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June 13, 2019

This morning, two oil Tankers, one Norwegian-owned Front Altair and other one the Japanese-owned Kokura Courageous were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The Front Altair is burning, adrift, and evacuated and the other Kokura Courageous damaged, adrift, and evacuated. They appear to have been mined or hit with some other explosive device and in at least one case, several times. This follows attacks with mines on four Tankers a mon...

March 3, 2019

Today Russian Defense Minister, General Sergei Shoigu, updated the Board of the Russian Defense Ministry on conventional ground force modernization and reorganization in the NATO theatre of operations.

  • Sergei Shoigu stressed that “at present, it is characterized by increased competition between world centers of power, increased uncertainty factors, bursts of instability and violence in different regions of the planet, and a...

February 27, 2019

While it is occupied with its nuclear summit with North Korea, the Trump administration needs to tell both India and Pakistan that it is watching them closely, and that they need to show restraint with each other in both the conventional and nuclear realm. 

Recent events and provocations by Pakistan such as the deadly Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist bombing attack on Indian forces in the disputed Kashmir and In...

December 18, 2018

Situational Brief: Russian Recent Deployments Opposite Ukraine and What It Could Mean For Christmas

Tensions in and around Ukraine and Russian occupied Crimea have increased since the 25th November 2018, Sea of Azov incident when Russia seized by force three Ukrainian naval vessels and shut down shipping traffic to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. In recent days, US Special Representative to Ukraine Ambassador Kurt Volker warned tha...

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