Monthly Archives: December 2019

Hormuz: intelligence-gathering by Japan

Japan will send about 260 Maritime Self-Defence Force personnel with a destroyer and a pair of P-3C reconnaissance aircraft, mainly for intelligence-gathering in the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and … Continue reading

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“Whether this meant he was not the original issuer we cannot say.”

Saudi verdict: A number of high-ranking advisers to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were not found guilty. A public prosecutor said two top officials who were under investigation, former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al Assiri and former royal adviser Saud … Continue reading

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Mali: tit-for-tat violence

[Official statement,rough translation]On 2 November, at 11:00 am, Paris time, a light armored vehicle of the Barkhane force engaged in an operation in Liptako was hit by the explosion of an explosive device. This vehicle ensured the protection of a … Continue reading

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Saudi Prince Turki warns Iran

IRAN’s “provocative” military stance could spark an extensive conflict in the Middle East resulting in “universal destruction,” Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal warned amid rising tensions with Tehran. Several analysts who study the Saudi royal family have said any order … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: successive administrations turned a blind eye

              A Lessons Learned project by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar), a federal agency whose main task is eliminating corruption and inefficiency in the US war effort shows … Continue reading

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Iran’s leadership approved the attacks on Abqaiq

“At this time, the U.S. Intelligence Community has not identified any information from the recovered weapon systems used in the 14 September attacks on Saudi Arabia that definitively reveals an attack origin,” [report to United Nations Security Council] Reuters reported … Continue reading

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Syria Deir Ezzor: reports of large ISIS attack

The Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) deployed large reinforcements in western Deir Ezzor amid reports of a large ISIS attack on the region. The reinforcements were reportedly deployed near the town of al-Shola on the strategic M20 highway, which links … Continue reading

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