Showing posts with label Army. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Army. Show all posts

Romania, Bulgaria And Turkey Finalize An Agreement For The Joint Demining Of The Black Sea


Jan 8, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey plan to conclude a cooperation agreement for demining the Black Sea next week, Bulgarian Defense Minister Todor Tagarev announced Thursday evening, quoted by EFE.

Turkish president Erdogan wants first aircraft carrier for Turkish Navy


A future Turkish Navy's aircraft carrier. (Picture source: Generated by AI)

     Jan 5, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


According to information published by the Turkish government on January 3, 2023, in a meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the Presidential Complex, the Defense Industry Executive Committee convened to discuss the current status and future goals of Turkey's defense industry.

Serbia proposes bringing back the draft as tensions rise in the Balkans


Jan 4, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

 Serbia should reintroduce compulsory military service, the Serbian defense ministry said Thursday, as tensions continue to escalate in the Balkans, reported the American news agency Associated Press (AP).

Russia used North Korean missiles, US says


Jan 4, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The White House has said North Korea provided Russia with ballistic missiles and launchers for its invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Putin sped up the Russian citizenship process for foreign fighters. DW has the latest.



Residents of Syria’s Hasakah fear recurrence of Turkish strikes


Houses damaged by Turkish drone strikes in the town of Derbasiyah in Hasakah Governorate.

Jan 3, 2024. Hellas. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Hevi al-Malla checks her house in the town of Derbasiyah in Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria, after it was subjected to Turkish bombardment days ago and sustained significant damage.

USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier strike group to leave E. Mediterranean


Jan 1, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier will return to its home port, the US Navy said on Monday, ending its deployment to the eastern Mediterranean, which started in support of Israel after the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas militants.

325 new soldiers have been added to the Kosovo Security Forces.


The ceremony of their oath and certification took place in the “Skënderbeu” barracks in Ferizaj

Jan 1, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


According to Kosovo media, the President of the country, Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Albin Kurti,

Kurds: Eliminating 919 Turkish soldiers during 2023

 Dec 29, 2023.  Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The Central Command of the People's Defense Center (NPG) confirmed that its forces carried out 1,712 operations against the Turkish occupation army, which is attacking the defense areas in 

Russian Missile Entered Polish Airspace During Attack on Ukraine


Dec 29, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

A Russian missile passed through Polish airspace Friday, entering from and then back into Ukraine, the Polish army said, as Russia pummelled Ukraine with one of the biggest missile attacks of the war.

Giving up on Ukraine signals that the West is weak


Dec 27, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

It's dragging on too long. It's too much of a drain on our resources. It's not our fight. These are some of the arguments - although to call them that gives them too much credit - being pushed in Western capitals at the moment.



When historians look back at our century from the vantage point of 2123, it’s possible they will regard this month as being as disastrous for future peace and prosperity – and freedom – as we now look back at the Munich Agreement of September 1938, or Hitler’s invasion of the Rhineland in March 1936.

Our failure to act against him then set the path which led to the Second World War. Disastrously, at the very time when Ukraine needs our support – in money and weapons – there are ever-louder calls for an accommodation to be reached with Vladimir Putin: which means in reality rewarding him for invading Ukraine.

It’s dragging on too long. It’s too much of a drain on our resources. It’s not our fight. These are some of the arguments – although to call them that gives them too much credit – being pushed in Western capitals at the moment.


Should they hold sway, they will mark a devastating defeat for the forces of freedom. They will show that the West is as weak as our enemies believe.

In February 2022 the West was near-unanimous in seeing Russia’s invasion as a black-and-white issue. We stood solidly by Ukraine’s side, supplying weapons and money, with eloquent speeches made pledging that the West would do whatever it took to help repel the invaders.

This was not altruism. It was – is – in all our interests that Russia is defeated. Had we simply stood back and shrugged our shoulders, offering nothing except solidarity, we would have been signing, if not our own, then the death warrant of any notion of international order, let alone international law.

We would have been signalling to Vladimir Putin and any other would-be aggressor that while we might talk a good game of defence and security, when push came to shove we would fold.

We would be sending a clear message that violence and force pay – a terrible, disastrous and ruinous message to send.

We know this is true because history has shown it time and time again. In 1936, for example, Hitler saw that he could break the terms of the Versailles Treaty by invading the Rhineland and the rest of Europe would simply stand and watch.


Similarly, when the German army entered Czechoslovakia in September 1939, we threw a hissy fit but then walked away from confrontation when Hitler signed the Munich Agreement – a meaningless piece of paper in which he said with a straight face that he had no more territorial ambitions. No wonder he then invaded Poland.

