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    This is the epilogue of a very (too much) long failure of the Ministry of the Armed Forces. The Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly goes this Monday to the Joint Center for Payroll Support and Personnel Administration (CISAP) to salute the successful implementation payroll software Source Balance, which will definitely make people forget the “disaster” Louvois, thus qualified in 2013 by the former Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian. Since 2019, the new computer has been successively put into service with the French Navy, then the Army, and finally the French Air Force and Space and the Health Service. armed forces (SSA). Source Balance becomes the unique calculator that allows to determine, calculate and monitor the balances of all military personnel. Or about 250,000 people. Tested and approved Since January 1, 2021, the Source Balance calculator ensures the payment of the balances of the Air and Space...
    It has been almost one year since he and wife Meghan Markle stepped back as senior members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth will reportedly remove Prince Harry’s honorary military titles claimed a palace source, almost one year after he and wife Meghan Markle stepped back as senior members of the royal family. Express reported the prince stands to permanently lose his appointments as Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in Bury St Edmunds and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships, and Diving, Royal Naval Command. These positions have remained vacant throughout the year-long review of Harry and Meghan’s living and working situation set in place by the Queen. These will likely be reassigned to other senior members of the House of Windsor if the couple does not return in a full-time capacity as working members of the family by March 31, 2021. Express reported that those who...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order to reverse a Pentagon policy that largely bars transgender individuals from joining the military, dumping a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office, a person briefed on the decision tells The Associated Press. Biden has been widely expected to overturn the Trump policy in his early days in office. The White House could announce the move as early as Monday, according to the person briefed on the decision who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the order. The move to reverse the policy has the support of Biden’s newly confirmed defense secretary, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who spoke of the need to overturn it during his Senate confirmation hearing last week. “I support the president’s plan or plan to overturn the ban,” Austin said. “If you’re...
    A policy barring transgender people from serving in the United States military, implemented by former President Donald Trump, is set to be repealed by President Joe Biden, according to a new report out by Reuters, which has since been confirmed by countless other outlets. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the move could come as soon as Monday. “The source, who spoke to Reuters anonymously because the action is not yet public, said Biden could lift the ban as soon as Monday,” Reuters reported. The ban on transgender people serving in the military was put into place by Trump in July of 2017. According to CNN’s Arlette Saenz, Biden’s newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is supportive of his proposed policy change. Watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Source: Pelosi tells Dems that top military official assured her steps are in place to prevent Trump nuclear launch. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - An Iraqi oil tanker was evacuated after a mine was discovered attached to its hull, and explosives experts were working to make it safe, Iraq's military said on Friday. The tanker was in international waters about 28 nautical miles (52 km) off Iraq's coast in the Persian Gulf and supplying another ship with fuel when the device was discovered on Thursday afternoon, the military said in its statement. "It's a complicated marine bomb with sensors that could cause a sudden explosion," a security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. "Our team has not dealt with such mines before and we asked for further assistance from a more professional bombs team," the source said. Iraq's navy had secured the area and the ship has been isolated from other vessels, two other security sources said. There have been several attacks on oil tankers in the...
    By Antoine Rolland BANGUI (Reuters) - Rwanda and Russia have sent troops and supplies to the Central African Republic to help counter a surge in violence by rebel groups ahead of Sunday's election, officials and a security source in Bangui said. Security forces and U.N. peacekeepers have been battling rebels who have occupied towns and roads outside the capital. The authorities accuse former president Francois Bozize, whose presidential candidacy was rejected by the courts, of plotting a coup with several militant groups. A spokesman for Bozize's KNK party has denied the accusations. President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who is seeking re-election, came to office in 2016 after Bozize was overthrown in a rebellion three years earlier. He has struggled to restore stability and swathes of the country remain beyond government control. The CAR government said in a statement late on Sunday that Rwanda and Russia "took steps to provide effective support which...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has evacuated seven military observation posts in northwest Syria, pulling back troops from territory controlled by the Syrian government to areas held by insurgents and Turkey-backed rebels, a Turkish source said on Friday. Turkey had set up a dozen military posts in the region in 2018 as part of an ill-fated deal it reached with Russia and Iran to calm fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels. Ankara backs the forces fighting Bashar al-Assad, while Moscow and Tehran back the Syrian president. Several Turkish military posts were surrounded last year by the Russian-backed Syrian government forces. Turkey vowed at the time to maintain its presence at all of them but it started withdrawing in October. The source, who requested anonymity, said the last of the evacuations was completed on Thursday night, and the forces were being redeployed within territory controlled by the Ankara-backed forces under an...
