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U.S. State Department clears $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot air and missile defense systems to Turkey, the Pentagon said on Tuesday after notifying Congress of the certification. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department had approved the sale of 80 Patriot guidance-enhanced missiles and 60 other missiles to Ankara along with related equipment, including radar sets, engagement control stations and launching stations. The State Department said earlier this year it…

ISPR chalks out plan to observe Defense, Martyrs Day

RAWALPINDI: A Planning Conference organized by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in Rawalpindi on Tuesday chalked out a comprehensive programme to observe the forthcoming Defence and Martyrs Day in a befitting manner. Director-General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor briefed participants including representatives of Ministry of Information, armed forces, media and civil society about the plan. Defence and Martyrs Day 2018. Ministry of Information & ISPR in joint coordinating role. Planning conference held at…

US military puts ‘great power competition’ at heart of strategy: Mattis

WASHINGTON: The US military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants. In presenting the new strategy, which will set priorities for the Pentagon for years to come, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called China and Russia “revisionist powers” that “seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.” The “National Defense…

LEAs arrest three drug peddlers during overnight raids in Karachi

KARACHI: Rangers arrested two drug-peddlers during separate raids in Clifton and Defense areas of the metropolis, ARY News reported on Wednesday.   According to details, the paramilitary force conducted raids in the posh areas of the city and taken two drugs-peddlers into custody. Rangers spokesperson said that the suspects were involved in supplying drugs to juveniles in two posh localities of the city and running a network of drugs suppliers. Four other members including women were already detained for their illegal…

Gen Bajwa reiterates Pakistan’s commitment to defence of Saudi Arabia

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan is committed to the defense of the Haramain Sharifain as well as safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ARY News reported. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defence Minister Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aysh met the army chief to discuss the matters of bilateral interest, including the broader regional security situation.…

US signs new defense accord with Gulf ally UAE

WASHINGTON: The United States has signed a new, updated defense accord with the United Arab Emirates that could allow Washington to send more troops and equipment there, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in the latest sign of deepening ties with the close Gulf ally. The agreement, the details of which were first reported by Reuters, replaces a 1994 accord to better "reflect the broad range of military-to-military cooperation that the UAE and U.S. enjoy today," spokesman Christopher Sherwood said. US Defense Secretary Jim…

China’s 2017 defense budget rise to slow again

BEIJING: Defying pressure for a strong increase in defense spending, China said on Saturday its military budget this year would grow about 7 percent, its slowest pace since 2010. Last year, with China's economy slowing, the defense budget recorded its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following a nearly unbroken two-decade run of double-digit increases. With the administration of new US President Donald Trump proposing a 10 percent jump in military spending in 2017, and…

China says hopes US defense spending benefits global stability

BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it hoped U.S. defense spending would be beneficial to maintaining global peace and stability, after the White House proposed a 10 percent increase in military spending. The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to $603 billion comes as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power. An official familiar with the proposal said U.S. President Donald Trump's request for the Pentagon included more money…