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  • Iraqi Security Force Update July 2010

    07/04/2010 1:56:53 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast ^ | 4 July 2010 | DJ Elliott
    Happy 4th of July. This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during June 2010. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 June 2010. Highlights in this update include: * New Peshmerga Brigade identified; 1st Peshmerga Brigade in Iraqi Army basic. * 1st Iraqi M1A1s shipping to Iraq; Used US Equipment Transferring to the Iraqi Army; Iraqi Army airborne training delayed and possibly cancelled; First field artillery officers graduate; 17th Division in live-fire exercise with US armor. * French helicopters for Iraqi Naval Support? Iraq negotiating for new F16...
  • China using Egypt as arms production center and link to Arab, African militaries

    06/04/2010 7:21:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 691+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 6/2/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Egypt's Defense Ministry has approved plans to expand the production of joint weapons and aerospace projects with Beijing. They said both countries were discussing a draft agreement in which they would also jointly market combat platforms and weapons to Arab and African militaries. "Over the next few months, we will witness an announcement of new Egyptian-Chinese combat production that stems from joint cooperation," said Hamdi Waheiba, chairman of Egypt's Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI). Waheiba said the cooperative effort would seek to meet the needs of the Egyptian Air Force as well as regional militaries. The two countries plan to...
  • Israel: N. Korean arms were for Islamist groups

    05/12/2010 6:33:07 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2010
    TOKYO - North Korean weapons seized in Thailand last year were headed for Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, the Israeli foreign minister said on Wednesday. More than 35 tons of arms including rockets and rocket propelled grenades were seized from a cargo plane after it made an emergency landing at a Bangkok airport in December. Thai authorities said the plane came from North Korea. In January, the Thai government sent a report to the U.N. Security Council stating the weapons were headed for Iran, which is allied to Syria. "With huge numbers of different weapons ... (it had the) intention...
  • US Summons Syrian Diplomat Over Hizbollah 'Arms Transfer'

    04/20/2010 4:41:14 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 204+ views
    TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 7:00AM BST 20 Apr 2010 | Staff
    The United States has summoned the senior Syrian diplomat in Washington to address "provocative behaviour" regarding the potential transfer of Scud missiles to Hizbollah that it said could be a threat to both Lebanon and Israel. "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the transfer of any arms, and especially ballistic missile systems such as the Scud, from Syria to Hizbollah," the statement, issued by State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid, said. "The transfer of these arms can only have a destabilising effect on the region, and would pose an immediate threat to both the security of Israel and the...
  • New arms treaty lifts 'burdensome limitations' on Russia

    04/09/2010 11:08:17 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 16 replies · 695+ views
    Today at 19:14 | Interfax-Ukraine The new Russian-American Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed in Prague on Thursday by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, lifts limitations in control matters discriminatory toward Russia, said former head of the Strategic Rocket Forces Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin. "Russia has been rid of the burdensome limitations on the structure of its strategic nuclear forces imposed on it by the START I treaty," Yesin said at a news conference at Interfax's main office in Moscow on Friday. A START I provision, under which Russia had no right to have more than 154 heavy carrier...
  • US giving hi-tech weapons to Pakistan worries India

    04/04/2010 4:05:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 36 replies · 1,626+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 26/03/2010 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The prospect of a nuclear deal for Pakistan gives India less sleepless nights than the fact that the US, in an attempt to "incentivise" Pakistan, is piling on sophisticated military equipment that have little to do with counter-terrorism but more to do with targeting India. With the first lot of 18 F-16C/D Block 50/52 combat aircraft due to be delivered in the next few months, India is raising the diplomatic pitch against the transfer of such equipment to Pakistan. While defence minister A K Antony has articulated these concerns, this has been the subject of a lot of...
  • Britain Reconsiders Arms Sales to Israel