    Washington (CNN)Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to lead the Pentagon, is poised to make history as the first Black secretary of defense and is "the person we need in this moment," Biden says -- but first, he will have to overcome resistance from the President-elect's own party.The epic nature of Austin's journey -- from a childhood in deeply segregated Alabama, through a military still plagued with racial inequity, to the pinnacle of US national defense -- might be matched only by the scale of the challenges that would face him there. In tapping Austin, Biden is choosing a former colleague he knows well from years working together during the Obama administration, a period that saw Austin lead US Central Command, serve as vice chief of staff of the Army, and commanding general of US forces in Iraq. Austin and Biden also share a personal link. Biden's son Beau...
    North Korea has deployed anti-aircraft units to its border with China to prevent people from crossing, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Wednesday. Sources who spoke with RFA said that authorities are hoping the move will decrease the number of defections to China as desperate North Koreans risk their lives to escape the failed communist state. “In October, the General Command ordered corps commands stationed along the border to forward-deploy anti-aircraft guns,” said the anonymous military source from northeastern North Hamgyong province on the border with China. “In mid-November, anti-aircraft artillery battalions under the 9th Corps were forward deployed to the city of Hoeryong, and Musan and Onsong counties.” “The anti-aircraft artillery battalions were deployed to areas of the border that were deemed to be poorly guarded,” the source added. “They completed site preparation by November 30 and used rice straw and dried grass to camouflage themselves. The anti-aircraft gunners were...
    By Orhan Coskun and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia are at odds over Ankara's wish to set up an independent military observation post on Azeri territory, a Turkish source said, after the two agreed this month to monitor a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Turkey and Russia have already agreed to set up a joint centre in the region to monitor the Nov. 10 ceasefire, which ended weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan's troops and ethnic Armenian forces in the enclave. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated by ethnic Armenians. The ceasefire agreement, which locked in Azerbaijan's territorial gains from the fighting, involves the deployment of some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian and Turkish officials have still to agree on the parameters of the monitoring mechanism, but Turkey, a staunch ally of Azerbaijan, also wants its own independent observation post to boost...
    Canberra, Australia (CNN)All Australians are taught the ode of remembrance, recited for the nation's fallen soldiers known lovingly as "Diggers."That nickname evokes the memory of Gallipoli, the Turkish peninsula where, in the trenches of the World War I, the young nation's soldiers helped to forge a national identity. So Australian school students are taught."They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn."Now the Australian public knows that age shall not weary the 39 Afghan civilians and non-combatants reportedly condemned by its own Diggers in Afghanistan. The Afghans were allegedly murdered, the Australian army itself detailed in its official enquiry Thursday, by elite Special Operations Forces -- the Diggers that were supposed to be the liberators and protectors, the best to wear an Australian military uniform.Those 39 lives now remind Australians that like their own country, the modern nation...
    Washington (CNN)The US State Department informed Congress Thursday of the Trump administration's intent to sell 18 armed MQ-9B drones to the United Arab Emirates for an estimated $2.9 billion, a congressional aide told CNN on Friday.The department also informed Congress the administration intends to sell approximately $10 billion in ordnance, including precision-guided munitions, so-called "dumb" bombs, air-to-air missiles, and air-to-ground missiles, said the aide, who spoke anonymously to discuss the details of the intended sales. This comes a week after President Donald Trump's administration issued an informal notice to Congress of an intended sale of 50 F-35 jets to the oil-rich Gulf nation. That sale is estimated at around $10 billion, according to two Democratic congressional aides. The sale of the advanced fighter jets to the UAE was reportedly put on the fast track by the Trump administration as it worked to establish diplomatic relations between the UAE and Israel....
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed showed no sign on Thursday of halting a military campaign in the Tigray region, despite international pressure to avert civil war with a powerful ethnic faction.A humanitarian source said shelling and shooting had been heard in the region since the early hours of Thursday, and nearly two dozen soldiers had been treated at a clinic near the border with the Amhara region. The source did not say which side of the conflict the injured troops were drawn from."At 5:20 a.m. we started to hear heavy shelling. Since then it has only stopped for an hour, but as of 2:00 p.m. you could still hear shooting, bombing and shelling," the source said."So far nearly two dozens injured -- all military, no civilians -- were treated in the health center of Abdurafi, located near the Tigray-Amhara border."Federal troops and regional forces clashed in the...
    By Sanjeev Miglani and Devjyot Ghoshal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is closing in on an agreement with the United States that will give it access to satellite data for better accuracy of missiles and drones, government and industry officials said, as it tries to narrow the gap with the powerful Chinese military. The two sides are expected to announce the pact during the visit next week of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper for talks in New Delhi with Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh. The United States, which antagonised Beijing this week by approving the potential sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan, has also been pushing for stronger security ties with India to help balance China's growing regional influence. U.S. companies have sold India more than $21 billion of weapons since 2007 and Washington has been urging the Indian government to...
