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  • It seems China is being pressured from multiple sides. The Korea situation with USA on one front, India is pmsing on the other, and Vietnam is hosting USA Navy. Will be interesting to see how China reacts.
    Hayastan or Bust.


    • latest operational map of Syria
      Last edited by Vrej1915; 08-15-2017, 11:36 AM.


      • New Israeli air chief takes over three covert campaigns

        Incoming Israeli Air force Chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin, 41, who took the command over from Amir Eshel at a ceremony on Monday, Aug. 14, plunges straight into the ongoing air campaigns Israel is waging covertly and continuously against Iranian, Hizballah and Islamic State targets.
        Nurkin stressed in his first speech as new IAF commander: “The Middle East is changing before our eyes. Our missions and responsibilities are constantly expanding to meet global changes in the balance of power and rapidly mutating battlefield conditions. It is up to us to continue to find answers for future challenges and come up with new technologies. The IAF places high value on its close working ties with foreign air forces - some near and some distant - and will work hard to strengthen Israel’s position in the region and the world.”
        Last week, Nurkin stressed the importance of the close cooperation between the air force and other IDF arms.
        In is parting speech, Amir Eshel, who retires from five years as air force chief and 40 years of military service, commented: “Our soldiers have stood the test in recent years of thousands of operations, defensive and offensive, in five arenas. Sometimes, they served near by; sometimes thousands of kilometers from home. They thwarted threats, destroyed rockets and downed aerial vehicles - across the Middle and farther afield,.” he said.

        Eshel concluded by saying that Israel’s enemies cannot possibly envision the full quality and scope of the IAF’s strength. “If we are forced to fight, they will have a shocking surprise.”
        Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General David Goldfein attended the Israeli Air Force change of command ceremony at Tel Nof Air Base.. He awarded the Legion of Merit, (degree of Commander) to Maj. General Eshel and met with incoming Commander Maj. Gen. Norkin.
        Eshel’s tenure covered two major anti-terror operations against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge, as well as hundreds of sorties and covert operations beyond Israel's borders.
        The chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gady Eizenkot said: “The map of dangers is expanding and changing in form and this obliges us to work at top speed to adapt our capabilities to the contemporary battlefield. Terrorist organizations grow stronger and are moving up to our borders. The IDF is constantly compelled to maintain an exceptionally high state of preparedness against all threats.”
        DEBKAfile’s military sources take the three general’s speeches together as a reference to the covert wars in which the Israeli air force is simultaneously engaged at this time - against Iran and Hizballah - and not only in the Syrian and Lebanese arenas - and against the Islamic State. These campaigns are usually limited in scope and usually use the element of surprise and the advantage of enemies short of the sophisticated air defense weaponry for jeopardizing Israeli warplanes.
        What this means, in short, is that the big challenge for testing the IAF to its limit, is still ahead.


        • Turkey's Erdogan says German leaders are enemies

          • 18 August 2017
          • BBC
          • From the sectionEurope
          Image copyrightREUTERS
          Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Germany's ruling politicians "enemies of Turkey" who deserve to be rejected by German-Turkish voters.

          Germany will hold a general election on 24 September, and about one million ethnic Turks living in Germany can vote. A majority of them backed Mr Erdogan in an April referendum.

          "The Christian Democrats [CDU], SPD [Social Democrats], the Green Party are all enemies of Turkey," he said.

          German ministers protested angrily.

          Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Mr Erdogan's comments were an "unprecedented" act of interference in Germany's sovereignty.

          Mr Erdogan has lashed out at Germany before, yet the two countries are major trade partners and allies in Nato.

          He was furious that the German government refused to let some of his allies campaign for him in Germany before the April vote, which paved the way for him to get sweeping new executive powers. That refusal, he said, was "Nazi-style" behaviour.

          Tensions increased after the abortive coup attempt against Mr Erdogan in July 2016, during which at least 240 people died.

          President Erdogan blamed the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over the coup plot, and accused Germany of protecting Gulenists. The cleric has denied any role in the plot.

          Mr Erdogan conveyed his message to German Turks via reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers.

          "Give necessary support to political parties that do not engage in enmity against Turkey.

          "It is not important whether they are the first or the second party. In a way this is a struggle of honour for all my citizens living in Germany," he said, implying that voters should back far-right or far-left parties. Image copyrightAFP Image captionChancellor Merkel is on the campaign trail as a general election looms
          Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU has been governing in coalition with the Mr Gabriel's centre-left SPD. Opinion polls suggest the CDU has a strong lead over the SPD.

          The Turkish diaspora in Germany is estimated to number about three million people. "I think they will be giving the necessary lesson to those parties at the ballot box," Mr Erdogan said.

          More than 50,000 people have been arrested in Turkey since the coup plot, including hundreds of journalists, opposition politicians, academics and activists.

          Mr Erdogan's ruling AK Party has also purged the armed forces, judiciary, police and education sector, sacking more than 140,000 people.