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Russia launches biggest ever war games

Russia launched what it called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a show of force NATO condemned as a rehearsal for "large-scale conflict."

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border, Turkey hits militant positions

DUBAI/ISTANBUL: Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iran’s state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region. Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq’s Gara region on Saturday after spotting militants preparing to attack Turkish military outposts on the border. Iraq’s powerful neighbors, Iran and Turkey, strongly oppose the Kurdish vote…

Russia launches massive war games on NATO’s eastern flank

KALININGRAD: Russia on Thursday began huge joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank in a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres are scheduled to last until September 20. They are being conducted on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov and Leningrad regions. Moscow says the drills involve 12,700 troops, 70 aircraft, 250 tanks and 10…

Fearing Russia, Sweden holds biggest war games in 20 years

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN: Neutral Sweden has launched its biggest war games in two decades with support from NATO countries, drilling 19,000 troops after years of spending cuts that have left the country fearful of Russia’s growing military strength. On the eve of Russia’s biggest maneuvers since 2013, which NATO says will be greater than the 13,000 troops Moscow says are involved, Sweden will simulate an attack from the east on the Baltic island of Gotland, near the Swedish mainland. “The security situation has taken a turn…

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with US

TEHRAN: Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran "on notice". Since taking office last month, Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table. Iran's annual exercises will be held in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, the Bab…

Cricket or War: Bangladesh holds war games ahead of England series

DHAKA: Bangladeshi army commandos abseiled into the national stadium Thursday in a show of strength designed to reassure England's cricketers over their security on the eve of the opening ODI of their controversial tour. More than a dozen commandos scaled down ropes from helicopters hovering over the nets at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which is hosting the first two games in a three-match series beginning on Friday night. The side is being skippered by Jos Buttler after regular one-day captain Eoin Morgan…