Military Operations

| February 9, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 06:51

Some 4,800 miles from Beijing, China is expected soon to start construction of its newest naval base in Djibouti, a tiny African nation where the mouth of the Red Sea meets the vast Indian Ocean. The permanent facility will be China’s first overseas military outpost, granting Beijing access to the Arabian Peninsula and projecting force near its investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 06:33

Thousands of special forces could be deployed, likely in coordination with Turkey, Saudi sources told the Guardian

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 06:12

Botswana’s decision to increase its expenditure on the military has been condemned by an organization that represents the voice of private sector called Business Botswana, APA learnt on Wednesday.Responding to Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo’s announcement that the defense budget in the 2016/17 financial year will be increased, Business Botswana said such increment was unnecessary considering the current tough economic environment.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 06:31

Officially, there are now 3,650 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Iraq. The real number of Americans involved in the war is closer to 6,000.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 06:20

The commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said he is drawing up a variety of proposals for accelerating the fight against the terrorist group — some of which may require more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 06:46

France aims to scale back its military presence in Central African Republic by the end of the year, its defense minister said in a French media interview, as Paris continues to count on forthcoming elections to ease tension in the turbulent African country. France currently has around 900 troops in the country. That is down from a 2,000-strong force it deployed after widespread violence broke out in 2013 involving Muslim-led rebels and Christian militias, but is well above a pre-crisis force of 300.

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 06:22

The United States has carried out at least a dozen operations — including commando raids and airstrikes — in the past three weeks against militants in Afghanistan aligned with the Islamic State, expanding the Obama administration’s military campaign against the terrorist group beyond Iraq and Syria.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 06:02

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa hosted the 2016 East Africa Security Synchronization Conference Jan. 20-22, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The EASSC is the only conference between U.S. Department of State and U.S. military representatives dedicated to aligning military and political priorities for East Africa.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 06:41

President Obama has made it easier for the military to get approval for strikes in Afghanistan targeting militias that have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, according to several government officials.

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 07:40

The Egyptian National Defense Council led by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi agreed on Thursday to extend military operations in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea regions for one more year for national security reasons, state-run MENA news agency reported.

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