The UK’s defense minister blamed Trump for the Afghanistan crisis, saying ‘the die was cast’ when Trump negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban

The Taliban seized Afghanistan with unexpected speed as the US withdrew troops. The troop pullout happened under Biden but came from a deal negotiated by Trump. UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace on Monday blamed the Afghanistan crisis on Trump. The UK’s defense minister blamed the chaos in Afghanistan on former US President Donald Trump onContinue reading “The UK’s defense minister blamed Trump for the Afghanistan crisis, saying ‘the die was cast’ when Trump negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban”

Video footage taken by Latvian border guards show participation of Belarusian militarized units in trafficking of migrants to the border with Latvia

Video footage taken by Latvian border guards shows that migrants, accompanied by Belarusian militarized units, are being trafficked to the Belarusian border with Latvia and not allowed to return to the territory of Belarus, the Defense Ministry’s portal sargs.lv reports. In recent days, the State Border Guard together with the National Armed Forces (NAF) hasContinue reading “Video footage taken by Latvian border guards show participation of Belarusian militarized units in trafficking of migrants to the border with Latvia”

Taliban takes Afghanistan’s third-largest city in onslaught

The Taliban captured Afghanistan’s third-largest city and a strategic provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, further squeezing the country’s embattled government just weeks before the end of the American military mission there. The seizure of Herat marks the biggest prize yet for the Taliban, which has taken 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals as partContinue reading “Taliban takes Afghanistan’s third-largest city in onslaught”

Poland reports record number of migrants at Belarusian border

A record number of migrants have crossed the Polish border with Belarus since Friday, the Border Guard said on Monday, amid accusations Minsk is using illegal crossings to pressure European Union states. Poland and Lithuania have seen a surge in illegal migration in recent weeks that is so severe the countries have appealed to theContinue reading “Poland reports record number of migrants at Belarusian border”

Germany rejects calls for troops to return to Afghanistan

Germany’s defence minister rejected on Monday calls for its soldiers to return to Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents took Kunduz city where German troops were deployed for a decade. Germany had the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States, losing more troops in combat in Kunduz than anywhere else since World War Two.Continue reading “Germany rejects calls for troops to return to Afghanistan”

Taliban kill Afghan media chief in Kabul, take southern city

The Taliban ambushed and killed the director of Afghanistan’s government media center on Friday in the capital, Kabul, the latest killing of a government official just days after an assassination attempt on the country’s acting defense minister. The slaying comes amid significant Taliban advances. In a major but symbolic victory, the Taliban on Friday appearedContinue reading “Taliban kill Afghan media chief in Kabul, take southern city”

US, allies accuse China of global cyber hacking campaign

The United States and a coalition of allies accused China on Monday of a global cyber hacking campaign that employed contract hackers, specifically attributing a large Microsoft attack disclosed earlier this year to actors working on Beijing’s behalf. Opening a new area of tensions with China, the United States is joined by NATO, the EuropeanContinue reading “US, allies accuse China of global cyber hacking campaign”

U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers

The United States on Thursday added Turkey to a list of countries that are implicated in the use of child soldiers over the past year, placing a NATO ally for the first time in such a list, in a move that is likely to further complicate the already fraught ties between Ankara and Washington. TheContinue reading “U.S. adds Turkey to list of countries implicated in use of child soldiers”

German soldiers dismissed over Hitler birthday song

Some 30 German soldiers are being recalled from service in Lithuania, with ringleaders facing immediate dismissal, after they were accused of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks and of sexual violence, a German military spokesperson said. The soldiers were in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission providing protection to Lithuania, Latvia and EstoniaContinue reading “German soldiers dismissed over Hitler birthday song”

China officially joins Russia as a danger to NATO

China has joined Russia as an explicit danger to Western allies after a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday (14 June). “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security,” the 30 Nato leaders said in a joint communiqué. “China is rapidly expandingContinue reading “China officially joins Russia as a danger to NATO”

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