Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Israel had inflicted its “hardest blow” on Hamas since a 2014 war with a wave of air strikes in the Gaza Strip and threatened to intensify them if necessary.

“In consultation with the minister of defence, the (military) chief of staff and the top security command of the state of Israel, we have decided on strong action against Hamas terrorism,” Netanyahu said in a video statement. Continue reading


Beijing needs a new fighter jet for at least four aircraft carrier groups that it plans to create to define the country’s place among the world’s great naval powers. China is developing a new carrier-borne fighter jet to replace its workhorse J-15 aircraft, the Hong-Kong-based South China Morning Post reported, citing China’s Deputy Air Force Commander, Lt.-Gen. Zhang Hongthe.

According to the newspaper, this task has become more pressing following a series of mechanical failures and crashes allegedly dogging the J-15s. Continue reading

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe states that the Navy has been informed to alert on a possible submarine attack threat. He stated this at an event held in Colombo.

Addressing the event, Prime Minister said: “Now we have a new concept, the ‘Indo-Pacific’, put forward by the USA. China views the Indo-Pacific as a mechanism for containing China in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and thereby increasing its strategic vulnerability. Now we have also seems to have got caught on it.” Continue reading


Their looming profile and bristling armaments make them the most easily identifiable piece of military hardware. But tanks, which represent a watershed in the age-old military technology contest between offensive and defensive capacities and mobile and static weaponry, are at their best only when their key attributes are in sync.

Their entire story, which dates from much before they first trundled on to the battlefield in World War I — as this book shows — hinges on the development and interplay of these attributes: Mobility, protection, firepower and communication. Continue reading


The United States on Saturday slammed Pakistan for sheltering terror networks. Speaking to news agency ANI, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that the US will have to make sure that they never send Pakistan another weapon for them to use against their own people.

“Have to make sure that we (US) will never send Pakistan another weapon that they can use against their own people, that’s the first start,” he said, adding that the government, especially ISI, are allies of the oppressors. “The Govt in Islamabad especially ISI are not allies of free people but instead are oppressors,” he said. Continue reading


Pakistan and Turkey on Friday signed a deal for 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 ATAK helicopter gunships, according to a statement by Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries.The T129 is a development of the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta. Among other features, it includes Turkish sensors and weaponry and powerful engines to boost hot and high capabilities, something essential for Turkey’s operational environment, but which also clinched selection of the type for Pakistan.

Though potent, the AH?1F Cobra gunships presently in Pakistani service (that were acquired in the 1980s), are not only worn in the tooth but lack the capability to perform adequately over the higher altitudes of the Hindu Kush mountain range separating Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The Pakistan’s military quiet support for the leading opposition party ahead of the general election this month is raising concerns that nascent progress on improving relations with India will stall.The outcome also holds consequences for the country’s worsening fiscal situation. Should the July 25 poll produce a political vacuum, Pakistan may become even more reliant on Chinese financing.

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, is gaining ground ahead of voting for the National Assembly. Poling by local researchers in early July showed the PTI with 30% support and the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz with 27%. A recent Gallup poll showed PML-N with 26% support to the PTI’s 25%. Continue reading


A suicide bomber killed over 130 people and injured more than 180 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s return ahead of the July 25 general election.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over a year and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.It came as Pakistan’s caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings with Sharif, who was ousted by the Supreme Court last year and convicted in absentia of corruption a week ago, flying back to rally his party ahead of the general elections. Continue reading


Thousands of fresh graduates of new combat units from the People’s Liberation Army – China’s military – have begun a week-long drill in electronic warfare, experts said.

The war games, which started on Monday and test reconnaissance, electronic communication, cybersecurity, air strikes and other battle skills, are aimed at increasing ground troops’ understanding of modern warfare, and fostering new strategic ground force commanders after a sweeping PLA overhaul. Continue reading


A Pakistani journalist was suspended by his news organisation on Wednesday after he made an adverse comment against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan. During a press conference on Tuesday, Express News reporter Ahmed Mansoor asked Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, that why the Army was not acting upon the “scourge” Imran Khan like it had done with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari.

“Nawaz Sharif is politically over and so is the case with Asif Zardari, why not tackle this scourge Imran Khan as he will also not spare anyone,” Mansoor told Ghafoor, who was addressing the press conference in connection with the July 25 Pakistan elections. Continue reading


Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has accused the country’s powerful spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of meddling in the ongoing parliamentary polls there.The deposed Pakistani leader has for the first time named a seniorISI officer, General Faiz Hamid, for being allegedly involved in pre-poll rigging ahead of the 2018 general elections.

General Hamid is the head of the Counter Intelligence wing in the ISI. Sharif has also said the military’s intelligence wing, the ISI, is intimidating his party’s candidates to switch loyalties or to run as independents.  Continue reading


China on Monday successfully launched two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan, marking the first international commercial launch for the Long March-2C rocket in about 19 years. The satellites – PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A – were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 am, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan. It is the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer, it said. Continue reading


Pakistan’s central bank has decided to tighten the movement of foreign and local currency to combat money laundering after the country was placed on the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force for failing to curb anti-terror financing, according to a media report.

Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the global body during its plenary session in Paris last month despite Islamabad submitting a 26-point action plan and launching a concerted diplomatic effort to avert the decision. Continue reading


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president’s top envoy while accusing the US of making “gangster-like” demands.

After the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Trump declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War. Now, three weeks later, the two sides were still at odds on all issues, including exactly what denuclearization means and how it might be verified, after a third visit to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And, the promised remains have yet to be delivered. Continue reading


According to open sources, F-22 jets cost $146.2 million, while F-35s may cost between $83 million and $108 million. The Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet will be two and a half times cheaper than US Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet and F-22 stealth fighter aircraft, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Gutenev, a member of State Duma’s expert panel on the aviation industry, told Sputnik.

“The fifth-generation fighter jets are undoubtedly competing with US F-22s and F-35s, but it is considerably cheaper even though it has similar characteristics, while in some aspects, for example, maneuverability, it does better than the US jets,” Gutenev said. Continue reading