Caucasus - Central Asia

Russia’s War Games Make Georgia Nervous

Russia’s War Games Make Georgia Nervous

Andrey Tselikov

27 August 2012

In June and July Russia held several military exercises with its regional partners. There are more to come in August and September. Of course, none of the planned events are quite as extensive as the one that an Iranian news agency falsely reported on June 19th, in a bit of wishful thinking. There won’t be joint war games involving 90,000 troops held in Syria by Russia, China and Iran.

Why Afghanistan Isn’t a Campaign Issue: Neither Obama nor Romney Have a Solution

Why Afghanistan Isn’t a Campaign Issue: Neither Obama nor Romney Have a Solution

By Tony Karon

August 24, 2012

“Just don’t talk about the war!” was the motto evinced by John Cleese’s comic British innkeeper Basil Fawlty when entertaining German tourists at his establishment.

Metsamor - The Fukushima of the Caucasus?

Metsamor - The Fukushima of the Caucasus?

 

Rafiga Gurbanzade, Contributor, The Journal of Turkish Weekly

24 August 2012

Last year’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown highlighted the importance of a diligent assessment of nuclear power plants (NPP) to endure ground shakings or possible displacements [1].

Afghan rockets hit US general's plane

Afghan rockets hit US general's plane

Al Jazeera

21 August 2012

Rocket fire that struck a US base in Afghanistan on Monday night has damaged the aircraft of the top-ranking US military officer and injured two members of the maintenance crew.

Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, was not near the aircraft at the time of the attack and no one was injured, Jamie Graybeal, NATO spokesman, said.

Colonel Dave Lapan, Dempsey's spokesman, said on Tuesday that two rockets struck Bagram airbase, outside the capital Kabul, and one damaged Dempsey's C-17, a large transport aircraft.

Shrapnel from the rocket struck the door of the C-17 and left two crew members with minor injuries.
From the perspective of one neighbourhood in Herat

Pakistan’s Descent into Chaos

Pakistan’s Descent into Chaos

Gurmeet Kanwal

August 19, 2012

Embroiled in continuing political turbulence, judicial activism, internal instability and a stagnating economy, Pakistan appears to be hurtling inexorably downhill. The terrorist strike on Minhas airbase in Kamra on August 16, in which one Pakistani soldier and nine terrorists were killed, is but the latest manifestation of the state’s inability to protect even its vital military installations. The fact that nuclear warheads are stored at the airbase makes the attack even more ominous. The strike was launched by fighters of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terrorist organisation that is committed to the establishment of a “true Islamic state” in Pakistan.

Intel Sharing with Afghans Presents Challenges

Intel Sharing with Afghans Presents Challenges

by Bob Couture

August 17, 2012

Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – Afghanistan was recently declared a Major Non-NATO ally country, which affords special privileges for training, equipment and surveillance capabilities. As that status matures and Afghan National Security Forces continue to transition to the lead in the fight against insurgent forces and instability, are Coalition Forces prepared to share intelligence with Afghan counterparts to make them successful?

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