    04/04/2010 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 698+ views
    INN ^ | 4/4/10 | Hana Levi Julian
    ( Britain is reconsidering its policy of selling weapons to the State of Israel, and it has yet to end legal proceedings for arresting Israeli leaders. The country has yet to close a legal loophole that enables the arrest of Israeli military and political leaders if they enter the country, an issue that has dogged the heels of diplomats since the end of Operation Cast Lead. Palestinian Authority Arab representatives are still able to charge Israeli leaders with involvement in possible war crimes in the Gaza war more than a year ago, despite vows by London officials that they would...
  • The Adjustable Rate Mortgage Time Bomb Proves To Be A Dud

    03/29/2010 6:49:04 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 979+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 3-29-2010 | Vincent Fernando
    The Adjustable Rate Mortgage Time Bomb Proves To Be A Dud Vincent Fernando, CFA Mar. 29, 2010, 7:35 AM It was feared that adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) would slam U.S. homeowners in droves as low teaser interest rates adjusted-up. Many intelligent analysts and investors showed us how waves of ARM's would come due for scheduled adjustment, causing havoc to their owners. Well, it turns out that many ARM holders either modified their loans ahead of time or were simply already driven into foreclosure before it even happened. Great... we think. WSJ: "The peaks of the reset wave are melting very...
  • Despite row, U.S. and Israel sign massive arms deal

    03/25/2010 2:09:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 532+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/25/10 | Amos Harel
    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington this week absorbing the full wrath of the Obama administration, the Pentagon and Israel's defense establishment were in the process of sealing a large arms deal. According to the deal, Israel will purchase three new Hercules C-130J airplanes. The deal for the three aircrafts, designed by Lockheed Martin, is worth roughly a quarter billion dollars. Each aircraft costs $70 million. The aircrafts were manufactured specifically for Israeli needs, and include a large number of systems produced by Israel's defense industry. The deal will be covered by American foreign assistance funds. The Pentagon...
  • Germany Now World's Third Largest Arms Exporter

    03/15/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 554+ views
    spiegel ^ | 03/15/2010 | spiegel
    Germany has become the world's third largest arms exporter, with many of its weapons, including this submarine, earmarked for Greece.
  • Obama and Medvedev Talk About Arms Treaty

    03/13/2010 9:03:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 338+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/13/10 | Peter Bakwe
    WASHINGTON — President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia moved closer to agreement Saturday on a long-stalled arms control treaty that would slash the active nuclear arsenals of both countries by more than one-quarter, officials from both countries said. Mr. Obama and Mr. Medvedev spoke for 30 minutes by telephone to try to resolve remaining differences and set the stage for an accord before a nuclear summit meeting in Washington next month. In a statement, the Kremlin suggested that the two sides were ready to plan a signing ceremony for the treaty, which would replace the expired Strategic...
  • The Yard Sign

    03/05/2010 1:58:51 PM PST · by plsjr · 76 replies · 4,112+ views
    email from Son In Law | received 5 Mark 2010 | Ralph's Neighbor
    The yard sign... Ralph, My neighbor is a "lefty" of sorts (Obama bumper stickers, gung-ho socialized medicine, "guns should be banned", etc.). So last week I put this sign up in my yard after one of his anti-gun rants at a neighborhood cocktail party. The sign wasn't up more than an hour before he called the police and wanted them to make me take down the sign. Fortunately, the officer politely informed him that it was not their job to take such action without a court order and that he had to file a complaint "downtown" first, which would be...
  • 'Iran arms runners' held in Italy

    03/03/2010 4:27:56 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies · 160+ views
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2010 | BBC
    Nine people, including both Italians and Iranians, have been arrested or are being sought by Italian police on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran. Police have issued nine warrants. Some arrests have already been made but some suspects are still at large, they say. Police said "some are believed to belong to the Iranian secret services". The nine were not identified, but police said they were accused of exporting arms and armament systems, breaking a UN arms embargo on Iran. More details of the operation were expected to be released at a news conference later. Italy is Iran's biggest trading...
  • Court Leans to Pro-Gun-Rights Ruling

