapons!

No more nuclear weapons!

Hans Blix The nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima opened a new grisly chapter in warfare – and we have still not closed it. Even though today more attention is paid to the process of climate change and the risk that human civilisation may be committing a slow suicide, we must not ignore that the number […]