Wind-down of ‘irritating’ war games: US & South Korea suspend military drill planned for August
Jun19

Wind-down of ‘irritating’ war games: US & South Korea suspend military drill planned for August

US President Donald Trump seems to be delivering on his promise to scale down military exercises with South Korea, which he made after meeting North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. A drill scheduled for August has been suspended. Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their preparations for the exercise code-named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the South Korean defense ministry said on Tuesday. “The South and the U.S. plan to continue...

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Turkish & US troops coordinate ‘independent’ patrols near Kurdish-held town in Syria
Jun19

Turkish & US troops coordinate ‘independent’ patrols near Kurdish-held town in Syria

Turkish and US troops have begun separate patrols along the line dividing the Turkish-controlled areas from the Kurdish-held town of Manbij, northern Syria, after Ankara and Washington agreed a “roadmap” on the Kurds’ withdrawal. “As per the Manbij Roadmap and Safety Principles previously agreed upon, independent patrol activities by soldiers of Turkish Armed Forces and US Armed Forces have begun on the line between (the...

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China can substitute US oil with Iranian crude to ‘infuriate Trump’ – analyst
Jun19

China can substitute US oil with Iranian crude to ‘infuriate Trump’ – analyst

Beijing’s retaliatory measures against US tariffs can include penalties on oil coming to China from America. A cut in Chinese purchases of US oil may benefit Iran’s sales. “The Chinese may just replace some of the American oil with Iranian crude,” said John Driscoll, director of consultancy JTD Energy Services, as quoted by Reuters. “China isn’t intimidated by the threat of US sanctions. They haven’t been in the past. So in this...

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Russia holds less US debt than Bermuda after dumping half its holdings
Jun19

Russia holds less US debt than Bermuda after dumping half its holdings

Moscow will continue dumping US debt, according to analysts who spoke to RT. Latest US Treasury Department data shows Russia cut its holdings by half in April. That month, Russia sold $47.4 billion out of the $96.1 billion held in March. The latest statistics released by the US Treasury on Friday showed that, Russia had only $48.7 billion investment in American debt, dropping from 16th to the 22nd place of major foreign holders of US...

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Assad: Hezbollah not leaving Syria yet, war against terrorism to continue
Jun14

Assad: Hezbollah not leaving Syria yet, war against terrorism to continue

The war against terrorism in Syria is far from over and so it’s too early to discuss the withdrawal of Hezbollah forces from the country, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in his latest interview. Ever since the conflict in Syria broke out, Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have offered substantial support to the Syrian Arab Army in battling the jihadist insurgency. “The battle is long and ongoing…. but in the end Hezbollah is a...

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