Pakistani PM names ex-spy master to be new army chief

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has named the country’s former spy chief as head of the military, the information minister said Thursday, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. The army has historically wielded huge political influence in Pakistan, ruling it for half of its 75-year history, and also oversees the country’s nuclear program. Like neighboring China and India, Pakistan has nuclear arsenals and a missile system, which is mainly aimed at India. Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir replaces Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who completes his six-year extended term on Nov. 29. Munir begins his new role amid bitter feuding … Continue reading Pakistani PM names ex-spy master to be new army chief

Former US defence secretary Ash Carter dies at 68

Former US Defence Secretary Ash Carter, who served in the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, has died aged 68. He suffered a sudden cardiac event in Boston on Monday, his family said. As the country’s 25th defence secretary, he oversaw the military strategy that pushed back the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq. Mr Carter is also credited with lifting the ban on transgender people serving in the US military. The policy change in 2016 allowed troops to transition gender while serving. It also set standards for medical care and prevented service members from being discharged … Continue reading Former US defence secretary Ash Carter dies at 68

Russian fighter plane crashes in Siberian city of Irkutsk

A Russian military plane has crashed into a residential area in southern Siberia, local authorities have said. The Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft landed on a two-storey house in the city of Irkutsk, regional governor Igor Kobzev posted on Telegram. The governor said he was at the scene and both pilots had been killed, but no residents were hurt. According to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the jet was on a test flight when it came down. Footage on social media showed the plane diving almost vertically before crashing in a fireball, sending thick black smoke into the sky. Another … Continue reading Russian fighter plane crashes in Siberian city of Irkutsk

South Korea and US fire missiles into sea in response to North Korea

South Korea and the US military have fired a volley of missiles into the sea, Seoul says, in response to North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan. The missiles were fired into the East Sea – also known as the Sea of Japan – between the Korean peninsula and Japan. Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday, sending it over Japan for the first time since 2017. In response, the US, Japan and South Korea have been conducting military drills in a show of force. On Wednesday South Korea and the US each fired a pair of US-made Army … Continue reading South Korea and US fire missiles into sea in response to North Korea

British army trains with Swedish and Finnish forces

British troops have taken part in a military exercise with Swedish and Finnish armed forces as the war in Ukraine continues. The Ministry of Defence said Exercise Vigilant Knife would help all three nations’ forces be effective in battle. Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this year signed a mutual security deal with Sweden and Finland. Mr Johnson travelled to both Sweden and Finland to sign the mutual security deals in May. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace also repeated the UK’s support for the two nations’ bid to join Nato. “Whilst there is war in Europe, it is more important than ever to strengthen … Continue reading British army trains with Swedish and Finnish forces

Russia halts US inspections of nuclear arsenal under New START treaty

Russia has told the US it has “temporarily” suspended on-site inspections of its strategic nuclear weapons, under an arms control treaty known as New START. The Russian foreign ministry said the US was seeking advantages and had deprived Russia of the right to carry out inspections on US territory. It said US sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine had changed conditions between the countries. The treaty came into force in 2011. It is the last remaining arms reduction agreement between the former Cold War rivals. It caps at 1,550 the number of long-range nuclear warheads that each country can deploy. … Continue reading Russia halts US inspections of nuclear arsenal under New START treaty

Kim Jong-un says North Korea ready to mobilize nuclear forces

North Korea is ready to mobilize its nuclear war deterrent, its leader Kim Jong-un has claimed. Speaking at a Korean War anniversary event, Mr Kim added that the country was “fully ready for any military confrontation” with the US, state news agency KCNA reported. The comments come amid concern that North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test. The US warned last month that Pyongyang could conduct such a test at any time. North Korea’s most recent nuclear test was in 2017. However, tensions have been rising on the Korean peninsula. The US special representative to North Korea Sung … Continue reading Kim Jong-un says North Korea ready to mobilize nuclear forces

Finland and Sweden set to join NATO after Turkey drops objection

Sweden and Finland look poised to join NATO after Turkey agreed to drop a block on the Nordic countries’ application. A memorandum signed by the three nations follows talks between their leaders at a NATO summit in Madrid and ends what appeared to be the key obstruction to the Nordic neighbours’ accession process. A statement from Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said “We had a thorough meeting with president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson, facilitated by secretary general of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. “As a result of that meeting, our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which … Continue reading Finland and Sweden set to join NATO after Turkey drops objection

Protests rock India over controversial army hiring plan

Tens of thousands of job seekers have called for a shutdown in India to protest against a new army hire plan which has sparked violence. Some states have shut down the internet and suspended train and bus services on Monday. Protesters are demanding the rollback of the plan to hire soldiers on a fixed four-year term, saying it would shatter their dreams of a secure job. They have taken to the streets, blocking roads and torching trains. Several opposition political parties have given their support to the protests. But the government has refused to cancel the plan, though it has … Continue reading Protests rock India over controversial army hiring plan

Tragic: 5 US Marines killed in aircraft crash in desert

All five Marines on board an Osprey aircraft were killed when it crashed in the California desert near the Arizona border, the Marine Corps said Thursday, a day after the accident. The MV-22 Osprey went down at 12:25pm on Wednesday during training in a remote area in Imperial County near the community of Glamis, about 115 miles, east of San Diego and about 50 miles from Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft was based at Camp Pendleton with Marine Aircraft Group 39 and was part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. “We … Continue reading Tragic: 5 US Marines killed in aircraft crash in desert

Ukraine war: Another Russian General killed by Ukrainian forces

Russian state media has confirmed the death of one of Moscow’s top generals during heavy fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Maj Gen Roman Kutuzov was killed leading an assault on a Ukrainian settlement in the region, a reporter with the state-owned Rossiya 1 said. Alexander Sladkov said Gen Kutuzov had been commanding troops from the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. Russia’s defence ministry has not commented on the reports. “The general had led soldiers into attack, as if there are not enough colonels,” Mr Sladkov wrote on the Telegram social media app. “On the other hand, Roman was the same … Continue reading Ukraine war: Another Russian General killed by Ukrainian forces

Soldiers arrested on drug and money-laundering offences

Six soldiers and a veteran have been arrested on suspicion of drug, money-lending and money-laundering offences, the Ministry of Defence has said. The MoD said six Irish Guards troops and a Coldstream Guardsman veteran were arrested by the Royal Military Police as part of a “planned operation”. The 1st Battalion Irish Guards are set to lead Thursday’s Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The MoD said none of the soldiers under investigation would take part. Founded in 1900 by Queen Victoria, the Irish Guards have been deployed as part of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The regiment – which … Continue reading Soldiers arrested on drug and money-laundering offences