    03/02/2010 4:29:22 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 19 replies · 831+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-02-10 | JESS BRAVIN
    WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed ready to rule that gun possession is fundamental to American freedom, a move that for the first time would give federal judges power to strike down state and local weapons laws for infringing Second Amendment rights. At oral arguments Tuesday, the court considered whether its 2008 decision voiding the District of Columbia handgun ban should be extended to the rest of the country. Because Washington is a federal territory and not part of a state, the legal basis for imposing federal constitutional limits on laws adopted by states had been unclear.
  • Russia curbs purchase of military equipment

    02/21/2010 10:50:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 202+ views ^ | 1/22/2010 |
    Russia will use domestically-built arms and purchase military equipment only in those fields where there are flaws, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin has said. "The national defense sector will shoulder the production of most arms. The purchase of military equipment abroad will be made only in those fields where there are flaws," Ria Novosti quoted Vladimir Popovkin as saying to Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday. The deputy defense minister said there were "flaws" in the production of sophisticated arms, including unmanned aircraft. He said this year Russia’s defence ministry would import drones and that work was already in progress...
  • Russia tells Netanyahu it will hold off on Iran arms deal

    02/15/2010 11:10:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 467+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 2/15/10 | Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent in Moscow
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday assured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it would hold off on its contract to sell an advanced air defense system to Iran. Israel has repeatedly asked Russia to scrap its contract over the sale of the S-300 system to Iran. Netanyahu said he had received assurances from the Russian leader during their talks on Monday that Moscow understood the seriousness of the issues involved for regional stability.
  • Obama's exports pick tied to arms makers- Clients could spur recusals

    01/27/2010 10:06:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 179+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/10 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama's pick to help oversee U.S. export controls for the Commerce Department is a lawyer and political supporter who has been providing export advice to Fortune 500 companies such as arms manufacturer Raytheon and aerospace giant Boeing. But while White House officials and members of Congress have lauded Kevin J. Wolf's experience for the Commerce job, his recent legal work effectively appears to bar him from potential matters involving dozens of companies
  • 120 Al-Qaida Suspects Detained in Turkey

    01/25/2010 1:13:56 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 550+ views
    (AP) via WASHINGTON ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:42 AM | By SUZAN FRASER,AP
    SNIPPET: "ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish police launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the al-Qaida terror network on Friday..." SNIPPET: "Those detained Friday's raids include a faculty member of the Yuzunci Yil University in the eastern city of Van, who is suspected of recruiting students at the campus and other people through the Internet and of sending them to Afghanistan for training, Anatolia reported, citing unnamed police officials. The suspect was identified by his initials M.E.Y. only. Anatolia said other suspects included some local leaders, university students, and people believed to be spreading al-Qaida propaganda."
  • The Second Wave Is Already Ashore (ARM Resets)

    12/18/2009 8:37:49 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 1,170+ views
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 12-18-2009 | Jim Nelson
    The Second Wave Is Already Ashore By Jim Nelson 12/17/09 Baltimore, Maryland – The second wave of ARM resets and foreclosures might come sooner than you think. According to Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue of T2 Partners, the experts on this subject, about 80% of option ARMs are negatively amortizing. Meaning these so-called top-tier borrowers are heading further into the hole. Once their rates reset, they could be in serious trouble. And that could be happening very soon: The chart above, which should look familiar, shows the two peaks in this long-term housing conundrum. The first mountain is comprised of...
  • Ukraine, Iraq sign military supplies contract worth $550 million

    12/11/2009 9:30:54 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 5 replies · 314+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | 12 December 2009 | Unk
    Today at 17:24 | Ukrainian News Ukraine and Iraq have concluded a $550 million contract on supplies of Ukrainian military equipment to Iraq. Oleksandr Kovalenko, the first deputy director general of the Ukrspetseksport state special export company,said this at a news briefing. According to him, Ukrspetseksport concluded the contract with Iraqi companies some two months ago. Oleksandr Kovalenko said the contract envisages supplies of over 400 units of armored vehicles within 3-3.5 years, some ten aircraft An-32, and provision of services to the Iraqi side on repair and upgrade of aircraft. "To date, a contract has been signed on supplies...