Post Tagged with: "defence"

Congress?s audio tape is an attempt to fabricate facts, says Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar

Congress?s audio tape is an attempt to fabricate facts, says Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar

PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar on Wednesday dismissed the audio clip played by Congress as fakery and said it was a ?desperate attempt to fabricate facts?. Parrikar, who was Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s minister when the deal was signed, rubbished Congress allegations in a tweet. ?The audio clip released by the […]

Health minister Vishwajit Rane demands probe, says audio doctored

Health minister Vishwajit Rane demands probe, says audio doctored

PANAJI: Health minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday dismissed the audio clip played by Congress purportedly of him allegedly claiming that chief minister Manohar said during a cabinet meeting that all files relating to the fighter jet contract was ?lying in his bedroom, in his flat?, as ?doctored? and demanded an […]

US sends small military force to Africa amid DR Congo?s post-election tension

US sends small military force to Africa amid DR Congo?s post-election tension

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that American military personnel had been deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a presidential election there. In a letter to congressional leaders, Trump said the first of about 80 military personnel arrived in […]

US court rules in favour of Donald Trump?s ban on some transgender military recruits

US court rules in favour of Donald Trump?s ban on some transgender military recruits

A US court on Friday ruled in favour of a Trump administration policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the US armed forces, handing the president his first legal victory on the issue after several defeats. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a […]

US plans to conduct first missile drill near divisive Okinawa base, countering China?s ballistic weapons

US plans to conduct first missile drill near divisive Okinawa base, countering China?s ballistic weapons

The US military will this year conduct its first missile drill around the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to a report on Thursday, as Washington seeks to counter an increasingly assertive China. The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important […]

?China, China, China?: Trump?s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

?China, China, China?: Trump?s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

Patrick Shanahan, the acting US defence secretary, singled out China as a key priority in a ?great power competition? on his first full day in his new role at the Pentagon on Wednesday, continuing a course set by his predecessor. Shanahan, who replaced James Mattis on Tuesday, told Pentagon staff […]

Trump softens Syria pull-out schedule but claims ?hero? status

Trump softens Syria pull-out schedule but claims ?hero? status

US President Donald Trump appeared on Monday to water down plans for a withdrawal of American troops from Syria, even as he defiantly claimed his achievements in the conflict should make him a ?national hero?. The tweeted comment came the day after a senior Republican senator said that Trump had […]

James Mattis, dumped by Donald Trump, gave this advice to Pentagon staff on his final day as US defence secretary: ?hold fast?

James Mattis, dumped by Donald Trump, gave this advice to Pentagon staff on his final day as US defence secretary: ?hold fast?

On his final day as US defence secretary, James Mattis on Monday urged all Pentagon employees, military and civilian, to ?hold fast? in defence of the nation. Mattis, who submitted his resignation on December 20 and was, in effect, fired by President Donald Trump three days later, was working in […]

Patrick Shanahan: the new guy in the Pentagon hot seat after the early departure of James Mattis

Patrick Shanahan: the new guy in the Pentagon hot seat after the early departure of James Mattis

Patrick Shanahan, who on Tuesday becomes the acting US secretary of defence, takes the helm of America?s massive military machine at a critical time. Shanahan is moving up from his position as deputy defence secretary to the top spot following the resignation of James Mattis, who quit over long-running ? […]

Why the Pentagon bought Romania a ?cheap and cheerful??hatchback

Why the Pentagon bought Romania a ?cheap and cheerful??hatchback

Nobody at the Pentagon can quite understand why US taxpayers bought a Dacia Sandero Stepway 2 for the Romanian defence ministry, but it is apparently one of those things allies do to smooth relations. It is a mystery because the Dacia is not a fighter jet, a missile system or […]