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Armed men flying above Kremlin?

Was it a movie shoot? A coup? Moscow was abuzz Friday with talk of mysterious videos showing helicopters flying above the Kremlin, one of them apparently carrying a group of heavily armed men. Nothing to worry about, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters -- just security drills. View this post on Instagram #вертолет A post shared by анжела (@andzhana000) on Nov 22, 2018 at 3:18am PST "I can confirm that…

Iran Guards says it held Gulf drills as U.S. tensions rise

DUBAI: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Sunday it had held war games in the Gulf over the past several days, saying they were aimed at “confronting possible threats” by enemies, the state news state news agency IRNA reported. U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that the United States believed Iran had started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington. “This exercise was conducted with the aim of controlling and…

Pakistan, India to take part in first joint military drills

NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India are set to make history after they will take part in a joint military exercise for the first time, courtesy the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The military exercise will be organized by SCO, a bloc of Eurasian countries of which Russia, China, India, and Pakistan are a party to. The drills will be held in August. The military exercises will follow the 18th SCO Summit, scheduled for June 9-10 in Qingdao, Shandong province. The summit will be attended by a galaxy of world leaders.…

China air force drills again in South China Sea, Western Pacific

BEIJING: China’s air force has held another round of drills in the disputed South China Sea and the Western Pacific after passing though Japan’s southern islands, the air force said on Sunday, calling such exercises the best preparation for war. China is in the midst of an ambitious military modernization program overseen by President Xi Jinping with a heavy focus on its air force and navy, from building stealth fighters to adding aircraft carriers. China insists it has no hostile intent, but its sabre-rattling in the…

US carrier joins South Korea drills, North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes

WASHINGTON: As the USS Carl Vinson plowed through seas off South Korea on Tuesday, rival North Korea warned the United States of "merciless" attacks if the carrier infringes on its sovereignty or dignity during U.S.-South Korean drills. F-18 fighter jets took off from the flight deck of the nuclear-powered carrier in a dramatic display of U.S. firepower amid rising tension with the North, which has alarmed its neighbors with two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches since last year. "While this is a routine…