Politics

China to expand marine corps for deployment in Gwadar, Djibouti

Gwadar


By: PTI | Beijing

China is constructing a naval base in Djibouti to provide logistical support in one of the world's busiest waterways in the Indian Ocean.
China is set to increase the number of its marine corps from 20,000 to one lakh (100.000) as part of plans to deploy them overseas for the first time, including at the strategic Gwadar port in Pakistan and military logistics base in Djibouti in the Indian Ocean. The expansion is planned to protect China’s maritime lifelines and its growing interests overseas, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

Before US whacks ISIS-Syria, Al Qaeda is resurgent

ISIS-Syria Al Qaeda


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report 
The main thrust of the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria ordered by the Trump administration is still ahead, but ISIS forces did not wait in their Raqqa stronghold for the axe to fall. They moved southeast into the Deir ez-Zour region, where they are beating back Hizballah’s elite Radwan Battalion, which has just been deployed there.

Turkey does not need a second diplomatic assassination

Netherlands Turkey


Barcin Yinanc

It goes without saying that every Western diplomatic mission in Turkey must have reviewed security measures around their compounds - not only after intensified threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also after the failed July 15 coup, which saw a rise in anti–Western feelings here.

Exclusive: Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role - sources

General Khalifa Haftar

By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali and Lin Noueihed | WASHINGTON/CAIRO

Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to U.S. concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.

Is another Turkish coup imminent?

Turkish courtroom


Ahmed al-Burai
Turkey's armed forces are reportedly unhappy with the AKP's post-coup purge. But if they are planning a coup, Erdogan is ready
On 25 February, the flagship Turkish newspaper Hurriyet published a controversial article with the headline "Unease at the military headquarters", implying serious discontent among the country's armed forces.

EUROPE CHALLENGES TURKEY'S ERDOGAN, WHY NOW?

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN


BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN 
Over the weekend Holland stunned Turkey by preventing rallies over a proposed referendum, drawing fierce rebuke from Ankara.

Holland is a “Nazi remnant,” according Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was prevented from flying to Rotterdam to give a speech, and Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya was deported to Germany.

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