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US hid intelligence from Britain about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs before Iraq War: Gordon Brown

NEWS DESK: Gordon Brown has claimed that ‚Äúcrucial‚ÄĚ US intelligence that cast doubt Iraq‚Äôs weapons of mass destruction was concealed for the UK in the build-up to the war, reported The Independent. The information, which he says he did not see until after leaving office, would have stopped him from supporting the decision to invade….

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Janjua believes India unlikely to launch major war against Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua has said that India is not in a position to launch a big and immediate war against Pakistan. He said Pakistan Army is giving a befitting response to the enemies on eastern border. He said threats to national security can be faced with national unity…

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Saudis threaten fallout if Yemen probe passes

NEWS DESK: Saudi Arabia¬†has threatened other countries over a proposed resolution at the U.N.’s main human rights body, saying if they send international, independent investigators to war-torn Yemen that could “negatively affect” trade and diplomatic ties with the wealthy kingdom, a Saudi letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows. Two competing resolutions ‚ÄĒ one…

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North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers, rhetoric escalates

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea has been boosting defenses on its east coast, South Korea‚Äôs Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the Korean peninsula, reported Reuters. Tensions have escalated on the Korean peninsula since North…

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UK weapons companies have made £6bn from Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen

NEWS DESK:¬†British arms companies have earned more than ¬£6bn from their trade with¬†Saudi Arabia¬†during the ongoing war in¬†Yemen, new research has found, reported The Independent. War Child UK claimed the true revenue from dealings with the Gulf state are almost double previous estimates, despite only around ¬£30m going to the public through corporation tax receipts….

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Israel attacks military site in Syria’s Hama province

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM: Israel attacked a military site in Syria‚Äôs Hama province early on Thursday, the Syrian army said, reported Reuters. The air strike killed two soldiers and caused damage near the town of Masyaf, an army statement said. It warned of the ‚Äėdangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region‚Äô….

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Is India preparing for simultaneous war with China and Pakistan?

India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that New Delhi should be prepared for a potential two-front war with China and Pakistan. Watch this report…

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US says N. Korea ‘begging for war,’ pushes for tougher UN sanctions

United Nations: The US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” and pushed for the “strongest possible measures” on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test. As world powers scramble to react to the latest grave step in the North’s rogue weapons programme, South Korea launched major live-fire naval drills to warn…

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Pakistan cannot bring Afghan war home: COAS

Dushanbe: Meeting of Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) held at Dushanbe, Tajikistan today. The meeting was attended by senior military leadership of member countries i.e. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Gen Li Zuocheng (China), General Sobirzoda Imomali Abdurrahim (Tajikistan) and General Sharif Yaftali (Afghanistan). All four leaders welcomed the QCCM…

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the limits of U.S. influence

By Christopher Clary (Note: This was originally published in War on the Rocks, a U.S.-based digital outlet on strategy, defense and foreign affairs. Christopher Clary is an assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York.) President Donald Trump has announced the results of his ‚Äúcomprehensive review‚ÄĚ of U.S….

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Doklam standoff: India should get ready for ‚Äėall-out confrontation‚Äô, says Chinese media

NEWS DESK: India should get ready for an ‚Äúall-out confrontation‚ÄĚ along the entire stretch of the disputed boundary with China, the country‚Äôs state media said on Tuesday, threatening to open up new fronts of conflict on the 3,488 km non-demarcated border between the two countries, reported Hindustan Times. China isn‚Äôt afraid to go to ‚Äúwar‚ÄĚ…

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German police fire water cannons as leftists stage mass anti-G20 protests

NEWS DESK: Clashes erupted in Hamburg, Germany, as G20 summit leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, began arriving on Friday. The German police fired water cannons and pepper spray at the protesters, reported BBC and Channel 4. Many were protesting the arrivals of Trump and Putin, calling the protest ‚ÄėWelcome…

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ISIS has left an entire generation of children suffering from ‚Äėwaking nightmares‚Äô, says report

Visiting a classroom or playground in the sprawling camps now home to Iraqis who have fled Isis, it can take a while to realise what‚Äôs missing at first. There are colourful posters and drawings on the walls, toys to play with, music and games. But the sound of kids laughing, annoying each other and joining…

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Video: Female sniper laughs after almost getting her head blown off

RAQQA: A female Kurdish sniper’s brush with death is going viral over the internet as the woman can be seen laughing and chatting away after a bullet misses her head narrowly.¬† This video is from the city of Raqqa, where the YPJ and Iraqi forces backed by the United States, are embroiled in conflict with…

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Cyber attacks grow in scale over the past 10 years

Tuesday’s wave of cyber attacks, which hit a clutch of multinationals, came just six weeks after what the EU’s law enforcement agency described as an “unprecedented” attack by WannaCry Ransomware. From “cyberwar” to “hacktivism” and “cyberterrorism”, here are some of the major cyber attacks over the past decade: – Cyberwar – The Baltic nation of…

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UN chief concerned about possible escalation in Syria

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the recent downings of a Syrian jet and of an Iranian-made drone could be “very dangerous” and lead to an escalation of the war in Syria. Guterres also sought to downplay expectations of a breakthrough in the next round of UN-led peace talks on Syria starting on July…

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Syria an ‘unwinnable’ war: UN chief Guterres

LONDON: The Syrian conflict is “unwinnable”, Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday in his first speech in Britain since taking over as UN Secretary General. “It is high time to understand that this is a war where nobody is winning and this is a war which is becoming a danger to all of us” by boosting…

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Change in doctrine: India may use nuclear weapons first

WASHINGTON: There is increasing evidence that India could launch a preemptive first strike against Pakistan, if it feared a nuclear attack was imminent, abandoning its well-known ‚Äėno-first use‚Äô policy, according to a leading nuclear strategist. ‚ÄúThere is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first,‚ÄĚ Vipin Narang, an Indian-origin nuclear strategist from…

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‘Assad, Russia and Iran have blood on hands’

Washington: US President Barack Obama declared Friday that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and its Iranian and Russian backers are responsible for the slaughter of civilians in Aleppo, with “blood… on their hands.” “The world as we speak is united in horror at the savage assault by the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies…

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Frustrated Western powers call for talks to end Syrian war

Western powers called Saturday for talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition in a bid to end a war that has cost more than 300,000 lives but desperation hung over a meeting in Paris. With Bashar al-Assad’s forces pursuing an onslaught on rebel-held areas of Aleppo assisted by Russian air power, the West’s powerlessness…

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India has waged undeclared war on Pakistan: Asif

Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says that India has declared an undeclared war on Pakistan, warning the whole region could be engulfed in a full-scale war at any time. The minister’s remarks came after Indian security forces targeted a civilian bus, killing seven passengers. An army captain and two soldiers also embraced martyrdom in unprovoked…

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