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Mark served in the Marine Corps as a Lance corporal before retiring to spend time with his wife and young son. Today, he works part-time in construction and has numerous hobbies that keep him active. He founded Cole of Duty to write about military news around the world. He loves to discuss politics and the US budget, often debating with his wife and coworkers about who ought to be elected in 2020. 315 Lowland Drive, Rockford Illinois, 61108 815-391-5851 mark@coleofduty.com

British Chief of Staff warns of “reckless” actions by Russia, China and Iran

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If history sometimes gives the impression of repeating itself, it is probably because we do not draw lessons from it that one should and therefore, one is called to make the same mistakes. This is, at least, what General Nick Carter, the British Chief of the Defense Staff, thinks when he points out in the […]

US forces in Syria to be redeployed in western Iraq

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Last week, following Trump’s decision to launch a Turkish-led attack on the Syrian Kurdish army, Pentagon leader Mark Esper announced that the United States would take special forces, about a thousand, from northern Syria. Since then, several US-occupied bases have been under the control of the Syrian military. And on October 20, American troops withdrew […]

Russia will not allow clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces

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On October 15, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe again criticized the withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria, which gave the green light to Turkey to lead the offensive against Syrian Kurdish militia that it has promised for a long time, even before the end of the “caliphate” proclaimed by the Islamic State. This Turkish […]

South Korea could get two nuclear attack submarines

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While North Korea claimed last week that it had managed to launch a Pukguksong 3 sea-ground ballistic missile from a submarine (the Pentagon denies this), Seoul plans to make a significant effort to strengthen its submarine warfare capabilities. Currently, the South Korean Navy has 18 diesel-electric submarines manufactured under license by Hyundai Heavy Industries and […]

London believes Iran is responsible for attacks on Saudi oil sites

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A week after the attacks on Saudi oil production, Iranian President Hassan Rohani strongly criticized the presence of “foreign forces” in the Arabian Gulf region [GAP] and announced that he would present a “plan of cooperation” to ensure safety. “Your presence has always brought pain and misery to the region,” Rohani said of countries that […]

President Trump breaks peace negotiations with Afghan taleb movement

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Initiated early this year, peace negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taleb movement were about to be completed. In a nutshell, it was a question of significantly reducing, in under 135 days, the US military presence in Afghanistan, in exchange for the guarantee that the Taliban would not let this country become a […]

South Korea relies on US to share intelligence with Japan

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If they have much in common, starting with the US military umbrella they both enjoy, Japan and South Korea also have deep disagreements, such as for example the Liancourt Rocks which are claimed by Tokyo while administratively attached to the South Korean island of Ulleungdo. And that’s without counting the disputes inherited from history, and […]

US Senators Urge Pentagon to Do More to Export F-35 Aircraft

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Because it has decided to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems, Turkey has been ousted from the F-35 program, which it was a partner of since 2002. Now, therefore, in the United States, it is necessary to find suitable customers to order the 100 aircraft that were to be returned to the Turkish Air Force. […]

South Korean aviation fired warning shots to chase Russian military aircraft out of its airspace

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This is a serious incident that involved South Korean KF-15 and KF-16 fighter jets in a Russian “A” Mainstay A-50 aircraft. On July 22, the aircraft violated the airspace of South Korea twice, in the vicinity of the Dokdo archipelago, which is also the subject of a territorial dispute with Japan. After entering the South […]

Turkey threatens Marshal Hafter’s forces with retaliation for attack on his interests in Libya

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Given the proximity of some militias that support it with the brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan national unity government [GNA], led by Fayez el-Sarraj and formed under the auspices of the United Nations, is supported by Turkey and Qatar faces its rival Tobruk, which holds its legitimacy in the parliamentary elections in June […]

The British F-35Bs made their first operational missions over Syria

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Six months after reaching their initial operational capability [IOC], the Royal Air Force [RAF] F-35Bs made their first aerial sorties over Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Shader, which is the British contribution to the anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States. According to the explanations given by the British Ministry of Defense [MoD], […]

Despite a steep budget, the Australian armed forces are struggling to find recruits

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Canberra’s White Paper on Defense provided for a significant increase in military spending to fund a large program to modernize the capabilities of Australian forces and a modest increase in the strength of the Australian forces. This effort, it was explained at the time, was justified by an increasingly uncertain strategic context for Australia, marked […]

S-400 / Turkey: US threatens to suspend training for future F-35 Turkish pilots

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO, Andrew Winternitz, has warned Turkey of its intention to acquire Russian air defense systems S-400 “Triumph.” “Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems creates an unacceptable risk for the United States. There is no measure that can lessen our concerns about this,” said Winternitz at the […]

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