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Israeli army hits Gaza militants who sent attack drone

Gaza City, Sep 7 (AP/UNB) — The Israeli military says it has launched an airstrike hitting Palestinian militants behind an earlier drone attack from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military says Saturday the drone dropped “what seems to be an explosive device” and damaged an army vehicle near the perimeter fence separating Gaza from Israel. There were no reports of ... Read More »

Pakistan test-fires surface-to-surface ballistic missile

Pakistan on Wednesday closed three aviation routes of Karachi airspace till August 31, which had promoted speculation about the possible missile testing. Islamabad: Pakistan has successfully test-fired surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Ghaznavi’, capable of delivering multiple warheads up to 290 kms, the Army said on Thursday, amid fresh Indo-Pak tensions after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Read More »

Three UPDF men killed in ‘gunfight’ with army in the hills

Khagrachhari – Three members of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF-Bikash Khisa) were killed in a reported gunfight with army personnel at Boradom in Dighinala upazila early Monday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.“Criminals opened fire on a patrol team of army, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, leading to a gunfight,” said a press release ... Read More »

NDC commandant honoured by USI of India

Dhaka, Aug 25 – The Commandant of National Defense College (NDC), Bangladesh Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled has been awarded a fellowship from the United Service Institution (USI) of India in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the study and practice of Military Leadership. Read More »

294 BD nationals killed by BSF in 10 years: Home Minister

Dhaka, Jul 11 – A total of 294 Bangladeshis were killed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the border in the last 10 years, according to statistics placed by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in Parliament on Thursday. He presented the statistics replying to a scripted question from BNP MP Md Harunur Rashid (Chapainawabganj-3). As per the data, the highest ... Read More »

US to enlist military allies in Gulf and Yemen waters

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – A senior general has said the US wants to create an international military coalition to safeguard waters around Iran and Yemen, reports the BBC. Marine General Joseph Dunford said he wanted to “ensure freedom of navigation” in the region, which provides essential trade routes. Last month the US blamed Iranian-backed fighters for attacks on two ... Read More »

Bangladesh national killed in BSF firing

Dhaka, July 08 – A Bangladesh national was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Indian territory across Kiranganj frontier in Chapainawabganj district on Sunday night. The dead body was supposed to be of Dulal Uddin, 18, son of Shafiqul Islam of Kiranganj Jharutola village under Binodpur union of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district. Commanding officer (CO) of ... Read More »

A half-hour away: How Trump opted against Iran strike

Washington, June 22 (AP/UNB) — The planes were ready — their deadly cargo poised for delivery within a half-hour. President Donald Trump had been given a series of options Thursday night on how to respond to Iran’s downing of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Senior military advisers zeroed in on a plan to launch strikes on a trio of sites ... Read More »

UK arms sales to Saudis suspended after court ruling

The court holds the government failed to consider violations in Yemen London – The Court of Appeal in London ruled on June 20, 2019, that the United Kingdom government’s refusal to consider Saudi Arabia’s laws-of-war violations in Yemen before licensing arms sales was unlawful, Human Rights Watch said today. The landmark decision requires the UK government to reconsider its decision ... Read More »

Islamic State in Afghanistan aims to attack US, general says

Ramstein Jun 13 (AP/UNB) — The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and U.S. counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general said Wednesday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed, however, to carry out an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is ... Read More »

Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai: Cairo

Egypt, June 5 (AP/UNB) — Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen, security officials said. The attack took place as Muslims in the city of el-Arish were holding prayers marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the holy month of Ramadan, early in the morning. ... Read More »

35 dead as Sudan troops move against democracy protesters

Sudan, June 4 (AP/UNB) — Sudan’s ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said. With the assault, the generals signaled an end of their ... Read More »

World military spending at 3-decade high, biggest spender US

By Countercurrents TeamThe past year has been immensely successful for the war industry. The US is leading the charge, while some of its NATO allies are also buffing their war budgets citing the Russian threat despite Moscow decreasing its military spending. The driving force behind this increase is the growing appetite of the US military-industrial complex rather than real threats, ... Read More »

Pentagon tells White House to stop politicizing military

Seoul, Jun 3 (AP/UNB) — The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan. Trump’s top aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for ... Read More »

Pro and anti-Israel protests draw hundreds in Berlin

Berlin, June 2 (AP/UNB) — Hundreds of people including prominent German politicians and members of the Jewish community are protesting against a larger, anti-Israel rally in Berlin. Police in the German capital of Berlin kept the competing protests on Saturday apart. The annual al-Quds — Arabic for Jerusalem — march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting ... Read More »

Keeping armies out of schools – An interview

Philippa H Stewart Senior Media Officer Bede Sheppard Deputy Director, Children’s Rights Division During times of war around the world, students, teachers, and schools have frequently come under attack from armies and armed groups. Schools are deliberately targeted to stop children, particularly girls, from being educated. Students are caught in the crossfire because soldiers are using their schools as a ... Read More »

UN honours 12 fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh

Dhaka, May 25 (UNB) – The United Nations (UN) has honoured 12 fallen peacekeepers from Bangladesh who lost their lives on duty in 2018 in various parts of the world to ensure global peace under the aegis of the UN peace operations. The UN awarded ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ to 119 fallen peacekeepers from 27 member states to honour their supreme ... Read More »

Targeting Iran

By Chandra Muzaffar A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and ... Read More »

Stop the war on children

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2019 (IPS) – Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war. In a new report, Save the Children documented the devastating toll that armed conflicts have on children psychologically and physically and is urging further resources and political commitment to protect ... Read More »