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Assad still has ‘limited’ chemical capability: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: The Syrian regime remains able to conduct chemical attacks, though only at a limited level, the Pentagon said Thursday following last week’s international cruise missile strikes on chemical weapons-related targets. General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime retains a “residual” chemical capability at a variety…

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More than 250 killed in Algerian military plane crash

ALGIERS – More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, state media said, in the country’s worst air disaster. Television footage showed crowds and emergency vehicles massing around the smoking and flaming wreckage near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers. A line of white body…

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Terrorists planning attacks from Afghan soil, Pakistan hands over dossier to Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has handed over a dossier to Afghan authorities containing evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based terror groups in terrorist activities within Pakistan, Foreign Office said on Thursday. According to the Foreign Office, the dossier contains evidence of the involvement of Afghanistan based TTP in the suicide bombing at a Pakistan Army unit…

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In pictures: Pakistan Day parade

WEB DESK: With spectacular display of military prowess, the nation on Friday celebrated Pakistan Day. The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. The spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day Joint Services parade was…

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Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with zeal, fervor

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The nation celebrated Pakistan Day on Friday with renewed commitment to work hard for progress and prosperity of the country. The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia. The Day dawned with…

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UAE military contingent to participate in Pakistan Day parade

ISLAMABAD: A military contingent from United Arab Emirates (UAE) will participate in the Pakistan Day parade, to be held at Shakarparian Parade Avenue on Friday. This will be the first time that the UAE military contingent will be taking part in the official ceremony of the Pakistan Day, an official source said on Thursday. The…

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US military helicopter crashes in Iraq: US officials

RAMADI: A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq with seven people on board, U.S. officials said late on Thursday. Two U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity and citing initial reports, said the aircraft was a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and it crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province close to the…

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Top US general in Afghanistan urges ‘tired’ Taliban to talk peace

Bagram: Now is the best time for the Taliban to negotiate for peace, the top US general in Afghanistan said Wednesday, warning that an increased air and ground campaign against the insurgents would only get worse. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last month unveiled a plan to open talks to end the 16-year-old war, offering to…

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Pentagon still backs Iran nuclear deal: general

WASHINGTON: The Iranian nuclear deal is still in the best interests of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday, going against President Donald Trump’s claim that it’s a “terrible” agreement. US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told a Senate panel he shared the views of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joe Dunford,…

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US general sees ‘positive indicators’ in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general said Tuesday he has started to see “positive indicators” from the Pakistan military, weeks after President Donald Trump ordered the suspension of US military aid to Islamabad. Relations between Pakistan and the US have been tense since Trump lashed out at Islamabad last August, upbraiding it for sheltering “agents of…

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Saudi king sacks chief of staff in major military shake-up

Riyadh: Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees. “Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that Fayyad…

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Nawaz calls out “nexus” of military, judiciary at Karachi seminar

NEWS DESK: Former PM Nawaz Sharif lashed out at what he termed the nexus of the military and judiciary against democracy. He was addressing a seminar in Karachi on ‘The Future of Democracy in Pakistan’ on Friday. According to him, democracy in Pakistan is attacked each time it starts to strengthen in the country. “For…

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Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

ANKARA/BEIRUT: Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about…

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Trump signs US military defense bill worth nearly $700 bn

WASHINGTON: President Donald on Tuesday signed a massive defense policy bill that he said would help America bolster its military might and modernize the services. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) calls for nearly $700 billion of military spending for the coming fiscal year, but Congress has yet to fully fund it. “With the signing…

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China criticizes India for crashed drone near border

BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India on Thursday after the recent crash of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory, an incident that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border, reported Reuters. “This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,”…

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Germany to cut diplomatic mission in North Korea

WASHINGTON: Germany will reduce its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang and require North Korea to shrink its presence in Berlin, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday after meeting his US counterpart. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed Gabriel to the State Department as Washington is turning up the pressure on its allies to do more…

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New missile can hit anywhere in US: NKorean leader

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after successfully testing a new missile capable of hitting anywhere in the United States. The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump…

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N. Korea fires ballistic missile

South Korea’s military staged a “precision strike” missile exercise in response, Yonhap news agency reported, also quoting the JCS. US President Donald Trump was visiting Congress at the time of the launch and “was briefed, while the missile was still in the air” according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. The president has since…

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Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe

Beijing: A Chinese general has killed himself in his Beijing home after becoming the latest top official ensnared by President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign, state media said Tuesday. Zhang Yang, a member of the state’s Central Military Commission, was being investigated over connections to two graft-tainted former senior military officers when he hanged himself…

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Russia to reduce Syria presence by year’s end: military

SOCHI: Russia’s military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it is nearing the completion of its goals there, the General Staff chief told journalists Thursday. “Of course, there will be a decision taken by the commander in chief and the group (working in Syria) will be decreased,” said Valery Gerasimov when…

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Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know

Harare: Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party’s senior ranks. Analysts say it appears to be the climax of a power struggle between liberation-era figures loyal to ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and forces faithful to First Lady Grace…

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