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Saudis deploy 2,000 troops, three helicopter squadrons near Iraq

A member of the Saudi Border Guards stands guard next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq on July 14.  /Faisal Nasser/Reuters

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has sent attack helicopters and established a command and control center along the border with Iraq. Officials said the Defense Ministry and the National Guard Ministry were cooperating to bolster military […]

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Xi’s anti-corruption campaign is winning him new enemies in the PLA

From left: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Gen. Xu Caihou and Gen. Guo Boxiong.

Special to By Willy Lam, A series of unusual happenings in the People’s Liberation Army has demonstrated that President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping is paying a heavy price for hitting out at “big tigers” among corrupt military officers. Late last […]

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Putin kicks off Latin tour in Havana, recalling the Cold War chill

Special to By Miles Yu, Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a big statement aimed at the United States by choosing Cuba as his first stop on a 6-day visit to Latin America. However, Putin’s Cuba trip is not just […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Report: Assad has successfully transformed Syria into a Shi’ite nation

A demonstrator with photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad at a rally in Damascus.  /Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Special to JERUSALEM — Syria has been expelling much of its majority Sunni community, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that the regime of President Bashar Assad was changing the demographic balance in Syria. […]

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Panda images for target practice: Comrade Kim and Comrade Xi are not on the best of terms

Kim Jong-Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet on July 7.  /KCNA/Reuters

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea’s military used images of panda bears as targets in an apparent show of Pyongyang’s displeasure with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul, according to news reports here. Images of pandas […]

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Warm words by Xi Jinping at the China-U.S. dialogue did not match his disturbing actions

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing on July 9.  /Feng Li/Getty Images/AsiaPac

Special to By Willy Lam, Even though President Xi Jinping has urged more “communication and cooperation” between his country and the United States, the on-going Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) between top officials from both sides has confirmed their “frenemy” […]

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Xi strikes again: China conducts the largest military purge since Mao

Gen. Xu Caihou is accused of taking money and property in exchange for promotions and other favors.  /Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Special to By Miles Yu, On July 1, the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party, the Central Committee of the CCP made a shocking announcement: Gen. Xu Caihou has been expelled from the Party and referred […]

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Rogue general has formed powerful military in Libya with Gulf funding

Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter.  Reuters

Special to CAIRO — A rogue general has succeeded in reshaping Libya’s military.   Libyan sources said Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter has amassed a force of 70,000 in the war against Al Qaida-aligned rebels. They said Hafter has […]

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Shaky: Kim pardons thousands in Jang’s network because without them N. Korea could not function

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un observes an artillery exercise of the Hwa Islet Defense Detachment.  /Rodong Sinmun

Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has pardoned thousands of officials who were punished for their connections with his executed uncle Jang Song-Thaek. The action was taken to forestall potential chaos and encourage loyalty from […]

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