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  • Iranian foreign minister offers to negotiate on ballistic missiles

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Tehran is prepared to talk about its ballistic missile programme in exchange for the United States cutting defence exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but only after the US has returned to the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Afghan forces continue to suffer ‘record-high’ casualties, says US DoD

    The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) continue to incur heavy losses in its fight against militant groups, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a report covering events in Afghanistan between 1 December 2018 and 31 May 2019. Released on 12 July, the June 2019 edition of the

  • British destroyer heads for the Gulf

    The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan is heading for the Middle East to allow the Royal Navy to maintain a continuous presence in the tense region, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. An MoD spokesman told Jane’s on 12 July that HMS Duncan’s planned deployment to the Gulf region

  • Israel to get more hardened aircraft shelters

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is looking to build additional hardened aircraft shelters, according to a notice published on the USU Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website on 12 July. The notification did not reveal the number of aircraft shelters that will be built or the base where they will

  • UK says frigate warned off Iranian patrol boats

    A Royal Navy frigate confronted Iranian vessels attempting to block a UK-flagged oil tanker as it sailed out of the Gulf, the British government said in an 11 July statement. “Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British

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