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Pentagon: Iran’s missile force ‘largest in Middle East’

WASHINGTON: A research study conducted by the US Department of Defense has hailed Iran’s achievements in its ballistic missiles program despite decades of Washington-imposed sanctions, saying its arsenal is larger than that of any other Middle Eastern countries. “Iran has an extensive missile development program, and the size and sophistication …

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India bans Islamic, Iranian TV channels in Kashmir

KASHMIR: India’s Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has asked cable operators from the Kashmir Valley to block the airing of all television channels from several Muslim countries including Iran and Turkey. An official from the Union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on Sunday asked cable operators from the Valley to …

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‘Terminator’ Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka election

COLOMBO: Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of the Tamil Tigers 10 years ago, stormed to victory on Sunday in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections seven months after extremist attacks killed 269 people. The retired lieutenant colonel, nicknamed the “Terminator” by his own family, won 53-54 per cent of the …

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UK govt and military covered up war crimes: report

LONDON: The UK government and military covered up credible evidence of war crimes by British soldiers against civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to an investigation by the BBC and the Sunday Times. Leaks from two government-ordered inquiries into the conduct of troops in the conflicts implicated troops in the …

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Leaked China documents reveal ‘no mercy’ policy towards Uighur Muslims

WASHINGTON: A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with “absolutely no mercy” against separatism and extremism, the New York Times (NYT) has reported. Human rights groups …

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Russia: S-400s sold to Turkey to go operational in 2020

DUBAI: A Russian military official says the S-400 missile defense systems sold to Turkey will be operational in spring 2020, adding that the training of Turkish personnel to work with the advanced weapons is almost complete. Dmitry Shugayev, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, made …

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Thousands rally in Georgia to demand government’s resignation

  TBLISI: Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Georgia on Sunday, demanding the government’s resignation and early parliamentary polls after the increasingly unpopular ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms. Protesters gathered outside the parliament building on the main thoroughfare in the capital, Tbilisi, in one of the biggest anti-government …

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