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  • Deadlock deepens over US base relocation in Japan 2 days ago

    Tokyo: Deadlock over the controversial relocation of a US military base in southern Japan deepened on Friday when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the anti-base governor of Okinawa. The two men remained as far apart as ever after a 30-minute meeting that analysts said was largely Abe going through the motions...
  • Deadlock deepens over US base relocation in Japan 2 days ago

    Tokyo: Deadlock over the controversial relocation of a US military base in southern Japan deepened on Friday when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the anti-base governor of Okinawa. The two men remained as far apart as ever after a 30-minute meeting that analysts said was largely Abe going through the motions...
  • US says Russian fighter jet makes 'unsafe' intercept 6 days ago

    Washington: A Russian fighter jet intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner", the Pentagon has said, the second such incident in over a year. On Tuesday, a US RC-135U was flying over the Baltic Sea when it was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker. The Pentagon said...
  • Islamic State Hacking Division releases 'list' having information of 100 members of US military March 23, 2015

    A group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division released an apparent 'hit list' which it claims has the personal information of 100 members of the US military. The information posted online includes names, photos and purported addresses of military personnel who have taken part in US military campaigns in...
  • Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 US military personnel March 22, 2015

    Washington: Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, US addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them. The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. "I...
  • India world's largest importer of weapons, military equipment: SIPRI March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: India has yet again emerged as the world's largest importer of weapons and military equipment, accounting for 15 per cent of global imports, with Russia being its majority supplier, a Stockholm-based think tank on Monday said. Between 2005-2009 and 2010-14, India's imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010-14,...
  • UK edition: IISS launches 'The Military Balance 2015' February 18, 2015

    The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) produces annual assessment of the military capabilities and defence economics of 171 countries around the world. 'The Military Balance' is an essential resource for those involved in security policy-making, analysis and research. ...
  • China to hold a massive military parade to 'frighten Japan', says report January 27, 2015

    Beijing: China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to "frighten Japan". Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military...
  • Nawaz Sharif vows to rid Pakistan of terrorism, says will march ahead than any of the world powers January 1, 2015

    Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that his government has taken concrete measures to address the challenge of terrorism as he vowed to rid Pakistan of terrorism. "In our resolve to rid the country of terrorism, we will march further than any of the world powers," Sharif said...
  • Pakistan united in fight against terrorism, divided on military courts for swift disposal of cases December 25, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that the time has come to take "extraordinary measures" to crush terrorism in the country even as political parties remained divided over the issue of military courts for swift disposal of terrorism cases. This came even as a court in Pakistan upheld...
  • Vladimir Putin: Russia military modernisation plan to go on December 19, 2014

    Moscow: President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue its ambitious military modernisation programme with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. Speaking with top military brass, Putin said the nation's nuclear forces are a "major factor in maintaining global balance," adding that "they effectively include a possibility of large-scale aggression...
  • Pakistan military says terrorists made no demands, started killing December 17, 2014

    Islamabad: Taliban gunmen who attacked a school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday made no demands and started killing children as soon as they entered the building, a military spokesman said. "They didn't take any hostages initially and started firing in the hall," said Major General Asim Bajwa. But the terrorists had...
  • Government mulling to legalise arms representatives: Manohar Parrikar December 13, 2014

    Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said the government is planning to legalise representatives of various foreign arms companies in the country, for speedy purchase of military hardware. "We will allow company representatives. They will be middlemen. When I say middlemen it doesn't mean commission agents or 'dalals'. He will...
  • Ukraine: Ceasefire results in first casualty-free day December 12, 2014

    Sydney: Ukraine's president said on Friday that a fragile truce between his government's troops and Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine had resulted in the first day free of deaths or injuries for his soldiers since the conflict erupted months ago. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, wrapping up a three-day visit to Australia,...
  • US military may extend anti-Ebola mission in West Africa November 21, 2014

    Washington: The US military may extend its mission to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa beyond six months, if there was a surge of new cases. "We have to be prepared for this to go longer than six months," Pentagon official John Kirby said. He said that in spite of...
  • China defends its submarines making port calls in Sri Lanka November 4, 2014

    Beijing: China has dismissed India's concerns over its submarines making port calls in Sri Lanka, saying there is "nothing unusual" as it is an international common practice for warships to stop for refuelling at ports abroad. "It is nothing unusual for the naval vessel to dock at Colombo port," official media...
  • Operation against terrorists to continue, vows Nawaz Sharif November 3, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that military operations against terrorists would continue till their complete elimination, a media report said on Monday. Nawaz Sharif condemned Sunday's Wagah suicide bombing. There were conflicting reports on the blast toll. Some media reports said that the toll was 59, while others put the...
  • Closure of Gaza crossings violates ceasefire deal: Hamas November 3, 2014

    Gaza: The Islamic Hamas movement on Sunday accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement by closing the crossings of the Gaza Strip until a further notice. Musa Abu Marzooq, a senior Hamas leader, said in a press statement that closing the crossings is irresponsible and the justification for the closure...
  • British jets intercept Russian bombers November 2, 2014

    London: Britain has scrambled RAF fighter jets for a second time this week after at least one Russian Bear bomber approached UK airspace. The Ministry of Defense said that RAF Typhoons based at Lossiemouth in Scotland intercepted the aircraft. Images released with the statement showed one bomber, but the ministry declined...
  • Mumbai: Major fire at a military canteen, no reports of casualties October 26, 2014

    Mumbai: A major fire broke out at a military canteen adjacent to Dockyard Road railway station in South Mumbai. However, no casualty has been reported. "We got a call around 11:30 pm that a fire has broken out in a closed military canteen adjacent to Dockyard Road station in south Mumbai,...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • US readies 4,000 troops for Ebola mission October 4, 2014

    Washington: The US military expects to increase the number of troops deployed to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak to nearly 4,000, up from a planned 3,000-strong force, the Pentagon said. About 200 soldiers are already in Liberia setting up a headquarters for the US mission, which is aimed at...
  • US rules out trilateral military partnership with India, Japan October 3, 2014

    Washington: The US has ruled out a trilateral military partnership with India and Japan, days after it decided to upgrade its annual trilateral meetings at the ministerial level. "No," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told reporters when asked if the India-Japan-US trilateral diplomatic ties...
  • Indian-origin engineer develops a mechanised human hand September 27, 2014

    New York: An Indian-origin engineer has developed a mechanised human hand to improve its function for those who have suffered nerve damage and have undergone surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted...
  • Nigeria military claims Boko Haram leader dead September 25, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria's military claimed for the first time that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was dead, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters in Abuja that a heavily bearded Islamist fighter identified as Mohammed Bashir died during...
  • Israeli military says shot down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday. A Patriot missile intercepted the aircraft after it flew into Israeli-controlled airspace over the Golan, a military spokesman said. Israeli media reports identified the aircraft as a MiG-21. The spokesman said it was a "fighter...
  • Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army September 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza. Israel had spent months searching for Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their...
  • ISIS releases 49 Turkish hostages September 20, 2014

    London: As many as 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in Iraq on Saturday returned to Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the 49 hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers, BBC reported. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul city...
  • Death toll in Pakistan floods reaches 280 September 14, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 280 people have been killed and over two million affected in massive flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan even as military specialists blew up dikes to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods. The rains lashed vast areas of the country last week...
  • IndiaUS military exercise starts September 17 September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The combined IndiaUS military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2014" will be conducted from September 17 to September 30, a Defence Ministry statement said on Friday. This is part of the ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries. "The training exercise will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in...