Vladimir Putin says Russia’s military is stronger than any potential foe

Russia’s military today can overpower any potential foe, President Vladimir Putin told an annual end-of-year meeting Thursday with defense chiefs. “We can say with certainty: We are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he told the meeting. “Anyone!” His comments come at the end of a year when tensions between Russia and the West have … Read more

World War III fears as Turkey scrambles TWELVE F-16 fighter jets in show of force amid growing tensions with Russia over ambassador’s assassination

TURKEY scrambled six pairs of fighter jets last night as tensions grow between the country and Russia following the assassination of a Russian ambassador. Twelve F-16 fighter planes took off from Eskisehir Air Base at around 7:30pm in a “loud blast” just a day after Andrei Karlov was shot dead in the Turkish capital Ankara, … Read more

Pathankot terror attack: Jaish-e-Mohammed showed location of airbase to terrorists on Google Maps, planned attack in 2014

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in its chargesheet filed on Monday that Jaish-e-Mohammed operative Shahid Latif planned January’s Pathankot airbase attack in April 2014 at a meeting in Pakistan’s Sialkot showing the terrorists the location of the airbase on Google Maps. He thought that it was “easy” to attack the airbase since it is surrounded … Read more

ISIS ‘shoots down’ Russian attack helicopter in Syria

The terror group’s news agency said fighters downed the chopper – understood to be an attack helicopter – near the T4 air base east of Homs. A brief statement released by the Amaq Agency read: “A Russian combat helicopter is downed over T4 Airbase east of Homs.” Russia intervened in Syria last September to help … Read more

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Turkey by off-duty Police Officer

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on Monday night, Turkish station NTV reported. Andrey Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition … Read more

India ‘sabotaging’ efforts to normalise relations: Pakistan

Pakistan has accused India of “sabotaging” efforts to normalise relations and using “flimsiest of reasons” to avoid talks, as it called on New Delhi to show “seriousness” in resolving the Kashmir issue. “The trajectory (of ties) has been down the slope. India has tried to do everything to sabotage every goodwill gesture that we made towards … Read more

Is the Indian Army in Danger of Being Politicised Like Pakistan’s?

General Dalbir Suhag, the present Indian Army Chief, is due to retire at the end of this month. However, in a surprising break from past practice, the name of his replacement has not been announced yet. As things stand, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, the present Eastern Army Commander, will be the senior-most on the day … Read more

Russian colonel Ruslan Galitsky dies in Aleppo shelling

Russian Colonel Ruslan Galitsky has died of wounds in Syria when “opposition” militants shelled a residential area in Aleppo’s western part, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Dec. 7. “Colonel Ruslan Galitsky has died in hospital after being severely wounded. Russian military medics fought for his life for several days. The officer sustained injuries in … Read more

Indus waters row with Pak to intensify as India accuses World Bank of bias

The India-Pakistan water dispute is set to intensify, with New Delhi questioning the World Bank’s neutrality in arbitrating between the two countries. The World Bank, which brokered the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) in 1960, settles differences arising from sharing of water and setting up projects along the Indus river basin. India is miffed with the … Read more

Russia to fit tanks with ‘PTERODACTYL’ drones as Putin bolsters forces on Europe’s borders

The “Pterodactyl” drones – expected to give Russian tanks the ability to scan up to 10 kilometres from their position – boosts Russian ground forces’ capabilities as the military bolsters its presence on Europe’s borders. The drones will be attached via cable to Russia’s Armata tanks, and will greatly increase the distance at which they … Read more

‘Slain SIMI men wanted to fight for ISIS in Syria’

The eight suspected SIMI operatives who were killed in an alleged encounter after their escape from Bhopal Central Jail on October 31, dreamed of fighting for the terrrorist outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to police sources. This was disclosed to the police by nine other SIMI activists who are lodged in … Read more

Nagrota attack: ‘He saved others, but could not save his own life’,

For nearly 45 minutes that he spent at a crematorium in Hebbal in Bengaluru, Avinash Kumar (28) was unable to stop the tears streaming down his face.  Kumar, a civilian employee with the Indian Air Force, had travelled over 650 km from Bidar in north Karnataka for the last rites of Major Akshay Girish Kumar … Read more

Timeline of terror attacks in Jammu-Kashmir after surgical strikes

The Border Security Forces (BSF) killed three terrorists in Ramgarh sector of Samba district Tuesday as an infiltration bid was foiled along the International Border in Jammu. The encounter, which injured one BSF jawan, took place at Fatwal village in Chamliyal area. Even as this operation was underway, some 3-4 terrorists stormed into an Army base in … Read more

India has urged China to change stand on Masood Azhar: Govt

Government has urged China to reverse its technical hold on India’s request , which is co-sponsored by several prominent countries, to get Masood Azhar designated as terrorist by the UN , minister of state for external affairs M J Akbar said on Thursday. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha , Akbar said China … Read more

Will not accept cross-border terrorism as ‘new normal’ in bilateral ties: India to Pakistan

Sending a strong message to Pakistan on cross-border terrorism, India on Thursday said it will never accept continued cross-border terrorism as the new normal. In a statement to the media, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “Stop cross-border terrorism and then we can talk.” Slamming Pakistan for fomenting terrorism, Swarup said that India … Read more

Intelligence ignored: Why is Indian army being caught napping time and again?

Once again, militants crossing over from Pakistan targeted a military camp – this time in Nagrota, a cantonment 15 km north of Jammu city, killing two officers and five soldiers, just two months after the deadly attack on a military camp in Uri. The spate of successful attacks and high military losses raise several disturbing … Read more

Nagrota attack: Indian Army Chief visits site; similarities with Uri attack, say reports

To flush out any remaining militants, combing operations resumed at the army camp in Nagrota, where seven defence personnel were killed in a terror attack on Tuesday. The army recovered a huge catchment of arms and ammunition from the site of the encounter, according to ANI. J&K: Huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered by … Read more

Putin, Kim Jong-un or ISIS could test Trump in first 100 days: “There are very unpredictable and unstable people running countries”

Though his liberal worldview may not have a platform in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Democratic statesman George Mitchell offered some pragmatic, nonpartisan advice in an interview yesterday: Before Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he should first meet with our traditional European allies, especially those in NATO. After rattling the foreign policy establishment (along … Read more

What will Trump’s presidency mean for fight against ISIS?

President-elect Donald Trump will soon inherit America’s wars against ISIS. The U.S. is training and assisting Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the liberation of Mosul, the last major city in Iraq controlled by ISIS. The operation is six weeks old. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend served in northern Iraq during the U.S. occupation 10 years ago, … Read more

Nagrota terror attack: 7 Army personnel martyred; 16 rescued in hostage-like situation

Seven Indian Army soldiers including two officers were killed when terrorists stormed an artillery unit in Nagrota in Jammu early this morning. The terrorists also took hostages. Bodies of three terrorists killed in the counter attack have been recovered so far. The terrorists were disguised as policemen. They fired at sentries and forced into the … Read more