    Prince William has been invited to take on Prince Harry's role Captain General of Royal Marines after the Duke of Sussex was  stripped of military appointments after stepping back from royal duty, according to sources.  Prince Harry, 36, entered into negotiations with the royal family after announcing his withdrawal as a senior royal in January, and was said to be 'devastated' by the agreement to give up his military honours, including the role of Captain General of Royal Marines. Now sources have claimed the Duke of Cambridge, 38, has been 'approached' with the view of taking on the role, and is 'keen' to take up the appointment. Insiders told the Express: 'The decision has been made to invite Prince William to take over this important duty, largely on the basis that the Duke of Sussex has given no reason to believe that he will alter current arrangements. Quite the opposite, in fact.'...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A store of tires and oil were on fire at Beirut port on Thursday, a Lebanese military source said, sending a huge column of black smoke over the Lebanese capital a month after a devastating blast at the port. The cause of the fire was not yet known, the source said. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Donald Trump addressed a recent report claiming he had called American troops who died or were captured in battle “losers and suckers” for at least the second time on Friday. When he did so, he told assembled media he believed that his former Chief of Staff, John Kelly was likely the source for the story. As The Inquisitr reported on Thursday, the article ran in The Atlantic and told several tales of Trump disparaging soldiers on several different occasions. One of those incidents was said to be while he was visiting the cemetery where Kelly’s son, who was killed in combat was buried. Trump reportedly turned to the man who would eventually become his chief of staff and said he didn’t understand why soldiers are willing to die for their country. He added he didn’t think there was anything it in for them. It was reported the former Marine general...
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - The junta that overthrew Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Tuesday and promised to lead the country to elections has provided little information about its membership. Most members of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) appear to be colonels, including Assimi Goita, who presented himself to reporters late on Wednesday as its leader. Following are details about members drawn from the junta's public comments, other open sources and sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. Colonel Assimi Goita: Goita is one of the commanders of Mali's Autonomous Special Forces Battalion (BAFS), which is active in the fight against jihadists linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, two security sources told Reuters. Video of Keita being escorted onto the military's base after being detained on Tuesday shows soldiers wearing BAFS kit. A former U.S. army officer posted a photo on a blog post last...
    By Melissa Bell, Mamadou Tapily and Zamira Rahim | CNN Troops in Mali have arrested the country’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a suspected coup, according to the chairman of the African Union. Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemned news of the arrests, in a tweet posted Tuesday. He added that he called on “the mutineers to cease all use of violence,” and asked the international community to oppose any use of force. On Tuesday, crowds took to the streets in Bamako, surrounding the capital city’s independence monument. A building owned by Mali’s Minister of Justice was set on fire and looted. The unrest in Mali’s capital followed reports of an attempted mutiny Tuesday morning at a military camp 15 km outside of the city, confirmed to CNN by a diplomatic source who had been briefed by local officials. The source spoke on the condition...
    (CNN)Troops in Mali have arrested the country's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse in a suspected coup, according to the chairman of the African Union.Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemned news of the arrests, in a tweet posted Tuesday.He added that he called on "the mutineers to cease all use of violence," and asked the international community to oppose any use of force. Smoke rises from the residence of Mali's finance minister Kassim Tapo in Bamako on Aug. 18, 2020. On Tuesday, crowds took to the streets in Bamako, surrounding the capital city's independence monument. A building owned by Mali's Minister of Justice was set on fire and looted. The unrest in Mali's capital followed reports of an attempted mutiny Tuesday morning at a military camp 15 km outside of the city, confirmed to CNN by a diplomatic source who had been briefed by local officials. The...
    BAMAKO (Reuters) - A possible military mutiny was under way on Tuesday outside Mail's capital Bamako, the Norwegian Embassy and a security source said. "The embassy has been notified of mutiny in the Armed Forces and troops are on their way to Bamako. Norwegians should exercise caution and preferably stay at home until the situation is clear," the Norwegian Embassy said in an alert to its citizens. "Yes, mutiny. The military has taken up arms," a security source said. A military spokesman confirmed that gunshots were fired at the base in Kati, about 15 km (9 miles) outside Bamako, but said he did not have any further information. A mutiny at the base in Kati led to a coup d'etat in 2012 that toppled then-President Amadou Toumani Toure and contributed to the fall of northern Mali to jihadist militants. Opponents of the current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, have led mass...
    A North Korean signal corps soldier got a cool reception from military authorities for listening to Radio Free Asia broadcasts while on duty and was thrown into a political prisoner camp, according to the US government-funded news outlet. “In mid-June, a female soldier in a signal company under the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces in Pyongyang was caught by the military security authorities while listening to Radio Free Asia,” a military official told RFA’s Korean Service. The soldier neglected to turn her radio’s dial away from RFA’s frequency after finishing work at a government ministry building in Pyongyang, sources told RFA. She admitted to investigators that she had routinely listened to the broadcaster for three years during her nightly shifts. In the Hermit Kingdom, people convicted of crimes are not the only ones punished. Sources told RFA that the soldier’s family also has been imprisoned for her transgression. A source...
