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NATO still short of troops for Afghan boost

NATO still short of troops for Afghan boost

NATO countries have still not agreed how many extra troops they will send to Afghanistan to boost local forces in their fight against the resurgent Taliban, the alliance's chief admitted Thursday.

British PM names Gavin Williamson new defence minister

British PM names Gavin Williamson new defence minister

Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday named Gavin Williamson as Britain's new defence minister after his predecessor Michael Fallon was forced to step down over a sexual harassment scandal sweeping parliament.

N Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S Korea drill

N Korea readies missile launch ahead of US-S Korea drill

North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source.

Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games

Philippines hails US as top ally, welcomes war games

The Philippines' military chief hailed the United States as his nation's ‘number one ally’ and announced a return of regular war games, following President Rodrigo Duterte's call for warmer ties.

Cyber attacks should be dealt with seriously, says minister

Cyber attacks should be dealt with seriously, says minister

Cyber attack is a real threat and should be dealt with seriously, remarked HE the Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Member of the Council of Ministers, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah.

At UN, Trump says US may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea

At UN, Trump says US may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge ...

Saudi Arabia arrests four over alleged IS bomb plot

Saudi Arabia arrests four over alleged IS bomb plot

Saudi security forces foiled an alleged suicide bomb plot by the Islamic State group targeting the defence ministry and arrested four suspects, authorities said Tuesday.

North Korea warns US over sanctions push ahead of UN vote

North Korea warns US over sanctions push ahead of UN vote

North Korea warned the United States on Monday that it would pay a ‘due price’ for spearheading efforts for fresh sanctions on the regime following its latest nuclear test ...

Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters

Israel finalises deal for 17 more F-35 stealth fighters

Israel has finalised a deal to purchase 17 more F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered, the defence ministry said Sunday.

India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal

India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal

India approved a $650 million purchase of six attack choppers Thursday from US aviation giant Boeing, officials said, as it boosts its military might amid border tensions with China and Pakistan.

CIA chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

CIA chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

The top US intelligence official said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July, amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.

Qatar, Turkey conclude joint maritime exercise

Qatar, Turkey conclude joint maritime exercise

The Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) at the Ministry of Defence announced the conclusion of the two-day joint maritime exercise (Rapid Response) ...