Turkish officials said Tuesday the enhancing defense industry with domestically developed military equipment and vehicles has been contributing to the country's economy and increasing the deterrent power of the Turkish military. Speaking at a panel organized by ASELSAN, Turkey's leading state-owned company in the defense industry, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said indigenousness and domestic production are vital for Turkish firms to ascend to the top ranks in the sector. "Also, if a country's defense capabilities are not derived from its own resources, you cannot maintain national security to the full extent," Akar said. "Also, if a country's defense capabilities are not derived from its own resources, you cannot maintain national security to the full extent," National Defense Minister Akar said. In recent years, Turkey took a noticeable leap forward with innovative engineering moves in the defense industry and domestically-developed military equipment and combat vehicles in … [Read more...] about Turkey’s growing military industry contributes to economy, military power
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opinion Michael O'Hanlon and Steven Heydemann Opinion contributors Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 11, 2018 As Syrian forces and Russian warplanes take early steps for a long-awaited offensive against the northwest Syrian province of Idlib, where more than 2 million civilians live amongst several tens of thousands of opposition fighters, catastrophe looms. President Donald Trump, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford have all warned Moscow and Damascus not to employ their usual type of indiscriminate, brutal attacks against this last remaining major enclave of the Syrian opposition (myriad militias, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and al-Qaeda-related elements as well as more moderate factions). But why would President Bashar Assad or President Vladimir Putin listen to such pleas? They know America is interested first and … [Read more...] about Syrian civilians will die in Idlib offensive without US negotiations
A high-level U.S. security delegation met Assad regime's powerful intelligence boss in Damascus two months ago, a pro-regime Lebanese daily newspaper reported Tuesday. The visit, which AFP could not immediately confirm from official sources, could signify a new phase in the strained relations between Washington and the Syrian government. According to Al-Akhbar, a Lebanese newspaper close to the pro-Damascus Hezbollah movement, senior U.S. security officials visited Damascus during the last week of June. "The delegation held a meeting of four hours" with Ali Mamluk, the head of Syria's security services, said Al-Akhbar, which reported that the meeting was facilitated by Emirati and Russian intermediaries. Al-Akhbar said Mohammed Dib Zeitoun, the head of Syria's General Security Directorate, and Muwaffaq Asaad, the deputy chief of staff of the armed forces, attended the meeting but did not give the names of the U.S. agents. The Pentagon and State Department did not immediately respond to … [Read more...] about US delegation met Syrian regime spy chief: pro-regime newspaper
Emmanuel Macron, whose presidency is mired in political rows at home, recently approved a bulky military plan in which more money will be spent on foreign missions. Is he becoming an interventionist, and what is it all about? French President Emmanuel Macron, a photogenic liberal who promised to fix the stagnating economy and rising unemployment, among other domestic problems, when he entered Elysee Palace, is now focusing on the military. By approving a massive €200bn ($233.5bn) military budget plan for the next five years, Macron has reversed years of defense spending cuts. A new programme signed in July means the budget is set to grow by almost €1.7bn a year until 2023, going beyond Macron's presidential term, and by €3bn afterwards. Read more Military hardware and foreign deployments now top France's military bookkeeping. The French Army will see a twofold increase in overseas missions spending, from the current €650mn to €1.1bn starting in … [Read more...] about Macron greenlights military budget boost, but what is he aiming for?
BEIRUT -- The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Sunday that 422 White Helmets volunteers were evacuated, instead of the initial 800 cleared for the operation. The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), were transported to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks. Israel's military said the overnight operation was "an exceptional humanitarian gesture" at the request of the United States and European allies due to an "immediate threat to the (Syrians) lives." It posted a video online showing its soldiers handing out water bottles to the evacuees. Israeli Prime Minister … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Syrian White Helmets evacuated to Jordan through Israel