    By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's president phoned his Turkish counterpart last month to secure the return of a fugitive military official who fled Algeria days after its powerful army chief died in December, a top Algerian security source said. Guermit Bounouira was handed over to Algerian security officials in Turkey on Thursday, accused of leaking military secrets, and will face a military judge on Monday in Blida prison southwest of Algiers, the source told Reuters. Turkish officials were not immediately available to comment on Sunday, which is not a working day in Turkey. A lawyer for Bounouira was not immediately available for comment. Turkey's surrender of Bounouira to Algerian authorities underscores the importance Ankara attaches to its relationship with Algeria, a powerful neighbour of Libya where Turkish forces have intervened in the civil war. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune phoned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan about a week before Islam's...
    North Korean soldiers are feeling hare-ied by a recent request by military authorities to start breeding more rabbits — 15 of them to be exact, according to a new report. The directive from the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces came down June 7 ordering soldiers and their families to raise more bunnies to eat, including some that are at least 7.7 pounds, Daily NK reported. The military’s politiburo, the General Political Bureau, is billing the new order as a way to boost the country’s meat supply in an inexpensive way — as part of Kim Jong Un’s order to raise more grass-eating animals. An “evaluation” of the soldiers’ breeding efforts will be made before the end of August. The request is believed to add more stress to soldiers, who began summer military drills on July 1, the publication said. They’ll have to find bigger cages and more food for...
    The unusual order comes after a source in North Korea claimed that residents of Pyongyang have gone without food rations for months Soldiers in North Korea have reportedly been given an order not normally seen in the military: to breed rabbits. The new directive comes amidst rumors of a famine plaguing the country, leading to many experts believing that the army hopes to use the increased rabbit population as a food source. According to Daily NK, a source claimed the order was issued by the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces and is unprecedented in North Korean history. The directive has two parts. The first is that each soldier must breed “1.5 rabbits of at least 3.5 kilograms.” The uneven number takes into consideration that the breeding will be done by companies — meaning a company of 130 soldiers will be responsible for 195 rabbits. The rabbit rearing duties are in...
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone, which hosts the U.S. and other embassies, fell just short causing damage to a home and injuring a child early on Sunday, the Iraqi military said. Security forces at the same time stopped another Katyusha rocket from being launched at Taji military air base north of Baghdad which hosts U.S. troops, a military statement added. The military gave no further details. U.S. officials blame Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq, including near the embassy in Baghdad. No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility. A police and a medical source confirmed a child was lightly injured and said it was caused by rocket fragments that landed on a home. The police source said an anti-rocket system set up to defend the U.S. embassy, and which had been tested on Saturday, had shot down a rocket which...
    By Devjyot Ghoshal and Huizhong Wu NEW DELHI/BEIJING (Reuters) - Indian and Chinese military commanders have agreed to disengage forces facing off over a disputed stretch of border where a clash last week left 20 Indian soldiers dead, an Indian government source in New Delhi said on Tuesday. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the two sides had agreed to take measures to ease tensions. "There was a mutual consensus to disengage," the Indian source said, commenting on the outcome of a meeting between commanders on border on Monday that lasted almost 11 hours. China's Zhao described recent media reports of 40 Chinese casualties in the clash as "fake news". China has not disclosed how many casualties its side suffered in the brutal fighting on June 15, when soldiers beat each other with rocks and wooden sticks embedded with nails, while observing a long-held protocol to...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian and Chinese military commanders have agreed to disengage troops from a heavily disputed stretch of their border where a clash last week left 20 Indian soldiers dead, an Indian government source said on Tuesday. Senior military officials from both sides met for several hours on Monday in an attempt to reduce tensions in the Ladakh region in the western Himalayas. "Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both the sides," the source said. (Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    (CNN)Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley have refused to testify next week before the House Armed Services Committee regarding the military's role responding to protests triggered by the death of George Floyd, a Democratic congressional aide confirmed to CNN Friday. An informal briefing for lawmakers by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was also canceled for Friday, the aide said.Rep. Adam Smith, the Democratic chairman of the House panel, called on Esper and Milley to appear in person before the committee "to explain this domestic engagement to the American people" this week, emphasizing that "the fate of our democracy depends on how we navigate this time of crisis."Pentagon chief on shaky ground with White House after breaking with Trump over protest response"At a time when our nation is hurting the President continues to forgo any effort to calm tensions, as we had all...
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