LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. military forces in Africa may lose well over a tenth – or some $40 million – from their 2014 budget, the U.S. Africa Command said on Thursday, although it saw success against militants in Somalia and Mali.
The bulk of such cuts will fall on headquarters and training programs, AFRICOM commander General David Rodriguez said, most likely forcing smaller exercises.
LONDON (Reuters) – The chaotic fallout of the “Arab Spring” is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond.
Last month, European leaders in Brussels turned down calls from southern European states already hard hit by the euro-zone crisis for additional support to tackle record numbers of migrants attempting to cross to the continent in frequently perilous journeys arranged by people smugglers.
LONDON (Reuters) – When NATO forces start a major exercise in Latvia and Poland this weekend, they will be rehearsing how to oust an anonymous invading enemy from a fictional region.
For some, however, exercise “Steadfast Jazz” will test how the Western alliance could deploy rapid reaction forces to its eastern flank – which borders Russia.
LONDON (Reuters) – On Sunday, September 29, President Bashar al-Assad declared to the world, via an interview on Italian television, his resolve to clear Syria of chemical weapons – accepting a Russian-brokered deal to avert punitive U.S. action.
That same morning his forces appear to have dropped some of the most powerful conventional weapons yet used in the civil war, in the rebel-held town of Raqqa. Evidence at the scene and witness testimony led Human Rights Watch to conclude that the 14 dead, many of them children, were killed by “vacuum bombs”.
LONDON (Reuters) – China’s likely sale of sophisticated missiles to Turkey over the objections of its NATO allies might have angered Washington and other capitals, but it should not have been a surprise.
Even as the U.S. has spent billions of dollars and lost hundreds of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Beijing has been quietly upping its presence in the Middle East.
LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – For the governments and
corporations facing increasing computer attacks, the biggest
challenge is finding the right cyber warriors to fight back.
Hostile computer activity from spies, saboteurs, competitors
and criminals has spawned a growing industry of corporate
defenders who can attract the best talent from government cyber
LONDON (Reuters) – After a quarter century of Middle Eastern land wars and a sharp fall in big powers’ naval spending after the Cold War, sea power is back in vogue in response to the rise of China and Western reluctance to deploy ground troops in conflicts like Syria.
The greater interest in navies is being felt from the corridors of Washington to the pirate hunting grounds off Africa and the shipyards of Asia.
LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – After a quarter century of
Middle Eastern land wars and a sharp fall in big powers’ naval
spending after the Cold War, sea power is back in vogue in
response to the rise of China and Western reluctance to deploy
ground troops in conflicts like Syria.
The greater interest in navies is being felt from the
corridors of Washington to the pirate hunting grounds off Africa
and the shipyards of Asia.
LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Ex-U.S. Marine Ernest Langdon
pulls a pin and throws a small black object onto the ground. But
it doesn’t explode. Instead, the robot rights itself and swiftly
scuttles away, feeding infrared video back to a small radio
Unmanned drones have become an almost ubiquitous presence on
the battlefield for U.S. and other high-tech forces.
LONDON (Reuters) – Any strike by the United States and its allies on Syria will probably aim to teach President Bashar al-Assad – and Iran – a lesson on the risks of defying the West, but not try to turn the tide of the civil war.
U.S. and European officials say a short, sharp attack – perhaps entirely with cruise missiles – is the preferred response to what they believe is Assad’s responsibility for a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held areas last week.