Archived posts from category ‘Peter Vine’

02.02.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE United Kingdom Despite the cuts, the drumbeat of operations rolls on. In addition to the previously announced dispatching of Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring to the Persian Gulf to join the international flotilla already there, the Foreign Office released a rather hurried notification to the press that Daring’s sister ship, HMS Dauntless, [...]

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18.01.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE United States & Europe The United States unveiled a major refocus in defense policy last week: a shift away from Europe via a major withdrawal of personnel and material from the continent as the U.S. redirects toward Asia. The shift had been trailed for as long as a year with U.S. involvement [...]

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12.01.12
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

The arrest of former Turkish Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug as part of an ongoing investigation into anti-government plotting within the military has come as a shock to many within Turkey. He will face trial in a civil court, which was unthinkable even a decade ago.

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06.12.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

U.K.
A Grenadier Guardsman, Daniel Crook, has been sentenced to 18 months and dishonorably discharged from the British Army for stabbing a 10-year-old boy in Afghanistan. Crook had been drinking so heavily the day before the incident that he had to receive treatment. There was such concern that he might be a danger that when he joined his section for a patrol at Nad e Ali, he had his rifle confiscated. He was armed with just a bayonet and two grenades.

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29.11.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Missile Defense
Russian President Dimitry Medvedev has announced on national television that in the event of the failure of talks over U.S. and European missile defenses, Russia will opt to re-equip its strategic rocket forces with new nuclear warheads and deploy short-range missiles in areas close to NATO members. “We will not agree to take part in a program that in a relatively short period of time, in five, six or perhaps eight years’ time is capable of weakening our (nuclear) deterrent potential,” Medvedev said. The United States has replied that it will press on with its missile-defense program.

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23.09.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
The role played by mercenaries on both sides of the conflict in Libya has become clearer after claims that British, French and Qatari mercs had been captured by pro-Gadhafi forces near Bani Walid, one of the few remaining strongholds of the North African strongman.

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09.09.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE Libya As the war in Libya reaches its conclusion around Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, rather embarrassing questions are starting to be asked about the role of mercenaries. Until now the focus has been on Gadhafi importing so-called “African” mercenaries from the Central African Republic and Chad, but now a Bosnian-Croat has [...]

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18.08.11
Turkey’s Arab-Spring Problem

by PETER VINE When Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu issued Turkey’s final warning to Syria on August 15 it marked the end of an era in Turkish relations with the Middle East. Davutoglu had visited the authoritarian Middle Eastern country 60 times in his post as chief Turkish diplomat and many of them were in [...]

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12.08.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Turkey
It was a showdown that was years in the making. Turkey’s largely secular military and the moderate Islamic government facing off over the future of the nation, as well as over promotions and the prosecution of hundreds of military officers following an alleged coup plot. The result? The entire senior command of the Turkish armed forces resigning en masse.

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11.08.11
Peter at the Riots

Walking home through trendy Shoreditch in London’s East End, I get the feeling that things really are alright. People sit outside the trendy cafes and boutiques enjoying the August sunshine while others stand and admire the impressive mural art for which Shoreditch and Hoxton are famous for.

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21.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

European Union
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has blocked an attempt by his opposite number within the E.U. to establish a permanent European “Operational HQ” that could have power over British troops. The “OHQ” idea was pushed by E.U. Foreign High Representative Baroness Ashton and would involve civilian and military officials specializing in crisis-management. OHQ would have control over “European battle groups,” which could include British servicemen.

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15.07.11
Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

Libya
NATO powers America, Britain and France admitted yesterday that military force alone cannot dislodge Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe noted that emissaries from the Libyan leader are saying that he is “ready to go” — and that the onus is now on the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council to agree to sit down with the Gadhafi government to discuss a transition of power.

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