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Turkey imports arms worth $206m from Germany

Turkey imported arms worth $206 million (184.1 million euros) from Germany in the first four months of this year, according to government statistics. This again makes Ankara by far Germany’s top recipient of arms exports, the Federal Economics Ministry said in response to a query made by Sevim Dagdelen, a federal

Germany bans small arms sales outside EU, NATO

German ministers agreed on Wednesday, June 26 to further restrict weapons exports, banning sales of small arms to countries outside the European Union and NATO apart from in “exceptional” cases. The update to rules originally laid out in 2000 is also an attempt to bury a source of months-long tensions between

Japan expands military presence in Africa

Japan is increasing its footprint in the Horn of Africa even as it draws down its anti-piracy force Joseph Hammond    Pirates or no pirates, Japan remains committed to an international security operation off the Horn of Africa which is increasingly a cornerstone of its wider Africa policy. Last month Somali pirates successfully captured a Yemeni

Germany halts training of soldiers in Iraq

Germany has halted its training of soldiers in Iraq, a defense ministry spokesperson said Wednesday, May 15 as tensions rise between neighboring Iran and the United States. “The German army has suspended the training,” defense ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said, adding that there was “generally heightened alert, awareness” for soldiers currently

US Senate confirms top generals for Europe, Africa

Rebecca Kheel The new top generals for US military forces in Europe and Africa have been confirmed by the Senate. The Senate confirmed Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters to be commander of US European Command (EUCOM) and Army Gen. Stephen Townsend to be commander of US Africa Command (Africom) by unanimous consent

US-Turkish tensions rise amid warnings of a rupture

Dorian Jones Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay is warning the United States of the danger of a rupture in relations, as myriad differences between the two NATO allies escalate tensions. "The United States must choose. Does it want to remain Turkey's ally or risk our friendship by joining forces with terrorists to undermine its NATO

Again, US risks abandoning lessons of Counter-insurgency

Steven Metz After 9/11, the United States was thrown into a type of conflict that the U.S. military, intelligence community and Department of State all did not expect: large-scale counterinsurgency. The United States, particularly the military, had always been reluctant to take this on. Counterinsurgency is a politically and psychologically complex

The UN Kofi Annan left behind

Stewart Patrick His triumphs created the organization we know today, and his tragedies are warnings for what's in store. Kofi Annan, who died last weekend, was arguably the most consequential United Nations secretary-general since the second, Dag Hammarskjold, who served in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike the dashing Swedish diplomat, Annan was

U.S. approves sale of four black hawk helicopters to Latvia

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated $200 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Friday. Defence word repots that the Government of Latvia has requested