Iran to Produce Drone In Tajikistan

Fourth EstateAbabil UAV - Frode Bjorshol

Iran said on Tuesday that it would produce its Ababil 2 drone at a facility newly established in Tajikistan. Iran’s Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri and Defense Minister of Tajikistan Sherali Miroz inaugurated the …

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Over 260 Ukrainian Soldiers Evacuated From Besieged Azovstal Steel Plant

Chad NagleAzovstal iron and steel factory, Mariupol, Ukraine - Chad Nagle

Ukraine confirmed on May 16 that it has evacuated over 260 Ukrainian soldiers who were trapped for more than two months in the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced in …

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U.S. President Joe Biden Redeploys Troops to Somalia to Fight al-Shabab Extremists

Fourth EstateRegional map of Africa centered on Somalia - Fourth Estate

United States President Joe Biden has approved a request from the Pentagon to send hundreds of troops back to Somalia to support the fight against militant group al-Shabab. The move reverses a decision by former President Donald Trump to withdraw …

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Ukrainian Deputy Commander of Navy Killed in Battle

Fourth EstateDeputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Colonel Ihor Bedzai (file photo) - Courtesy Ukraine MoD

The Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Colonel Ihor Bedzai, was killed by a Russian jet while he was onboard a Mi-14 helicopter during a mission.  “One of the best officers of the Navy, Colonel Igor Bedzai, better known as …

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Belarus Claims Sudden Military Drills no Threat to Neighbors

Fourth EstateTruck of Belarusian internal troops - Homoatrox

The Belarusian Defense Ministry reported that Belarus is doing a surprise inspection, combat alert, marches to designated areas, and accomplishing combat training tasks and that it is no threat to its neighbors. “It is planned that the [combat readiness] test …

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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Leads Strike Group in Western Pacific on Routine Strike Group

CEphoto; Uwe AranasCNS Liaoning (CV-16) - CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

A Chinese eight-ship carrier group was dispatched into the Pacific Ocean via transit of the Miyako Strait in Japan on Monday. “This is a routine training organized by the Chinese navy according to the annual work plan, aiming to improve …

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Russian Mercenaries Killed Civilians in Central African Republic, Rights Group Says

Fourth EstateA Russian mercenarie "instructor" from PMC Wagner training troops in Central African Republic

Russian mercenaries “summarily executed, tortured, and beaten [sic] civilians” in Central African Republic (CAR) since 2019, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on May 3. “There is compelling evidence that Russian-identified forces supporting the Central African …

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Russian Ship Spotted Near Waters Off Hawaii

The US Indo-Pacific Command has reported that a Russian vessel has been spotted in waters near Hawaii. “As part of our normal daily operations, we closely track all vessels in the Indo-Pacific area of operations through maritime patrol aircraft, surface …

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Fire Breaks Out at Russian Military Site Near Ukraine, Injures One

Fourth EstateSmoke rises at Russian military site in Belgorod near Ukraine

A fire broke out in a Russian defense facility in the southern Belgorod region near the border with Ukraine, injuring one person, the regional governor said on May 1. “A fire broke out on the territory of one of the …

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South Korea Arrests Two For Leaking Military Secrets to North Korea

Fourth EstateSouth Korean Troops - r대한민국 국군 Republic of Korea Armed Forces

South Korean police have arrested an army captain and a businessman suspected of leaking military secrets to a person believed to be a North Korean agent. Seoul officials said that the army captain and the businessman were formally charged with …

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