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U.S., Qatar renew longstanding agreement on military cooperation

WASHINGTON — Qatar and the United States have renewed a long-term defense cooperation agreement. Officials said the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate renewed the U.S.-Qatar Defense Cooperation Agreement during the visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Dec. 10. They said the accord would facilitate military exercises, strategic dialogue and arms sales. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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U.S., UK and S. Korea conduct joint naval exercises near tense zone

U.S., UK and S. Korea conduct joint naval exercises near tense zone

Starting Dec. 8, naval vessels from South Korea, the U.S. and the Great Britain conducted a joint exercise in waters south of the Korean Peninsula, close to one of the most tense military zones in the world. Leading the exercise were a 7,600-ton S. Korean guided missile destroyer, a 9,800-ton U.S. guided missile cruiser and […]

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Nudged by Chinese expansion, U.S., New Zealand revive defense ties

Nudged by Chinese expansion, U.S., New Zealand revive defense ties

The United States and New Zealand will resume close military cooperation after nearly three-decades of bilateral ban on any joint military actions between the two democracies. The move highlights a new security agenda for both countries in the Asia Pacific region, driven in part by China’s aggressive military expansion in the area. SUBSCRIBE l LOGIN

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As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

As China, U.S., Japan and S. Korea transition, N. Korea again threatens to go ballistic

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The impending launch of a North Korean ballistic missile has as much to do with the propaganda goal of putting a satellite into orbit as to serve as a less than subtle bullying to neighboring states all undergoing a period of political transition. Though Pyongyang has forewarned regional […]

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Intelligence fiasco by Turkey, U.S., plays in Syria's and Iran's favor

Intelligence fiasco by Turkey, U.S., plays in Syria's and Iran's favor

Global Information System Turkey’s interception on Oct. 10, of a Syrian Air A320 transport aircraft, allegedly carrying key air defense radar equipment for Syria from Russia, was initially portrayed as a major intelligence coup by Turkey and an indicator that Syria’s and Iran’s air defense networks had been seriously weakened. However, highly-placed sources in Ankara, […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

An SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats take a stand against war

By Sheda Vasseghi The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi, former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. “I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012.” This is the […]

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In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

In response to an assassination plot against a Saudi diplomat, the U.S. should not go to war

By Sheda Vasseghi The latest Saudi official assassination conspiracy implicating the Islamic Republic of Iran brings chills to Iranian nationalists as it is a reminder of many examples in history whereby in the scheme of things a small trigger causes global warfare and carnage. Accusations against the Islamists in control of Iran triggering potential backlash […]

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U.S., Canada still enjoying fruits of Reagan-Mulroney 'Shamrock Summit'

U.S., Canada still enjoying fruits of Reagan-Mulroney 'Shamrock Summit'

By John J. Metzler  NEW YORK — On St. Patrick’s Day 1985, at the “Shamrock Summit”, President Ronald Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney met in Quebec City and stated their intent to “reduce and eliminate existing barriers to trade and investment flows.” In a fest of bonhomie , both ethnic-Irish leaders set the […]

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U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

U.S., allies, plot North Korea strategy — without China

North Korean soldiers march during a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Oct. 10. / AP /Vincent Yu  The Japanese, South Korean and U.S. foreign ministers meet on Monday to plot strategy toward an increasingly provocative North Korea in the face of […]