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The United States has transferred a command-and-control center to Niger to help the military fight the Boko Haram terrorist group, reports the U.S. Embassy in Niger.  On Monday, Ambassador Eric Whitaker presided over the transfer of the C2 Node to the…
Representatives from the Taliban and Afghan politicians have arrived in Moscow for talks, reports the New York Times.  On Tuesday, delegations from both sides arrived at a Kremlin-owned hotel and held a series of small meetings before moving to general…
The Burkinabe military says it has killed 146 militants in separate operations in response to a deadly terrorist attack in the north, reports Agence France-Presse.  Early Monday, militants launched an attack on the town of Kain in the northern Yatenta…
Germany is unlikely to meet a stated NATO goal of spending 1.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defense by 2024, according to a finance ministry document cited by Reuters.  Tax revenues are likely to fall as the economy enters an anticipated…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a final plan for a safe zone in northern Syria has yet to be agreed, reports Reuters.  Ankara remains committed to the plan but its patience has limits, Erdogan told members of his Justice and Development…
French fighter jets have carried out airstrikes in northern Chad in support of government troops, reports Reuters. On Sunday, Mirage 2000 jets struck a convoy of 40 pickup trucks trying to infiltrate the country from Libya, said the French military on Monday…
Iraqi President Barham Salih says that U.S. troops in Iraq are there specifically for counterterrorism operations in response to comments by President Trump, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).  In an interview with CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, Trump said…
A senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official says that Iran will expand its missile capabilities if Western countries continue to push for disarmament, reports the state-run Press TV.  Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the IRGC deputy chief, told…
A senior official from Emirati port operator DP World has been shot and killed in the semi-autonomous Somalia region of Puntland, reports the Garowe Online (Somalia).  On Monday, Paul Anthony Formosa, the Maltese construction project manager for DP…
The Central African Republic has reached a peace agreement with 14 armed rebel groups, reports the U.N. News Service. The agreement was reached on Saturday after 10 days of talks in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.  The deal is the seventh since 2012,…
U.S. and South Korean negotiators have narrowed differences in talks over Seoul's contribution to the U.S. military presence, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). An agreement on South Korea's share of the cost to maintain U.S. troops in the country…
Philippine security officials have identified two Indonesians who they believe conducted a suicide bombing at a church on the island of Jolo, reports CNN Philippines.  The perpetrators of the Jan. 27 attack were a couple, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said…
The Indian government has unveiled an interim budget, including a boost for defense spending, reports the Print (India). On Friday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal revealed the budget, including US$42.3 billion for defense, up from US$40 billion last year.…
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce that the U.S. is suspending its compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, reports CBS News.  Pompeo is anticipated to make the announcement on Friday. A Kremlin spokesman said he…
Lebanese political leaders have agreed to a new governing coalition after nine months of negotiations, reports Annahar (Lebanon).  On Thursday, political parties announced a cabinet headed by current Prime Minister Saad Hariri. While Hariri's party lost more…
The U.S. Navy has signed a contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding for two more Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, reports Breaking Defense.  The $15.2 billion contract covers the completion of the Enterprise (CVN-80) and…
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says that "several thousand" additional active-duty troops are likely to be sent to the border with Mexico, reports Breaking Defense. The mission has been extended to September and there will be an increase of a few…
Sudanese military leaders say they will not allow ongoing protests to unseat President Omar Bashir, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris).  During a meeting on Wednesday, Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Ibn Ouf and the Chief of General Staff Gen. Kamal Abdel…
The percentage of Afghan territory under government control has fallen for another quarter, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Between July and October, Kabul lost control of seven districts, a 2…
Two Malian troops have been killed and 10 injured in a complex attack on a base in northeastern Mali, reports the Defense Post. The attack on Tuesday included the use of a car bomb against a military base in Tarkint in the Gao region, said the Malian…