More recently, having spent a fortune in money and lives in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, in 2021 we simply cut and ran, with US soldiers fleeing Kabul in much the same way as they left Saigon when it fell to the Viet Cong in 1975.

Vladimir Putin will have drawn the same conclusion as everyone else: that the West is spineless. He saw the same thing in 2014 when he invaded Crimea. We passed lots of resolutions and issued full-throated condemnations but what we actually did was: nothing. Which is why, eight years later, he invaded the rest of Ukraine.

Yes, we leapt to its aid and gave it weapons and money. But there is a Taliban phrase which is just as relevant for Ukraine: You have the watches, we have the time. In other words, at some point you will run out of patience – and we will be waiting when that happens. Which brings us to December 2023.


A fortnight ago Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington to beg for help. Last year he was serenaded with a joint session of Congress and a $50billion aid package. But that aid runs out at the end of this month.

And, as things stand, that’s it. There is no more money.

President Biden understands why it is essential we do whatever it takes to defeat Russia, but his Republican opponents have taken leave of their senses and are refusing to consider more aid until Biden changes policy on illegal immigration.

I say they have taken leave of their senses, but they are in reality pre-empting a return to the White House by Donald Trump. The former president would stop all aid to Ukraine, handing Putin a terrible victory.


It is difficult to overstate how awful this is. Allowing Putin to walk away with land gained from aggression would mark the end of international law and destroy the next century.

The likes of China, Iran and North Korea would see that the West remains as weak and unreliable an ally as they have always believed. This is a disaster, and it is one of the West’s shameful making

Express (british)


Iraqi government condemns US retaliatory airstrikes

Dec 26, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The Iraqi federal government on Tuesday condemned the retaliatory airstrikes carried out by United States forces against pro-Iran militia groups in the country earlier in the day, saying that the attacks targeted Iraqi military bases, killing one and injuring 18 others.

Turkish jets hit oil sites in northern Syria

Turkish jets on Saturday evening bombed several energy sites in northern Syria.

Dec 24, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Turkish jets on Saturday hit oil infrastructure in northeast Syria (Photo: social media)Turkish jets on Saturday hit oil infrastructure in northeast Syria (Photo: social media)Syria Turkish airstrikes northeast Syria SDF Tirbespi Qamishlo Derik 

Senior Peshmerga, French military officials address coordination


The meeting of the senior Peshmerga (right) and French military officials, Dec. 23, 2023. (Photo: KRG Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs)

Dec 23, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Erbil. Kurdistan Region.

Staff Lieutenant General Issa Ozer, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Peshmerga, on Friday received General Pierre Schill, Chief of Staff of the French Army, and his accompanying delegation, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs.

More than 20 countries now part of US-led Red Sea coalition, Pentagon says


Dec 22, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

A total of more than 20 countries have agreed to participate in the new U.S.-led coalition safeguarding commercial traffic in the Red Sea from attacks by Yemen's Houthi movement as more nations join the effort, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Egypt's Navy receives Al-Qadir Frigate of MEKO-A200 from Germany


Photo: Al Makal

Dec 19, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Egyptian Naval Forces received the “Al-Qadir” frigate of the (MEKO-A200) model after completing the receipt procedures in the German city of (Bremerhaven) to join the Egyptian naval fleet.


The Italian government has approved the extension of military assistance to Ukraine until the end of 2024


Dec 19, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

On Tuesday, December 19, the Italian government approved the decision to extend military assistance to Ukraine, and it will be continued until the end of 2024. Now, it requires confirmation by the parliament.

Armenia, Greece, Cyprus sign military cooperation programs for 2024


Dec 18, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Bilateral Armenia-Greece and Armenia-Cyprus consultations, as well as trilateral consolations between the three countries were held at the premises of the Armenian Ministry of Defense.

Israeli strikes injure two Syrian soldiers in Damascus


Times of Israel

Dec 18, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

At least two Syrian soldiers were injured on Sunday when Israeli missile strikes targeted their positions near Damascus, the Syrian defense ministry said in a statement. 

Russia delivers first kamikaze naval drone BBKN Dandelion for deployment in Ukraine


The first prototype of the BBKN Dandelion kamikaze drone, depicted here, had already been dispatched to the combat zone in Ukraine. (Picture source: Russian social media)


Dec 17, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Information emerged on Russian social media regarding the Kingisepp Machine-Building Plant (KMZ) unveiling the first Russian kamikaze naval drone, known as 'Dandelion.' 

British Navy warship shoots down attack drone with missile in Red Sea


HMS Diamond has shot down a suspected attack drone

Dec 16, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

A Royal Navy warship has shot down a suspected drone that was fired at merchant ships navigating the Red Sea.